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5-Minute Quests

1. Which Space Shuttle was launched on this date in 1991? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1642, who discovered the land that would later be known as Tasmania? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Write Page, in which publication did Frances Hodgson Burnett's first widely-known story appear? (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 Ben Mikaelsen:

1. Who grabbed 55 rebounds in one NBA game on this date in 1960? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the San Diego Historical Society, when Junípero Serra left Mexico, the goal of his expedition was to establish missions in which two cities? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the White House, in which state did Zachary Taylor own a plantation? (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 Scott Joplin (according to the African American Registry):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the African American Registry, where was Scott Joplin born?

2. According to the Nobel Foundation, for what achievement was Simon van der Meer awarded the 1984 Nobel Prize in Physics?

3. According to the BBC, what is the name given to the 1989 Czechoslovakian revolution that led to the resignation of the hard-line communist party members on this date?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Garson Kanin (according to the Writer's Almanac):

Junípero Serra
Born on This Date 1713

[San Diego Historical Society]


Zachary Taylor
Born on This Date 1784

[Columbia Encyclopedia]

President of the United States

Frances Hodgson Burnett
Born on This Date 1849

[Free Online Library]

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Scott Joplin
Born on This Date 1868

[Lone Star Junction]

American Composers

Tsung-Dao Lee
Born on This Date 1926

[Nobel Foundation]

Physicist 1957 Nobel Laureate in Physics

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: We set out at 7 o'clock this morning and as we were leaving we saw Pryor, the man who didn't return form hunting, and we took him into the boat. He was very fatigued and somewhat indisposed. My observations today were somewhat obscured because of clouds flying in front of the sun. This constant changing of the lighting had me taking my colored glasses on and off in order to make an accurate observation. The rock which makes up the cliffs here is not uncommon to this part of the country. It is limestone, a rock yellowish-brown in color. I am told that at Cape Jeradeau the same rock appears.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a warm Day Several men with bad Coalds we continue to Cover our Huts with hewed punchens [split logs with one side roughly flattened] finishd. a Cord to draw our boat out on the bank, this is made 9 Strans of Elk Skin,— the wind from the S. E.—

Ordway: warm & pleasant. the work continued on as usal. the Guard reduced to a Sgt. & 3 men. a nomber of the natives visits us everry day.

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 fair morning Sent out 6 hunters

a Chief and Several men of the Chin nook nation Came to Smoke with us this evening one of the men brought a Small Sea otter Skin for which we gave Some blue beads

— this day proved fair which gave us an oppertunity of drying our wet articles, bedding &c. &c. nothing killed to day except one Brant.

being now determined to go into Winter quarters as Soon as possible, as a convenient Situation to precure the Wild animals of the forest which must be our dependance for Subsisting this Winter, we have every reason to believe that the nativs have not provisions Suffient for our Consumption, and if they had, their price's are So high that it would take ten times as much to purchase their roots & Dried fish as we have in our possesion, encluding our Small remains of merchindz and Clothes &c. This Certinly enduces every individual of the party to make diligient enquiries of the naivs the part of the Countrey in which the wild Animals are most plenty. They generaly agree that the most Elk is on the opposit Shore, and that the greatest numbers of Deer is up the river at Some distance above—

The Elk being an animal much larger than Deer, easier to kiled better meat (in the winter when pore) and Skins better for the Clothes of our party: added to—, a convenient Situation to the Sea coast where we Could make Salt, and a probibility of vessels Comeing into the mouth of Columbia ("which the Indians inform us would return to trade with them in 3 months["]) from whome we might precure a fresh Supply of Indian trinkets to purchase provisions on our return home: together with the Solicitations of every individual, except one of our party induced us Conclude to Cross the river and examine the opposit Side, and if a Sufficent quantity of Elk could probebly be precured to fix on a Situation as convenient to the Elk & Sea Coast as we Could find

— added to the above advantagies in being near the Sea Coast one most Strikeing one ocurs to me i'e, the Climate which must be from every appearance must be much milder than that above the 1st range of Mountains, The Indians are Slighly Clothed and give an account of but little Snow, and the weather which we have experiened Since we arrived in the neighbourhood of the Sea Coast has been verry warm, and maney of the fiew days past disagreeably So. if this Should be the Case it will most Certainly be the best Situation of our naked party dressed as they are altogether in leather.

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