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5-Minute Quests

1. What animated cartoon figure made its debut on this date in 1942? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. For which two books was Elizabeth George Speare awarded her Newbery Medals? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Educational Paperback Association, why was Elizabeth George Speare grateful for long lonely summer days by the ocean? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a sports figure born on this date:

1. What is the name of the bridge that was opened on this date in 1964? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What was Voltaire's real name? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Library of Congress, which two cities were connected when the 1,500-mile Alcan Highway was opened on this date in 1942? (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 Marilyn French (according to the Authors' Calendar):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Alfred Henry Sturtevant became interested in genetics by tabulating the pedigrees of what?

2. According to RedHotJazz, what group was Coleman Hawkins playing with when Mannie Smith spotted him?

3. According to the History Channel, what nickname was given to Thomas Edison, once he announced his invention of the phonograph on this date in 1877?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1954 Coleman Hawkins album (according to his discography):

Born on This Date 1694

[Lucid Library]


Alfred Henry Sturtevant
Born on This Date 1891

[National Academy of Sciences]


Elizabeth George Speare
Born on This Date 1908

1959 Newbery Award Winner, The Witch of Blackbird Pond;  1962 Newbery Award Winner, The Bronze Bow

Coleman Hawkins
Born on This Date 1925



James DePriest
Born on This Date 1936

[Columbia University]

Classical Music

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1933 Coleman Hawkins (Missouri-born African-American Jazz Saxophonist) Coleman Hawkins Jazz Famous African Americans
1938 Marlo Thomas (Michigan-born Actress: Daughter of Danny Thomas) Marlo Thomas Actors Television
1940 Dr. John (New Orleans-born Jazz Musician) Dr. John Jazz
1945 Goldie Hawn (Washington, D.C.-born Actress) Goldie Hawn Actors Television Film
1952 Lorna Luft (California-born Actress: Daughter of Judy Garland) California Performing Artists Actors Internet Movie Database
1965 Björk (Icelandic Popular Singer) Iceland Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
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1920 Stan Musial (Pennsylvania-born Member of the Baseball Hal of Fame) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1944 Earl Monroe (Pennsylvania-born African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
1966 Troy Aikman (California-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) California Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame
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1800 Congress Meets with a Quorum for the First Time in the Capitol U.S. Congress Historic Firsts Architect of the Capitol
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: We set out at 7 o'clock this morning. Having traveled 7 miles I observed a great amount of misseltoe on the trees which border the river. I first observed this plant at the Muskingum river (which is where I got sick). I saw a number of black and white pided ducks (bufflehead duck) and I shot at one and crippled it but I could not find it then. Two deer came to the river to drink, we took advantage of the opportunity and shot at them. We didn't get either of them although one was wounded badly. About 50 miles below the mouth of the Ohio is Tanslagrass, from there is four islands. We stayed all night on the small island.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a cloudy morning most of the Chinnooks leave our Camp and return home, great numbers of the dark brant passing to the South, the white Brant have not yet commenced their flight.

The wind blew hard from the S. E. which with the addition of the flood tide raised verry high waves which broke with great violence against the Shore throwing water into our Camp—

the fore part of this day Cloudy at 12 oClock it began to rain and Continued all day moderately,

Several Indians Visit us to day of different nations or Bands Some of the Chiltz Nation who reside on the Sea
Coast near Point Lewis, Several of the Clotsops who reside on the opposit Side of the Columbia imediately opposit to us, and a Chief from the Grand rapid to whome we gave a Medal.

An old woman & wife to a Cheif of the Chinnooks came and made a Camp near ours She brought with her 6 young Squars I believe for the purpose of gratifying the passions of the men of our party and receving for those indulgiences Such Small as She (the old woman) thought proper to accept of, Those people appear to view Sensuality as a Necessary evel, and do not appear to abhor it as a Crime in the unmarried State—

The young females are fond of the attention of our men and appear to meet the sincere approbation of their friends and connections, for thus obtaining their favours; the womin of the Chinnook Nation have handsom faces low and badly made with large legs & thighs which are generally Swelled from a Stopage of the circulation in the feet (which are Small) by maney Strands of Beeds or curious Strings which are drawn tight around the leg above the anckle, their leges are also picked with different figures,

I Saw on the left arm of a Squar the following letters J. Bowmon, all those are Considered by the natives of this quarter as handsom deckerations, and a woman without those deckorations is Considered as among the lower Class

they ware their hair lose hanging over their back and Sholders maney have blue beeds threaded & hung from different parts of their ears and about their neck and around their wrists, their dress other wise is prosisely like that of the Nation of Wa ci a cum as already discribed. a Short roab, and tissue or kind of peticoat of the bark of
Cedar which fall down in Strings as low as the knee behind and not So low before maney of the men have
blankets of red blue or Spotted Cloth or the common three & 2˝ point blankets, and Salors old clothes which they appear to prise highly,

[A 2˝ point blanket would be 5 feet 4 inches by 4 feet 3 inches]

they also have robes of Sea Otter, Beaver, Elk, Deer, fox and Cat common to this countrey, which I have never Seen in the U States. They also precure a roabe from the nativs above, which is made of the Skins of a Small animal about the Size of a Cat, which is light and dureable and highly prized by those people—

the greater numbers of the men of the Chinnooks have Guns and powder and Ball—

The Men are low homely and badly made, Small Crooked legs large feet, and all of both Sects have flattened heads—

The food of this nation is principally fish & roots the fish they precure from the river by the means of nets and gigs, and the Salmon which run up the Small branches together with what they collect drifted up on the Shores of the Sea coast near to where they live—

The roots which they use are Several different kinds, the Wappato which they precure from the nativs above, a black root which they call Shaw-na tâh que & the wild licquorish is the most Common, they also kill a fiew Elk Deer & fowl— maney of the Chinnooks appear to have venerious and pustelus disorders. one woman whome I saw at the beech appeared all over in Scabs and ulsers &c.

we gave to the men each a pece of ribin We purchased Cramberies Mats verry netely made of flags and rushes, Some roots, Salmon and I purchased a hat made of Splits & Strong grass, which is made in the fashion which was common in the U States two years ago also Small baskets to hold Water made of Split and Straw, for those articles we gave high prices—.

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1814 Indiana's First Theatrical Production Is Presented in Vincennes Vincennes, Indiana Stage and Theater Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society
1818 Cahaba Is Designated As the Capital of the Alabama Territory Alabama Alabama State Archive
1842 African-American Sisters of the Holy Family Parish Is Founded in New Orleans New Orleans Catholicism African-American Heritage Catholic Encyclopedia African-American Registry
1843 In Philadelphia, Edgar Allan Poe Delivers His First Lecture on American Poetry Pennsylvania Edgar Allen Poe Poetry American Collection
1846 Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Coins the Word "Anesthesia" Massachusetts Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Research Center for the Study of Technology and Society
1849 The St. Anthony, Minnesota Library Association Is Formed St. Anthony, Minnesota Library and Media Resources Minnesota Historical Society
1850 Oregon's Fourth Newspaper, The Western Star, Makes Its Appearance in Milwaukie Milwaukie, Oregon Journalism
1853 San Francisco, California Experiences a Second Sizable Earthquake in Two Days San Francisco, California Earthquake LearnCalifornia
1861 Judah Benjamin Appointed Confederate Secretary of War Judah Benjamin American Civil War History Channel
1864 Sherman's Union Troops Burn Factories and Mills in Griswoldville, Georgia Georgia Sherman's March to the Sea University of Georgia
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1870 Arkansas' First State Medical Society Is Organized Arkansas Medical Professions Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1877 Thomas Edison Announces His Invention of the Phonograph Thomas Edison The Phonograph Inventors & Inventions History Channel
1896 Antonin Dvorák's Symphonic Poem "The Noonday Witch," Op. 108, Is First Performed in London London, England Antonin Dvorák Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1899 The Florence Crittenton Home for Unwed Mothers Opens in Dunlap, Washington Washington Women History Link
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1900 Baseball's American League to Expand East and Compete with the National League Baseball Major League Baseball New York Times
A U.S. Post Office Is Established in Uyak, Alaska Alaska U.S. Postal Sevice Alaska Historical Society
1901 Richard Strauss' Opera "Feuersnot" (Fire Famine) Is First Performed in Dresden, Germany Dresden, Germanyd Austrian Composers Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1902 The Steamer Bannockburn Leaves Duluth, Minnesota with 20 Crew Members and Disappears on Lake Superior Duluth, Minnesota Steamboats Death Minnesota Historical Society
1907 Cunard liner Mauritania Steams Record 624 Nautical Miles in a Day Naval History Steam Engines Historic Firsts The History Net
1918 Germany's High Seas Fleet Surrenders at Scotland's Firth of Forth in Scotland Germany Scotland Naval History World War I BBC
1919 Meeting in Dover's Presbyterian Church, Delaware Teachers Form the First Statewide Education Association Dover, Delaware Education Historic Firsts Delaware State Education Association State of Delaware
1920 Members of the Irish Republican Army Shoot and Kill 14 British Soldiers England Ireland Terrorism Death BBC
1921 McMurry University in Abilene, Texas Is Chartered Texas Education McMurry University Texas State Historical Association
1922 Georgia's 87-yr-old Rebecca Felton Is First Woman to Serve in the U.S. Senate Georgia Women Historic Firsts U.S. Senate
1924 The Steamer Merton E. Farr Strikes and Heavily Damages the Duluth-Superior Bridge Duluth, Minnesota Steamboats Bridges Minnesota Historical Society
1925 The Davis Family, Founders of Winn-Dixie, Open Their First Store in Miami, Florida Florida Business Winn-Dixie Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1927 6 Striking Mine Workers Are Killed in Confrontation with Columbine, Colorado Police Colorado Union Job Actions Death National Labor College
1934 Cole Porter's Anything Goes Opens on Broadway Cole Porter Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database
1935 Boeing's China Clipper Is the First Commercial Aircraft to Cross the Pacific Aviation History Historic Firsts NASA
1937 Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 Is First Performed by the Leningrad Philharmonic Dmitri Shostakovich Composers Historical Firsts American Public Media
1939 Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6 Is First Performed by the Leningrad Philharmonic Dmitri Shostakovich Composers Historical Firsts American Public Media
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1941 Eithel Leta Juanita Spinelli Is the First Woman to be Executed in California California Women Capital Punishment Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia
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1954 Iowa's Governor, William S. Beardsley, Is Killed in an Automobile Accident Iowa Automobiles Death State Historical Society of Iowa
1960 U.S. Redstone Booster Rocket Blows Up on Launch Pad Space Exploration NASA
1963 President Kennedy Dedicates the Aerospace Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas Texas John F. Kennedy Kennedy Library
1964 New York's Verrazano Narrows Bridge Opens New York City Bridges New York Times
1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs The Air Quality Act Lyndon Johnson Air Quality Johnson Presidential Library
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1968 A Bomb Explodes in the Physical Education at West Virginia's Bluefield State College West Virginia Education Terrorism Bluefield State College West Virginia Archives
1969 First Permanent ARPANET (Internet) Link Is Established Between UCLA and Stanford History of the Internet History of Technology RFC Archive
1973 Richard Nixon White House Discloses 18 1/2 Minute Gap in Watergate Tapes The Watergate Affair New York Times
1974 NASA Places Intelset-4 F8 Communications Satellite in Orbit Technology NASA
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1979 U.S. Embassy in Pakistan Attacked & Set Afire Pakistan U.S. History Terrorism BBC
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1991 U.N. Security Council Chooses Egypt's Boutros Boutros-Ghali As New Secretary-General United Nations Egyptian Political and Social Leaders New York Times
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2000 Florida Supreme Court Grants Democrats' Request to Continue Recounting Presidential Ballots Florida 2000 Presidential Election The American Presidency Politics CNN
2002 NATO Invites Seven Former Soviet Bloc Countries to Join the Alliance NATO Soviet Union European History CNN
2005 General Motors Announces It Will Cut 30,000 U.S. Jobs General Motors Automobiles Business CNN