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5-Minute Quests Today's 5-Minute Quest

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5-Minute Quests

1. What is the name of the museum that opened in South Africa on this date in 1999? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In 1941, which U.S. President set the fourth Thursday in November as the official date of Thanksgiving? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to his biography at the Charles M. Schulz Museum, how old was Charles Schulz when his uncle nicknamed him "Sparky"? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of children's author or illustrator born on this date:

1. According to the certified results, by how many votes did George W. Bush win the State of Florida in the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Gale Group, what was Sarah Grimké's sister's name? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Professional Football Hall of Fame, in what years was Art Shell selected as All-Pro? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

When the film Casablanca premiered on this date in 1942, one of its stars was Humphrey Bogart. Use all of these letters to spell the title of another Humphrey Bogart film:
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the Lakewood Public Library, what did Mary Edwards Walker wear at her wedding in 1856??

2. According to the National Inventors Hall of Fame, what is the number assigned to Willis Carrier's for an apparatus for treating air conditioner?

3. According to the Mariners' Museum, in what year did Captain James Cook join Great Britain's Royal Navy?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1954 work by Eugčne Ionesco (according to the Authors' Calendar):

Sarah Moore Grimké
Born on This Date 1792

[University of Massachusetts]


Mary Edwards Walker
Born on This Date 1832

[University of San Diego]


Willis Haviland Carrier
Born on This Date 1876

[Carrier Corporation]

Inventors & Inventions

Charles Schulz
Born on This Date 1922

[Cincinnati Enquirer]

Comics and Cartoons

Art Shell
Born on This Date 1946

Football Hall of Fmae

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Mongolia: Constitution Day
(Celebration of the Mongolian Peoples Republic's independence from China: 11/26/1924)
Mongolia U.S. Department of State The Canadian Parliament
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1839 George C. Eggleston (Indiana-born Journalist, Novelist, Children's Author) Indiana Authors & Illustrators Journalism Young-adult Authors
1901 Doris Gates (California-born Children's Author of Blue Willow) California Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Authors Britannica Harcourt San Diego County Office of Education
1935 Laurence Pringle (New York-born Children's Science Author) New York Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Non-Fiction Science Butterflies Author Illustrator Source Boyds Mills Press University of Massachusetts
Authors, Poets, Playwrights and Journalists
1731 William Cowper (English Poet) English  Authors & Illustrators Poetry
1909 Eugčne Ionesco (Romanian-French Author, Dramatist) Eugčne Ionesco French Authors Plays
1910 Cyril Cusack (South African Actor, Director, Playwright) Cyril Cusack Stage & Theater Television
1912 Eric Sevareid (North Dakota-born Broadcast Journalist) North Dakota Authors Journalism Radio Television
1921 P.D. East (Mississippi-born Author) Mississippi Authors & Illustrators
1943 Marilynne Robinson (Idaho-born Novelist) Idaho Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac
Artists, Architects and Designers
1922 Charles Schulz (Minnesota-born Cartoonist; Creator of Peanuts) Charles Schulz Cartoons & Comics
1924 George Segal (New York City-born Artist) New York City  Artists George Segal
1969 Kara Walker (California-born African-American Artist) California Artists African-American Artists African American Registry
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1932 Alan Stout (Maryland-born Composer) Maryland Composer American Composers
Scientists, Mathematicians & Inventors
1810 William George Armstrong (English Engineer, Inventor of Hydraulic Cranes, Engines and Bridges) English Scinetists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Historic UK
1876 Willis Haviland Carrier (New York-born Engineer, Inventor, Pioneer of Modern Air-Conditioning Systems with over 80 Patents Willis Haviland Carrier Inventors & Inventions Carrier Corporation
1894 Norbert Wiener (Missouri-born Mathematician) Norbert Weiner American Scientists & Mathematicians
1948 Elizabeth Blackburn (Australian-born 2009 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology) Elizabeth Blackburn Telomeres 2009 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology
1827 Ellen Gould White (Maine-born co-Founder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church) Maine Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians Seventh Day Adventist Church
Military Leaders
1816 William Henry Talbot Walker (Georgia-born Confederate General). Georgia Military Figures American Civil War State of Georgia
1832 Mary Edwards Walker (New York-born Physician, Feminist, Women's Rights Activist, Civil War Veteran Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor). Mary Edwards Walker Women's Suffrage Medicine American Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor
Political & Social Leaders
1607 John Harvard (English Benefactor of Harvard College) John Harvard Massachusetts Education Education Harvard University
1792 Sarah Moore Grimké (South Carolina-born Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist) Sarah Moore Grimké Abolition Women's Rights
Performing Artists
1910 Cyril Cusack (South African Actor, Director, Playwright) Cyril Cusack Stage & Theater Television
1933 Robert Goulet (Massachusetts-born Actor) Robert Goulet Stage & Theater
1939 Tina Turner (Tennessee-born African-American Popular Singer, Dancer) Tina Turner Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
Sports Figures
1946 Art Shell (South Carolina-born African-American Sports Figures) Art Shell Professional Football Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1883 Sojourner Truth (New York-born African-American Preacher, Abolitionist, Women's Rights Advocate) Sojourner Truth Abolition Women Civil Rights Religious Leaders and Theologians African American Political and Social Leaders
1915 W. Atlas Burpee (Canadian-American Horticulturalist, Seedsman; Founder of Burpee Seeds) Canadian Scientists & Mathematicians Botany Business & Economics Burpee Seeds
1956 Tommy Dorsey (Pennsylvania-born Trombonist, Bandleader Tommy Dorsey Popular Musicians
1970 Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. (Washington, D.C.-born Military Leader; First African American General in the Regular United States Armed Services) Washington, D.C. Military Leaders U.S. Military Leaders African American Military Figures
Historically Significant Events Historically Significant Events
Historical Events Occurring between 1700 - 1799
1722 The French Return Control of Pensacola, Florida to the Spanish France Spain Pensacola, Florida Latin-American Heritage Florida Historical Society
1724 Johann Sebastian Bach's Sacred Cantata No. 116 Is First Performed in Leipzig, Germany Johann Sebastian Bach Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1778 English Captain James Cook Is the First European to Sight the Island of Maui Captain James Cook Hawaii Historic Firsts Naval History Captain Cook Society
1783 The Continental Congress Meets in Annapolis Maryland The Continental Congress Maryland State Archives
1789 A Day of Thanksgiving Is Set Aside by President George Washington in Honor of the Adoption of the U.S. Constitution President George Washington U.S. Constitution Thanksgiving Day State of Georgia
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: We set out this morning a half after six. Parallel to the river is a bold looking range of hills about 250 ft high. Opposite of a stone quarry is the upper point of Hot Island, a small island in a oval form in the center of the river. The water is full of strong currents that will dash you quickly upon the rocks or suck you into a whirlpool.
Illinois Missouri The Mississippi River
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Cloudy and Some rain this morning from 6 oClock. wind from the E. N. E, we Set out out early and crossed a Short distance above the rock out in the river, & between Some low marshey Islands to the South Side of the Columbia at a low bottom about 3 miles below proceeded near the South Side leaveing the Seal Islands to our right and a marshey bottom to the left

[Today this area is the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge.]

After going along the shore for five miles, we entered a channel two hundred yards in width, which separates from the main land a large, but low island. On this channel, and at the foot of some highlands, is a village, where we landed

[Near today's town of Knappa, Oregon]

It consists of nine large wooden houses, inhabited by a tribe called Cathlamahs, who seem to differ neither in dress, language, nor manners, from the Chinnooks and Wahkiacums: like whom they live chiefly on fish and wappatoo roots. We found, however, as we hoped, some elk meat: after dining on some fresh fish and roots, which we purchased from them at an immoderate price, we coasted along a deep bend of the river towards the south

[Entering Cathlamet Bay, today part of the Lewis and Clark National Wildlife Refuge]

and at night encamped under a high hill

[In the area of today's Twilight Eagle Sanctuary]

all the way from the village the land is high, and has a thick growth of pine balsam, and other timber; but as it was still raining very hard, it was with difficulty we procured wood enough to make fires. Soon after we landed, three Indians from the Cathlawah village came down with wappatoo roots, some of which we purchased with fish-hooks.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Native Americans Clatsop County, Oregon
USGS The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1825 The First College Social Fraternity, Kappa Alpha, Is Formed at Union College in Schenectady, New York Schenectady, New York Education Union College Historic Firsts New York Times
1827 Port Clinton, Ohio Is Founded and Named for New York Governor, Dewitt Clinton Port Clinton, Ohio Dewitt Clinton Ohio Historical Society
1832 First Streetcar Begins Operation in New York City New York City Transportation Historic Firsts New York Times
1838 Moving from the Temporary Capital in Burlington, Iowa, the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature Assembles in Madison for the First Time Madison, Wisconsin Burlington, Iowa Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1846 Drew County, Arkansas Is Created Woodruff County, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1849 Minnesota Holds Its First Election for County Offices Minnesota Government Elections Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1850 In Texas, the Denton County Seat Is Moved to Alton (Population of 1) Denton County, Texas Texas State Historical Association
1861 A Constitutional Convention Begins for the Proposed State of Kanawha (West Virginia) West Virginia Virginia Slavery American Civil War African American Registry West Virginia Archives
1862 West Virginia Cavalry Overwhelm the Confederate Camp at Sinking Creek West Virginia American Civil War West Virginia Archives
Woodruff County, Arkansas Is Created Woodruff County, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
Lewis Carroll Gives Handwritten Manuscript of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as a Christmas Present Lewis Carroll Alice's Adventures in Wonderland History Channel
1863 In Northern Virginia, Union Attacks on Confederate Positions at Mine Run Are Ineffective Virginia Mine Run History Channel
1866 A New Bridge over the Susquehanna River Provides Train Travel between Wilmington, Delaware and Baltimore without Using a Ferry Baltimore, Maryland Wilmongton. Delaware Bridges Railroad State of Delaware
1867 J.B. Sutherland of Detroit, Michigan Is Granted the Patent for a Refrigerated Railroad Car Detroit Scientists & Mathemaiticans Railroad Inventors & Inventions Historic Firsts Patents & Trademarks
The First Bill Is Introduced in the U.S. Congress to Organize the Territory of Alaska, but It Dies in Committee Alaska U.S. Congress Alaska
1869 The Atlanta, Georgia City Council Votes to Create a Liberal System of Public Instruction, Free for All Children of the City Atlanta, Georgia Education Voting State of Georgia
1887 In Moscow, Tchaikovsky Conducts the First Performance of His Suite No. 4 ("Mozartiana") Tchaikovsky Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1895 Russell Penniman Receives a Patent for Transparent Photographic Film Patents and Trademarks Photography USPTO
1896 Portland, Oregon's Cordray Theater Spells Its Name in Lights with Its Marquee Sign Portland, Oregon Electricity Stage & Theater
1898 Thanksgiving Day Storm Kills at Least 450 People in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts New York Connecticut Massachusetts Storm Thanksgiving Day Death History Channel
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1916 British Officer, T.E. Lawrence, Files a Report on the Arab Revolt Against the Ottoman Empire T.E. Lawrence Turkey Iraq History Channel
1919 William Faulkner Publishes "Landing in Luck" in the Mississippian, the Student Newspaper at the University of Mississippi William Faulkner American Authors Journalism The Daily Mississippian Mississippi Writers Page
1922 English Archaeologist Howard Carter Opens Second Doorway to King Tutankhamen Tomb Howard Carter Tomb of King Tutankhamen Archaeology Historic UK Ashmolean Museum History Channel
13-year-old Eudora Welty's Story "Soph'more Class" Is Published in Jackson Hi-Lite Eudora Welty American Authors Journalism Mississippi Writers Page
Two-tone Technicolor Is Used for the First Time on a General Release Film, Toll of the Sea Film History of Technology Historic Firsts History Channel
1924 Ruling Socialists Create the Mongolian Peoples Republic Mongolia The Canadian Parliament
1925 In Jacksonville, Florida, Radio Station WJAX Begins Broadcasting Jacksonville, Florida Radio Historic Firsts WJAX Florida Historical Society
1927 Ford Debuts the First Model A Henry Ford The Ford Motor Company Automobiles Historic Firsts History Channel
1930 H. L. Hunt Acquires Rights to the Daisy Bradford No. 3 East Texas Oilfield Illinois Business Leaders Texas Business Leaders Business Texas State Historical Association
1940 Nazis Force 500,000 Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto Poland Nazi Germany Judaism The Holocaust New York Times
1941 President Roosevelt Establishes the Fourth Thursday of November as Thanksgiving Franklin Roosevelt Thanksgiving History Channel
Japanese Fleet Sets Sail for Pearl Harbor Japan Attack on Pearl Harbor History Channel
Limited Editions Club Awards Its Gold Medal to Ernest Hemingway for His Novel For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway American Authors American Collection
1942 President Roosevelt Orders Nationwide Gasoline Rationing, Beginning December 1 Franklin Roosevelt Automobiles World War II New York Times
Casablanca Premieres at the Hollywood Theater in New York City Humphrey Bogart Casablanca Internet Movie Database Writer's Almanac Library of Congress
1943 German Missile Hits the British Transport HMT Rohna Killing 1,138 Men of Which 1,015 Are American Great Britain Nazi Germany Naval Military History Death New York Times
1945 In Washington, a School Bus Plunges into Lake Chelan, Killing 15 Children Washington Education Education Transportation Death HistoryLink
1949 India Becomes a Sovereign Democratic Republic India World History New York Times
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1950 Chinese Counterattack Changes the Course of the Korean War China Korean War History Channel
1951 Wallace Stevens Reads "A Collect of Philosophy" at City College of New York Wallace Stevens American Authors City College of New York American Collection
1956 Reverend Bob Richards Wins His Second Olympic Pole Vault Gold Medal with a Record 14' 11.5" Vault Illinois Sports Figures Track and Field Hall of Fame 1956 Summer Olympics New York Times
1957 William Faulkner's Requiem for a Nun Opens in London's Royal Court Theatre London, England William Faulkner American Authors Stage and Theater Royal Court Theatre Mississippi Writers Page
1959 U.S, Launch of Pioneer P-3 Lunar Orbiter Probe Fails Shortly After Liftoff Space Exploration Lunar Exploration NASA
1963 President Lyndon Johnson Issues National Security Action Memorandum #273 Committing U.S. Support for the Government of South Vietnam Vietnam President Lyndon Johnson Vietnam War Asian Historyl
1965 France Joins the Space Powers, Launching Its First Satellite, Diamant-A France Space Exploration History Channel Technology and Society
1966 President Charles de Gaulle Opens World's First Tidal Power Station in France France Oceans Energy IEEE
1968 British Race Relations Act Makes It Illegal to Refuse Housing, Employment or Services on Basis of Ethnic Background Great Britain Racism Housing Labor Human Rights/Civil Rights BBC
Air Force Helicopter Pilot Earns the Congressional Medal Honor with Special Forces Rescue Vietnam War Aviation Military History Congressional Medal of Honor History Channel
1970 Charles Gordone Receives Pulitzer Prize for His Play No Place to be Somebody 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Plays
Native Americans Protest Traditional Thanksgiving Celebration at Plymouth, Massachusetts Plymouth, Massachusetts Thanksgiving Native American Heritage U.S. Civil Rights Movement Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1973 Nixon's Secretary, Rosemary Woods, Takes Responsibility the 18 1/2-MinuteGap in the Watergate Tapes The Watergate Affair New York Times
1975 "Squeaky" Fromme Is Found Guilty of Attempting to Assassinate President Gerald Ford Assassination Gerald Ford The American Presidency Crime Law & Legal Resources New York Times
President Ford Announces Federal Assistance to Prevent New York City From Defaulting on Its Loans New York City Gerald Ford The American Presidency Economics New York Historical Society
In South Africa with a False Passport, Afrikaans Writer, Breyten Breytenbach, Is Arrested for High Treason South Africa Apartheid Crime Law & Legal Resources South African History
1979 China Rejoins the International Olympic Committee China The Olympics Television Arvhives
1981 Miles Davis Marries Cicely Tyson Cicely Tyson Miles Davis Popular Musicians Actors African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1982 Yasuhiro Nakasone Elected 71st Japanese Prime Minister Japanese Political and Social Leaders Elections Television Arvhives
1984 Cyril Ramaphosa, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa, Is Arrested South Africa Labor Crime Law & Legal Resources South African History
1985 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-61B) on 6-day Mission to Launch 3 Communications Satellites Space Shuttle Space Exploration NASA
1986 President Reagan Appoints Commission to Investigate His Iran-Contra Scandal The Iran-Contra Scandal The American Presidency Television Arvhives
1987 Fearful of Being Returned to Cuba, Cuban Detainees Hold Hostages at an Atlanta Prison and a New Orleans Detention Center Cuba Atlanta, Georgia New Orleans, Louisiana Immigration Latin-American Heritage State of Georgia
August Wilson's The Piano Lesson Premieres at the Yale Repertory Theatre August Wilson Plays African-American Authors Yale Repertory Theatre Theater History
1992 England's Queen Elizabeth Agrees to Begin Paying Income Tax English History Queen Elizabeth II Taxes Historic Firsts BBC
1998 Tony Blair Is First British Prime Minister to Address the Irish Parliament British History Irleand New York Times
1999 South Africa's Ncome Museum Opens South African Museums Museums Ncome Museum South African History
In the Vanuatu Islands, a 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Collapses Buildings, Killing 5 People, Injuring 40 Vanuatu Earthquake Death USGS
Historical Events Occurring between 2000 - present
2000 George W. Bush Is Certified Winner of Florida Presidential Balloting by 537 Votes Florida George W. Bush 2000 Presidential Election CNN
2001 Nepalese King Gyanendra Declares a State of Emergency, Authorizing Military to Pursue and Attack Maoist Rebels Nepal Asian Historyl