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5-Minute Quests

1. On this date in 1979, who became the first Pope to visit the White House? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What was significant about the premiere of the movie, The Jazz Singer, on this date in 1927? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the University of Southern Mississippi, from which college did Elizabeth Gray Vining graduate? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a children's author or illustrator born on this date:

1. In what year did scientists first find evidence of a planet outside of our Solar System? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the United Haitians Homepage, in what year did Henri Christophe proclaim himself King of Haiti? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Tokyo Quakers, what were the terms and conditions of Elizabeth Gray Vining's position as tutor for the Crown Prince of Japan? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of work by Alfred Tennyson:
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Library of Congress, for what invention did George Westinghouse receive his first patent?

2. According to the Norwegian Museum Network, what was the dream of the young Thor Heyerdahl?

3. According to Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation, for what reason was Fanny Lou Hamer arrested in 1962?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a film in which Bette Davis appeared (according to the History Channel):

Henri Christophe
Born on This Date 1767

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King of Haiti

George Westinghouse
Born on This Date in 1846

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Elizabeth Gray Vining
Born on This Date 1902

[Tokyo Quakers]

Young-adult Authors 1943 Newbery Award for Adam of the Road as Elizabeth Janet Gray

Thor Heyerdahl
Born on This Date 1914

[Thor Heyerdahl Research Centre]


Fannie Lou Hamer
Born on This Date 1917


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1882 Karol Szymanowski (Polish Composer) Polish Composers Composer
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1914 Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian Explorer) Thor Heyerdahl
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1846 George Westinghouse (New York-born Industrial Engineer, Business Leader) George Westinghouse Electricity Inventors and Inventions
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1955 Tony Dungy (Mississippi-born African-American Professional Football Coach) Mississippi Sports Figures Football Coach Noted African Americans National Football League
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1981 Anwar el-Sadat (President of Egypt; Assassination) Anwar Sadat 1978 Nobel Laureate for Peace
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1683 First German Immigrants (Krefeld) to North America Arrive in Philadelphia Germany Pennsylvania Immigration Historic First German American National Congress
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a cool morning wind from the North many large round Stones near the middle of the river, those Stones appear to have been washed from the hills passed a village of about 80 neet Lodges covered with earth and picketed around, those loges are Spicious of an Octagon form as close together as they can possibly be placed and appear to have been inhabited last Spring, from the Canoes of Skins Mats buckets [most likely bullboats] found in the lodges, we are of appinion they were the rickeries [Recorees - Arikara Indians]

We found Squashes of 3 Different Kinds growing in the Village, one of our men killed an Elk Close by this Village, I saw 2 wolves in persute of another which appeared to be wounded and nearly tired, we proceeded on found the river Shole we made Severl. attempts to find the main Channel between the Sand bars, and was obliged at length to Drag the boat over to Save a league which we must return to get into the deepest Channel, we have been obgd to hunt a Chanl. for Some time past the river being devided in many places in a great number of Chanels, Saw Gees, Swan, Brants, & Ducks of Different kinds on the Sand bars to day,

Capt. Lewis walked on Shore Saw great numbers of Prarie hens, I observe but fiew Gulls or Pleaver in this part of the river, The Corvos or Magpye is verry Common in this quarter We Camped on a large Sand bar off the mouth of Otter Creek on the S. S. this Creek is about 22 yards wide at the mouth and contains a greater perpotion of water than Common for Creeks of its Sise

South Dakota Map: 10/06/04 Lewis & Clark Map: 09/01/04 Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Missouri River The Arikara Indians Elk Wolves Heath Hen Black-billed magpie

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A Col Easterley wind which Spring up in the latter part of the night and Continues untill about 7 or 8 oClock A. M.

had all our Saddles Collected a whole dug and in the night buried them, also a Canister of powder and a bag of Balls at the place the Canoe which Shields made was cut from the body of the tree—

The Saddles were buried on the Side of a bend about ˝ a mile below—

all the Canoes finished this evening ready to be put into the water.

I am taken verry unwell with a paine in the bowels & Stomach, which is certainly the effects of my diet—

The winds blow cold from a little before day untill the Suns gets to Some hight from the Mountans East as they
did from the mountans at the time we lay at the falls of Missouri from the West The river below this forks is Clear rapid with Shoals or Swift places—

The open Countrey Commences a fiew miles below This on each side of the river, on the Lard Side below the 1st Creek. with a few trees Scattered near the river.

Whitehouse: A clear pleasant morning, we continued the party working on the Canoes, and dug a Cashe or hole
to bury our pack Saddles in, & made oars & poles for our Canoes. Towards evening, we got the other Canoes ready to put in the Water & prepar'd some Gig poles &ca

We saw a raft floating down the River which had several Indians on it.

One of our party went out with his Rifle & killed 2 Ducks which he brought to our Camp.

We finished digging the Cashe or hole, & deposited our pack saddles & some Ammunition in it.—

Our Men that had been sick for some time past, had nearly all got their healths, & are fit to do their duty again
We are all in high spirits expecting we shall be able to descend the River tomorrow. This place we named Canoe Camp

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1820 The Last Legislative Session Is Held at Arkansas Post Arkansas Post Arkansas History Commission
1824 The Marquis de Lafayette Is Celebrated in Wilmington, Delaware Marquis de Lafayette Wilmington, Delaware American Revolution State of Delaware
1829 Louisiana Governor Pierre Auguste Charles Bourguignon Derbigny Dies When His Horses Run Away and He Is Thrown From His Carriage Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Horses Transportation Death Louisiana Secretary of State
1847 Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre Is Published Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre History Channel
1860 Joseph R. Brown's Steam Wagon Horseless Carriage Is Permanently Mired Near Fort Ridgely, Minnesota Wisconsin Automotive Steam Engine Minnesota Historical Society
1863 Confederate Guerilla Leader William Quantrill Attacks Baxter Springs, Kansas Kansas Baxter Springs, Kansas History Channel
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1864 Federal Troops Destroy a Confederate Salt Works in St. Andrews Bay, Florida Florida American Civil War Florida State Historical Society
1866 The Reno Brothers Pull Off the First Great Train Robbery in U.S. History Outside of Seymour, Indiana The Reno Brothers Railroads Crime History Channel Library of Congress
1868 Georgia's African-American Legislators Protest Exclusion from General Assembly Georgia Politics Racism African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1869 In Alaska, the Fort Wrangle Post Office Is Established Wrangell, Alaska U.S. Postal Service Alaska Historical Society
1873 Homes, Businesses and Hospital Devastated by Hurricane in Key West, Florida Florida Hurricane Florida State Historical Society
1884 The Naval War College Is Established in Newport, R.I. Rhode Island Education War Naval War College
1889 The Moulin Rouge in Paris First Opens Its Doors to the Public Paris Stage and Theater Dance Writer's Almanac
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1905 Thieves Disguised As Hobos Halt and Rob a Train Shortly After It Leaves Ballard, Washington Ballard, Washington Railroad Crime Economics HistoryLink
1908 Harvester, a Trotter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wins the Kentucky Futurity Milwaukee, Wisconsin Horse Racing Crime Economics Wisconsin Historical Society
1917 Wisconsin Senator Robert La Follette Responds to Charges of Treason with a 3-Hour Defense of Free Speech in War Time Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution World War I Wisconsin Historical Society
1927 "The Jazz Singer", First Movie with Spoken Dialogue, Premieres in New York City New York City Al Jolson The Jazz Singer Historic Firsts The Internet Movie Database
1928 Textile Workers End Bitter Six-month Strike in New Bedford, Massachusetts Massachusetts Strikes Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
Crown Zellerbach's National Paper Products Mill Begins Operation in Port Townsend, Washington Port Townsend, Washington Economics HistoryLink
1930 William Faulkner's Novel As I Lay Dying Is Published William Faulkner American Authors American Collection
1932 William Faulkner's Novel Light in August Is Published William Faulkner American Authors American Collection
1939 At the Reichstag, Adolf Hitler Denies War Intentions Against France and Britain Adolph Hitler Great Britain France World War II
1942 Chester Carlson Receives Patent for Electric Photography/Xerography/Photocopying Washington Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Patents History of Technology U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
1948 Summer and Smoke by Tennessee Williams Opens on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre Tennessee Williams American Authors Internet Broadway Database
1949 American Iva Toguri D'Aquino, ''Tokyo Rose,'' Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison World War II Propaganda War Crimes
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1953 Britain Sends Troops to Guyana Great Britain Guyana BBC
1971 Eudora Welty's One Time, One Place: Mississippi in the Depression Is Published Eudora Welty American Authors American Collection
1972 Train Wreck Near Saltillo, Mexico Kills 208 passengers - 1,200+ Injured Mexico Railroads Death
Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Is Officially Dedicated Michigan Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore State of Michigan
1973 Egypt & Syria Attack Israeli Positions Beginning the Yom Kippur Egypt Syria Israel Yom Kippur War BBC
1976 In Presidential Debate Gerald Ford: 'Soviets Do Not Dominate Eastern Europe' Soviet Union Gerald Ford Jimmy Carter American Presidency The Cold War
5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills Nine People in Ecuador Ecuador Earthquake Death USGS
1979 John Paul II Is the First Pope to Meet a U.S. President Jimmy Carter Pope John Paul II Catholicism Historic Firsts Jimmy Carter Presidential Library (pdf)
1981 Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat Assassinated Reviewing Military Parade Anwar el-Sadat 1978 Nobel Laureate for Peace Death BBC
1987 Senate Committee Defeats Nomination of Robert H. Bork to Supreme Court U.S. Congress Ronald Reagan U.S. Supreme Court
1991 The Scott Joplin House Opens As a Missouri State Historic Site Missouri Scott Joplin African-American History African American Registry
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2000 Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic Resigns Amid Allegations of Vote-rigging  Slobodan Milosevic BBC
2002 Small Boat with Explosives Attacks French Oil Tanker Limburg Near Yemen France Yemen Naval History War on Terrorism CNN