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5-Minute Quests

1. On this date in 1910, who piloted the first airplane to take off from a ship? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who debuted as conductor of the New York Philharmonic on this date in 1943? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Writer's Almanac, for whom did Astrid Lindgren write Pippi Longstocking as a present? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an early work by Claude Monet (according to Webmuseum):

1. Which two members of the British royal family were born on this date 298 years apart? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, why is Robert Fulton's name tied so closely to the steamship? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Lucid Cafe, from whom did Claude Monet take his earliest art lessons? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1950 work by Astrid Lindgren (according to Authors' Calendar):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Library of Congress, which Aaron Copland's ballet was awarded the 1944 Pulitzer Prize in music?

2. According to All Music Guide, what instrument did Ellis Marsalis play before switching to the piano?

3. According to the State of Michigan, what were the names of the Dodge brothers who produced their first automobile on this date in 1914?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a ballet by Aaron Copeland (according to The Classical Music Website):

Robert Fulton
Born on This Date 1765

[University of Houston]

Claude Monet
Born on This Date 1840

[Lucid Cafe]

Aaron Copland
Born on This Date 1900

[Lucid Cafe]

Astrid Lindgren
Born on This Date 1907

[Right Livelihood Award]

Ellis Marsalis
Born on This Date 1934


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1765 Robert Fulton (Pennsylvania-born Inventor, Engineer Who Popularized the Steamboat) Robert Fulton Inventors & Inventions Steam Engines
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1934 Ellis Marsalis (New Orleans-born African-American Jazz Musician) Ellis Marsalis Jazz Education Famous African Americans
1906 Louise Brooks (Kansas-born Actress) Louise Brooks Actors
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1754 Massachusetts Author, Playwright, Historian; Mercy Otis, Marries James Warren Massachusetts Authors American Women Authors American Revolution Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
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1802 Beethoven's String Quintet, Op. 29, Is First Performed at Beethoven's Apartment in Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria Beethoven Composers Historical Firsts American Public Media
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: At first light we set out. I took a dose of Rush's pills (a strong laxative) which helped out a lot. By night my fever was gone. At about 12 o'clock we passed Wilkinson-ville, here was a great chain of rocks stretching its arm across the Ohio. We landed this evening where the Ohio and Mississippi meet. I feel much better now yet very weak.
Indiana Kentucky Geology Health Lewis & Clark Map: 11/14/1803
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: rained all the last night without intermition, and this morning. wind blows verry hard but our Situation is Such that we Cannot tell from what point it comes—

one of our Canoes is much broken by the waves dashing it against the rocks—

5 Indians Came up in a Canoe, thro' the waves, which is verry high and role with great fury— They made Signs to us that they Saw the 3 men we Sent down yesterday. only 3 of those Indians landed, the other 2 which was women
played off in the waves, which induced me to Suspect that they had taken Something from our men below,

at this time one of the men Colter returnd by land and informed us that those Indians had taken his Gigg & basket, I called to the Squars to land and give back the gigg, which they would not doe untill a man run with a gun, as if he intended to Shute them when they landed, and Colter got his gig & basket

I then ordered those fellows off, and they verry readily Cleared out they are of the War-ci-a-cum N.

Colter informed us that "it was but a Short distance from where we lay around the point to a butifull Sand beech,
which continud for a long ways, that he had found a good harber in the mouth of a creek near 2 Indian Lodges—that he had proceeded in the Canoe as far as he could for the waves, the other two men Willard & Shannon had
proceeded on down

Capt Lewis concluded to proceed on by land & find if possible the white people the Indians Say is below and examine if a Bay is Situated near the mouth of this river as laid down by Vancouver in which we expect, if there is white traders to find them &c.

at 3 oClock he Set out with 4 men Drewyer Jos. & Reu. Fields & R. Frasure, in one of our large canoes and 5 men to Set them around the point on the Sand beech. this canoe returned nearly filled with water at Dark which it receved by the waves dashing into it on its return, haveing landed Capt Lewis & his party Safe on the Sand beech.

The rain Continues all day all wet. The rain &c. which has continued without a longer intermition than 2 hours at a time for ten days past had distroyd. the robes and rotted a great maney nearly one half of the fiew Clothes the party has, perticularley the leather Clothes,— fortunately for us we have no very Cold weather as yet and if we have Cold weather before we Can kill & Dress Skins for Clothing the bulk of the party will Suffer verry much.

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: This morning I took all the men who could be spared from the Fort and set out in quest of the flesh of the seven Elk that were killed yesterday, we found it in good order being untouched by the wolves, of which indeed there are but few in this country; at 1 P. M. we returned having gotten all the meat to the fort.

this evening we exhausted the last four candles, but fortunately had taken the precaution to bring with us moulds and wick, by means of which and some Elk's tallow in our possession we do not yet consider ourselves destitute of this necessary article; the Elk we have killed have a very small portion of tallow.

The traders usually arrive in this quarter, as has been before observed, in the month of April, and remain untill October; when here they lay at anchor in a bay within Cape Disappointment on the N. side of the river; here they are visited by the natives in their canoes who run along side and barter their comodities with them, their being no houses or fortification on shore for that purpose.

The bay in which this trade is carryed on is spacious and commodious, and perfectly secure from all except the S. and S. E. winds, these however are the most prevalent and strong winds in the Winter season fresh water and wood are very convenient and excellent timber for refiting and reparing vessels.—

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1832 New York City's First Horse-Drawn Streetcar Is Put into Service New York City Historic Firsts New York Times
1851 Herman Melville's Moby Dick Is Published Herman Melville Moby Dick History Channel
1860 The First Telegraph Service Reaches Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Telegraph Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1862 Lincoln Approves Burnside's Plan to Take Richmond Abraham Lincoln Ambrose Burnside American Civil War History Channel
1863 Confederate Ships Capture Two Union Coal Schooners Near Florida, Destroy One by Fire Florida Naval History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Sherman Returns to Atlanta to Prepare Forces for March to the Sea Georgia Sherman's March to the Sea University of Georgia
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1866 Carleton College Is Founded in Northfield by the Minnesota Conference of Congregational Churches Northfield, Minnesota Education Religion Carleton College
1868 In Lake County, California Land Owners Dismantle a Dam on Cache Creek That Had Flooded Their Farms Lake County, California Dams Rivers Floodings LearnCalifornia
1879 The First Bicycle in the Washington Territory Arrives in Seattle Washington Bicycling Historic Firsts History Link
1881 Guiteau Trial Begins for Assassination of President Garfield James A. Garfield The American Presidency Law & Legal Resources New York Times
1887 Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 4 ("Mozartiana") Is First Performed in Moscow Tchaikovsky Composers Historical Firsts American Public Media
1889 Nellie Bly Sets Record Circling the World in 72 Days Nellie Bly Journalism Historic Firsts New York Times
1896 Antonin Dvorák's Symphonic Poem "The Water Goblin," Op. 107, Is First Performed in London London, England Dvorák Composers Historical Firsts American Public Media
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1910 Eugene Ely Pilots First Plane to Take Off from a Ship Aviation History Naval History Historic Firsts Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1914 The First Dodge Is Produced Dodge Business Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1917 Mike O'Dowd, "The Cyclone of St. Paul, Minnesota," Defeats Al McCoy to Win Boxing's Middleweight Title Minnesota Sports Figures Boxing Minnesota Historical Society
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1935 President Franklin D. Roosevelt Proclaims the Philippine Islands a Free Commonwealth Republic of the Philippines New York Times
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1936 William Faulkner Publishes "The Unvanquished" in the Saturday Evening Post William Faulkner American Authors Journalism American Collection
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1938 In Alaska, the Copper River and Northwestern Railroad Discontinues Operations from Cordova to Kennecott Alaska Railroad Alaska Historical Society
1940 German Bombers Begin 10-Hour Raid That Decimates Coventry, England British History World War II History Channel
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1944 Shostakovich First Performs His Piano Trio No. 2, in Leningrad, Followed by the Premiere of His String Quartet No. 2 by the Beethoven Quartet Shostakovich Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
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