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5-Minute Quests

1. In what year was the first radio program broadcast in Puerto Rico on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1818, which state became the 21st state of the United States? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Writer's Almanac, in which city and state was Gilbert Stuart born? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

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

1. What was the name of the anti-slavery newspaper first published on this date in 1847 by Martin Delany and Frederick Douglass? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the National Park Service, how old was George McClellan when he entered the Military Academy at West Point? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to Thomas Jefferson University, what was Carlos Juan Finlay's greatest triumph? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an 1892 work by Robert Louis Stevenson (according to the Author's Calendar)

(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to the National Park Service, Ellen Swallow Richards was the creator of what fields of study?

2. According to the Author's Calendar, what did Joseph Conrad's family go to Volgoda, Russia in 1861?

3. According to the Edgar Awards, for what book did Barbara Brooks Wallace receive the 1994 Edgar Award?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an 1800 portrait painted by Gilbert Stuart (according to the National Gallery of Art):

George McClellan
Born on This Date 1826

U.S. Army]

American Military Leaders

Carlos Juan Finlay
Born on This Date 1833

[Thomas Jefferson University]


Ellen Swallow Richards
Born on This Date 1842

[Vassar College]


Joseph Conrad
Born on This Date 1857

[City University of New York]


Barbara Brooks Wallace
Born on This Date 1922

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1753 Samuel Crompton (English Inventor of the Mule for Spinning Cotton) English Scientists & Inventors Inventors and Inventions Chambers Book of Days
1833 Carlos Juan Finlay (Cuban physician, Epidemiologist Who Discovered That Certain Mosquitoes Transmit Yellow Fever) Carlos Juan Finlay Medicine Yellow Fever Hispanic Heritage
1838 Cleveland Abbe (New York City-born Meteorologist Who First Proposed Time Zones to Standardize Railroad Schedules) Cleveland Abbe Meteorology Time Zones Railroads
1842 Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (Massachusetts-born Chemist, Sanitation Engineer, Educator, Home Economist) Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards Earth & Environmental Science Chemistry Foods & Nutrition
1857 Carl Koller (Czech-American Eye Surgeon Who Discovered the Anesthetic Properties of Cocaine) Czech Scientists and Mathematicians Medical Research Sight
1895 Anna Freud (Austrian Child Psychologist; Daughter of Sigmund Freud) Austrian Scientist & Mathematicians Child Psychology Child Advocacy Webster University Writer's Almanac New York Times
1900 Richard Kuhn (Austrian Biochemist; 1938 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) Austrian Scientists & Mathematicians Biochemistry 1938 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
1903 John von Neumann (Hungarian-American Mathematician) John von Neumann Mathematics
1933 Paul Crutzen (Dutch Meteorologist; 1995 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) Dutch Scientists & Mathematicians Ozone 1995 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
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1925 Kim Dea-jung (President of South Korea; 2000 Nobel Laureate for Peace) Kim Dea-jung 2000 Nobel Laureate for Peace
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1894 Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish Children's Author) Robert Louis Stevenson Young-adult Authors Writer's Almanac
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1712 Georg Frederick Handel's Opera, "Il pastor fido," Is First Performed in London London, England Georg Frederick Handel Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
1721 36-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach's Marries His Second Wife, 21-year-old Anna Magdalena Wülken Johann Sebastian Bach Composers American Public Media
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Lewis: Continued my observations. We set out form the landing at 4:15 and passed an island in the middle of the river. We settled in after dark.
Illinois Missouri The Mississippi River
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a fine morning the after part of the day Cold & windey the wind from the N W. The Father of the Mandan who was killed Came and made us a present of Some Dried Simnens [pumpkins] & a little pemicon, we made him Some Small preasents for which he was much pleased

Ordway: cold & windy. the work carried on as usal. commenced Setting up the pickets

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a fair windey morning wind from the East

the men returned with the Elk which revived the Spirits of my party verry much I am Still unwell and Can't eate even
the flesh of the Elk.

an Indian Canoe of 8 Indians Came too, those Inds. are on their way down to the Clât Sops with Wap pa to to barter with that nation, I purchasd. a fiew of those roots for which I gave Small fish hooks, those roots I eate with a little
Elks Soupe which I found gave me great relief I found the roots both nurishing and as a check to my disorder.

The Indians proceeded on down through emence high waves maney times their Canoe was entirely out of Sight before they were ½ a mile distance.

Serjt. Pryor & Gibson who went hunting yesterday has not returned untill after night, they informed me that they had killed 6 Elk at a great distance which they left lying, haveing taken out their interals that they had been lost and in
their ramble saw a great deel of Elk Sign.

after eateing the marrow out of two Shank bones of an Elk, the Squar choped the bones fine boiled them and extracted a pint of Grease, which is Superior to the tallow of the animal.

Some rain this evening

I marked my name on a large pine tree imediately on the isthmus William Clark December 3rd 1805. By Land
from the U. States in 1804 & 1805.—

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1806 In Vincennes, a Group Headed by William Henry Harrison Incorporates the First Circulating Library in the Indiana Territory Vincennes, Indiana William Henry Harrison Libraries Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society
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1825 President John Quincy Adams Confirms the Selection of Pensacola, Florida as the Site for a United States Navy Yard Pensacola, Florida President John Quincy Adams The American Presidency Naval Military History U.S. Navy Florida Historical Society
1828 Andrew Jackson Is Elected as the 7th President of the United States President Andrew Jackson The American Presidency Elections New York Times
1832 Forsyth, Lumpkin, Union, Cobb, Gilmer, Murray, Cass, Floyd, and Paulding Counties Are Created as Georgia's 81st-89th Counties Georgia University of Georgia
1838 Abraham Lincoln Is Nominated for Speaker of the Illinois General Assembly, but Is Defeated by 4 Votes Illinois General Assembly Abraham Lincoln Elections Lincoln Log
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1839 Abraham Lincoln Is Admitted to Practice Law in the U.S. Circuit Court Abraham Lincoln U.S. Circuit Court Lincoln Log History Channel
1846 Iowans Inaugurate Their First Governor, Ansel Briggs Iowa Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts State Historical Society of Iowa
1847 Martin Delany and Frederick Douglass Start the anti-Slavery Newspaper The North Star Frederick Douglass Martin Delany Slavery Journalism African-American Heritage New York Council for the Social Studies (pdf)
1857 Governor Joseph E. Brown Signs Legislation Creating Dawson County from Areas of Gilmer and Lumpkin Counties Dawson County, Georgia University of Georgia
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1863 Florida Governor John Milton Signs the Legislative Bill Incorporating the Monticello and Thomasville Railroad Company Florida Railroads Florida Historical Society
1864 A Federal Task Force Destroys Seven Boilers and Other Equipment at a Large Salt Works Near Florida's Tampa Bay Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1868 W.E. Gladstone Elected to First of Four Terms As British Prime Minister British Political Leaders Victorian Web
1874 Buffalo Bill Cody Performs at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware with His Western Show, "Scouts of the Plains" Wilmington, Delaware Buffalo Bill Cody American Performing Artists Westward Expansion State of Delaware
1883 In Ohio, Oberlin Holds Its First Classes Ohio Education Education Historic Firsts Oberlin College
1885 The Dallas Morning News Buys Its Major Competitor, the Dallas Herald Dallas, Texas Journalism Business Dallas Morning News Texas State Historical Association
1887 In Washington, the First Trains Cross the Northern Pacific Railroad Bridge Spanning the Columbia River Between Pasco and Kennewick Washington Columbia River Bridges Railroad Historic Firsts History Link
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1901 President Theodore Roosevelt Asks Congress to Regulate Trusts President Theodore Roosevelt U.S. Congress Economics History Channel
1907 Future Movie Star Mary Pickford and Future Director Cecil B. DeMille Appear in the Broadway Play The Warrens of Virginia Mary Pickford Cecil B. DeMille Film Plays Internet Broadway Database History Channel
1908 Edward Elgar's "Symphony No. 1" Is First Performed at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England English Composers Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1910 First Neon Lamp Displayed in Paris Paris Light Neon Historic Firsts
1912 Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece, and Montenegro Sign an Armistice with Turkey, Ending the First Balkan War Bulgaria Serbia and Montenegro Greece Turkey War History Channel
1916 General Robert Nivelle Replaces General Joseph-Jacques-CÉsaire Joffre as Commander in Chief of the French Forces French Military Figures World War I History Channel
1922 The First Radio Program Is Broadcast in Puerto Rico on Station WKAQ Puerto Rico Radio Historic Firsts Puerto Rico Amateur Radio League
1924 The Anton, Texas Townsite Company Sells More Than 200 Lots in the New Town Anton, Texas Housing Economics Texas State Historical Association
1925 George Gershwin Premieres His Concerto in F at Carnegie Hall in New York City George Gershwin American Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1929 President Hoover Declares the Nation Is Recovering from Market Crash Herbert Hoover The Great Depression History Channel
1931 The First Alka Seltzer Is Sold Drugs and Medicines Alka Seltzer Historic Firsts
1932 William Faulkner Publishes "Mountain Victory" in the Saturday Evening Post William Faulkner Journalism Mississippi Writers Page
1939 U. S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt Approves a Loan for Seattle, Washington's Yesler Terrace Public Housing Seattle, Washington President Franklin D. Roosevelt Housing Economics History Link
1944 Civil War Breaks Out in Athens as Communist Guerillas Battle Democratic Forces For Control of a Liberated Greece Greece World War II History Channel
1946 100,000 Workers from 142 Unions Strike Against Oakland, California Businesses & Government California Union Job Actions Oakland Museum of California LearnCalifornia
1947 Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire Opens on Broadway New York City Tennessee Williams Plays Historic Firsts Internet Broadway Database Mississippi Writers Page Writer's Almanac
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1948 Former Communist Spy, Whittaker Chambers, Produces Microfilm of Secret Documents Hidden Inside a Pumpkin on His Maryland Farm Maryland The Cold War New York Times
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1951 In Waco, Texas, the Armstrong Browning Library Is Dedicated on the Campus of Baylor University Waco, Texas Education Libraries Armstrong Browning Library Texas State Historical Association
1954 Samuel Barber's Oratorio "Prayers of Kierkegaard" for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra Is First Performed by the Boston Symphony Boston Symphony Samuel Barber American Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1960 Camelot Opens on Broadway at the Majestic Theater New York City Stage & Theater Musical Theater Internet Broadway Database
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1963 Aaron Copland's Ballet, "Dance Panels," Is First Performed in Munich, Germany Munich, Germany Aaron Copland American Composers Ballet Historic Firsts American Public Media
1964 Police Arrest 800 Students Staging a Sit-In at the Administration Building of the University of California at Berkeley Berkeley, California Education Vietnam War Civil Rights University of California at Berkeley New York Times
1965 An all-White Jury in Alabama Convicts 3 Ku Klux Klansmen for the Murder of White Civil Rights Activist Viola Liuzzo Alabama Ku Klux Klansmen Civil Rights/Human Rights Law & Legal Resources BBC
1967 South African Doctor, Christiaan Barnard, Performs the First Successful Human Heart Transplant Christiaan Barnard The Heart Medical Research Historic Firsts History Channel South African History Center for the Study of Technology and Society
Luxury Train, the 20th Century Limited, Completes Its Final Run from New York City to Chicago New York City Chicago Railroad New York Times
1970 Two Tennessee Williams Plays Are, Televised Together under the Title Dragon Country by New York Television Theatre New York City Tennessee Williams Plays Mississippi Writers Page
1978 Michigan Is the First Industrial State to Enact a Beverage Container Deposit Law Michigan Government Earth and Environmental Sciences Food and Nutrition Tax Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1979 Iranians Complete 2-day Constitutional Referendum Giving Absolute Power to Ayatollah Khomeini Iran Country Studies
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1984 An Explosion at a Union Carbide Pesticide Plant in Bhopal, India, Kills at Least 2,000 People, Injuring Another 200,000 India Chemistry Earth & Environmental Science Death Union Carbide BBC History Channel New York Times
1988 Barry Sanders of Oklahoma State Wins Heisman Trophy Kansas Sports Figures Oklahoma State University Football College Football Hall of Fame 1988 Heisman Trophy Winner New York Times
1989 President George Bush & Mikhail Gorbachev Essentially End the Cold War with a Meeting Off the Coast of Malta Malta Mikhail Gorbachev George Bush The Cold War Historic UK History Channel BBC
Egon Krenz Resigns as Leader of the East German Communist Politburo and the Party's Central Committee Germany The Cold War New York Times
1991 Radical Shiite Muslim's Release American Hostage Allen Sutten after 5 Years Lebanon Middle East History Terrorism New York Times
1992 Two IRA Bombs Go Off in the Center of Manchester, England, Injuring 65 Manchester, England Terrorism BBC
1997 The International Monetary Fund Commits $55 Billion to Bailout the South Korean Economy Korea International Trade New York Times
1999 Scientists Fail to Make Contact with the Mars Polar Lander on Its Descent; the Spacecraft Is Presumed Destroyed Space Exploration Mars NASA
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2001 Israel Declares War on Terrorism Israel Middle East History Terrorism New York Times
Inventor Dean Kamen Unveils the Segway Transportation Inventors and Inventions Historic Firsts Segway Center for the Study of Technology and Society