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BEGINNERS

1. Which spacecraft sent a probe into Jupiter's atmosphere on this date in 1995? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. Who discovered the jet stream on this date in 1934? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Sears, Inc., what company was Richard Sears' first employer? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by Willa Cather:
NATION MAY
INTERMEDIATE

1. What event is observed by the United Nations on this date? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, how old was Willa Cather when her family moved to Webster County, Nebraska? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the PGA, who was the dentist who led the attempt by the Greensboro Six to integrate a public golf course in North Carolina on this date in 1955? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by John Tunis (according to the University of Texas Arlington):
RAYON GUZZLE
EXPERT
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1. According to the British National Gallery, what style of art is epitomized by the work of Gian Lorenzo Bernini?

2. According to the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Gerard Kuiper is considered to be the father of what science?

3. According to the African American Registry to what position was Wilton Gregory elected in 2001?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a work by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (according to the Art Renewal Center):
ALPHA POLAND DONE
 
 
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Born on This Date 1598

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Richard Sears
Richard Sears
Born on This Date 1863

[Historical Society of Oak Park]

Sears

Willa Cather
Willa Cather
Born on This Date 1873

[State of Nebraska]

Young-adult Authors Awarded 1923 Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours

Gerard Kuiper
Gerard Kuiper
Born on This Date 1905

[University of Nevada Reno]

The Solar System

Wilton Gregory
Wilton Gregory
Born on This Date 1947

[Journal Sentinel]

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1873 Willa Cather (Virginia-born Author Awarded 1923 Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours Willa Cather Young-adult Children's Authors Awarded 1923 Pulitzer Prize for One of Ours
1889 John Tunis (Massachusetts-born Children's Author) John Tunis Young-adult Children's Authors Baseball University of Texas Arlington
1932 Mary Lankford (Texas-born Children's Author) Texas Authors & Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Austin Public Library
1957 Beth Hilgartner (Maryland-born Children's Author) Maryland Authors & Illustrators Young-adult Children's Authors Houghton Mifflin
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1784 Allan Cunningham (Scottish Poet) Scottish Authors Poetry
1872 Johan Huizinga (Dutch Historian) Johan Huizinga
1888 Joyce Cary (Northern Ireland Novelist and Essayist) Joyce Cary
Heywood Broun (New York City-born Journalist) Heywood Broun Journalism
1915 Leigh Brackett (Los Angele-born Novelist and Screenwriter) Leigh Brackett Filmmakers
1948 Pearl Cleage (Massachusetts-born African-American Writer) Massachusetts Authors & Illustrators African-American Authors & Illustrators African American Registry
1956 Susan Minot (Massachusetts-born Author) Massachusetts Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac
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1598 Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Italian Artist) Gian Lorenzo Bernini Artists
1761 Marie Gresholtz Tussaud (French Artist; Founder of Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum) French Artists & Designers Madame Tussaud's
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1845 George A. Minor (Virginia-born Composer of "Harvest", aka "Bringing in the Sheaves") Virginia Composers Religion Concordia
1863 Pietro Mascagni (Italian Operatic Composer) Italian Composers Opera
1879 Rudolf Friml (Czech Operatic Composer) Czech Composers Opera
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1810 Theodor Schwann (German Biologist; Founder of the Cell Theory) German Scientists & Mathematicians Cells
1905 Gerard Peter Kuiper (Dutch Scientist; Father of Modern Planetary Astronomy) Gerard Peter Kuiper Space and Astronomy The Solar System
Business Leaders
1863 Richard Sears (Minnesota-born Businessman; Founder of Sears) Richard Sears Business and Economics Sears
1931 Comer Cottrell (Alabama-born African-American Pioneer in African-American Cosmetics) Alabama Business Leaders African-American Business Leaders
1942 Reginald Lewis (Maryland-born African-American President and CEO of TLC Beatrice International Food Co.) Maryland Business Leaders African-American Business Leaders African American Registry
1872 Anton Ivanovich Denikin (Polish-Russian Who Led the White Volunteer Army During the Russian Civil War) Soviet Union
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1807 Noah Swayne (Virginia-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1817 Isaac Whitbeck Van Schaick (New York-born Member of the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin) New York Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
1860 Joseph Cook (Prime Minister of Australia) Australian Political Leaders
1895 Milton Margai (First president of Sierra Leone) Sierre Leone
1947 Wilton Gregory (Chicago-born African-American Roman Catholic Bishop) Chicago Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
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1910 Louis Prima (New Orleans-born Jazz Musician) New Orleans Performing Artists Jazz American Composers and Songwriters The Internet Movie Database
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1932 Ellen Burstyn (Detroit-born Actress) Ellen Burstyn Actors Film
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1940 Gerry Cheevers (Canadian Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame) Canadian Sports Figures Hockey Hall of Fame
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1960 Walter Noddack (German Chemist Who Discovered the Element Rhenium) German Scientists & Mathematicians Chemistry Rhenium
1970 Rube Goldberg (California-born Artist Awarded the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning) Rube Goldberg Inventors & Inventions Cartoons & Comics 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning
1975 Thornton Wilder (Wisconsin-born Playwright Awarded Pulitzer Prizes in1928, 1938, 1943) Thornton Wilder American Authors Plays Awarded Three Pulitzer Prizes: 1928, 1938, 1943
1977 Peter Carl Goldmark (Hungarian-born Pioneer in Space sand Telecommunications Technology) Hungarian Scientists & Mathematicians Inventors & Inventions Space Exploration The Phonograph Television
1985 Potter Stewart (Michigan-born Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) Michigan Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
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1993 Felix Houphouët-Boigny (President of Ivory Coast) Ivory Coast
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1998 Martin Rodbell (Maryland-born Biochemist; 1994 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) Martin Rodbell Protein Cells 1994 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine
2011 Jerry Robinson (New Jersey-born Comic Book Artist) Jerry Robinson Comics and Cartoons
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1620 The Mayflower Sets Sail from Cape Cod Hoping to Locate Further South The Mayflower Compact American History Historic Firsts MayflowerHistory.com (pdf)
1682 William Penn Introduces a Penal Code for His Colony, Placing Penalties on Sports, Prizes and Stage Plays William Penn Pennsylvania Delaware Sports Stage and Theater Law and Legal References Crime State of Delaware
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1736 Inspired by Benjamin Franklin, 30 Men Form the First Volunteer Fire Department Philadelphia Benjamin Franklin Fire Safety Historic Firsts Independence Fall Association
1783 24-year-old William Pitt Becomes Prime Minister of Great Britain British Political and Social Leaders HistoricUK.com
1787 Delaware Is the First State to Ratify the U.S. Constitution Delaware U.S. Constitution Historic Firsts The History Channel
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1803
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: It was a dark and rainy morning again with a hard wind pounding our tired eyes. We set out at half past 7 with the winds at our backs. We passed a small island. At 10 o'clock the wind changed and gave us an opportunity to sail. At 12 o'clock the wind was so violent that it tore off our mast. We passed a small village named Viele Pauchr above the mouth of a large creek which contains many French families. At 3 o'clock we came to the Kohokia Landing which is at the mouth of the Kohokia Creek. We are in view of St. Louis which is 2 1/2 miles away
Illinois Missouri Weather Lewis & Clark Map: 12/07/1803 University of Kentucky
1804
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: a verry Cold day wind from the N W. the Big White Grand Chief of the 1s Village, Came and informed us that a large Drove of Buffalow was near and his people was wating for us to join them in a Chase Capt. Lewis took 15 men & went out joined the Indians, who were at the time he got up, Killing the
Buffalows on Horseback with arrows which they done with great dexterity, his party killed 14 Buffalow, five of which we got to the fort by the assistance of a horse in addition to what the men Packed on their backs— one Cow was killed on the ice after drawing her out of a vacancey in the ice in which She had fallen, and Butchered her at the fort— those we did not get in was taken by the indians under a Custon which is established amongst them 'i 'e. any person Seeing a buffalow lying without an arrow Sticking in him, or Some purticular mark takes possesion, many times (as I am told) a hunter who Kills maney Buffalow in a chase only Gets a part of one, all meat which is left out all night falls to the Wolves which are in great numbers, always in the Buffalows—

the river Closed opposit the fort last night 1½ inches thick Thermometer Stood this morning at 1 d. below 0— three men frost bit badly to day

Ordway: a clear cold frosty morning. 2 or 3 hunters went out early a hunting. about 9 o.C. the head chief of the 1st vill. of the Mandans called the Big White came to our Garrison in Great haste on horse back & Informed us that the Buffalow were comming towards the River in large Gangs and that the praries a little back was covered with Game.

Capt. Lewis Immediately Started with 12 men in order to hunt with the natives. they had not been Gone long before we Saw Some buffalow in cite abo. the Garrison near the bank of the River two of our men & Several of the natives were Shooting at them. they Shot three & run one off a Steep bank in to the River which we got out with a chord, and halled it down on the Ice to our landing as the River Shut up last night the Ice had not Got Strong enofe to bear the Buffalow out in the middle of the R. but we dragged Sd. bufo. down near Shore & dressed it. it was a cow with calf our Interpreters Squaws cut the calf. the 2 men who went out this morning came in & Informed us that they had killed Six buffaloe out in the prarie besides those 4 they had killed in part with the natives. the horses were got up & Several
men Sent with them out for the meat, but they found that the Savvage had carried off 3 of them. the 4 horses came in loaded with meat also the most of the men they Said that the Savvages had killed upwards of 20 buffalow & our men killed abt. 12 one of them very fat Som of them cows & Some calfs or yearlins. they Saw also large flocks of Goats
in the praries & could See the prarie black with buffaloe at a distance aiming to come into the bottoms on the River.

the prarie being covered with Snow and extreamly cold 2 of our men Got their feet frost Bitten & one Got his Ear frost bitten this day by being exposed in the praries. a half Gill of Taffee gave to the men by our officers this evening.

Gass: The Indians shoot the buffalo with bows and arrows, and have their horses so trained that they will advance
very near and suddenly wheel and fly off in case the wounded buffaloe attempt an attack.

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The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska

1805
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: Some rain from 10 to 12 last night, this morning fair,

have every thing put on board the Canoes and Set out to the place Capt Lewis had viewed and thought well Situated for winter quarters

— we proceeded on against the tide to a point where we met Sergt Pryor and his party returning to the Camp we had left without any meat, the waves verry verry high, as much as our Canoes Could bear rendered it impossible to land for the party, we proceeded on around the point into the bay and landed to take brackfast on 2 Deer which had been killed & hung up, one of which we found the other had been taken off by some wild animal probably Panthors or the Wild cat? of this Countrey

here all the party of Serjt Pryors joined us except my man york, who had Stoped to rite his load and missed his way,

Sergt Pryor informed us that he had found the Elk, which was much further from the bay than he expected, that they missed the way for one day and a half, & when he found the Elk they were mostly Spoiled, and they only brought the Skins of 4 of the Elk

after brakfast I delayed about half an hour before York Came up, and then proceeded around this Bay which I have taken the liberty of calling Meriwethers Bay the Cristian name of Capt. Lewis who no doubt was the 1st white man who ever Surveyed this Bay,

[In fact, the first white man to survey the bay was Broughton of Vancouver's expedition in 1792. He named it Young's (now Youngs) Bay, its present name, after Sir George Young of the British Navy.]

we assended a river which falls in on the South Side of this Bay 3 miles to the first point of high land on the West Side, the place Capt. Lewis had viewed and formed in a thick groth of pine about 200 yards from the river, this situation is on a rise about 30 feet higher than the high tides leavel and thickly Covered with lofty pine. this is certainly the most eligable Situation for our purposes of any in its neighbourhood.

Meriwethers Bay is about 4 miles across deep & receves 2 rivers the Kil how-â-nah-kle and the Ne tul and Several Small Creeks

— we had a hard wind from the N. E. and Some rain about 12 oClock to day which lasted 2 hours and Cleared away.

Clark's Plan for Fort Clatsop

[Plan for Fort Clatsop, drawn on the cover of Clark's elkskin-bound journal]

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1821 Pensacola, Florida's First United Methodist Church Is Established as a Methodist Mission Pensacola, Florida Religion Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1836 Martin Van Buren Is Elected the Eighth President of the United States Martin Van Buren The American Presidency Presidential Elections New York Times
A Territorial Act Creates 6 Wisconsin Counties and Portions of 2 Others Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society
1842 The New York Philharmonic Gives Its First Concert New York Philharmonic Classical Musicians Historic Firsts New York Philharmonic American Public Media
1846 In California, American Forces Are Besieged by Californios East of San Diego San Diego, California Mexican-American War Hispanic Heritage Learn California
Caleb Mills, a Professor at Wabash College Issues the First of Six Pamphlets Promoting Education in Indiana Indiana Education Education Wabash College Indiana Historical Society
1847 Jesse James Gang Robs Corinth, Mississippi Bank of $15,000 Mississippi Jesse James Notorious Americans Crime Corinth Tourism Council
1853 Governor Signs Legislation Creating Hart County as Georgia's 102nd County Georgia University of Georgia
1861 Johannes Brahms' "Handel Variations" Op. 24, Is Premiered in Hamburg Germany, by Pianist Clara Schumann Johannes Brahms Composers Classical Music Historic Firsts American Public Media
1862 Union Troops Fend Off Confederate Attack at Prairie Grove, Arkansas Arkansas Prairie Grove, Arkansas The History Channel
Union Troops Complete Construction of Fort Negley at Nashville, TN Tennessee American Civil War African American Registry Tennessee State University
1864 The Federal Blockade at Fernandina, Florida Is Lifted by Order of President Abraham Lincoln Fernandina Beach, Florida President Abraham Lincoln Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1871 91-year-old Delaware District Court Judge, Willard Hall, Retires After 48-years Having Served 14 Presidents of the US Delaware Political and Social Leaders Law and Legal References State of Delaware
1874 White Militia Attack Black Republicans in Vicksburg, MS: Several Die Mississippi African-American History Death History Cooperative
1875 DeWitt, Arkansas Is Incorporated DeWitt, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1877 Guatemala and Mexico Agree to Create Survey Disputed Boundary Sections Guatemala Mexico Florida State University (pdf)
1880 Earthquake Shakes the Puget Sound Region Washington Earthquake History Link
1889 Gilbert & Sullivan's Operetta, "The Gondoliers," Is First Performed at the Savoy Theatre in London English Composers Stage & Theater Opera Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
Scottish Inventor, John Boyd Dunlop, Issued Patent for Pneumatic Tire Scottish Scientists & Inventors Patents and Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Dunlop
1892 C.K. Welch Applies for a Patent for an Inflatable Bicycle Tire Cycling Patents & Trademarks Vintage Reprints
1898 Rimsky-Korsakov's Opera, "Mozart and Salieri," Is First Performed in Moscow Rimsky-Korsakov Composers Opera Historic Firsts American Public Media
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1909 Bakelite, the First Thermosetting Plastic, Is Patented by Leo Baekeland (NY) New York Scientists & Mathematicians Patents and Trademarks Inventors & Inventions USPTO
1916 David Lloyd George Becomes Prime Minister of Britain British Political and Social Leaders World War I The History Channel
1917 The U.S. Declares War on Austria-Hungary Austro-Hungarian Empire World War I Spartacus
1918 Florida's Legislature Is Called into Session for Ratification of the 18th Amendment Prohibiting Manufacture and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages Florida Legislature 18th Amendment Drug and Substance Abuse Florida Historical Society
1919 Seattle College Dedicates Its New Campus Washington Education Seattle University History Link
1922 Violinist Toscha Seidel and Pianist Francesco Longo Perform at the Dedication of Portland, Oregon Radio Station KGW Portland, Oregon Radio Classical Music Historic Firsts KGW SalemOregon.com
1925 Johnny Weissmuller Sets the World Record for the 150-yard Freestyle Swim Romanian Sports Figures International Swimming Hall of Fame Actors Film The History Channel
The West Texas Historical and Scientific Society Is Organized at Alpine Alpine, Texas U.S. History Texas State Historical Association
1926 The Keebler Trademark Is Registered Patents and Trademarks Keebler USPTO
Electrolux Receives First U.S. Patent for Gas Household Refrigerator Patents and Trademarks Inventors & Inventions Electrolux
1931 Ford Discontinues Production of Its Model A Ford Motor Company Automobiles The History Channel
1933 Governor C. Douglass Buck Proclaims This Day as "Delaware Day" in Commemoration of the State's Adoption of the US Constitution in 1787 Delaware U.S. Constitution State of Delaware
1934 Pilot Wiley Post Discovers the Jet Stream Air Current over the U.S. Texas Explorers & Aviators Aviation History Earth Science Weather NASA
1937 Red Sox Acquire 19-yr-old Ted Williams from Minor League San Diego Padres Ted Williams Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1941 Japanese Bombers Attack Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Killing 2,390 Americans Japan Hawaii The Attack on Pearl Harbor Death President Franklin Roosevelt Presidential Proclamation Florida Historical Society Texas State Historical Association Wisconsin Historical Society West Virginia State Archive
State of Georgia Orders All Japanese Nationals to Stay in Their Homes Georgia The Attack on Pearl Harbor Asian-American Heritage University of Georgia
Pitcher Lefty Grove Retires with 300 Wins Maryland Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame USA Today
1943 The USS Wisconsin Is Christened by Wisconsin's First Lady Madge Goodland. Wisconsin Naval Military History World War II Wisconsin Historical Society
1944 8.3 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 1,000 in Japan Japan Earthquake Death USGS
1946 Fire at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta Kills 119 People Atlanta Fire Safety Death University of Georgia
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1954 Wisconsin U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy Publicly Condemns President Eisenhower for Being "Weak on Chinese Communists" China Joe McCarthy U.S. Senate President Eisenhower McCarthyism Wisconsin Historical Society
1955 Greensboro Six Attempt to Integrate North Carolina Public Golf Course Greensboro Six Golf Civil Rights African-American History
Clement Atlee Resigns as Leader of Great Britain's Opposition Labour Party Great Britain BBC
The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts Responds to Charges of Exhibiting the Work of Artists with Communist Affiliations Dallas, Texas Museums Art McCarthyism Dallas Museum of Fine Arts Texas State Historical Association
1956 Jim Parker First African-American Awarded Outland Trophy as Best College LB Georgia Sports Figures College Football Hall of Fame Historic Firsts African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1960 Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Range Is Created by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Alaska U.S. Government Earth & Environmental Services Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Alaska Historical Society
1963 CBS Makes First Use of Instant Replay Broadcasting Army-Navy Game Television Football Historic Firsts USA Today
1965 Lyndon Johnson Is Advised More U.S. Troops to Be Needed in Vietnam President Lyndon Johnson Vietnam War The History Channel
1967 Otis Redding Records "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay" Otis Redding Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists University of Georgia
1968 NASA Launches an Automated Astronomical Observatory into Low-Earth Orbit Space Exploration Space and Astronomy NASA
Ironwood, Michigan Hosts Its First Snowmobile Derby, Drawing 650 Entries and Over 7000 Spectators Ironwood,  Michigan Transportation Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1970 West German/Poland Treaty Recognizes Oder-Neisse Line as Common Border Germany Poland European History Nobel Foundation
1972 America's Final Moon Mission, Apollo 17, Blasts Off from Cape Canaveral Apollo 17 Lunar Exploration NASA Florida Historical Society
1975 Indonesia Invaded East Timor, Leading to a 25-year Occupation Indonesia East Timor The History Channel
1979 Charles Haughey Is Elected Irish Prime Minister, Replacing Jack Lynch Ireland Elections University of Ulster
Britain's Lord Soames Is Named Governor of Rhodesia for Transition to Independence Zimbabwe Great Britain BBC
1982 First Execution by Lethal Injection Is Administered in Huntsville, Texas State Penitentiary Texas Capital Punishment Historic Firsts Death The History Channel
1986 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 3 in Bulgaria Bulgaria Earthquake Death USGS
1987 Mikhail Gorbachev Arrives in United States for Summit with Ronald Reagan Mikhail Gorbachev President Reagan The Cold War The History Channel
1988 A 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 25,000 in Armenia-Turkey-Georgia Border Region Armenia Turkey Georgia Earthquake Death The History Channel USGS
1989 Communist Ladislav Adamec Resigns as Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Slovakia Fall of the Soviet Union Cold War Notre Dame University
Sugar Ray Leonard Defeats Roberto Duran for World Super-middleweight Title African-American Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame USA Today
1995 Galileo Spacecraft Sends 746-pound Probe into Jupiter's Atmosphere Space Exploration Jupiter NASA
1998 Power for the International Space Station Is First Turned On International Space Station Historic Firsts NASA
Historic Events that have occurred from 2000 to present
2001 Taliban Forces Flee Kandahar, Their Last Stronghold in Afghanistan Kandahar The Taliban BBC
Iraq Formally Declares to the UN That It Has No Weapons of Mass Destruction Iraq The White House Iraq War CNN
NASA Launches Jason-1 to Monitor Global Climate Interactions Between Sea and Atmosphere Space Exploration Earth Science NASA