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5-Minute Quests Today's 5-Minute Quest

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5-Minute Quests

1. In what year was the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade held on this date in New York City? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who did Gerald Ford replace as Vice-President of the United States on this date in 1973? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Kidsreads, at what age did Kevin Henkes become an author-illustrator? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a political or social leader born on this date:

1. What milestone accomplishments did hockey player Gordie Howe achieve on this date five years apart? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Weather Notebook, how many years after the development of the Fahrenheit scale did Anders Celsius devise the centigrade scale? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the United States House of Representatives, during his six terms as a representative from Texas, Mickey Leland emerged as a national spokesman on what issue? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a work written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes (according to the Educational Paperback Association):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to PBS, how did Fanny Kemble's ideas about slavery differ from those of her husband?

2. What was James Agee's middle name?

3. For what work was James Agee awarded the 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Eugene O'Neill:

Anders Celsius
Born on This Date 1701

[Science Trek]


Fanny Kemble
Born on This Date 1809

[Encyclopedia Britannica]


James Agee
Born on This Date 1909

[Sam Houston State University]]


Mickey Leland
Born on This Date 1944

[U.S. Congress]

U.S. Congress

Kevin Henkes
Born on This Date 1960

[Official Web Site]

Primary Children's Authors

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1894 Katherine Milhous (Pennsylvania-born Children's Author, Illustrator Awarded 1951 Caldecott Medal for The Egg Tree Pennsylvania Authors & Illustrators Primary Fiction American Artists 1951 Caldecott Medal for The Egg Tree
1960 Kevin Henkes (Wisconsin-born Children's Author) Kevin Henkes Primary Fiction American Artists
1809 Fanny Kemble (English Author, Actress) Fanny Kemble Actors
1874 Charles Beard (Indiana-born Historian) Charles Beard Indiana Authors U.S. History
1909 James Agee (Tennessee-born Author Awarded 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for A Death In The Family) James Agee Plays 1958 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
1937 Gail Sheehy (New York-born Journalist, Author) Gail Sheehy Journalism
1942 Marilyn Hacker (New York City-born Poet) New York City Authors Poetry Ploughshares Writer's Almanac
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1915 Victor Nicholas Alessandro (Texas-born Conductor, Music Educator) Texas Performing Artists Classical Musicians Educators of Note Texas State Historical Association
1701 Anders Celsius (Swedish Astronomer, Inventor of the Celsius Thermometer) Anders Celsius Astronomy Temperature
1834 Charles Taylor (Kentucky-born Physician; Civil War Surgeon in Arkansas) Kentucky Scientists & Mathematicians Arkansas Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Professionals American Civil War Arkansas History Commission
1843 Cornelius Vanderbilt (New York-born Rail and Shipping Magnate) Cornelius Vanderbilt Naval History Railroads
1703 James Delancey (English-born American Jurist Who Presided Over the John Peter Zenger Trial) English Political and Social Leaders Journalism First Amendment John Peter Zenger Trial Library of Congress
1746 Robert Livingston (New York City-born Statesman; Delegate to the Second Continental Congress) Robert Livingston Second Continental Congress Lousiana Purchase
1823 William Miller (Arkansas' First Native-Born Governor: 1877-1881) Arkansas Political and Social Leaders Arkansas History Commission
1874 Chaim Weizmann (Russian-born Zionist: First President of Israel) Chaim Weizmann Israeli Political Leaders
1921 Alexander Dubcek (Slovakian-born Czech Communist Leader) Czech Poltical and Social Leaders Alexander Dubcek Soviet Union
1932 Benigno Aquino Jr. (Philippine Opposition Leader Under President Ferdinand Marcos) Benigno Aquino
1938 Albert Sampson (Massachusetts-born Religious Leader, Civil Rights Activist) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians Civil Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders African-American Registry
1944 Mickey Leland (Texas-born U.S. Congressman, Rights Activist, Environmentalist) Mickey Leland U.S. Congress Human Rights Earth & Enviroinmental Science African-American Political and Social Leaders
1904 Eddie South (Missouri-born African-American Jazz Violinist) Missouri Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1911 David Merrick (Missouri-born Theater Producer) David Merrick Stage & Theater
1917 Buffalo Bob Smith (New York-born Host of the Howdy Doody Show) New York Performing Artists American Performing Artists Children's Television Internet Movie Database
1940 Bruce Lee (San Francisco-born Asian-American Actor) Bruce Lee American Performing Artists Film Asian-American Performing Artists
1942 Jimi Hendrix (Seattle-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Jimi Hendrix African American Performing Artistss Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1951 Kathryn Bigelow (California-born First Woman to Receive the Academy Award for Best Director: "The Hurt Locker") Kathryn Bigelow American Women in Performing Arts Filmmakers Academy Awards
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1903 Johnny Blood (Wisconsin-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Wisconsin Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame Wisconsin Historical Society
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8 B.C. Horace (Roman Lyric Poet) Horace Poetry
511 Clovis I (First King of France: Founder of the French Nation) French Political and Social Leaders
1863 Claudius Charles Wilson (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Leaders American Civil War University of Georgia
1900 Cushman K. Davis (New York-born Governor of Minnesota; U.S. Senator of Minnesota; Author) New York Political and Social Leaders Minnesota Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Minnesota Historical Society
1953 Eugene O'Neill (New York City-born Playwright: 1936 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Eugene O'Neill Plays American Authors 1936 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1976 Victor Nicholas Alessandro (Texas-born Conductor, Music Educator) Texas Performing Artists Classical Musicians Educators of Note Texas State Historical Association
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43 B.C. Octavian, Antony & Lepidus Form the Triumvirate of Rome The Roman Empire
1382 French Nobility Crush Rebels at Flanders France
1703 Most Destructive Hurricane in England's Recorded History Kills Many and Levels Eddystone Lighthouse England Hurricanes Eddystone Lighthouse Death Chambers Book of Days History Channel Greenwich Guide
1743 Handel's "Dettingen Te Deum and Anthem" Is First Performed in London at the Chapel Royal, St. James's Palace London, England Handel Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1755 Land for the First Jewish Settlement in America Is Purchased Near Fort Ninety-Six in South Carolina South Carolina Judaism Concordia
1778 England's Carlisle Commission Returns Home Having Failed to Negotiate Peace with the Colonies England American Revolution U.S. Treasury
1779 College of Pennsylvania Is Renamed the University of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Education History of Education University of Pennsylvania
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Set out this morning at 8 o'clock from the lower point of Horse Island. We passed the mouth of the river at 8:15. The river here is held by a bold and rocky shore. The morning was quite misty, making observations difficult. We passed a small creek (St. Laurent Creek?). At 1 o'clock we passed Donohoes Landing where many boats receive salt from Saline Licks. We passed Saline Creek at 3 o'clock, which has a thick sediment on its waters. After passing some very swift waters between two sandbars, I arrived at the landing opposite old St. Genevie.
Illinois Missouri The Mississippi River
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Rained all the last night and this morning it Continues moderately

— at day light 3 Canoes and 11 Indians Came from the Village with roots mats, Skins &c. to Sell, they asked Such high prices that we were unable to purchase any thing of them, as we were about to Set out missed one of our axes which was found under an Indians roab I shamed this fellow verry much and told them they should not proceed with us—

we proceded on between maney Small Islands passing a Small river and around a verry remarkable point which projects about 1½ Miles directly towards the Shallow bay the isthmus which joins it to the main land is not exceding 50 yards and about 4 Miles around. we call this Point William

below this point the waves became So high we were Compelled to land unload and traw up the Canoes, here we formed a Camp on the neck of Land which joins Point William to the main at an old indian hut.

The rain Continued hard all day we are all Wet and disagreeable. one Canoe Split before we Got her out of the Water 2 feet— The water at our Camp Salt that above the isthmus fresh and fine—

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1826 New York-born Trapper Jedediah Smith Is the First Euro-American to Reach San Diego Over Land San Diego, California Jedediah Smith Westward Expansion Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1837 In Delaware, Trains Begin Service on the Wilmington and Susquehanna Railroad Delaware Railroads State of Delaware
1847 Shipped from Henry County, Iowa, 800 Fruit Trees Arrive in Milwaukie to Start Oregon's First Nursery Henry County, Iowa Milwaukie, Oregon Trees Foods Historic Firsts
1850 Camp Independence (Fort Yuma) Is Established to Protect Gold Prospectors Coming to California from Indian Attacks California Forts Native American Gold California State Military Museum
1861 President Lincoln Orders Government Offices Closed November 28th for Local Thanksgiving Observance Washington, D.C. Abraham Lincoln Thanksgiving Lincoln Logs
1863 Confederate Cavalry Raider John Hunt Morgan Escapes from the Ohio State Prison and Returns to the South Ohio John Hunt Morgan American Civil War Notorious Americans History Channel
Union Troops Fail in Attempt to Dislodge Confederate Positions at Ringgold, Gap, Georgia Georgia Battle of Ringgold Gap University of Georgia
USS Two Sisters Captures the British Blockade Runner Maria Alberta at Bayport, Florida Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1864 Sherman's Union Troops Burn the Sandersville, Georgia Courthouse Sandersville, Georgia American Civil War University of Georgia
USS Princess Royal Captures Two Blockade-Running Schooners Off the Florida Gulf Coast Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1868 Custer Leads Unprovoked Massacre of Cheyenne Village on Oklahoma's Washita River Oklahoma George Armstrong Custer The Cheyenne Westward Expansion Death History Channel
1874 After 20 Years of Construction, Workers Complete Construction of a Railroad Tunnel through Massachusetts' Hoosac Mountains Massachusetts Railroad PBS Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1882 The Ringling Brothers Performed Their First Show to an Audience in Mazomanie, Wisconsin Mazomanie, Wisconsin Circus Ringling Brothers Circus Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1883 Workers Complete Laying Track for the Ohio River Railroad in St. Marys, West Virginia St. Marys, West Virginia Railroad West Virginia State Archive
1886 In Alaska, John Charles Sehgers, Bishop of Vancouver Island, Is Murdered on the Yukon River Alaska Catholicism Crime Death Alaska Historical Society
1893 New York Metropolitan Opera House Reopens with Electric Ligths One year After Being Devastated by Fire Metropolitan Opera House Opera Electricity Fire New York Historical Society
1894 Milwaukee's Mildred Lord Patents a Washing Machine Wisconsin Scientists and Inventors Female American Scientists and Inventors Patents and Trademarks Inventors and Inventions USPTO
1895 In Paris, Alfred Nobel Signs His Last Will Establishing the Nobel Prizes Alfred Nobel The Nobel Prizes
1901 U.S. Army War College Opens in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. U.S. Military Leaders Education War New York Times
1910 Pennsylvania Station Opens in New York City New York City Railroads Penn Station New York Times
1912 1/2" of Snow Covers Mount Pleasant, Florida Florida Snow Florida Historical Society
1919 Bulgaria Signs the Neuilly-sur-Seine Peace Treaty with Allies Bulgaria World War I Brigham Young University
1920 The Mark of Zorro, Starring Douglas Fairbanks, Opens in New York City New York City Douglas Fairbanks The Mark of Zorro History Channel Internet Movie Database
1924 The First Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Is Held in New York City New York City Thanksgiving Historic Firsts Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade History Channel
1928 African-American Marjorie Joyner Receives a U.S. Patent for a Hair Wave Machine Virginia Scientists and Inventors Patents and Trademarks Inventors and Inventions African-American Scientists and Inventors African-American Registry USPTO
Igor Stravinsky Conducts the Premiere of His Ballet, "Le Baiser de la fée" (The Fairy's Kiss), at the Paris Opéra Paris, Opera Igor Stravinsky Composers Ballet Historic Firsts American Public Media
1939 Stage Production of Key Largo Opens in New York New York City Plays Internet Broadway Database
1940 Romania's Iron Guard Arrests and Executes More Than 60 Aides of Former King Carol II  Romanian Political and Social Leaders Death History Channel
1942 France Scuttles Its Naval Fleet to Avoid German Capture France Germany Naval Military History World War II History Channel
John Steinbeck's Novel, Bombs Away, Is Published by Viking Press John Steinbeck American Authors American Collection
1944 Texas Soldier, Macario García, Earns the Congressional Medal of Honor Near Grosshau, Germany Grosshau, Germany Texas Military Figures American Military Figures World War II Hispanic Military Figures Texas State Historical Association
1945 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 4,000 in Ormara, Baluchistan, and Karachi, India India Earthquakes Death USGS
1949 William Faulkner Publishes Knight's Gambit William Faulkner American Authors Mississippi Writers Project
1951 16-year-old Hosea Richardson Is the First Licensed African-American Jockey in the State of Florida Florida Sports Figures Horse Racing Historic Firsts African-American Sports Figures Florida Historical Society
1953 Roy Campanella Is Named National League MVP for the Second Time in Three Years Roy Campanella Baseball Hall of Fame Special Education African American Sports Figures Los Angeles Dodgers
1954 Alger Hiss Is Released from Prison The Alger Hiss Affair McCarthyism/Red Scare History Channel
1957 Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru Appeals for Nuclear Disarmament  Jawaharlal Nehru Nuclear War History Channel
1960 NHL Hockey Player Gordie Howe Scores His 1,000th Point Canadian Sports Figures NHL State of Michigan
1961 British Royal Air Force Begins Airlifting Food to Flood Victims in Somalia Somalia Great Britain Flood Foods and Nutrition BBC
Five Albany, Georgia Students Are Arrested Trying to Integrate the Local Trailways Bus Station Albany, Georgia Civil Rights African-American Heritage University of Georgia
St. Thomas University Is Incorporated as Biscayne College in Miami, Florida Miami Florida Education St. Thomas University Florida Historical Society
1963 Elvis Presley's Film Fun in Acapulco Is Released in Theaters Elvis Presley Film Internet Movie Database
NASA's Atlas Centaur 2 Is First Liquid Hydrogen-fueled Rocket Launched into Space Space Exploration Hydrogen Historic Firsts NASA
1965 NHL Hockey Player Gordie Howe Scores His 600th Goal Canadian Sports Figures NHL New York Times
1967 French Veto British Entry into the Common Market Great Britain France International Trade European History BBC
The Beatles Release "Magical Mystery Tour" Album English Performing Artists The Beatles Popular Music
1968 In Texas, the Upholsterers International Union Calls a Strike Against Austin's Economy Furniture Company Austin, TX Labor Strikes Texas State Historical Association
1970 In the Philippines, Pope Paul VI Suffers Chest Wound in Attack by a Bolivian Painter Disguised as a Priest Republic of the Philippines Pope Paul VI Crime Concordia
Syria Inks Pact with Libya, Egypt & Sudan to Form Federation Syria Libya Egypt Sudan Television News Archives
1971 The Anglican Church Ordains Its First Women Priests Anglican Church Women Historic Firsts Concordia
NASA's Mars 2 Spacecraft Enters into Orbit Around Mars Mars Space Exploration NASA
1973 U.S. Senate Confirms Gerald Ford as Vice-President Replacing Spiro Agnew U.S. Senate Gerald Ford Richard Nixon New York Times
1978 Gunman Kills San Francisco's Mayor and a Supervisor Inside City Hall San Francisco Political and Social Leaders Crime Death History Channel
1985 Britain Approves Anglo-Irish Accord Giving Dublin Role in Governing of British-ruled Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Great Britain Ireland European History New York Times
1990 Britain's Conservative Party Selects John Major as the New Prime Minister British Poltical and Social Leaders Elections BBC
1992 Rebels Fail to Overthrow Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez Venezuelan Government Television News Archives