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5-Minute Quests

1. In which country is this date a feast day? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Which American volcano erupted on this date in 1842? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. In what year was Billie Jean King inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a book written by Jamie Lee Curtis (according to Kidsread):

1. Which two authors died on the same day as John F. Kennedy? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to Penn State University, Guy Burford is a vice-president of what company? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Sports Illustrated, how many rounds did it take for Muhammad Ali to defeat Floyd Patterson for the World Heavyweight Title on this date in 1965? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book written by George Eliot (according to Literary Heritage):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to Authors' Calendar, for what London publication did George Eliot serve as a subeditor?

2. According to PBS, on what day did Charles de Gaulle return to a liberated Paris?

3. According to the Nobel Foundation, for what achievement was Andrew Fielding Huxley awarded the 1963 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a song written by Hoagy Carmichael (according to the Indiana Historical Society):

George Eliot
Born on This Date 1819

[University of Maryland]

Charles de Gaulle
Born on This Date 1891


Andrew Fielding Huxley
Born on This Date 1917

[Nobel Foundation]

1963 Nobel Laureate for Medicine Medical Research

Guy Bluford
Born on This Date 1942


Jamie Lee Curtis
Born on This Date 1958


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1921 Rodney Dangerfield (New York-born Comedian) New York Performing Artists American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database Biography
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1980 Mae West (New York City-born Actress) New York City Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database History Channel
1981 Hans Adolf Krebs (German Biologist: 1953 Nobel Laureate for Medicine) Hans Adolf Krebs Biology 1953 Nobel Laureate for Medicine
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1497 Vasco de Gama Is First Navigator to Sail Around the Cape of Good Hope Vaco de Gama World History Fordham University
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1718 British Navy Kills Blackbeard the Pirate Off the Coast of North Carolina Blackbeard Naval History Notorious Britains Death History Channel
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: We set out at 6:15 this morning. The current that greeted us was rapid and difficult.

We again saw some heath hens on the side of the river. One of my men went on shore and killed one. This made some great soup for our Captain Clark who has been indisposed since the 16th.

We reached a Spanish settlement, where we were informed by a Mr. Findley, the owner, that there were 15 families here.

We overtook two keels from Louisville owned by Mr. Bullet of Louisville , headed to Kaskaskias, loaded with dry goods and whiskey. Later we met two keeled boats loaded with furs that were headed for New Orleans.

The land here does not appear to be overflowed because of the poplar and white oak timber. This is the first poplar and white oak that I have seen. Sand and scrubbing Rush on the banks, seem to grow thicker and at a greater heights from the bottoms of the river than any where else. I have been told that it is good food for cattle and horses in the winter.

The soil here is of an inferior quality being a stiff white clay. There is a quarry of white freestone on the eastern bank. The stones near the river are hard and formed of the sand of the river. The river also petrifies plant and animal alike. I have also observed petrified wood.

For the night we stayed on a slate beach. One of me men, Nathaniel Pryor, went hunting and has not returned although we have sounded the horn. I saw some wood that seemed to be in a coal-state, but when it
burned it emitted a sulfurous smell.

Illinois Missouri Health Geology Heath Hen Trees The Mississippi River University of Kentucky
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a fine morning Dispatched a Perogue and 5 Men under the Derection of Sergeant Pryor to the 2nd Village for 100 bushels of Corn in ears which Mr. Jessomme, let us have did not get more than 80 bushels

— I was allarmed about 10 oClock by the Sentinal, who informed that an Indian was about to Kill his wife in the interpeters hut fire about 60 yards below the works, I went down and Spoke to the fellow about the rash act which he was
like to commit and forbid any act of the kind near the fort—

Some missunderstanding took place between this man & his fife about 8 days ago, and She came to this place, & Continued with the Squars of the
interpeters, 2 days ago She returned to the Villg. in the evening of the Same day She came to the interpeters fire— We advised the Indian to take his Squar home and live hapily together in future,— at this time the Grand Chief of the nation
[Black Cat] arrived, & lecturd him, and they both went off

The grand Chief stayed with ua all day a warm Day fair afternoon— many Indian anickdotes one Chief & his familey Stay all night.

Ordway: pleasant & warm Sgt. Pryor & 5 men Sent with a pearogue to the 2nd village of the mandens for corn we completed building the backs of our chimneys. the pearogue returned towards evening with abt. 12 bushels of mixed coullourd corn in ears traied which the natives took out of the Ground where
they burry it in holes in their village—

Lewis & Clark Map: 10/14/04 North Dakota Map: 10/26/04
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The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Kentucky University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a moderate rain all the last night with wind, a little before Day light the wind which was from the S S. E. blew
with Such violence that we were almost overwhelmned with water blown from the river, this Storm did not Sease at day but blew with nearly equal violence throughout the whole day accompaned with rain.

O! how horriable is the day waves brakeing with great violence against the Shore throwing the Water into our Camp
&c. all wet and Confind to our Shelters,

Several Indian men and women Crouding about the mens Shelters to day, we purchased a fiew wappato roots for
which we gave armbans, & rings to the old Squar, those roots are equal to the Irish potato, and is a tolerable Substitute for bread

The threat which I made to the men of this nation whome I first Saw, and an indifference towards them, is: I am fulley Convinced the Cause of their Conducting themselves with great propriety towards ourselves & Party.

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1828 Florida Legislature Approves an Act to Create a State Banking System Florida Banking Florida Historical Society
1838 The First Wedding Recorded within Minneapolis City Limits Binds Samuel W. Pond with Cordelia Eggleston Minneapolis, Minnesota Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1842 Mount St. Helens Erupts Washington Mt. St. Helens Volcanoes USGS
The First Shipment of California Gold Is Made California Gold Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia
1849 Austin College (TX) Is Chartered Texas Education Austin College Texas State Historical Association
1861 Union and Confederate Ships Engage in 8-hr Artillery Exchange Near Florida's Ft. Pickens Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1864 Sherman's Troops Easily Defeat Confederate Irregulars at the Battle of Griswoldville, Georgia Georgia Sherman's March to the Sea University of Georgia
Confederate Troops Invade Tennessee in Attempt to Draw Sherman Out of Georgia Tennessee Sherman's March to the Sea History Channel
1870 Gas Light Arrives in Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Light Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1880 Lillian Russell Makes Her Debut at Tony Pastor's Theatre in New York City Lillian Russell Stage & Theater Musical Theater Library of Congress
1884 The Ft. Myers News-Press Is Founded Florida Journalism Fort Myers News Press Florida Historical Society
1900 In Milton, Delaware, the A. B. Robinson Canning Factory Is Destroyed by Fire Milton, Delaware Fire Business State of Delaware
1901 Stetson Defeats the University of Florida 6-0 in Its First Intercollegiate Football Game Florida Education Football Historic Firsts Stetson University University of Florida Florida Historical Society
1904 George Gillespie Is Granted a Design Patent for the Congressional Medal of Honor Trademarks & Patents Congressional Medal of Honor USPTO
Mathias Pfatischer Receives First U.S. Patent for DC, Interpole, Electric Motor Energy Inventors & Inventions Trademarks & Patents Historic Firsts California Energy Commission
1906 Berlin Convention Adopts S-O-S As International Telegraphic Distress Signal The Telegraph Standards World History New York Times
1910 A.F. Knight of Schenectady, N.Y Receives First Patent for Steel Shaft Golf Club New York Scientists & Inventors Golf Inventors & Inventions Trademarks & Patents Dynacraft Golf (pdf)
1927 Carl J.E. Eliason of Saynor, Wisconsin Issued First Patent for a Snowmobile Wisconsin Trademarks & Patents Snow Center for the Study of Technology and Society History Channel
1928 Ravel's "Bolero" Is Debuted in Paris Maurice Ravel Classical Music New York Times
1929 Jack Kerouac's Prep School Football Achievements Are Featured in the Lowell Sun Newspaper Jack Kerouac American Authors Football American Collection
1935 Kid Chissell and Billie Boyd Win 62-day Dance Marathon in Wenatchee, WA Washington Dance History Link
1942 Soviets Encircle the Germans at Stalingrad Soviet Union Nazi Germany World War II History Channel
The Alcan Highway, As It Was First Named, Is Dedicated Near Lake Kluane Alaska Transportation Alaska Historixal Society
1943 FDR, Winston Churchill, and Chiang Kai-shek Begin 4-day Meeting in Cairo, Egypt Egypt Winston Churchill Chiang Kai-shek Franklin Roosevelt World War II U.S. Department of  State
French Release Lebanese Political Prisoners from the Castle of Rashayya Lebanon France PBS
1961 Elvis Presley's Blue Hawaii Premieres Elvis Presley Film Internet Movie Database
1963 President John F. Kennedy Is Assassinated in Dallas, Texas Texas Assassination of President Kennedy The American Presidency Death Library of Congress
Wall Street Panics: Drops $13 Billion Markets and Investments EconEdLink
1965 Muhammad Ali Defeats Floyd Patterson in Las Vegas for World Heavyweight Title Nevada Muhammed Ali Floyd Patterson Sports Illustrated
Man Of La Mancha Premieres at the Anta Washington Square Theatre in New York New York City American Musicals Internet Broadway Database
1966 University of Florida's Steve Spurrier Wins the Heisman Trophy Florida University of Florida Heisman Trophy Florida Historical Society
1967 U.N. Resolution 242 Calls for the Formal Recognition of Israel by All Countries The United Nations Israel Historic World Documents World History New York Times
1974 NASA's Launches Britain's Skynet 2B Communications Satellite Great Britain Space Exploration Technology NASA
1975 Juan Carlos Is Proclaimed King of Spain Spain New York Times
1977 Concord SST Begins Regular Passenger Service Between New York & Europe New York City European History Aviation History New York Times
NASA Launches Meteosat 1 Geostationary Spacecraft for the Global Atmospheric Research Program Space Exploration Meteorology NASA
1983 NASA's Infra-Red Astronomical Satellite Stops Functioning After 9 Months in Space Space Exploration Space and Astronomy NASA
In Iowa, the Last Maytag Wringer Washer Is Produced Iowa Business History of Technology Maytag State Historical Society of Iowa
1986 20-year-old Mike Tyson Is the Youngest Heavyweight Champion in History New York City Sports Figures Boxing African-American Sports Figures New York Times
George Branham Is First African American to Win Pro Bowler Association Event Bowling African-American History Historic Firsts African American Registry
1988 U.S. Military Unveils the Stealth Bomber Over Palmdale, California California Stealth Bomber History Channel
Hurricane Keith Strikes Western Florida Between Tampa and Ft. Myers with 65 mph Winds Florida Hurricanes Florida Historical Society
1989 Lebanon's Newly-elected President, Rene Muawad, Is Assassinated Lebanon Death
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Construction Begins on the Georgia Dome Georgia Georgia Dome University of Georgia
1990 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Announces Her Resignation Margaret Thatcher History Channel BBC
1995 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 8 and Injures 30 in Egypt Egypt Earthquakes Death USGS
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1998 ''60 Minutes'' Airs Videotape of Dr. Jack Kevorkian Providing Lethal Drugs for Terminally Ill Patient Physician-assisted Suicide Death Crime 60 Minutes New York Times
2002 The Eric Carle Museum Opens in Amherst, Massachusetts Massachusetts Eric Carle Primary Children's Authors American Artists Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
2003 England Defeats Australia for Rugby World Cup England Australia Rugby BBC
2005 Angela Merkel Is Elected Germanys First Woman Chancellor German Political and Social Leaders Women Elections Historic Firsts BBC