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1. What product trademark was registered on this date in 1952? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What was the purpose of the Ranger 2 spacecraft launched on this date in 1961? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to its official website, how many guests attended the dedication ceremony of the Clinton Presidential Center on this date 2004? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a title of a Nancy Van Laan work (according to her official website)

1. What U.S. Cabinet-level position was created on this date in 1988? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Library of Congress, with who did Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre partner in 1829? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Johnson Space Center, from what university did Alan Shepard receive a Bachelor of Science degree in 1944? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1988 work by Margaret Atwood (according to the League of Canadian Poets):
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1. According to the National Park Service, why was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. interested in Howard Thurman's book Jesus and the Disinherited?

2. According to the USGS, how many chimneys were damaged by the earthquake that occurred in Massachusetts on this date in 1755?

3. Issued on this date in 1987, who did the final Congressional Report judge as ultimately responsible for the Iran-Contra Scandal (according to the History Channel)?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Howard Thurman (according to Quaker Hill Books):

Louis-Jacques Mandé Daguerre
Born on This Date 1787

[University of Southern California]


Howard Thurman
Born on This Date 1900

[Friends United Press]

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Alan Shepard
Born on This Date 1923



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Born on This Date 1939

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: We set out early this morning to visit and view where old Fort Jefferson stood. Our group included Clark and eight men. On and near an island were six Shawnee hunting camps, the island is formed by a bayou. At the junction of this bayou and a creed is the fort, which is on rising ground. On our return, we reached the huts of people who made their living by trading with the Indians. It was there we found some of our men who had left camp (against our instructions) and got drunk. We had much difficulty getting them.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a Cold morning Some wind

the Black Cat, Chief of the Mandans Came to See us, he made Great inquiries respecting our fashions. he also Stated the Situation of their nation, he mentioned that a Council had been held the day before and it was thought advisable to put up with the resent insults of the Ossinboins & Christonoes untill they were Convinced that what
had been told thim by us, Mr. Evins had deceived them & we might also. Evins promised to return & furnish them with guns & amunitiion,

we advised them to remain at peace. The Ossinboins &c have the trade of those nations in their power and treat them badly as the Soux does the Ricarees [Recorees - Arikara Indians] and they cannot resent for fear of
loseing their trade &.

Ordway: clear & cold. we raised the roof of the meat & Smoak house bringing
it up with Timber cross drawing in, So as to answer with chinking & dobbing & covering with earth & ashes for the covering without plank, as it is Troublesom to Git any more than to cover our huts. abt. noon a chief came down from the villages. his Squaw brought a back load of corn in ears for us.—

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A little cloudy this morning I Set out with 10 men and my man York to the Ocian by land. i. e. Serjt. Ordway & Pryor, Jos. & Ru. Fields, Go. Shannon, W. Brattin, J. Colter, P. Wiser, W. Labieche & P. Shabono one of our interpreters & York. I Set out at Day light and proceeded on a Sandy beech

N. 80° W. 1 Mile to a point of rocks about 40 feet high, from the top of which the hill Side is open and assend with a Steep assent to the tops of the Mountains, a Deep nitch and two Small Streams above this point,

then my course was N. W. 7 Mile to the enterance of a creek at a lodge or cabin of Chinnooks passing on a wide Sand bar the bay to my left and Sev- eral Small ponds Containing great numbers of water fowls to my right; with a narrow bottom of alder & Small balsam between the Ponds and the Mountn.

at the Cabin I saw 4 womin and Some Children one of the women in a desper- ate Situation, covered with Sores Scabs & ulsers no doubt the effects of veneral disorder which Several of this nation which I have Seen appears to have.

This Creek appears to be nothing more than the conveyance of Several Small dreans from the high hills and the ponds on each Side near its mouth. here we were Set across all in one Canoe by 2 Squars to each I gav a Small hook

S. 79° W. 5 Miles to the mouth of Chin nook river, passed a low bluff of a small hite at 2 miles below which is the remains of huts near which place is also the remains of a whale on the Sand, the countrey low open and Slashey, with elivated lands inter- spersed covered with pine & thick under groth This river is 40 yards wide at low tide—

here we made a fire and dined on 4 brant and 48 Pliver which was killed by Labiech on the coast as we came on.

Rubin Fields Killed a Buzzard of the large Kind near the meat of the whale we Saw: W. 25 lb. measured from the tips of the wings across 9½ feet, from the point of the Bill to the end of the tail 3 feet 10¼ inches, middle toe 5½ inches, toe nale 1 inch & 3½ lines, wing feather 2½ feet long & 1 inch 5 lines diami- ter tale feathers 14½ inches, and the head is 6½ inches in- cluding the beak.

after dineing we crossed the river in an old canoe which I found on the Sand near Som old houses & proceeded on—

S. 20° W. 4 Miles to a Small rock island in a deep nitch passed a nitch at 2 miles in which there is a dreen from Some ponds back, the land low opposite this nitch a bluff of yellow Clay and Soft Stone from the river to the Comencement of this nitch be- low the Country rises to high hills of about 80 or 90 feet above the water—

at 3 miles passed a nitch— this rock Island is Small and at the South of a deep bend in which the nativs in- form us the Ships anchor, and from whence they receive their goods in return for their peltries and Elk Skins &c. this
appears to be a very good harber for large Ships.

here I found Capt Lewis name on a tree. I also engraved my name & by land the day of the month and year, as
also Several of the men.

S. 46° E. 2 Miles to the inner extremity of Cape Disappointment this Cape is an ellivated Circlier point Covered with thick timber on the iner Side and open grassey exposur next to the Sea and rises with a Steep assent to the hight of about 150 or 160 feet above the leavel of the water—>

this cape as also the Shore both on the Bay & Sea coast is a dark brown rock. I crossed the neck of Land low
and ½ of a mile wide to the main Ocian, at the foot of a high open hill project- ing into the ocian, and about one mile in Sicumfrance. I as- sended this hill which is covered with high corse grass. de- cended to the N. of it and camped. I picked up a flounder on the beech this evening.— Miles 19

I suped on brant this evening with a little pounded fish.

Some rain in the after part of the night.

men appear much Satisfied with their trip beholding with estonishment the high waves dashing against the rocks & this emence ocian.

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