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1. For what achievement was Norman Borlaug selected as the 1970 Nobel Laureate for Peace? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1992, in what city was the first World Series game played outside of the United States? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Kent University, what does Nikki Grimes describe as her greatest pleasure? (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 born on this date:

1. On this date in 1983, what new definition was given to the length of a meter? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. For what achievement was James Chadwick selected the 1935 Nobel Laureate for Physics? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the State House of Kenya, in what year was Jomo Kenyatta baptized a Christian? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Nikki Grimes (according to Kent University):
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1. According to the BBC, what is Christopher Wren's most famous contribution to architecture?

2. According to the University of Tennessee Martin, while at the University of Vermont, whose teachings first exposed John Dewey to the evolutionary theory?

3. According to the State of Connecticut, with whom did Charles Ives study at Yale University?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Charles Ives (according to Classical Net):

Christopher Wren
Born on This Date 1632



John Dewey
Born on This Date 1859

[Columbia University]


Charles Ives
Born on This Date 1874

[State of Connecticut]

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James Chadwick
Born on This Date 1891

[Nobel Foundation]

Subatomic Particles 1935 Nobel Laureate in Physics

Nikki Grimes
Born on This Date 1950

[Kent University]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Set out early this morning and proceeded on the wind from the S. E after brackfast I walked out on the L. Side to See those remarkable places pointed out by Evins*, I saw an old remains of a villige on the Side of a hill which the Chief with us Too né tels me that nation Mandans lived in a number villages on each Side of the river and the Troubleson Seaux caused them to move about 40 miles higher up where they remained a fiew years & moved to the place they now live,

The Countrey is fine, the high hills at a Distanc with gradual assents, I Kild 3 Deer The Timber Confined to the bottoms as usial which is much larger than below. Great numbers of Buffalow Elk & Deer, Goats. our hunters killed
10 Deer & a Goat today and wounded a white Bear** I saw Several fresh track of those animals which is 3 times as large as a mans track—, The wind hard all Day from the N. E. & East, great numbers of buffalow Swiming the river I observe near all large gangues of buffalow wolves and when the buffalow move those Anamals follow and feed on those that are killed by accident or those that are too pore or fat to Keep up with the gangue

[*Evins -John Evans, young man from Wales, was an employee of James Mackay. He had made the most formidable effort before Lewis & Clark to explore the Upper Missouri. The expedition was using a copy of his drawn map, which was sent to Lewis by Jefferson]

Lewis: Peter Crusat this day shot at a white bear he wounded him, but being alarmed at the formidable appearance of the bear he left his tomahalk and gun; but shortly after returned and found that the bear had taken the oposite rout.— soon after he shot a buffaloe cow broke her thy, the cow pursued him he concealed himself in a small raviene.—

[**This was their first encounter with the grizzly bear and they did not get a specimen.]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A cool morning wind S. W. we concluded to delay untill after brackfast which we were obliged to make on the flesh of dog. after brackfast we gave all the Indian men Smoke, and we Set out leaveing about 200 of the nativs at
our Encampment;

passd. three Indian Lodges on the Lard Side a little below our Camp which lodges I did not discover last evening, passed a rapid at Seven miles one at a Short distance below we passed a verry bad rapid, a chane or rocks makeing from the Stard. Side and nearly Chokeing the river up entirely with hugh black rocks, an Island below close under the Stard. Side on which was four Lodges of Indians drying fish,—

here I Saw a great number of pelicons on the wing, and black Comerants.

at one oClock we landed on the lower point of an Island at Some Indian Lodges, a large Island on the Stard Side
nearly opposit and a Small one a little below on the Lard Side on those three Island I counted Seventeen Indian Lodges, those people are in every respect like those above, prepareing fish for theire winter consumption here we purchased a fiew indifferent Dried fish & a fiew berries on which we dined—

(On the upper part of this Island we discovered an Indian vault our curiosity induced us to examine the methot those nativs practicd in disposeing the dead, the Vaut was made by broad boards and pieces of Canoes leaning on a ridge pole which was Suported by 2 forks Set in the ground Six feet in hight in an easterly and westerly direction and about 60 feet in length, and 12 feet wide, in it I observed great numbers of humane bones of every description perticularly
in a pile near the Center of the vault, on the East End 21 Scul bomes forming a circle on Mats—;

in the Westerly part of the Vault appeared to be appropriated for those of more resent death, as many of the bodies
of the deceased raped up in leather robes lay on board covered with mats, &c [when bones & robes rot, they are gathered in a heap & sculls placed in a circle.]

we observed, independant of the canoes which Served as a Covering, fishing nets of various kinds, Baskets of different Sizes, wooden boles, robes Skins, trenchers, and various Kind of trinkets, in and Suspended on the ends
of the pieces forming the vault; we also Saw the Skeletons of Several Horses at the vault & great number of bones
about it, which Convinced me that those animals were Sacrefised as well as the above articles to the Deceased.)

after diner we proceeded on to a bad rapid at the lower point of a Small Island on which four Lodges of Indians were Situated drying fish; here the high countrey Commences again on the Stard. Side leaveing a vallie of 40 miles in
width, from the mustle Shel rapid. examined and passed this rapid close to the Island at 8 miles lower this evening
the Countrey on the Lard. Side rises to the hight of that on the Starboard Side, and is wavering—

we made 42 miles to day; the current much more uniform than yesterday or the day before. Killed 2 Speckle guls Severl. ducks of a delicious flavour.

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