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1. In what year on this date did Turkmenistan proclaim its sovereignty from the Soviet Union? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Which two men were chosen as Nobel Laureates for Peace on this date in 1978? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to MIT, what did Isaac Singer patent in 1839? (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 authors born on this date:

1. Where did the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Camp on This Date in 1805? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Mariners' Museum, why was Lieutenant James Cook sent to Tahiti? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to National Public Radio, where did Ruby Dee meet Ossie Davis? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a Sylvia Plath poem (according to the Academy of American Poets):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Library of Congress, what were the names of Theodore Roosevelt's five children?

2. According to Spartacus, what was the title of the Enid Bagnold's book about her experiences working as a nurse at the Royal Herbert Hospital?

3. According to the Metropolitan Transit Authority, how much did it cost to ride the New York Subway System when it opened on this date in 1904?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1963 work by Dylan Thomas (according to the Authors' Calendar):

James Cook
Born on This Date 1728


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Isaac Singer
Born on This Date 1811


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Enid Bagnold
Born on This Date 1889


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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: we Set out early and Came too at the village on the L. S. where we delayed a few minits, this village is Situated on an eminance of about 50 feet above the Water in a handson Plain it Containes houses in a kind of Picket work. the houses are round and Verry large Containing Several families, as also their horses which is tied on one Side of
the enterance, a Discription of those houses will be given hereafter,

I walked up to a Chiefs Lodge & Smoked a pipe with the Cheifs of this Village they were anxious that I would Stay
and eat with them, my indisposition provented my eating which displeased them, untill a full explination took place,
I returned to the boat and Sent 2 Carrots of Tobacco for them to Smoke,

here I met with Mr: Jessomme*, a frenchman who lived in this nation 18 years, This man has a wife & Children in the Village— I got him to interpet & he proceedd on with us to a Centeral point opposit the Knife River, & formed a Camp and raised a flag Staff— on the S. S. above the 2d mandan village—

this Village is Small and Contains but fiew inhabitents. above this village & also above the Knife River on the Same Side of the Missouri the Big bellies [Hidatsa or Gross Ventre Indians] Towns are Situated a further Discription will be given here after as also of the Town of Mandans on this Side of the river— Great numbers on both Sides flocked down to the bank to view us as wee passed.

Capt Lewis with the Interpetr. walked down to the village below our Camp After delaying one hour he returned and informed me the Indians had returned to their village, we Sent three Carrots of Tobacco by three young men, to the three Villages above inviting them to come Down & Council with us tomorrow. many Indians Came to view us Some Stayed all night in the Camp of our party— we procured Some information of Mr: Jessomme* of the Chiefs of the Different Nations

.— well to give my ideas as to the impression thais man [Jusseaume] makes on me is a Cunin artfull an insincere— he tels me he was once empld. by my brother [George Rogers Clark] in the Illinois & of his description I conceve as
a Spye upon the British of Michillinicknac
[Fort Michilimackinac] & St Joseph, we think he may be made use full to
us & do employ him as an interpeter— no. of Indians bring their wives &c. to the campes of our party on Shore.

[*René Jusseaume, or Jessaume, was a free trader who in 1804 had lived with the Mandans for about
fifteen years, drawing his goods on credit from the North West Company. He told Clark he had been a spy for George Rogers Clark in the Illinois country during the Revolutionary War. He acted as Mandan interpreter for many persons, but apparently was not considered a good one. He seems to have
participated fully in the social and ceremonial life of the Mandans, which may account for some of the low opinions whites expressed of him. Evans thought that Jusseaume planned his murder in 1796, when Evans tried to exclude him from the Indian trade. David Thompson, whom he accompanied to the Mandans in 1797, was not impressed with his character, and Alexander Henry the Younger called him "that old sneaking cheat." Lewis and Clark also found him "assumeing and discont'd." Nevertheless they hired him to accompany Sheheke (Big White), the Mandan chief, to Washington as interpreter in 1806. During the attempted return of that chief in 1807, which was stopped by the Arikaras, Jusseaume suffered a crippling wound and petitioned Jefferson for a pension. In 1809 he apprenticed his thirteen-year old son to Lewis, to provide for the boy's education. He was still alive at the time of Maximilian's visit to the Mandans in 1833–34, and was still not considered a really good interpreter. ]

Ordway: from the mouth of the Missouri to this place is 1610 miles.

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Wind hard from the west all the last night and this morning.

Some words with Shabono our interpreter about his duty.

Sent out Several hunters who brought in four Deer, one Grouse & a Squirel.

The two Chiefs & party was joined by Seven others from below in two canoes, we gave them to eate & Smoke
Several of those from below returned down the river in a bad humer, haveing got into this pet by being prevented doeing as they wished with our articles which was then exposed to dry—

we took a Vocabelary of the Languages of those two chiefs which are verry different notwithstanding they are Situated within Six miles of each other, Those at the great falls Call themslves E-nee-shur and are understood on the river above: Those at the Great Narrows Call themseles E-che-lute and is understood below, maney words of those people are the Same, and Common to all the flat head Bands which we have passed on the river, all have the clucking tone anexed which is prodomonate above. all the Bands flatten the heads of the female Children, and maney of the male children also.

Those two Chief leave us this evening and returned to their bands

the wind verry high & from the West, day proved fair and Cool.

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