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5-Minute Quests Today's 5-Minute Quest

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5-Minute Quests

1. Why has October 16th been selected as Dictionary Day?
(hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who are the three people who were selected as Nobel Laureates for Peace on this date in 1973 and 1984?
(hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Merriam-Webster, in what year did Noah Webster publish A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, the first truly American Dictionary?
(hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a work by Patrice Kindl (according to the University of Illinois):

1. Which country detonated its first nuclear weapon on this date in 1964?
(hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Nobel Foundation, for what reason was Eugene O'Neill awarded the 1936 Nobel Prize for Literature?
(hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the United Nations, Leon Sullivan played a role in the global campaign to dismantle what?
(hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a work by Eugene O'Neill:
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to Science World, into what three classifications did Albrecht von Haller divide the tissues that he studied?

2. According to the Nobel Foundation, who were the two men selected on this date as 1998 as Nobel Laureates for Peace?

3. On what date did Anwar Sadat address the Israeli parliament?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Oscar Wilde:

Albrecht von Haller
Born on This Date 1708.

[University of Virginia]

Human Anatomy

Oscar Wilde
Born on This Date 1854

[1890's Society]

American Authors

Eugene O'Neill
Born on This Date 1878

[Lucid Cafe]


Leon Sullivan
Born on This Date 1922

[Opportunities Industrialization
Centers of America ]


Patrice Kindl
Born on This Date 1951

[Official Website]

Young-adult Author

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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1900 Edward Ardizzone (English Children's Author, Illustrator) English Authors & Writers Primary Children's Authors Young-adult Authors Artists
1939 Karen Gundersheimer (Massachusetts-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Massachusetts Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1942 Joseph Bruchac (New York-born Native-American Children's Author, Poet) Joseph Bruchac Native American Studies Poetry Young-adult Authors
Sandy Asher (Pennsylvania-born Children's Author, Playwright) Pennsylvania Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors Plays
1951 Patrice Kindl (New York-born Children's Author) Patrice Kindl Young-adult Authors
Authors, Poets, Playwrights and Journalists
1758 Noah Webster (Connecticut-born Lexicographer) Noah Webster Reference Resources
1849 George Washington Williams (Pennsylvania-born African-American Historian, Journalist, Minister) Pennsylvania Authors Journalism African-American Authors African American Registry
1854 Oscar Wilde (Fingall O'Flahertie Wills: Irish Dramatist)) Oscar Wilde
1888 Eugene O'Neill (New York City-born Playwright: 1936 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Eugene O'Neill Plays 1936 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1906 Cleanth Brooks (Kentucky-born Author, Educator) Kentucky Authors & Illustrators Education
1919 Kathleen Winsor (Minnesota-born Author) Minnesota Authors & Illustrators
1927 Günther Grass (German-born 1999 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Günther Grass 1999 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1930 Dan Pagis (Romanian Poet) Romanian Authors & Illustrators Poetry
Classical Composers & Performing Artists
1679 Jan Dismas Zelenka (Czech Composer) Jan Dismas Zelenka Composers
1821 Albert Franz Doppler (Austrian Composer) Austrian Composers Composers
Scientists, Mathematicians & Inventors
1708 Albrecht von Haller (Swiss Biologist) Albrecht von Haller Human Anatomy & Physiology
Political & Social Leaders
1799 Isaac Murphy (Pennsylvania-born Governor of Arkansas) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders Arkansas Political and Social Leaders Arkansas History Commission
1885 David Ben-Gurion (Polish-born Statesman, First Prime Minister of Israel: 1948-53, 1955-63) David Ben-Gurion Israeli Political and Social Leaders
1890 Michael Collins (Irish Revolutionary Leader, Statesman) Irish Political and Social Leaders
1898 William O. Douglas (Minnesota-born Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: 1939 - 1975) William O. Douglas U.S. Supreme Court
1922 Leon Sullivan (West Virginia-born African-American Civil Rights Activist, Opponent of South African Apartheid) Leon Sullivan U.S. Civil Rights Famous African Americans
1931 Charles Colson (Massachusetts-born Member of President Nixon's White House Staff, Watergate Co-conspirator) Massachusetts Richard Nixon The Watergate Affair
Performing Artists
1903 Ford Lee "Buck" Washington (Kentucky-born Jazz Musician, Dancer, Comedian) Kentucky Performing Artists Jazz Dance African American Performing Artists Internet Broadway Database African American Registry
1923 Bert Kaempfert (German Popular Songwriter) German Performing Artists Popular Music
1925 Angela Lansbury (English Actress) Angela Lansbury Stage and Theater Film Television
1932 Henry Lewis (Los Angeles-born African-American Conductor, Music Director, Double Bassist) Los Angeles Performing Artists Classical Musicians African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1946 Suzanne Somers (California-born Actress) California Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television
1947 David Zucker (Wisconsin-born Writer, Director, Producer) Wisconsin Performing Artists Filmmakers Wisconsin Historical Society
1959 Tim Robbins (California-born Actor) Tim Robbins American Performing Artists Film
Sports Figures
1861 Richard Dudley Sears (Massachusetts-born Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame) Massachusetts Sports Figures Interrnational Tennis Hall of Fame
1969 Juan Gonzalez (Puerto Rican Baseball Player) Puerto Rican Sports Figures Baseball Hispanic Sports Figures
1972 Kordell Stewart (Louisiana-born African-American Professional Football Player) New Orleans Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Football
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1591 Pope Gregory XIV (Italian-born Roman Catholic Pope) Italian Political and Social Leaders Catholic Popes
1730 Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac (French Explorer; Namesake of the Cadillac Automobile) Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac North American Explorers Cadillac
1793 Marie Antoinette (Austrian-born Queen of France: Beheaded) Marie Antoinette French Political and Social Leaders French Revolution History Channel
1881 Louis Wiltz (Governor of Louisiana: 1880-81) Louisiana Political and Social Leaders
1939 Charlotte Makgomo Maxeke (South African Teacher, Social Worker, Politician) South African Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note South African History
1946 Alfred Rosenberg (Estonia-born Nazi Propagandist: Executed) Alfred Rsoenberg Nazi Germany Propaganda Capital Punishment History Channel
1972 Hale Boggs (Mississippi-born Louisiana Congressman; Airplane Crash in Alaska) Mississippi Political and Social Leaders Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Alaska Air Disasters U.S. Congress
1997 James Michener (New York City-born Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author) James Michener American Authors 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction: Tales of the South Pacific
2000 Mel Carnahan (Governor of Missouri: Killed in Plane Crash) Missouri Political and Social Leaders Air Disasters Death National Transportation Safety Board (pdf)
2001 Etta Jones (South Carolina-born African-American Jazz Vocalist) South Carolina Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists National Public Radio
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Historic Events Occurring between 1400 - 1499
1443 Attempt to Usurp the Japanese Throne Is Unsuccessful Japanese Government Asian History
Historic Events Occurring between 1500 - 1599
1555 Protestant Bishops Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer, English Reformers and Martyrs, Are Burned at the Stake English History British Monarchy Religion Death Concordia
Historic Events Occurring between 1600 - 1699
1649 The Colony of Maine Passes Legislation Granting Religious Freedom to All of Its Citizens Maine Colonial America Law and Legal Resources Religion Concordia
Historical Events Occurring between 1700 - 1799
1773 Philadelphia Resolutions Criticize Tea Act Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Colonial Pennsylvania American Revolution History Channel
1786 The Continental Congress Authorize the Establishment of a Mint Facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Contintental Congress Currency U.S. Treasury
1793 Marie-Antoinette Is Beheaded Marie Antoinette French Political and Social Leaders French Revolution Death History Channel
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1804 William Dunbar and George Hunter Begin an Exploration of Arkansas's Hot Springs as Ordered by President Thomas Jefferson Hot Springs, Arkansas President Thomas Jefferson Explorers of North America Arkansas History Commission
1826 Potawatomi Indians Agree to Mississinewa Treaty Ceding Land for Indiana's Michigan Road Indiana Potawatomi Indians Historic Documents Kokomo-Howard County Public Library Indiana Historical Society
1829 The Tremont House Opens in Boston as the First Modern Hotel (170 Private Guest Rooms) Boston Housing Economics and Business Historic Firsts American Heritage
1836 Marcus Whitman, a Presbyterian Minister, Establishes a Mission on Washington's Walla Walla River Washington State Religion National Park Service History Link
1846 Ether Is First Used in a Public Operation Medical Research Historic Firsts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities Technology and Society
1850 Wisconsin's Oldest County Fair Is First Held in Walworth County Walworth County, Wisconsin Historic Firsts Walworth County Fair Wisconsin Historical Society
1854 In Peoria, Abraham Lincoln Denounces Slavery and the Kansas-Nebraska Act in Debate with Douglas Peoria, Illinois Kansas-Nebraska Act Abraham Lincoln Slavery History Channel Lincoln Library
1859 John Brown Leads a Raid on Harpers Ferry Arsenal John Brown Maryland Virginia West Virginia Abolition Library of Congress African American Registry Virginia Historical Society History Channel
1867 In Little Lake, California, a Feud Between the Coates and Frost Families Begins with Namecalling and Ends with 6 Dead California Gun Control Death LearnCalifornia
1876 The University of Oregon Registers Its First 177 Students Oregon Education Education Historic Firsts University of Oregon
1880 Race Riots Break Out in Wilmington, Delaware After 900 Democrats March Past an African-American Lodge Hall Wilmington, Delaware Racism African American Heritage State of Delaware
1884 In Wisconsin, the First Edition of the Washburn Itemizer Is Published Washburn, Wisconsin Journalism Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1891 The Inaugural Concert of the Chicago Symphony is Conducted by Theodore Thomas at the Chicago Auditorium Chicago Symphony Classical Music Historic Firsts Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University American Public Media
1893 Long distance Telephone Service Is Inaugurated Between Seattle, Spokane, and Portland Washington Portland, Oregon Telephone History Link
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1901 Booker T. Washington Is the First African American to Dine at the White House with an American President The White House President Theodore Roosevelt Booker T. Washington Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1902 England's First Prison for Young Offenders Is Opened at Borstal in Kent Borstal, Kent Child Advocacy Prisons Historic Firsts Historic UK
1903 Fire Destroys 140 Buildings in Aberdeen, Washington Aberdeen, Washington Fire Safety History Link
1908 At Farnsborough, American Sam Cody Makes First Powered Airplane Flight in England England Aviation Historic Firsts Farnsborough Air Show
1909 U.S. President William Howard Taft Meets Mexico's President Porfirio Díaz Met in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez Mexican Political and Social Leaders El Paso, Texas President William Howard Taft Historic Firsts Texas State historical Society
1916 British Soldier Henry Farr Is Executed for Cowardice Great Britain World War I Capital Punishment Death History Channel
Margaret Sanger Opens the Nation's First Birth Control Clinic in New York City Margaret Sanger Women Historic Firsts Intellihealth New York Historical Society
1917 Alabamian Kelley Ingram Is the First American Serviceman Killed in Action During World War I Alabama Military Figures World War I Death Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
1921 The Marx Brothers Play the Hennepin Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota The Marx Brothers American Performing Artists Minnesota Historical Association
1924 Minnesota's First Pheasant Season Begins in Hennepin and Carver Counties Minneapolis, Minnesota Animals Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Association
1925 The Texas State Text Book Board Bans Evolutionary Theory from All Textbooks Texas Education Education Theory of Evolution Concordia
1929 The Presbyterian Church at Wrangell, the Oldest One in Alaska, Is Destroyed by Fire Wrangell, Alaska Religion Fire Alaska Historical Society
1930 Air Passenger Service Is Inaugurated between Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles Atlanta, Georgia Dallas, Texas Los Angeles, California Aviation History University of Georgia
A Minneapolis Bookstore Owned by the Communist Party Is Bombed and Looted, Its Books Burned on the Street Minneapolis, Minnesota Literature First Amendment Crime Minnesota Historical Association
1934 Chinese Communists Begin Their Epic 368-day, 6,000-mile "Long March": The Long March History Channel Asian History
1938 Aaron Copland's Billy the Kid Ballet Opens in Chicago Chicago Aaron Copland Ballet Library of Congress
1939 Man Who Came to Dinner Opens on Broadway New York City Stage & Theater Internet Broadway Database
1940 The First Peace Time Draft in U.S. History Is Initiated World War II Historic Firsts History Link
Ernest Lynch of Lewes Is the First Man from Delaware Drafted into Service for World War II Lewes, Delaware World War II Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1941 The Ukrainian Seaport of Odessa Surrenders to Axis Forces Ukraine NAZI Germany World War II United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
1944 Kathleen Winsor's Forever Amber Is Published Adult Fiction University of Illinois
1946 Ten High-Ranking Nazi Officials Are Hanged in Nuremberg, Germany for Crimes Against Humanity Nuremberg, Germany Nazi Germany Nuremberg War Crimes Trial Capital Punishment History Channel
1947 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered on Wood River, Alaska Alaska Earthquake USGS
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1952 The Samuel H. Kress Foundation Donate a Collection of Renaissance Art to the New Orleans Museum of Art New Orleans Museums Art New Orleans Museum of Art Kress Foundation Louisiana Secretary of State
1955 Elvis Presley First Appears on Television: "Louisiana Hayride" Elvis Presley Television Historic Firsts Rokcabilly Hall of Fame
Mrs. Jules Lederer Prints First Column in the Chicago Sun-Times as Ann Landers Journalism Internet Movie Database
Grand Ole Opry Premieres on ABC Country & Western Music Television Internet Movie Database
1956 William J. Brennan, Jr. Is Sworn In As Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court New Jersey Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1958 Chevrolet Introduces the El Camino Automobiles Hemmings
1959 Crescent, Iowa Is Incorporated Crescent, Iowa State Historical Society of Iowa
1962 President Kennedy First Learns of Missiles in Cuba Cuban Missile Crisis President John Kennedy Cold War New York Times
1963 From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Twin "Vela Hotel" Satellites Are Launched to Detect Nuclear Explosions in Space Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Exploration Nuclear Weapons Cold War Florida Historical Society
1964 China Detonates a Nuclear Device to Become the Fifth Nuclear Power China Nuclear Weapons Cold War World History History Channel New York Times Asian History
1968 Tommie Smith & John Carlos Stage Black Power Protest at Olympic Games Mexico 1968 Summer Olympic Games U.S. Civil Rights African-American Heritage African American Registry New York Times
The Milwaukee Bucks Open Their First Season with an 89-84 Loss to the Chicago Bulls Milwaukee Buck Basketball NBA Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1970 Anwar Sadat Is Elected President of Egypt Anwar Sadat Elections New York Times
Canada Responds to FLQ Terrorism by Invoking War Measures Front de Liberation du Québec War on Terrorism Canadian National Library and Archives
1972 The Airplane of Louisiana Congressman Hale Boggs Is Reported Missing over Alaska Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Alaska U.S. Congress Air Disasters Louisiana Secretary of State
1973 Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho Are Selected as Nobel Laureates for Peace Henry Kissinger Le Duc Tho Vietnam War 1973 Nobel Peace Prize History Channel
Maynard Jackson Becomes the First African-American Mayor of Atlanta Georgia Political and Social Leaders African-American History Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1974 Prisoners Riot, Set Fire to Maze Prison in Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Prisons BBC
1975 NASA Launches GOES-1 Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Space Exploration Earth & Environmental Science NASA
1978 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla Selected as First Non-Italian Pope Since 1523 Polish Political and social Leaders Pope John Paul II Catholicism BBC
1981 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered Off the Central Coast of Chile Chile Earthquake USGS
1984 South African Bishop, Desmond Tutu, Is Chosen for the Nobel Peace Prize Desmond Tutu Catholicism 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Concordia South African History
The DuPont Company Donates 528 Acres in Delaware and 1,234 Acres in Pennsylvania to Create White Clay Creek Valley State Park White Clay Creek Valley State Park Pennsylvania Parks Earth and Environmental Sciences DuPont Company State of Delaware
1987 Hurricane Kills 18 in Southern England England Hurricanes Death BBC
Minnesota Celebrates Henry H. Wade Day, Honoring the Inventor of Enriched Taconite Minnesota Inventors & Inventions Iron Minnesota Historical Association
1991 Spokane Wildland Fires Kill One Person and Destroy 114 Homes Spokane, Washington Fire Safety Death History Link
1994 Germany's Helmut Kohl Is Re-Elected to Fourth Term as Chancellor Helmut Kohl Elections
Kiro Gligorov Is Elected President of the Republic of Macedonia Macedonia Bates College
1995 Nation of Islam Million Man March Is Held in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. African-American Studies Islam African American Registry
1996 A Stampede of Soccer Fans Kills 84 in Guatemala City Guatemala Soccer Death History Channel
1998 Two Northern Ireland Politicians Selected for the Nobel Peace Prize for Brokering Peace Agreement Northern Ireland Poltical and Social Leaders 1998 Nobel Peace Prize PBS
British Police Arrest Former Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet in London Augusto Pinochet London, England Crime Human Rights Watch
Typhoon Zeb Kills 25 People on the Island of Taiwan Taiwan Hurricanes & Typhoons Death USA Today
1999 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Derails an Amtrak Train in California California Earthquake Railroads Amtrak USGS
Historical Events Occurring between 2000 - 2009
2000 Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan and His Son Are Killed in a Plane Crash South of St. Louis Missouri Political and Social Leaders Air Disasters Death National Transportation Safety Board (pdf)
2002 President George W. Bush Signs Congressional Resolution Authorizing War Against Iraq Iraq President George W. Bush Iraq War C-SPAN