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5-Minute Quests

1. Which space shuttle was launched on a mission to the International Space Station on this date in 1998? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What are the home states of astronauts Borman and Lovell, who were launched aboard the Gemini 7 spacecraft on this date in 1965? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Scholastic, after he finished high school, why did George Ancona travel to Mexico? (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 George Ancona (according to Houghton Mifflin):

1. Which airline ceased operations on this date in 1991? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the State of Michigan, what group was responsible for founding Michigan Central College on this date in 1844? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Scottish Library Association, where was Thomas Carlyle born? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a work by Thomas Hobbes:

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

1. According to Spartacus, on what charge was Edith Cavell arrested by the Germans?

2. According to, where in Spain was Francisco Franco born on this date in 1892?

3. According to the Nobel Foundation, where was Alfred Day Hershey born on this date in 1908?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1896 work by Rainer Maria Rilke (according to Writer's Almanac):

Thomas Carlyle
Born on This Date 1795

[Getty Museum]


Edith Cavell
Born on This Date 1865



Francisco Franco
Born on This Date 1892

[New Geneva Center]


Alfred Day Hershey
Born on This Date 1908

[Nobel Foundation]

Genetics 1969 Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology

George Ancona
Born on This Date 1929

[Gale Group]

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1867 Charles Herty (Georgia-born Chemist, Pioneer in the Paper Industry) (German Astronomer) Georgia Scientists and Mathematicians Chemistry University of Georgia
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: We got quite an early start this morning, just a little before sunrise. After 3/4 of a mile we passed the small creek called Gabia, here was a landing place for the trading boats of St. Genevie. The village here contains 120 families, mostly French . 3/4 of a mile above Gabia Creek the high land juts to the river and forms a great cliff of rocks. It was here that I saw a cave, 12 ft in diameter and about 70 ft above the river. We eventually came to the Old Fort Charters where I took meridian altitude. At 1 o'clock we passed the upper point of Ft. Charles Isle where the channel that forms the island next to the fort is totally dry, it appears that it is filling up with sand and mud. The river here is wide with a high land of cliffs about 250 ft above the water.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Some rain all the last night, this morning it increased with the wind from the S. E.

I Set out Sergiant Pryor and 6 men to the Elk he had killed with directions to Carry the meat to a bay which he informed me was below and as he believed at no great distance from the Elk, and I Should proceed on to that bay as Soon as the wind would lay a little and the tide went out in the evening

— the Smoke is exceedingly disagreeable and painfull to my eyes, my appetite has returned and I feel much better of my late complaint

— a Spring tide to day rose 2 feet higher than Common flood tides and high water at 11 oClock

— Hard wind from the South this evening, rained moderately all day and the waves too high for me to proceed in Safty to the bay as I intended, in Some part of which I expected would be convenient for us to make winter quarters, the reports of seven huntes agreeing that elke were in great abundance about the Bay below.

no account of Capt. Lewis. I fear Some accident has taken place in his craft or party

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1844 Michigan Central College (Hillsdale College) Opens in Spring Arbor Spring Arbor, Michigan Education Historic Firsts Hillsdale College State of Michigan
1850 The First Issue of the Portland Oregonian Hits Newsstands Portland, Oregon Journalism Historic Firsts Portland Oregonian
1854 James Wilson Grimes Becomes Governor of Iowa Iowa Political and Social Leaders State Historical Society of Iowa
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1861 U.S. Senate Expels John Breckinridge (KY) for Joining Confederate Army Kentucky American Civil War U.S. Congress
1864 Union and Confederate Forces End Eight Days of Battle at Waynesboro, Georgia Georgia Sherman's March to the Sea History Channel
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1897 "The Decoration of Houses" by Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, Jr. Is Published Edith Wharton American Authors American Collection
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1906 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Is Founded as the First African-American Collegiate Greek-letter Fraternity Education African-American Heritage Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity African American Registry
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1913 The Lewiston-Clarkston Bridge Opens Connecting Idaho and Washington Across the Snake River Idaho Washington Bridges History Link
1914 German Navy Forms the First Seaplane Unit Germany Aviation Military History Historic Firsts Century of Flight
1915 Henry Ford Sets Sail for Europe in Attempt to Stop World War I Henry Ford World War I History Channel Michigan Historical Society (pdf)
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1917 English Psychiatrist W.H. Rivers Presents First Report on the Phenomenon of "Shell Shock" English Scientists and Mathematicians Mental Health Psychology World War I Historic Firsts History Channel
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1932 The Public School Building at Fairbanks, Alaska Is Destroyed by Fire Fairbanks, Alaska Education Fire Alaska Historical Society
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1943 President Franklin Roosevelt Closes the WPA (Works Progress Administration) Franklin Roosevelt The New Deal History Channel
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1952 Walter Reuther Is Elected President of the CIO Walter Reuther Labor Elections AFL-CIO History Channel
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1959 "Sam", a Monkey, Reaches Weightlessness for over 3 Minutes in a U.S. Space Capsule Space Exploration Monkeys Florida Historical Society
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1963 Second Session of the Second Vatican Council Closes Authorizing Mass in the Vernacular Instead of Latin Catholicism World Languages Concordia
1964 Florida's Nova Southeastern University Is Incorporated Florida Education Education NOVA University Florida Historical Society
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1969 Police Kill Black Panther Leaders, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, in Their Chicago Apartment Chicago Civil Rights African-American Heritage Death Columbia University African American Registry
1971 10 Die as a Bomb Explodes in a Crowded Catholic Pub in Belfast Northern Ireland Terrorism Death BBC
1972 7.4 Magnitude Earthquake Triggers Landslides and Disrupts Electricity on Japan's Island of Hachijojima Japan Earthquake USGS
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1982 University of Georgia Junior Running Back Herschel Walker Is Awarded the Heisman Trophy Georgia Sports Figures Football African-American Sports Figures 1982 Heisman Trophy University of Georgia
1986 Congressional Committees Are Created to Investigate Iran-Contra Scandal Iran-Contra Schedule U.S. Congress Television News ArchiveC
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