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1. On this date in 1966, who were the two astronauts aboard the Gemini 12 mission? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who laid the cornerstone for the Jefferson Memorial on this date in 1939? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to National Public Radio, what is the title of Daniel Pinkwater's first book? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a performing artist born on this date:

1. Who scored 71 points for the Los Angeles Lakers on this date in 1960? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Library of Congress, who was the first woman to reach the summit of Pike's Peak? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, what was the name of the first vocal group with which Clyde McPhatter sang? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Marianne Moore (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 National Gallery of Art, where did Georgia O'Keeffe begin her art studies at the age of 18?

2. According to the Academy of American Poets, from what college did Marianne Moore receive her B.A. degree in 1909?

3. According to the "About ARD" section at the America Recycles Day website, what is the goal of America Recycles Day?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1924 work by Georgia O'Keeffe:

William Herschel
Born on This Date 1738

[University Corporation
for Atmospheric Research]

Space & Astronomy

Georgia O'Keeffe
Born on This Date 1887

[Marshall University]

American Artists

Marianne Moore
Born on This Date 1887

[American National Biography]


Clyde McPhatter
Born on This Date 1932

[Sundazed Music, Inc.]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Daniel Pinkwater
Born on This Date 1941

[Official Pinkwater Page]

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a Cloudy morning, the ice run much thicker than yesterday at 10 oClock

G Drewyer & the frenchman we Dispatched yesterday came up from the Hunters, who is incamped about 30 miles below— after a about one hour we Dispatched a man with orders to the hunters to proceed on without Delay thro the floating ice, we Sent by the man Tin, to put on the parts of the Perogue exposed to the ice & a toe roape—

The wind Changeable— all hands work at their huts untill 1 oClock at night— Swans passing to the South— but fiew fowls water to be Seen— not one Indian Came to our fort to day

Ordway: Cloudy. George Drewyer arived with the frenchman who went after them. he Informed us that the pearogue
was abt. 18 mls. below loaded with meat. the frenchman Sent back to the pearogue with a kittle to put on the Bow of the pearogue was cut with the Ice &.C

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Rained all the last night, this morning it became Calm and fair, I preposed Setting out, and ordered the Canoes Repared and loaded; before we could load our canoes the wind Sudenly Sprung up from the S. E and blew with Such violence, that we could not proceed in Safty with the loading. I proceeded to the point in an empty Canoe, and found that the waves dashed against the rocks with Such violence that I thought it unsave to Set out with the loaded Canoes—

The Sun Shown untill 1 oClock P M which afford us time to Dry our bedding and examine the baggage which I found nearly all wet, Some of our pounded fish Spoiled in the wet; I examined the amunition and Caused all the arms to be put in order.

About 3 oClock the wind luled, and the river became calm, I had the canoes loaded in great haste and Set Out, from this dismal nitich where we have been confined for 6 days passed, without the possibility of proceeding on, returning
to a better Situation, or get out to hunt, Scerce of Provisions, and torents of rain poreing on us all the time—

proceeded on passed the blustering point below which I found a butifull Sand beech thro which runs a
Small river from the hills below the mouth of this Stream is a village of 36 houses uninhabited by anything except flees,

here I met G. Shannon and 5 Indians. Shannon informed me that he met Capn Lewis at an Indian Hut about 10 miles below who had Sent him back to meet me, he also told me the Indians were thievish, as the night before they had Stolen both his and Willards rifles from under their heads, that they Set out on their return and had not proceeded far up the beech before they met Capt Lewis, whose arival was at a timely moment and alarmed the Indians So that they instantly produced the Guns—

I told those Indians who accompanied Shannon that they Should not Come near us, and if any one of their nation Stold anything from us, I would have him Shot, which they understoot verry well.

as the tide was Comeing and the Seas became verry high imediately from the Ocian I landed and formed a camp on the highest Spot I could find

between the hight of the tides, and the Slashers in a Small bottom this I could plainly See would be the extent of our journey by water, as the waves were too high at any Stage for our Canoes to proceed any further down. in full view of the Ocian from Point adams to Cape Disappointment, I could not See any Island in the mouth of this river as laid down by Vancouver

The Bay which he laies down in the mouth is imediately below me. This Bay we call Haleys bay from a favourate
Trader with the Indians which they Say comes into this Bay and trades with them Course to Point adams is S. 35° W. about 8 miles To Cape Disappointment is S. 86° W. about 14 miles

4 Indians of the War-ki a cum nation Came down to See &c. The Indians who accompanied Shannon from the village below Speake a Different language from those above, and reside to the north of this place The Call themselves Chin nooks

[The Chinooks, or Chinooks proper, occupied the north bank of the Columbia River from Cape Disappointment at the mouth and upstream at least as far as Megler and probably as far upstream as the vicinity of Grays Bay in Pacific County. Their territory extended north along the Washington coast to Willapa (formerly Shoalwater) Bay.

The Chinooks proper practiced a biseasonal settlement pattern, occupying villages along the Columbia River during the summer fishing season, moving to villages on Willapa Bay for the winter. This accounts for Lewis and Clark having seen very few Indians along the river in November. One of their principal settlements was the summer village of inúk (a Salish Chehalis term) on Baker Bay, from which both the name of this group and the name of the linguistically related peoples upstream along the Columbia River was derived.

I told those people that they had attempted to Steal 2 guns &c. that if any one of their nation stole any thing that the Sentinl. whome they Saw near our baggage with his gun would most certainly Shute them, they all promised not to tuch a thing, and if any of their womin or bad boys took any thing to return it imediately and Chastise them for it. I treated those people with great distance. our men all Comfortable in their Camps which they have made of boards from the old Village above. we made 3 miles to day.

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