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5-Minute Quests

1. What event is celebrated on World Freedom Day? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who was the coach of the Carlisle, Pennsylvania football team that defeated Army 27-6 on this date in 1912? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Harcourt Brace, as a child, why didn't Lois Ehlert like drawing as much as she liked cutting and pasting? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of book by Lois Ehlert (according to the Wisconsin Library Association):

1. What element was first detected on this date in 1994? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to PBS, who taught Benjamin Banneker to read? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the New York Times, how many states and provinces were affected by the power blackout on this date in 1965? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book of poetry by James Schuyler (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, how did Elijah P. Lovejoy die?

2. According to the Academy of American Poets, how old was Anne Sexton when she married Alfred Muller Sexton II?

3. According to NASA, what was Carl Sagan working on at the time of his death?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Imre Kertész (according to Authors' Calendar):
Benjamin Banneker
Benjamin Banneker
Born on This Date 1731

[Technology & Society]

American Scientists & Mathematicians

Elijah P. Lovejoy
Elijah P. Lovejoy
Born on This Date 1802

[African American Registry]


Anne Sexton
Anne Sexton
Born on This Date 1928

[University of Pennsylvania]

Poetry 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan
Born on This Date 1934


Space and Astronomy

Lois Ehlert
Lois Ehlert
Born on This Date 1934

[Reading Rockets]

Primary Children's Authors American Artists

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1927 Helen Pierce Jacob (Ohio-born Children's Author) Ohio Authors and Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1934 Lois Ehlert (Wisconsin-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Lois Ehlert Primary Children's Authors American Artists
1937 Lynn Hall (Illinois-born Children's Author) Illinois Authors and Illustrators Young-adult Authors
1950 Pat Cummings (Chicago-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Chicago Authors and Illustrators Young-adult Authors Primary Children's Authors American Artists
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1818 Ivan Turgenev (Russian Author) Ivan Turgenev
1832 Émile Gaboriau (French Author) Émile Gaboriau
1877 Allama Muhammad Iqbal (National Poet of Pakistan) Pakistani Authors & Illustrators Poetry Allama Iqbal Site
1892 Erich Auerbach (German Author) Erich Auerbach
1923 James Schuyler (Chicago-born Poet Awarded the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) James Schuyler Poetry 1981 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1928 Anne Sexton (Massachusetts-born Poet Awarded the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) Anne Sexton Poetry 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
1929 Imre Kertész (Hungarian Author: The 2002 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Imre Kertész The Holocaust 2002 Nobel Laureate for Literature
Artists, Architects and Designers
1853 Stanford White (New York City-born Architect) New York City Artists, Architects & Designers Architecture
1924 Robert Frank (Swiss-American Photographer) Robert Frank Photography
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1907 Burrill Phillips (Nebraska-born Composer) Nebraska Composers American Composers
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1731 Benjamin Banneker (Maryland-born African-American Mathematician, Astronomer, Inventor) Benjamin Banneker Mathematics Space and Astronomy Inventors and Inventions African American Scientists & Mathematicians
1801 Gail Borden (New York-born Inventor, Publisher, Surveyor and Founder of the Borden Foods Company New York Scientists & Inventors Inventors & Inventions Eagle Brands Texas State Historical Association
1871 Florence Sabin (Colorado-born Medical Researcher of the Brain and Central Nervous System) Colorado Scientists & Inventors Medical Research Human Anatomy The Brain
1897 Ronald George Wreyford Norrish (English Chemist: 1967 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) English Scientists & Mathematicians Chemistry 1967 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
1934 Carl Sagan (New York-born Astronomer and Science Author Awarded the 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction) Carl Sagan Space and Astronomy 1978 Pulitzer Prize for Non-fiction
1952 Jack Szostak (English 2009 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology) Jack Szostak Telomeres 2009 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology
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1833 Sally Louisa Tompkins (Virginia-born Hospital Administrator; the Only Woman Commissioned a Confederate Military Officer) Virginia Military Figures Medical Professionals American Women in the Military American Civil War Virginia Historical Society
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1522 Martin Chemnitz (German Theologian) German Political and Social Leaders Religion Concordia
1802 Elijah P. Lovejoy (Maine-born Abolitionist, Journalist) Elijah P. Lovejoy Journalism Abolition African American Registry
1841 Edward VII (King of England) England King Edward VII
1874 Matthew Mansfield Neely (West Virginia Congressman, Governor and United States Senator) West Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress West Virginia State Archives
1918 Spiro Agnew (Maryland-born Vice President of the United States to Richard Nixon) Spiro Agnew Richard Nixon U.S. Government
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1868 Marie Dressler (Canadian Actress) Canadian Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1886 Ed Wynn (Pennsylvania-born Actor) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1913 Hedy Lamarr (Austrian Actress) Hedy Lamarr Actors Film
1922 Dorothy Dandridge (Ohio-born African-American Actress) Dorothy Dandridge Actors Film African American Performing Artists
1936 Mary Travers (Kentucky-born Folk Singer: Member of Peter, Paul & Mary) Mary Travers Peter, Paul & Mary
1952 Lou Ferrigno (New York City-born Actor: "The Incredible Hulk") New York City Performing Artists Actors Television The Incredible Hulk Internet Movie Database
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1913 Ted Rhodes (Tennessee-born African-American Golfer) Tennessee Sports Figures Golf African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1923 Alice Coachman Davis (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Track and Field Hall of Fame) Georgia Sports Figures Track and Field Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures African American Registry
1935 Bob Gibson (Nebraska-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Nebraska Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
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1856 John Clayton (U.S. Senator From Delaware) Delaware Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
1938 Edward Murray East (Illinois-born Geneticist, Pioneer in the Development of Hybrid Corn) Illinois Scientists & Mathematicians Botany Genetics
1940 Neville Chamberlain (Former Prime Minister of England) Neville Chamberlain
1952 Chaim Weizmann (Russian-born First President of Israel) Chaim Weizmann Political Leaders of Israel
1953 King Ibn Saud (Founder of Saudi Arabia) Saudi Political Leaders
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1954 Clifford Walker (Governor of Georgia: 1923-1927) Georgia Political Leaders University of Georgia
1970 Charles De Gaulle (President of France) Charles De Gaulle
1988 John Mitchell (Michigan-born Attorney General for President Nixon: Watergate Conspirator) Michigan Political and Social Leaders Watergate Conspiracy Crime
2004 Stieg Larsson (Swedish Journalist, Novelist) Stieg Larsson Journalism Authors
2006 Ed Bradley (Pennsylvania-born African-American Broadcast Journalist) Ed Bradley Journalism Television African-American Performing Artists
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1682 William Penn Decrees That Weekly Public Markets May Be Held in New Castle, Delaware William Penn New Castle, Delaware Colonial Delaware Business State of Delaware
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1702 Residents of St. Augustine, Florida Seek Safety from British in the Castillo De San Marcos Great Britain Florida Castillo de San Marcos Florida Historical Society
1775 Henry Hamilton Arrives in Detroit as the Newly Appointment British Governor British Political and Social Leaders Detroit State of Michigan
1788 The Virginia General Assembly Selects Two Antifederalists, Richard Henry Lee and William Grayson, as the State's First Two U.S. Senators. Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Senate Historic Firsts Virginia Historical Society
1789 Namesake of Telfair County, Georgia, Edward Telfair, Is Sworn into Office for His Second Term as the State's Governor Telfair County, Georgia University of Georgia
1799 Napoleon Seizes Power Ousting France's Directory in a Coup d'état France Napoleon BBC
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a verry hard frost this morning we Continue to build our Cabens, under many disadvantages, Day Cloudy wind from the N W. Several Indians pass with reports,

we got a White weasel, (Taile excepted which was black at the end) of an Indian

Capt Lewis walked to the hill abt. ľ of a mile— we are Situated in a point of the Missouri North Side in a Cotton wood Timber, this Timber is tall and heavy Containing an imence quantity of water Brickle & Soft food for Horses to winter (as is Said by the Indians) The Mandans Graze their horses in the day on Grass, and at night give them a Stick of Cotton wood to eate,

Horses Dogs & people all pass the night in the Same Lodge or round House, Covd. with earth with a fire in the middle

great number of wild gees pass to the South, flew verry high

Ordway: a hard white frost last night. a clear & pleasant morning. we continued building as usal.

we expect our hunters Soon as we are in Great want of fresh meat.— a nomber of the natives visits us everry day

Lewis & Clark Map: 10/14/04 North Dakota Map: 10/26/04
Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Fort Mandan Native American Tribes
Weather Cottonwood Tree
Long-tailed Weasel Geese

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: The tide of last night did not rise Sufficintly high to come into our camp, but the Canoes which was exposed to the mercy of the waves &c. which accompanied the returning tide, they all filled, and with great attention we Saved them untill the tide left them dry—

wind Hard from the South and rained hard all the fore part of the day, at 2 oClock P M the flood tide came in accompanied with emence waves and heavy winds, floated the trees and Drift which was on the point on which we Camped and tosed them about in Such a manner as to endanger the Canoes verry much, with every exertion and the Strictest attention by every individual of the party was Scercely Sufficient to Save our Canoes from being crushed by those monsterous trees maney of them nearly 200 feet long and from 4 to 7 feet through. our camp entirely under
water dureing the hight of the tide, every man as wet as water could make them all the last night and to day all day as the rain Continued all day,

at 4 oClock P M the wind Shifted about to the S. W. and blew with great violence imediately from the Ocian for about two hours, notwithstanding the disagreeable Situation of our party all wet and Cold (and one which they have experienced for Several days past) they are chearfull and anxious to See further into the Ocian, The water of the river being too Salt to use we are obliged to make use of rain water— Some of the party not accustomed to Salt water has made too free a use of it on them it acts as pergitive. at this dismal point we must Spend another night as the wind & waves are too high to proceed.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Native Americans Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Wahkiakum County
USGS The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1809 David B. Mitchell Is Elected by the General Assembly for the First of His Three Two-Year Terms as Governor of Georgia Georgia Political and Social Leaders Elections University of Georgia
1825 Thomas Drummond Invents Limelight, a Dramatic Improvement for Stage Lighting British Scientists & Mathematicians Stage & Theater Lemoyne College
1831 Wilson Lumpkin Is Sworn in as the Governor of Georgia for the First of Two Consecutive Two-Year Terms Georgia Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
1838 In Florida, Fort Gatlin Is Established Between the Present-Day Sites of Orlando and Pine Castle Florida Forts Florida Historical Society
1842 First U.S. Patent for Design Issued for a Typeface and Borders Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights Art and Design Historic Firsts USPTO
1853 Namesake of Johnson County, Herschel Johnson, Is Sworn in as the Governor of Georgia for the First of Two Consecutive Two-Year Terms Johnson County, Georgia University of Georgia
1857 The Oregon Constitution Is Adopted by a Territorial Vote Oregon Constitution Historic U.S. Documents State of Oregon
1862 General Burnside Assumes Command of the Union Army of the Potomac Ambrose Burnside American Civil War The History Channel
In New Ulm, Minnesota, a Mob Attack Indians Captured During the U.S. -Dakota War New Ulm, Minnesota Native-American Heritage Prisoners of War Minnesota Historical Society
1864 From Kingston, Georgia, General Sherman Issues Special Field Order No. 120 Organizing the Army of the Tennessee into Two Wings Kingston, Georgia American Civil War University of Georgia
1872 Fire Destroys Much of the Boston Business District: 13 People Die Boston Fire Death Harpers Weekly Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1875 U.S. Government Identifies Followers of Sitting Bull & Crazy Horse as Hostile Battle of Little Bighorn Cheyenne Indians Sitting Bull The History Channel
1882 Residents in Sussex County, Delaware Celebrate Their Traditional "Return Day" Two Days After the Local Election Sussex County, Delaware Elections Official Return Day Web Site State of Delaware
1884 The Kaweah Utopian Group First Meets and Will Establish the Keweah Co-operative Commonwealth in California's Eastern Tulare County Tulare County, California LearnCalifornia
1886 John B. Gordon Is Sworn in as the Governor of Georgia for the First of Two Consecutive Two-Year Terms Georgia Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
1888 Body of Mary Jane Kelly, Probable Victim of Jack the Ripper, Found in London Jack the Ripper Crime Death Metropolitan Police
1891 George A. Hormel Launches His Packinghouse in Austin, Minnesota, Operating Out of an Old Creamery Austin, Minnesota Farming and Agrciulture Business Hormel Minnesota Historical Society
1895 In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Pabst Theater Is Completed as an All-Electric Theater Featuring Air Conditioning Milwaukee, Wisconsin Stage and Theater Electricity Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1901 African American, William Monroe Trotter, Founds the Boston Guardian Massachusetts Journalism African-American Heritage PBS
1903 An Odd Fellows Lodge for African-Americans Is Organized in Beloit, Wisconsin Beloit, Wisconsin Racism African-American Heritage Odd Fellows Wisconsin Historical Society
1906 Theodore Roosevelt Departs for Panama, the First Foreign Trip a U.S. President Panama President Theodore Roosevelt The American Presidency Historic Firsts The History Channel
1912 Carlisle Indian School, PA (Pop Warner, coach - Jim Thorpe, star) Stuns Army 27-6 Pennsylvania Jim Thorpe Native Americans College Football Hall of Fame NY Times
1918 Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II Announces He Will Abdicate Germany NY Times Deutsche Welle
1923 Police and Troops in Munich Crush the Nazi Beer Hall Putsch Germany Nazi Germany The History Channel
1935 8 Industrial Union Leaders Announce the Formation of the CIO Labor Unions Labor Unions Utility Works Union of America NY Times
1936 The First Meeting of the Texas Institute of Letters Is Convened in Dallas Texas Writing Texas State Historical Association
1938 Kristallnacht - Nazis Burn and Loot Jewish Temples, Stores and Homes Kristallnacht Judaism The History Channel Death
1946 World War II Wage and Salary Controls Are Ended World War II Economics Labor US Treasury
1948 In Georgia, U.S. Post Office Issues a 3-cent Stamp Honoring Moina Michael Who Championed Selling Poppies to Help Disabled Soldiers Georgia Political and Social Leaders World War II Special Needs Education Community Service U.S. Postal Service University of Georgia
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1952 Maurice Richard Scores NHL Record 325th Goal. Puck Sent to Queen Elizabeth National Hockey League Queen Elizabeth II USA Today
1953 Supreme Court Upholds Major League Baseball's Exemption from Antitrust Laws U.S. Supreme Court Federal Anti-trust Laws Major League Baseball USA Today
1956 Atlanta, Georgia's Mattiwilda Dobbs Is the First African American to Sing a Romantic Lead at New York's Metropolitan Opera Metropolitan Opera Atlanta, Georgia Opera African-American Heritage Historic Firsts University of Georgia
Jean-Paul Sartre Condemns the Soviet Invasion of Hungary Hungarian Revolution of 1956 Soviet Union Jean-Paul Sartre The Cold War The History Channel
1960 Kennedy Elected President, Narrowly Defeating Richard Nixon 1960 Presidential Election Richard Nixon The American Presidency Presidential Elections BBC
1961 U.S. X-15 Rocket Plane Flown to Record 4,093 mph and 30,970 m Altitude Aviation History Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA
1965 Faulty Niagara Falls Switch Creates Power Failure for NE U.S. & Canada Canada 1965 NE U.S. Power Blackout NY Times The History Channel
Nate Thurmond Grabs Career-high 42 Rebounds for the Warriors vs. Detroit Ohio Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame NBA USA Today
1967 Saturn V Rocket Carries First Unmanned Apollo 4 Spacecraft into Space Space Exploration Historic First NASA
First Issue of Rolling Stone Is Published Journalism Rolling Stone
1968 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Centered in Southern Illinois Is Felt in 23 States Ilinois Earthquakes USGS Wisconsin Historical Society
1970 U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Massachusetts Challenge of Vietnam War Massachusetts Vietnam War U.S. Supreme Court The History Channel
1972 NASA Launches the Anik A1 Canadian Telecommunications Satellite Canada History of Technology NASA
1976 United Nations Approves 10 Resolutions Condemning Apartheid in South Africa United Nations South Africa Apartheid NY Times
1987 Cal Anderson Becomes Washington State's First Openly Gay Legislator Washington Political and Social Leaders Human Rights/Civil Rights Historic Firsts HistoryLink
1988 George Bush Is Elected President, Defeating Michael Dukakis 1988 Presidential Election The American Presidency Presidential Elections BBC
1989 Borders Are Opened between East and West Germany Berlin The Fall of the Soviet Union The Cold War History Channel
1990 King Birendra Proclaims New Constitution and Multi-party Democracy for Nepal Nepal University of Texas
1994 German Researchers First Detect Element 110 (3 atoms) Germany Web Elements
1996 Ground Is Broken for the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park Milwaukee, Wisconsin Baseball Milwaukke Brewers Wisconsin Historical Society
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2005 Terrorist Bombings of Three Jordanian Hotels Kill 56 Jordan Terrorism Death CNN
The Presidential Medal of Freedom Is Presented to Frank Robinson, Muhammad Ali & Jack Nicklaus President George W. Bush Baseball Hall of Fame Boxing Hall of Fame Golf Hall of Fame CNN