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5-Minute Quests

1. Which member of the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery threw his shoulder out of place on this date in 1804? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1997, who finished a 56-year career as the head football coach at Grambling State University? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Gale Group, Nellie Ross served as the director of what federal agency? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a scientist, mathematician or inventor born on this date:

1. What international observance does the United Nations sponsor on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the University of Michigan, how did Christian Doppler test his hypothesis that the pitch of a sound would change if the source of the sound was moving? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Library of Congress, what was the name of the innovative school that Louisa May Alcott's father attempted to create in Boston? (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 Madeleine L'Engle (according to her Scholastic booklist):
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to Denison University, what was one of the first official acts of his administration, once William V.S. Tubman became president of Liberia?

2. According to the Educational Paperback Association, in addition to his success as an author, C.S. Lewis was also a highly respected theologian of what faith?

3. According to The New York Times, on this date in 1947, how many countries voted against partitioning Palestine to create a Jewish homeland?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1943 book written by C.S. Lewis (according to the Authors' Calendar):
Christian Johann Doppler
Christian Johann Doppler
Born on This Date 1803

[University of Arizona]

Doppler Effect

Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott
Born on This Date 1832

[National Women's HOF]

American Authors

Nellie Ross
Nellie Ross
Born on This Date 1876

[Wyoming State Archives]

American Political Leaders

William V.S. Tubman
William V.S. Tubman
Born on This Date 1895

C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis
Born on This Date 1898

[Bowling Green State University]

Young-adult Authors

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United Nations: International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
(Observed since 1977 to commemorate U.N. resolution 181 (II) partitioning Palestine: 11/29/1947)
United Nations Palestine United Nations
Albania: Liberation Day
(Commemorates the withdrawal of Nazi troops from Albania: 11/29/1944)
Albania Nazi Germany World War II U.S. Department of State
Germany, Poland: St. Andrew's Eve
(Eve of St. Andrew's Feast Day. Young women are to look for clues to the identity of their future husbands.)
Germany Poland St. Andrew Catholic Forum
Liberia: William V.S. Tubman Day
(Commemorates the birth date of former Liberian president, William V.S. Tubman: 11/29/1895)
William V.S. Tubman World Travel Guide
Vanuatu: Unity Day

Vanuatu Government of Vanuatu
Children's Authors & Illustrators
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1832 Louisa May Alcott (Pennsylvania-born Author of Little Women) Louisa May Alcott Young-adult Authors
1898 C.S. Lewis (Irish Author of Chronicles of Narnia C.S. Lewis Young-adult Authors
1918 Madeleine L'Engle (New York City-born Children's Author: 1963 Newbery Medal Winner for A Wrinkle in Time) Madeleine L'Engle Young-adult Authors 1963 Newbery Medal Winner for A Wrinkle in Time
1951 David M. Schwartz (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Young-adult Authors
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1839 Ludwig Anzengruber (Austrian Playwright) Austrian Authors Plays
1902 Carlo Levi (Italian Author) Carlo Levi
1943 Sue Miller (Chicago-born Author) Sue Miller
Classical Composers and Performing Artists
1797 Gaetano Donizetti (Italian Operatic Composer) Gaetano Donizetti Opera
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1762 Pierre-Andre Latreille (French Father of Modern Entomology) French Scientists & Mathematicians Insects
1803 Christian Johann Doppler (Austrian Physicist: Namesake for the Doppler Effect) Christian Johann Doppler Physics The Doppler Effect
1849 Ambrose Fleming (English Electrical Engineer: Pioneer in the Study of Electricity) Ambrose Fleming Physics Electricity Radio
1825 Jean-Martin Charcot (Paris-born Pioneer in the Field of Psychiatry) Parisian Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Research Psychology
1874 Egas Moniz (Portuguese Neurologist: 1949 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology) Portuguese Scientists & Mathematicians Psychology 1949 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology
1959 Richard Ewen Borcherds (English Mathematician: Awarded 1998 Fields Medal) English Scientists & Mathematicians Mathematics Awarded 1998 Fields Medal
Political and Social Leaders
1816 Morrison R. Waite (Connecticut-born Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) Connecticut Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez Ohio Historical Society
Henry M. Rice (Vermont-born U.S. Senator from Minnesota) Vermont Political and Social Leaders Minnesota Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
1876 Nellie Ross (Missouri-born Governor of Wyoming: First Woman Elected Governor in the U.S.) Nellie Ross Wyoming Political and Social Leaders American Political Leaders American Women in Politics & Government
1895 William V.S. Tubman (Former President of Liberia) William V.S. Tubman
1908 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (Connecticut-born African-American Congressman, Civil Rights Leader, Religious Leader) Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. African-American Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Civil Rights Religion
Performing Artists
1894 Lucille Hegamin (Georgia-born African-American Blues Singer) Georgia Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1895 Busby Berkeley (Los Angeles-born Filmmaker) Busby Berkeley Dance Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
1915 Billy Strayhorn (Ohio-born Jazz Pianist, Composer) Ohio Performing Artists Jazz American Composers
1940 Chuck Magione (New York-born Popular Musician) New York Performing Artists Popular Musicians Internet Movie Database
1949 Garry Shandling (Pennsylvania-born Comedian) Chicago Performing Artists Actors Television Internet Movie Database Biography
1955 Howie Mandel (Canadian Comedian) Canadian Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1964 Don Cheadle (Missouri-born African-American Actor) Missouri Performing Artists Actors Television Film African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1927 Vince Scully (New York-born Baseball Broadcaster: Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) New York Sports Figures Sportscaster Baseball Hall of Fame
1927 Mariano Rivera (Panamanian Professional Baseball Player) Panamanian Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1530 Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (Lord Chancellor of England) British Political and Social Leaders Religion King Henry VIII Concordia
1643 Claudio Monteverdi (Italian Composer) Claudio Monteverdi Opera Composers
1847 Marcus Whitman (New York-born Physician, Missionary, Pioneer of the Washington Territory) New York Pioneers and Explorers Washington Religion Cayuse Indians Concordia
1883 William Erskine Stevenson (Pennsylvania-born Governor of West Virginia: 1869 - 1871) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders West Virginia West Virginia State Archive
1924 Giacomo Puccini (Italian Composer) Giacomo Puccini Composers
1981 Natalie Wood (San Francisco-born Actress: Drowned in Boating Accident) San Francisco Performing Artists Actors Film Internet Movie Database
1986 Cary Grant (English Actor) Cary Grant Actors Film History Channel
1991 Frank Yerby (Georgia-born African-American Writer of Popular Fiction) Georgia Authors & Illustrators American Authors African-American Authors
2000 Marvel (Jackson) Cooke (Minnesota-born African-American Journalist) Minnesota Authors Journalism African-American Authors
2001 George Harrison (English Popular Musician: Member of the Beatles) George Harrison The Beatles
Historically Significant Events Historically Significant Events
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1760 British Union Jack Peacefully Replaces the French Fleur-de-lis Over Fort Detroit Great Britain France Detroit State of Michigan
1777 San José, California Is Founded by José Joaquin Moraga as the First Townsite in Spanish Alta California San José, California Hispanic Heritage Official Website Learn California
1780 Congregational Church (CT) Certifies Lemuel Hayes As Its First African-American Minister Connecticut Religion African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Concordia
1794 Georgia's General Assembly Ratifies the 11th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Georgia 11th Amendment University of Georgia
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: A verry Cold windey day wind from the N. W by W. Some Snow last night the Detpt of the Snow is various in the wood about 13 inches, The river Closed at the Village above and fell last night two feet

Sergeant Pryor in takeing down the mast put his Sholder out of Place, we made four trials before we replaced it

a Cold after noon wind as usial N W. river begin to rise a little—

Ordway: the Snow fell yesterday and last night about 12 Inches on a level. a cold Frosty clear morning. 2 or 3 men out hunting. the River fell abt. 2 feet last night So that our Boat lay dry on Shore. we took out the mast & every thing which was in hir & let hir lay as She appeared to be Safe.

one of the hunters killed an old Elk brot. in the horns which were verry large, but it being poor we did not go for the meat.

Lewis & Clark Map: 10/14/04 North Dakota Map: 10/26/04
Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Fort Mandan Native American Tribes Snow Keelboat Health & Fitness Elk

The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: the wind being so high the party were unable to proceed with the perogues. I determined therefore to proceed down the river on it's larboard side in surch of an eligible place for our winters residence and accordingly set out early this morning in the small canoe accompanyed by 5 men. drewyer R. Fields, Shannon, Colter & labiesh. proceeded along the coast. send out the hunters they killed 4 deer 2 brant a goos and seven ducks, it rained upon us by showers all day. left three of these deer and took with us one

encamped at an old Indian hunting lodge which afforded us a tolerable shelter from the rain, which continued by intervales throughout the night.—

[On the shores of Youngs Bay, in Clatsop County, probably within the present bounds of Astoria]

Clark: The wind and rain Continued all the last night, this morning much more moderate. the waves Still high and rain Continues.

Capt Lewis and 5 hunters Set out in our Indian Canoe (which is Calculated to ride wave) dow to the place we
expected to find Elk from the Inds. information, they pointed to a Small Bay which is yet below us—

I Sent out 2 men to hunt Deer which I expected might be on the open hill Sides below, another to hunt fowl in the deep bend above the point, all the others engaged drying their leather before the fire, and prepareing it for use—they haveing but fiew other Species of Clothing to ware at this time

The winds are from Such points that we cannot form our Camp So as to provent the Smoke which is emencely disagreeable, and painfull to the eyes—

The Shore below the point at our Camp is formed of butifull pebble of various colours. I observe but fiew birds of the Small kind, great numbers of wild fowls of Various kinds, the large Buzzard with white wings, grey and bald eagle's, large red tailed Hawks, ravens & Crows in abundance, the blue Magpie, a Small brown bird which frequents logs & about the roots of trees—

Snakes, Lizards, Small bugs, worms, Spiders, flyes & insects of different kinds are to be Seen in abundance at
this time.

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
1806 Vincennes University Is Incorporated Indiana Education Vincennes University
1814 The Times of London First Newspaper to be Steam Printed Journalism History of Technology Historic Firsts
1842 Ouachita County, Arkansas Is Created Ouachita County, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1847 Cayuse Indians Massacre Missionary Marcus Whitman & Wife in Washington's Walla Walla Valley Washington Religion Cayuse Indians Death Concordia History Link
1848 Over 1,000 Attend a Performance of As You Like It as the Inaugural Event of Milwaukee, Wisconsin's New Opera House Milwaukee, Wisconsin As You Like It Plays Historic Firsts Wisaconsin Historical Society
1862 Johannes Brahms' First Performs His Piano Quartet No. 2 in A, Op. 26 in Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria Johannes Brahms Classical Musicians Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1864 Colorado Militia Massacre Innocent Cheyenne and Arapahos at Sand Creek Sand Creek Massacre Cheyenne Indians Arapahoe Indians Death History Channel
1879 Johannes Brahms' Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Is First Performed in Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria Johannes Brahms Classical Musicians Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1890 Navy Wins First Army-Navy Game 24-0 at West Point, NY New York Football Historic Firsts New York Times Merriam-Webster
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1925 Petit Jean Mountain Is Officially Dedicated as the First State Park in Arkansas Arkansas Parks and Landmarks Petit Jean State Park Arkansas History Commission
1929 Commander Richard E. Byrd and Crew of Three First to Fly over South Pole Richard Byrd Antarctica Aviation History Historic Firsts History Channel
1930 Operations Are Suspended at Alaska's Latouche Copper Mine Alaska Alaska Business Copper Alaska Historical Society
1934 Detroit Lions Begin Thanksgiving Day Tradition in 19-16 Loss to Chicago Bears Detroit Football Thanksgiving Day National Football League
1942 Coffee Added to the List of U.S. Food Rations Foods World War II History Channel
1944 Dr. Alfred Blalock (Johns Hopkins) Performs the Successful "Blue Baby" Operation Georgia Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Research Child Health Care The Heart Historic Firsts University of Georgia
Nazi Forces Withdraw from Albania Albania Nazi Germany World War II Albanian Tourism
1945 Newly Elected Constituent Assembly Proclaims Yugoslavia a Federal Republic Yugoslavia Bates College
The First Rescue Is Made from a Sinking Civilian Ship Using a Helicopter Naval History Aviation History Historic Firsts Sikorsky
1947 United Nations Votes to Partition Palestine to Provide a Jewish Homeland United Nations Palestine Israel Judaism New York Times History Channel
In Delaware, the Federal Government Returns New Castle County Airport to the State for Passenger, Express and Freight Service New Castle County, Delaware U.S. Government Aviation New Castle County Airport State of Delaware
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1950 Chinese Overwhelm Allied Forces in North Korea China Korean War History Channel
1951 U.S. Conducts Its First Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nevada Nuclear Weapons Historic Firsts Center for Study of Technology and Society
1952 President-elect Dwight Eisenhower Goes to Korea Dwight Eisenhower Korean War History Channel
1961 Enos the Chimp Orbits the Earth Twice & Returns Aboard Mercury-Atlas 5 Spacecraft Space Exploration Primates NASA
1963 LBJ Selects Earl Warren to Head Investigation of Kennedy Assassination Lyndon Johnson The Assassination of John F. Kennedy Earl Warren The American Presidency History Channel
LBJ Renames Florida's Launch Operations Center to Kennedy Space Center Florida Lyndon Johnson John F. Kennedy NASA Florida Historical Society
Canadian Airliner Crashes Near Montreal Killing All 118 Aboard Canada Air Disasters Death BBC
The Beatles Release I Want to Hold Your Hand in Great Britain Great Britain The Beatles About the Beatles
1967 Executive Directors Agree to Offer Presidency of the World Bank to Robert McNamara San Francisco Poltiical and Social Leaders International Trade The World Bank
Robert S. McNamara Resigns as the U.S. Secretary of Defense Lyndon Johnson Vietnam War History Channel
1973 Chrysler Halts Production Automobiles Business & Economics History Channel
1975 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake in Hawaii Causes Tsunami That Result in Death & Injuries Hawaii Earthquakes Tsunami Death USGS
1978 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Centered in Oaxaca, Mexico Kills 8 Mexico Earthquakes Death USGS
1981 Natalie Wood Drowns in Boating Accident Off California's Catalina Island San Francisco Performing Artists Actors Film Death Internet Movie Database
1985 Astronaut Hand-launches Satellite from Space Shuttle Atlantis Space Shuttle NASA
1990 U.N. Security Council Authorizes Military Action if Iraq Does Not Withdraw from Kuwait United Nations Kuwait Iraq Gulf War New York Times
Bulgarian Prime Minister Lukanov Resigns Following General Strike Bulgaria CNN
1996 U.N. Sentences Drazen Erdemovic to Prison for Massacre of 1,200 Muslims Bosnia-Herzegovina Serbia Breakup of Yugoslavia War Crimes Death New York Times
1997 Eddie Robinson Finishes 56-year Career as Grambling Football Coach Eddie Robinson College Football Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Grambling State University
1998 7.8 Magnitude Ceram Sea Earthquake Causes 40+ Deaths on Indonesia's Sula Islands Indonesia Earthquakes Death USGS
1999 Protestant and Catholic Adversaries Form Northern Ireland Government Northern Ireland Religion CNN BBC
Protests Begin Against the World Trade Organization Meetings in Seattle Washington Seattle Protests Against the World Trade Organization History Link