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5-Minute Quests

1. On this date in 1984, who threw the "Hail Mary" pass that defeated national champion Miami 47-45? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who received a patent for the "Jenny Coupler" on this date in 1897? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the White House, what college did Franklin Pierce attend? (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. What historic act is commemorated on this date in the state of Maryland? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the African American Registry, in what year did Dorothy Sterling publish Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the National Park Service, where is the best location from which to see Mt. Whitney? (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 Thomas Hardy (according to Project Gutenberg):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the University of Illinois, what was the title of Johannes Diderik van der Waals' doctoral thesis?

2. According to the Martin Lawrence Gallery, what was the name given to the art movement influenced by Erté?

3. According to CNN, what did José Napoleón Duarte do upon receiving his degree in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1948?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of work by Christopher Logue (according to Writer's Almanac):
Franklin Pierce
Franklin Pierce
Born on This Date 1804


14th President of the United States

Johannes Diderik van der Waals
Johannes Diderik van der Waals
Born on This Date 1837

[Nobel Foundation]

Atomic Theory 1910 Nobel Laureate for Physics

Born on This Date 1892

[Global Art Brokers]


Dorothy Sterling
Dorothy Sterling
Born on This Date 1913

[Gale Group]

Young-adult Authors

José Napoleón Duarte
José Napoleón Duarte
Born on This Date 1925

[Gale Group]

El Salvador

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Georgia: Giorgoba (St George's Day: Orthodox Calendar)
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Japan: Kinro Kansha no Hi/Niinamesai (Labor Thanksgiving Day/Harvest Festival)
(Day of thanksgiving observed since 1948 on November 23 - date of ancient Harvest Festival)
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Maryland: Repudiation Day
(Commemorates Frederick County's repudiation of the Stamp Act: 11/23/1765)
Frederick County Repudiates Stamp Act The Stamp Act Maryland State Archives
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1913 Dorothy Sterling (New York-born Children's Author of African-American History) Dorothy Sterling Young-adult Authors African-American History African American Registry
1915 Marc Simont (French Children's Author, Illustrator) French Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Artists
1923 Gloria Whelan (Detroit-born Children's Author) Detroit Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Young-adult Authors
1936 Lois Johnson (Minnesota-born Children's Author) Minnesota Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Religion
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1884 Guy Reginald Bolton (English Playwright, Screenwriter) Guy Reginald Bolton American Musicals Plays
1912 Shaun Herron (Irish Novelist) Irish Authors Writer's Almanac
1920 Paul Celan (Romanian Poet) Paul Celan Poetry Holocaust
1926 Christopher Logue (English Poet) Christopher Logue Poetry
1927 Guy Davenport (South Carolina-born Writer and Critic) South Carolina Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1936 Robert Barnard (English Mystery Writer, Critic, Lecturer) English Authors Writer's Almanac
Artists, Architects and Designers
1883 José Clemente Orozco (Mexican Artist) José Clemente Orozco Artists
1892 Erté (Russian Art Deco Artist, Fashion Illustrator, Stage Set Designer) Erté Artists
Classical Composers and Performing Artists
1876 Manuel de Falla (Spanish Composer) Spanish Composers Composers
1925 Johnny Mandel (New York City-born Academy Award & Grammy-Winning Composer of M*A*S*H Theme Song) Johnny Mandel Film M*A*S*H Academy Awards Grammy Awards
1928 Jerry Bock (Connecticut-born Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer of Fiddler on the Roof, Fiorello) Jerry Bock American Composers `1960 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Explorers, Pioneers, Aviators and Astronauts
1935 Vladislav Nikolayevich Volkov (Russian-born Soviet Cosmonaut) Soviet Space Program Space Exploration
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1616 John Wallis (English Mathematician and Founding Member of the Royal Society) English Scientists & Mathematicians Mathematics
1837 Johannes Diderik van der Waals (Dutch Nuclear Scientist; 1910 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Johannes Diderik van der Waals Atomic Theory 1910 Nobel Laureate for Physics
1869 Valdemar Poulsen (Danish Engineer Who Invented the Magnetic Recorder) Danish Scientists & Mathematicians Radio
1919 Josiah Dwight Whitney (Massachusetts-born Geologist; Namesake of California's Mount Whitney) Massachusetts Scientists & Mathematicians Geology Mountains National Park Service
1926 Colin Macmillan Turnbull (English Anthropologist) English Scientists & Mathematicians Anthropology Authors Writer's Almanac
Military Leaders
1819 Benjamin Prentiss (Virginia-born Union General) Virginia Military Leaders American Civil War History Channel
Political and Social Leaders
912 Otto I (German king and Holy Roman emperor) Germany Catholicism
1804 Franklin Pierce (New Hampshire-born 14th President of the United States) New Hampshire Political and Social Leaders Franklin Pierce The American Presidency
1815 William Dennison, Jr. (Governor of Ohio) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Ohio Historical Society
1860 Karl Hjalmar Branting (Father of Socialism in Sweden) Swedish Political and Social Leaders 1921 Nobel Laureate for Peace
1925 José Napoleón Duarte (President of El Salvador) José Napoleón Duarte President Ronald Reagan Cold War
The Notorious
1859 Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney; New York City-born Outlaw) Billy the Kid Notorious Americans
Performing Artists
1887 Boris Karloff (English Actor) Boris Karloff Actors Film
1888 Harpo Marx (New York City-born Comedian; Member of the Marx Brothers) Harpo Marx Actors Film
1926 R. L. Burnside (Mississippi-born African-American Jazz Musician) Mississippi Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1930 Robert Easton (Wisconsin-born Actor) Wisconsin Performing Artists Actors Film Wisconsin Historical Society
1939 Betty Everett (Mississippi-born African-American Vocalist) Mississippi Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1954 Bruce Hornsby (Virginia-born Popular Musician) Virginia Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1959 Maxwell Caufield (Scottish Actor) Scottish Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1883 James Emilius Broome (South Carolina-born Third Governor of Florida) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Florida Political and Social Leaders Florida Historical Society
1910 Octave Chanute (French Aviation Pioneer) French Scientists & Mathematicians The Wright Brothers
1916 Franz Josef (Emperor, Austro-Hungarian Empire) Austria Hungary
1945 William Thomas Anderson (Georgia-born Journalist, Civil Rights Advocate) Georgia Writers and Illustrators Journalism Civil Rights/Human Rights University of Georgia
1948 Hack Wilson (Pennsylvania-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Pennsylvania Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Frame
Historically Significant Events Historically Significant Events
Historic Events of the 1600s that Occurred on this Date
1621 English Poet/Cleric John Donne Is Elected Dean of Saint Paul's Cathedral in London John Donne St. Paul's Cathedral Concordia
1654 French Scientist/Mathematician Blaise Pascal Converts to Christianity Blaise Pascal Calculus Religion Concordia
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1733 Rebellious Slaves Kill Many Masters, Take Control of Danish Island of St. John Island of St. John Slavery St. John Beach Guide
1765 12 Judges in Frederick County, Maryland Repudiate the Stamp Act of 1765 Frederick County Repudiates Stamp Act The Stamp Act Maryland State Archives
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a fair warm Day, wind from the S. E. Send after Stone Several men with bad Colds, one man Sheilds with the Rhumitism the river on a Stand haveing rose 4 Inches in all

Ordway: pleasant & warm the pearogue Sent for Stone. Rope works fixed. Several hands employed makeing a large Rope for the purpose of drawing the Barge up the Bank &.C.

Lewis & Clark Map: 10/14/04 North Dakota Map: 10/26/04
Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Fort Mandan Weather Common Cold

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Kentucky University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A calm Cloudy morning, a moderate rain the greater part of the last night,

Capt Lewis Branded a tree with his name Date &c. I marked my name the Day & year on a Alder tree, the party all Cut the first letters of their names on different trees in the bottom. our hunters killed 3 Bucks, 4 Brant & 3 Ducks to day.

in the evening Seven indians of the Clot Sop Nation Came over in a Canoe, they brought with them 2 Sea otter Skins for which they asked blue beads &c. and Such high pricies that we were unable to purchase them without reducing our Small Stock of merchendize, on which we depended for Subcistance on our return up this river—

mearly to try the Indian who had one of those Skins, I offered him my Watch, handerchief a bunch of red beads and a dollar of the American Coin, all of which he refused and demanded "ti-â, co-mo-shack which is Chief beads and the most common blue beads, but fiew of which we happen to have at this time

This nation is the remains of a large nation destroyed by the Small pox or Some other which those people were not aquainted with, they Speak the Same language of the Chinnooks and resemble them in every respect except that of Stealing, which we have not Cought them at as yet.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Chinook Indians Pacific County. Washington
USGS The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Kentucky University of Nebraska
1810 Indiana's Territorial Legislature Votes to Form Jefferson County with Madison as the County Seat Jefferson County, Indiana Indiana Historical Society
1811 Maryland's Gabriel Duvall Sworn In as Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court Maryland Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1823 The Bank of Florida Is Founded in Tallahassee Tallahassee, Florida Economics Florida Historical Society
1835 Henry Burden Receives First U.S. Patent for Horseshoe Manufacturing Machine Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Horses Historic Firsts Maine and Asmus
1846 Georgia's Augusta Canal System Begins Operation Georgia Canals Official Website University of Georgia
1858 Oregon's First Theatre Opens, Presenting the Comedy "Honeymoon" and the Farce "Betsy Baker" Oregon Stage and Theater Historic Firsts
1862 The Second (West) Virginia Cavalry Raids a Confederate Camp in the Sinking Creek Valley West Virginia Virginia American Civil War West Virginia State Archives
1863 The Three-day Battle of Chattanooga Begins Tennessee Battle of Chattanooga Florida Historical Society
1864 Sherman's Troops Occupy Milledgeville, Georgia on the "March to the Sea" Georgia March to the Sea University of Georgia
1869 William and John Murkland Receive U.S. Patent #97,106 for Carpet Power-Loom Patents & Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Business Pierce Law Center
1874 Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd Is Published Thomas Hardy Authors History Channel
1876 "Boss" Tweed Is Delivered to Authorities Boss Tweed Notorious Americans History Channel
1889 The First Jukebox Is Installed at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco San Francisco Music Historic Firsts SFweekly
University of Wisconsin Plays Its First Football Game, Losing 27-0 to the Calumet Club of Milwaukee Wisconsin Sports Figures Football Historic Firsts University of Wisconsin Football Wisconsin Historical Society
1897 A.J. Beard Receives Patent for "Jenny Coupler", a Lifesaving Railroad Coupler Alabama Mathematicians and Scientists African-American Mathematicians and Scientists Railroad Patents & Trademarks University of Pennsylvania
African American Inventor, J.L. Love, Patents (#594,114) a Pencil Sharpener African-American Mathematicians and Scientists Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks St. Louis Public Library
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1903 Italian Tenor Enrico Caruso Debuts at New York's Metropolitan Opera in Verdi's "Rigoletto Enrico Caruso Metropolitan Opera Opera Metropolitan Opera House American Public Media
Colorado Governor Sends Militia to Crush Cripple Creek Gold Miners' Strike Colorado Labor Gold History Channel
1909 A Janesville, Wisconsin Man Is Put on Trial for Falsely Selling Oleo as Butter Janesville, Wisconsin Fooda and Nutrition Crime Wisconsin Historical Society
1910 A Statue of Georgia Founder James Oglethorpe Is Dedicated in Savannah Georgia University of Georgia
Pennington County, Minnesota Is Created in Honor of Edmund Pennington, President of the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Soo Railroad Pennington County, Minnesota Railroads Minnesota Historical Society
1916 The First Original Boeing Airplane Is Tested on Washington's Lake Union Washington Aviation History Boeing Historic Firsts History Link
1921 Willis-Campbell Act Prohibits Doctors from Prescribing Liquor for Medicinal Purposes U.S. Congress Heal Care Illegal Drugs Law & Legal Resources University of Pittsburgh
1924 Geraldine Farrar Performs Carmen at Seattle's Metropolitan Theatre Washington Massachusetts Performing Artists Opera History Link
1929 Charles Lindbergh Visits Robert Goddard Charles Lindbergh Robert Goddard Aviation Space Exploration NASA
1936 First Issue of Life Magazine Hits the Newsstands Journalism Life Historic Firsts The New York Times
1937 John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men Opens in New York for 207 Performances John Steinbeck Plays Internet Broadway Database American Collection
1940 Romania Joins the Axis Powers: Nazi Germany, Italy and Japan Romania Nazi Germany Italy Japan World War II History Channel
William Faulkner Publishes Tomorrow William Faulkner American Authors American Collection
1941 Two Business Blocks in Seward, Alaska Are Destroyed by Fire Seward, Alaska Fire Alaska Historical Society
1943 U.S. Forces Seize the Tarawa and Makin Atolls from the Japanese Japan War in the Pacific The New York Times
1945 U.S. Ends Most Wartime Food Rationing, of Meat, Butter, and Other Foods World War II Foods and Nutrition The New York Times
1947 6.25 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Southwest Montana Montana Earthquakes USGS
1948 F.G. Black Receives U.S. Patent #2,454,686 for the First Zoom Lens Patents & Trademarks Television Photography Inventors & Inventions Historic Firsts
Mexico's Jaime Torres Bodet Takes Office as Director-General of UNESCO Mexican Political and Social Leaders United Nations
William Faulkner Is Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters William Faulkner American Authors American Academy American Collection
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1950 Laurel, Delaware High School Football Player, Ronnie Waller, Sets a State Record of 33 Touchdowns, and 33 Extra Points in 8 Games Laurel, Delaware Football State of Delaware
1957 Monahans Sandhills State Park Opens in Texas Texas Official Website Texas State Historical Association
1959 The Birdman of Alcatraz Is Released from Solitary for First Time Since 1916 Notorious Americans Prison Birds History Channel
Fiorello! Premieres at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway New York City American Musicals Plays Internet Broadway Database
1960 NASA Launches Tiros 2 Weather Satellite to Test Experimental Television Techniques Space Exploration Weather Television NASA
1963 Lyndon Johnson Begins First Full Day as President of the United States Lyndon Johnson Assassination of John F. Kennedy The American Presidency BBC
Representative Herman M. Holloway, Sr. of Wilmington Is Sworn in as Delaware's First African-American State Senator Wilmington, Delaware Politics African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1964 Houston's Michael DeBakey Performs World's First Successful Coronary Bypass Surgery Texas The Heart Medical Research Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1971 People's Republic of China Is Seated at the UN Security Council United Nations China The New York Times
1972 Vietnam Peace Talks Stalled in Paris Paris Vietnam War History Channel
1976 Tennessee Williams' The Eccentricities of a Nightingale Opens on Broadway Tennessee Williams Plays Internet Broadway Database American Collection
1977 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 70 in Argentina Argentina Earthquakes Death USGS
1979 Members of the IRA Are Sentenced for the Assassination of Lord Mountbatten English Political and Social Leaders Terrorism Law and Legal Resources History Channel
1980 A Series of Earthquakes Devastates Southern Italy: 4,800 Die Italy Earthquakes Death USGS
1981 President Reagan Gives CIA Authority to Establish the Contras The CIA Iran-Contra Scandal El Salvador Honduras Nicaragua History Channel
1982 The Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art Opens in Fort Worth, Texas Texas Museums American Artists Westward Expansion Official Website Texas State Historical Association
1984 Boston College Defeats National Champion Miami 47-45 on Doug Flutie's "Hail Mary" Pass 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner USA Today Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1987 Chicago Board of Trade Places Limits on Stocks Following October Crash Markets & Investments Chicago Board of Trade History Channel
1993 Angels in America: Perestroika Premieres at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway New York City American Musicals Plays Internet Broadway Database
1996 Hijacked Ethiopian Airliner Runs Out of Fuel, Crashes into Indian Ocean: 125 Die Ethiopia Air Disasters Crime Death BBC
1998 U.S. States, Territories and Posssessions Reach a Master Settlement Agreement with American Tobacco Companies U.S. Government Tobacco Law Law and Legal Resources Consumer Economics University of Dayton Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred from 2000 to present
2000 Miami-Dade County officials Stop the Hand Recount of Presidential Ballots Florida President George W. Bush The American Presidency 2000 U.S. Presidential Election CNN
2001 Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic Indicted for Bosnia Genocide United Nations Slobodan Milosevic Bosnia-Herzegovina War Crimes CNN
Israeli Helicopter Kills Mahmoud Abu Hanoud, Leader of Islamic Hamas Militants Israel Islam Terrorism Death BBC
2002 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Endeavor (STS-113) on 11-day ISS Mission Space Shuttle International Space Station NASA