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5-Minute Quests

1. Which module of the International Space Station was attached to the docking system of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on this date in 2001? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. What brand of gum was trademarked on this date in 1905? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the Lucid Library, who was Walt Disney's partner when he started his small animation company in Hollywood, California? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1942 book by Ann Nolan Clark (according to the University of New Mexico):

1. Which two countries signed a 'friendship' treaty on this date in 1978? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the White House, how tall was President Martin Van Buren? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Afro American Almanac, in which Texas County was Bill Pickett born? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an 1880's work by Christina Rossetti (according to Authors' Calendar)

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

1. According to the University of New Mexico, where did Ann Nolan Clark teach from 1923 - 1962?

2. According to the Nobel Foundation, for what accomplishment was Werner Heisenberg awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize for Physics?

3. According to PBS, which organization was responsible for the initial one-day Montgomery bus boycott on December 5, 1955?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by Calvin Trillin (according to Writer's Almanac):

Martin Van Buren
Born on This Date 1782

College of New Jersey

The American Presidency

Bill Pickett
Born on This Date 1870

[Gale Group]


Ann Nolan Clark
Born on This Date 1896

Young-adult Author 1953 Newbery Medal Winner for Secret of the Andes

Walt Disney
Born on This Date 1901

[Disney Autographs]

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Werner Heisenberg
Born on This Date 1905

[Oxford University]

Physics1932 Nobel Laureate for Physics

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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Set out this morning just before sunrise. We passed the upper point of the island at about 2 miles. I have noticed several caves and a number of indented arches of different sizes in the cliffs, giving it a somewhat romantic appearance. We passed several small creeks. At the lower point of a large sand bar I took a meridian reading. We passed between two islands, one near the center of the river, a mile and a half in length. One was hiding the mouth of the large creek Platea which could afford water for mills. Here the emigration is very heavy, which is the same at Swacken Creek. One of the settlements above St. Geniesviur is where we stopped to have dinner. We had some difficulty passing a point of the river where the current threatened to toss the boat into the rocks. (The rock appears to be made up of grit.) We stopped at the Leagle Creek settlement to pick up some provisions which had been ordered
to be sent there. I was informed by a Mr. Blear that nothing had arrived for me. I returned to the boat and proceeded
on for another 1/2 mile to set up camp for the night.
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Some hard Showers of rain last night, this morning Cloudy and drisley at Some little distanc above the isthmus the rain is much harder. high water to day at 12 this tide is 2 inches higher than that of yesterday. all our Stores and bedding are again wet by the hard rain of last night.

Capt. Lewis's long delay below, has been the Sorce of no little uneasness on my part of his probable Situation and Safty,

the repeeted rains and hard winds which blows from the S, W. renders it impossible for me to move with loaded Canoes along an unknown Coast we are all wet & disagreeable; the party much better of indispositions—.

Capt. Lewis returned with 3 men in the Canoe and informs me that he thinks that a Sufficient number of Elk may be prcured Convenient to a Situation on a Small river which falls into a Small bay a Short distance below, that his party had Killed 6 Elk & 5 Deer in his rout, two men of his party left behind to Secure the Elk

this was verry Satisfactory information to all the party. we accordingly deturmined to proceed on to the Situation which Capt. Lewis had Viewed as Soon as the wind and weather Should permit and Comence building huts &c.

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