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1. What was the topic of the fourth and final Kennedy-Nixon debate held on this date in 1960? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1975, who hit the winning home run in Game 6 of the World Series? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Fact Monster, the frigate Constitution had how many guns? (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:
RACE ON MANN
INTERMEDIATE

1. On this date in 1803, who presented his first list of atomic weights in Manchester, England? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the University of Washington, what organization endowed the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to National Inventors Hall of Fame, Alfred Nobel's company built the first factory for producing what? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1979 work by Ursula Le Guin (according to Authors' Calendar):
SEE SLEET BREW
EXPERT
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1. According to the New York Times, Dizzy Gillespie was instantly recognizable for his big cheeks and what?

2. According to the Fact Monster biography, Horatio Nelson is commemorated with the Nelson Column located where?

3. Fought on this date in 1861, the Battle of Ball's Bluff was the second major engagement of the American Civil War. According to the History Channel, what was the first?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an 1836 work by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (according to Authors' Calendar):
ALK TABLET
 
 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Born on This Date 1772.

[New York University]

Poetry


Alfred Nobel
Born on This Date 1833

[Nobel Foundation]

The Nobel Prize


Dizzy Gillespie
Born on This Date 1917

[University of Virginia]

Jazz Musician


Ursula Le Guin
Born on This Date 1929

[Locus]

Young-adult Author


Ronald McNair
Born on This Date 1961

[MIT]

Astronaut

 
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a verry Cold night wind hard from the N. E Some rain in the night which frosed up it fell at Day light it began to Snow and Continud all the fore part of the Day

passed just above our Camp a Small river on the L. S. Called by the Indians "Chiss-Cho-tar" this river is about 38 yards wide Containing a good Deel of water Some Distance up this River is Situated a Stone which the Indians have great fath in & Say they See painted on the Stone, all the calamities & good fortune to hapin the nation & partes who visit it"— a tree (an oak) which Stands alone near this place about 2 miles off in the open prarie which has with
Stood the fire they pay Great respect to, make Holes and tie Strings thro the Skins of their necks and around this tree to make them brave*

(all this is the information of Too ne is a whipper will) the Chief of the Ricares [Recorees - Arikara Indians] who accompanied us to the Mandins, at 2 miles passed the 2nd Villages of the Manden, which was in existance at the Same time with the 1st this village is at the foot of a hill**

on the S. S. on a butifull & extensive plain— at this time Covered with Buffalow— a Cloudy afternoon, I killed a fine Buffalow, we Camped on the L. S. verry Cold ground Covered with Snow. one otter Killd

[*Clark is apparently describing a version of the Sun Dance, practiced by many Great Plains tribes. Endurance of such physical pain was part of the ritual practiced by several, but not all, tribes.]

[**There are a number of prehistoric villages in the area just above the camp for this date.]

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1805
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A verry cool morning wind from the S. W. we Set out verry early and proceeded on,

last night we could not Collect more dry willows the only fuel, than was barely Suffient to cook Supper, and not a Sufficency to cook brackfast this morning, passd. a Small Island at 5½ miles a large one 8 miles in the middle of the river, Some rapid water at the head and Eight Lodges of nativs opposit its Lower point on the Stard. Side, we came too at those lodges, bought some wood and brackfast.

Those people recived us with great kindness, and examined us with much attention, their employments custom
Dress and appearance Similar to those above; Speak the same language, here we Saw two Scarlet and a blue cloth blanket, also a Salors Jacket

the Dress of the men of this tribe only a Short robe of Deer or Goat Skins, and that of the womn is a Short piece of Dressd Skin which fall from the neck So as to Cover the front of the body as low as the waste, a Short robe, which
is of one Deer or antilope Skin, and a flap, around their waste and Drawn tite between their legs as before described, their orniments are but fiew, and worn as those above.

we got from those people a fiew pounded rotes [NB: roots] fish and Acorns of the white oake, those Acorns they make use of as food, and inform us they precure them of the nativs who live near the falls below

at 2 miles lower passed a rapid, large rocks Stringing into the river of large Size, opposit to this rapid on the Stard. Shore is Situated two Lodges of the nativs drying fish here we halted a fiew minits to examine the rapid before we entered it which was our constant Custom, and at all that was verry dangerous put out all who could not Swim to walk around,

after passing this rapid we proceeded on passed anoothe rapid at 5 miles lower down, above this rapid on five
Lodges of Indians fishing &c. above this rapid maney large rocks on each Side at Some distance from Shore, one mile passed an Island Close to the Stard. Side, below which is two Lodge of nativs,

a little below is a bad rapid which is bad crouded with hugh rocks Scattered in every Direction which renders the pasage verry Difficuelt a little above this rapid on the Lard. Side emence piles of rocks appears as if Sliped from the Clifts under which they lay passed great number of rocks in every direction Scattered in the river 5 Lodges a little below on the Stard. Side, and one lodge on an Island near the Stard. Shore opposit to which is a verry bad rapid, thro which we found much dificuelty in passing, the river is Crouded with rocks in every direction,

after Passing this dificult rapid to the mouth of a Small river on the Larboard Side 40 yards wide descharges but little water at this time, and appears to take its Sourse

[The John Day River, marking the boundary between Gilliam and Sherman counties, Oregon.]

in the Open plains to the S. E from this place I proceved Some fiew Small pines on the tops of the high hills and bushes in the hollars. imediately above & below this little river comences a rapid which is crouded with large rocks in every direction, the pasage both crooked and dificuelt, we halted at a Lodge to examine those noumerous islands of rock which apd. to extend maney miles below,—. great numbs. of Indians came in canoes to View us at this place, after passing this rapid which we accomplished without loss; we passed winding through between the hugh rocks for about 2 miles—.

(from this rapid the Conocil mountain is S. W. which the Indians inform me is not far to the left of the great falls; the mountain is high and the top is covered with Snow)

imediately below the last rapids there is four Lodges of Indians on the Stard. Side, proceeded on about two miles lower and landed and encamped near five Lodges of nativs, drying fish those are the relations of those at the great falls, they are pore and have but little wood which they bring up the river from the falls as they Say, we purchasd a little wood to cook our Dog meat and fish;

those people did not recive us at first with the same cordiality of those above, they appeare to be the Same nation Speak the Same language with a little curruption of maney words Dress and fish in the Same way, all of whome have pierced noses and the men when Dressed ware a long taper'd piece of Shell or beed put through the nose—

this part of the river is furnished with fine Springs which either rise high up the Sides of the hills or on the bottom
near the river and run into the river. the hills are high and rugid a fiew scattering trees to be Seen on them either Small pine or Scrubey white oke.

The probable reason of the Indians residing on the Stard. Side of this River is their fear of the Snake Indians who reside, as they nativs Say on a great river to the South, and are at war with those tribes, one of the Old Chiefs who accompanies us pointed out a place on the lard. Side where they had a great battle, not maney years ago, in which maney were killed on both Sides—,

[These "Snakes" are probably Northern Paiutes]

one of our party J. Collins presented us with Some verry good beer made of the Pa-shi-co-quar-mash bread, which bread is the remains of what was laid in as Stores of Provisions, at the first flat heads or Cho-pun-nish Nation at the head of the Kosskoske river which by being frequently wet molded & Sowered &c.

we made 33 miles to day.

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