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5-Minute Quests

1. In what year did Microsoft announce Windows 1.0 on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What Public Television show debuted on this date in 1969? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the University of Southern Mississippi, what was the title of the first book Kate Seredy illustrated? (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 or illustrator born on this date:

1. What country was approved for membership in the World Trade Organization on this date in 2001? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the BBC, to what tribe did Ken Saro-Wiwa belong? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Sequin Science, at which school did Andrés Manuel del Río teach for 50 years? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book published by Kate Seredy between 1941-1962 (according to the University of Southern Mississippi):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, what was the profession of Martin Luther's father Hans?

2. According to Richard Stockton College, why did Oliver Goldsmith not join a holy order?

3. According to the Nobel Foundation, for what achievement was Ernst Otto Frisch awarded the 1973 Nobel Prize for Chemistry?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of major work by Oliver Goldsmith (according to San Antonio College):

Martin Luther
Born on This Date 1483

[History Channel]


Oliver Goldsmith
Born on This Date 1878

[San Antonio College]


Andrés Manuel del Río
Born on This Date 1764

[Sequin Science]


Kate Seredy
Born on This Date 1899


Young-adult Authors Awarded the 1938 Newbery Medal for The White Stag

Ernst Otto Fischer
Born on This Date 1918

[Nobel Foundation]

Chemistry 1973 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry

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1899 Kate Seredy (Hungarian-born Children's Author, Illustrator: Awarded the 1938 Newbery Medal for The White Stag) Kate Seredy Young-adult Authors Artists & Illustrators Awarded the 1938 Newbery Medal for The White Stag
1929 W.E. Butterworth: aka W.E.B. Griffin (New Jersey-born Children's Author, War/Military Novels and Stories) New Jersey Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors Korean War (M*A*S*H)
1943 Terence Dickinson (Canadian Children's Science Author) Canadian Authors & Illustrators Science
1946 Sandra Lee Markle (Ohio-born Children's Science Author, Illustrator) Ohio Authors & Illustrators American Artists & Illustrators Science Boyds Mill Press
1947 Sal Barraca (New York City-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists & Illustrators Official Website
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1730 Oliver Goldsmith (Irish Author, Poet, Playwright) Oliver Goldsmith Poetry Plays
1759 Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller (German Author) Friedrich von Schiller
1879 Vachel Lindsay (Illinois-born Poet) Illinois Authors & Illsutrators Poetry Writer's Almanac
1893 John Phillips Marquand Delaware-born Author) Delaware Authors & Illsutrators
1913 Karl Shapiro (Maryland-born Poet Awarded the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) Maryland Authors & Illustrators Poetry 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry Writer's Almanac
1944 Tim Rice (English Librettist: "Jesus Christ Superstar") English Writers Music
1960 Neil Gaiman (English Author of Graphic Novels and Comic Books English Authors & Illustrators Comics Writer's Almanac
Artists, Architects & Designers
1890 Eliezer Lissitzky (Russian Painter, Typographer, and Designer) Russian Artists, Architects & Designers Artists
Scientists, Mathematicians & Inventors
1764 Andrés Manuel del Río (Spanish Chemist; Discovered the Element Vanadium) Andrés Manuel del Río Chemistry Vanadium
1895 John Knudsen Northrop (New Jersey-born Aviation Pioneer) New Jersey Scientists & Inventors Aviation History History of Technology Business & Economics
1918 Ernst Otto Fischer (German Organic Chemist: 1973 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) Ernst Otto Fischer Chemistry Iron 1973 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Military Leaders
1753 Josiah Harmar (Pennsylvania-born Union Army Civil War General) Pennsylvania Military Figures American Civil War Ohio Historical Society
Political & Social Leaders
1483 Martin Luther (German Religious Reformer: Namesake of the Lutheran Religion) Martin Luther Religion
1792 Russell Means (South Dakota-born Native American Civil Rights Leader) South Dakota Political and Social Leaders Native American Studies Human Rights/Civil Rights
1868 Wayne B. Wheeler (Ohio-born Temperance Leader) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Substance Abuse 18th Amendment Ohio Historical Society
1939 Samuel Nelson (New York-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) New York Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
Performing Artists
1889 Claude Rains (English Actor) Claude Rains Actors Casablanca
1925 Richard Burton (Welsh Actor) Wales Actors Film New York Times
1932 Roy Scheider (New Jersey-born Actor) New Jersey  Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1949 Ann Reinking (Washington-born Dancer, Choreographer) Washington State Performing Artists Dance
1956 Sinbad (Michigan-born African-American Actor) Michigan  Performing Artists Actors Television African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1982 Heather Matarazzo (New York-born Actor) New York Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
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1865 Henry Wirz (Swiss-born Commander of Andersonville Prison: Government Execution) American Civil War Library of Congress
1938 Ghazi Mustapha Kemal Atatürk (Turkish Nationalist and Political Leader) Ghazi Mustapha Kemal Atatürk
1956 David Seymour (Polish-American Photographer) David Seymour Photography
1982 Leonid Brezhnev (Ukrainian-born Soviet Political Leader) Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev BBC
1995 Ken Saro-Wiwa (Nigerian Civil Rights Activist: Government Execution) Ken Saro-Wiwa Human Rights/Civil Rights Death BBC
2001 Ken Kesey (Oregon-born Author) Oregon Authors American Authors
2006 Jack Palance (Pennsylvania-born Actor Awarded 1991 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) Pennsylvania Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film 1991 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
2007 Norman Mailer (New Jersey-born Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author) Norman Mailer Pulitzer Prize
2008 Miriam Makeba (South African Popular Singer, Rights Activist) Miriam Makeba Popular Musicians Human Rights
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1582 Spanish Merchant, Antonio de Espejo, Departs San Bartolome, Mexico, Leading a Small Expedition to Explore New Mexico Spanish Explorers New Mexico North American Explorers Latin-American Heritage New Mexico Magazine
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1674 Dutch Cede New Netherland and British Restore Name to New York The Netherlands Great Britain New Netherland Colonial America USGenNet
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1766 Governor of New Jersey Charters Queen's College (Rutgers University) New Jersey Education Rutgers University
1775 Second Continental Congress Resolves to Raise Two Battalions of Marines Continental Congress United States Marine Corps History Channel
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: rose early continued to build our fort

numbers of Indians Came to See us a Chief Half Pania Came & brought a Side of a Buffalow, in return We Gave
Some fiew small things to himself & wife & Son, he Crossed the river in the Buffalow Skin Canoo
[most likely bullboats] & and, the Squar carried the Boat on her back and proceeded on to the Town 3 miles

the Day raw and Cold wind from the N W, the Gees Continue to pass in gangues, Some Ducks also pass

Ordway: Cloudy & cold. the 2nd Chief & a Squaw came from the 1st village down in a buffaloe hide cannoe. brought us Som fat buffalow meat we finished raising one line of our huts. commenced hughing & Guttering the punchien/I> [split logs with one side roughly flattened] for the purpose of covering the huts.

Lewis & Clark Map: 10/14/04 North Dakota Map: 10/26/04
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Buffalo Geese Duck

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Rained verry hard the greater part of last night and continues this morning. the wind has luled and the waves are not high;

we loaded our canoes and proceeded on passed Several Small and deep nitch on the Stard. Side, we proceeded on about 10 miles Saw great numbers of Sea Guls, the wind rose from the N. W. and the waves became So high that we were compelled to return about 2 miles to a place we Could unload our Canoes, which we did in a Small nitch at the mouth of a Small run on a pile of drift logs where we Continued untill low water,

when the river appeared calm we loaded and Set out; but was obliged to return finding the waves too high for our Canoes to ride, we again unloaded the Canoes, and Stoed the loading on a rock above the tide water, and formed a camp on the Drift Logs which appeared to be the only Situation we could find to lie, the hills being either a
perpendicular Clift, or Steep assent, riseing to about 500 feet—

our Canoes we Secured as well as we could— we are all wet the rain haveing continued all day, our beding and maney other articles, employ our Selves drying our blankets—

nothing to eate but dried fish pounded which we brought from the falls. we made 10 miles today—

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Pacific County. Washington
USGS The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1808 Osage Indians Cede Most of the State of Missouri and Northern Arkansas Lands for Oklahoma Reservation Arkansas Missouri Oklahoma Osage Indians History Channel Arkansas History Commission
1817 Salt Miners Form Trust Company to Control Production in West Virginia's Kanawha Valley West Virginia Business West Virginia Archive & History
1834 The First Public Sale of Land in the Wisconsin Territory Begins at the Mineral Point Land Office MIneral Point, Wisconsin Economics Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1837 Kichai Indians Kill 10 Texas Rangers at the Battle of Stone Houses Texas Kichai Indians Death Texas State Historical Assocation
1851 In St. Paul, Minnesota, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Open a Girls School, Enrolling 14 Pupils St. Paul, Minnesota Education Women Religion Catholicism Sisters of  St. Joseph of  Carondelet Minnesota Historical Society
1855 Poet Henry W. Longfellow Publishes The Song of Hiawatha Henry W. Longfellow Minnesota Poetry Native American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
1862 In Port Washington, Wisconsin, 1,000 Residents Riot in Protest of a Draft for an Additional 300,000 Soldiers Port Washington, Wisconsin American Civil War Wisconsin Historical Soceity
1864 Sherman Leaves Rome, Georgia with Orders to Destroy Everything Not Needed by Union Troops Georgia American Civil War University of Georgia
1865 Henry Wirz, a Swiss Immigrant and Commander of Andersonville Prison in Georgia, Is Hanged for Murdering Soldiers Incarcerated at His Prison Notorious Swiss Georgia Andersonville Prison Prisoners of War Capital Punishment History Channel Library of Congress
1871 Reporter Henry Morton Stanley Finds Explorer David Livingstone Africa Henry Morton Stanley Journalism New York Times
Cretin High School Opens in St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Education Religion Catholicism Minnesota Historical Society
1883 Black Bart Commits His Last Crime Robbing California's Sonora to Milton Stage California Crime Notorious Americans Museum of San Francisco
1885 Gottlieb Daimler Debuts the Worlds First Motorcycle German Scientists & Inventors Motorcycles Inventors & Inventions Historic Firsts MS Encarta
The City of Fort Meade, Florida Is Incorporated Fort Meade, Florida Florida Historical Society
1889 In Portland, Oregon, P.H. Redmon Ascends 2,000 Feet in a Balloon and Parachutes to Earth on the Descent Portland, Oregon Hot Air Balloon
1897 The Skagway, Alaska Post Office Is Established Skagway, Alaska U.S. Postal Service Alaska Historical Society
1898 2,000 White Supremacists Burn Black Businesses & Kill 9 in Wilmington, North Carolina North Carolina African-American History Racism Death African American Registry
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1913 American Federation of Labor (AFL) Holds 33rd Annual Convention in Seattle Washington Labor Unions AFL-CIO History Link
1923 Lake Washington's East Channel Bridge Is Opened to Mercer Island Washington Bridges History Link
1928 Hirohito Is Enthroned as Emperor of Japan Japan History Channel
University of Notre Dame Football Team "Wins One for the Gippe"r University of Notre Dame Football College Football Hall of Fame New York Times
1933 Workers at the Hormel Meat Packing Plant in Austin, Minnesota Stage the First Sit-Down Strike in American Labor History Austin, Minnesota Farming and Agrciulture Business Labor Strikes Historic Firsts Hormel Minnesota Historical Society
1938 8.2 Magnitude Earthquake Is Centered East of Alaska's Shumagin Islands Alaska Earthquakes USGS
1940 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 1,000 in Romania Romania Earthquakes Death USGS
1942 Germany Invades Vichy France NAZI Germany France World War II History Channel
1946 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake and Landslides Kill 1,400 in Peru Peru Earthquakes Death USGS
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1951 Mayors of Englewood, New .Jersey & Alameda, California First to Direct-dial Long Distance California New Jersey Telephone Historic Firsts AT&T LearnCalifornia
1953 STAR-KIST Canned Tuna Fish Trademark Registered Trademarks and Patents Star Kist USPTO
1954 U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower Dedicates the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, Virginia Virginia President Eisenhower The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) World War II National Park Service
1960 Governor Davis Calls Upon the People of Louisiana to Build Fall-Out Shelters Louisiana Cold War Nuclear Weapons Louisiana Secretary of State
Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment Opens in New York to Tepid Reviews Tennessee Williams American Authors Plays Internet Broadway Database
Lady Chatterley's Lover Sells Out After Being Banned for 30 Years D.H. Lawrence Literature BBC
1961 The Professional Golfers Association Eliminates "Caucasians Only" Clause from Its Constitution Golf PGA Racism USA Today
1964 Kenyan African Democratic Union Voluntarily Dissolves Making Kenya a One-party State Kenya Politics, Voting & Elections CNN
1967 NASA Launches ESSA-6 Weather Satellite Space Exploration Weather NASA
Texas' 90-mile President's Ranch Trail Is Dedicated in Honor of Lyndon Johnson Texas President Lyndon Johnson Texas State Historical Assocation
1969 Sesame Street Debuts on Public Television Family Television Muppet Central Internet Movie Database
1970 Soviets Launch Luna 17 Which Will Deploy a Rover for an 11-Month Lunar Exploration Soviet Space Program Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
For First Week in Five Years No U.S. Casualties Reported in Vietnam Vietnam War History Channel
1972 A Southern Airways Flight Bound from Birmingham to Montgomery Is Hijacked to Cuba Cuba Alabama Aviation History Crime Alabama State Archives
1973 Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five Is Burned in North Dakota North Dakota Kurt Vonnegut Literature History Channel
1974 The Charmed Quark Is Simultaneously Discovered at MIT and Berkeley Sub-atomic Particles 1976 Nobel Prize for Physics Stanford University
1975 The U.N. General Assembly Approves Resolution Equating Zionism with Racism The United Nations Israel Judiasm Racism New York Times
The Ore Boat Edmund Fitzgerald Vanishes in Storm on Lake Superior with Crew of 29 Naval History Storms Death State of Michigan
1976 Minnesota Governor Wendell R. Anderson Replaces Senator Walter Mondale, Newly Elected as Vice President of the United States Minnesota Poltical and Social Leaders U.S. Senate Minnesota Historical Society
Lieutenant Governor Rudy Perpich Replaces Wendell R. Anderson as Governor of Minnesota Minnesota Poltical and Social Leaders Minnesota Historical Society
1982 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Opens to the Public in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial Vietnam War New York Times
1983 President Reagan and Prime Minister Nakasone Hold Trade Talk in Japan Japan President Ronald Reagan International Trade History Channel
Microsoft Announces Windows 1.0 Bill Gates and Microsoft Microsoft
1986 Congress Designates the Massachusetts Blackstone River Valley a National Heritage Corridor Massachusetts U.S. Congress Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1988 The Wilmington, Delaware Rotary Club Votes to Admit Female Members for the First Time Wilmington, Delaware Women Historic Firsts Wilmington Rotary State of Delaware
1989 Todor Zhivkov Forced to Resign after 35 Yrs as Bulgaria's Communist Party Chief/Head of State Bulgaria Cold War Sofia Echo
1990 Socialist Leader Chandrasekhar Sworn in As India's New Prime Minister Indian Political and Social Leaders Sofia Echo
1995 Nigerian Government Executes Civil Rights Activist Ken Saro-Wiwa Ken Saro-Wiwa Human Rights/Civil Rights Death History Channel BBC
1997 WorldCom Inc. and MCI Communications Corp. Agree to $37B Merger Business & Economics History of Technology New York Times
Historical Events Occurring between 2000 - present
2001 The World Trade Organization Approves China's Membership China World Trade Organization CNN