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5-Minute Quests

1. Where was the 1997 global warming conference held? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. For what achievement was Rita Moreno presented a 1972 Grammy Award? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to Little Lit, William Joyce was the creator of what television series? (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 William Joyce (according to Readers Read):

1. For what organism did scientists complete the translation of its entire genetic code on this date in 1998? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Internet Public Library, Hector Berlioz may well have been the first great composer not able to do what? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Handbook of Texas, what was Big Mama Thornton's real name? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an 1849 work by Alfred de Musset (according to the Authors' Calendar)

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

1. According to the Nobel Foundation, for what achievement was Max Born awarded the 1954 Nobel Prize for Physics?

2. According to The Muppet Show, Rita Moreno was the first person to win what four performing arts awards? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Heisman Memorial Trophy web site, how many touchdowns did Doc Blanchard score during his football career at West Point?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1966 work by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (according to the Authors' Calendar)

Hector Berlioz
Born on This Date 1803



Max Born
Born on This Date 1882

[Nobel Foundation]


Big Mama Thornton
Born on This Date 1926

[Adelphi Records]


Rita Moreno
Born on This Date 1932

Performing Artist

William Joyce
Born on This Date 1957


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Burkina Faso: Proclamation of Independence Day
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1957 William Joyce (Louisiana-born Children's Author, Illustrator) William Joyce Primary Authors American Artists
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1810 Alfred de Musset (French Poet, Playwright) Alfred de Musset Poetry Plays
1864 Maurice Leblanc (French Author of Crime Novels) Maurice Leblanc
1906 Birago Diop (Senegalese Author of West African Folktales) Birago Diop Folktales
1918 Alexander Solzhenitsyn (Russian-born 1970 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Alexander Solzhenitsyn Cold War 1970 Nobel Laureate for Literature
1922 Grace Paley (New York City-born Short Story Writer) New York City Authors New York State Writers Institute Writer's Almanac
1937 Jim Harrison (Michigan-born Novelist) Jim Harrison
1939 Thomas McGuane (Michigan-born Novelist, Poet) Michigan Authors Poetry Writer's Almanac
1947 Patrick Creevy (Chicago-born Novelist) Chicago Authors Mississippi Writers Page
1948 Mark Rudman (New York City-born Poet) Mark Rudman Poetry
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1904 Marjorie H. Buell (Pennsylvania-born Cartoonist; Creator of "Little Lulu") Marjorie H. Buell Cartoons & Comics
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1803 Louis-Hector Berlioz (French Romantic Composer) Hector Berlioz Composers
1908 Elliott Carter (New York City-born Composer) Elliott Carter Composers
1929 Kenneth MacMillan (English Ballet Dancer, Choreographer) English Performing Aritsts Ballet Historic UK
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1781 David Brewster (Scottish Physicist Who Invented the Kaleidoscope) David Brewster Physics Inventors and Inventions
1819 Jerome Increase Case (New York-born Inventor of the First Steam Engine for Agricultural Use) New York Scientists & Inventors Inventors and Invetions Steam Engine Farming & Agriculture Wisconsin Historical Society
1843 Robert Koch (German-born 1905 Nobel Laureate for Medicine; Discovered the Tuberculosis Bacillus) Robert Koch Tuberculosis 1905 Nobel Laureate for Medicine
1863 Annie Jump Cannon (Delaware-born Astronomer) Delaware Scientists and Mathematicians Space and Astronomy
1882 Max Born (Polish-born 1954 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Max Born Phyiscs 1954 Nobel Laureate for Physics
1475 Giovani de Medici (Italian-born Pope Leo X (1513-1521) Who Excommunicated Martin Luther) Italian Political and Social Leaders Pope Leo X
1792 Joseph Mohr (Austrian-born Roman Catholic Priest and Hymnist, Author of "Stille Nacht" - "Silent Night") Austrian Composers and Songwriters Religion Music Christmas
1876 Ada Louise Comstock (Minnesota-born Educator; President of Radcliffe College, 1923-1943) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders Education Radcliffe College Minnesota Historical Society
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1725 George Mason (Drafted the Virginia Declaration of Rights) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Virginia Declaration of Rights Virginia Historical Society
1868 Kate Hamilton Pier (Wisconsin-born Attorney; First Woman to Argue Before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Law & Legal Resources Wisconsin Historical Society
1882 Fiorello La Guardia (Mayor of New York City, U.S. Congressman) Fiorello La Guardia U.S. Congress
1905 Erskine (Hamilton) Childers (Fourth President of Ireland: 1973-74) Irish Political and Social Leaders
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1887 Carlos Gardel (Argentinian Tango Maestro) Carlos Gardel Dance International Musicians
1926 Big Mama Thornton (Alabama-born African-American Blues Singer, Harmonica Player) Big Mama Thornton Jazz & Blues African American Performing Artists
1932 Rita Moreno (Puerto Rican Actress, Singer, Dancer Awarded 1961 Academy Award for Supporting Actress) Rita Moreno Latin-American Studies 1977 Emmy Award for The Muppet Show and the 1978 Emmy for The Rockford Files 1961 Academy Award for West Side Story 1975 Tony Award for Best Support Actress 1972 Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children
1938 McCoy Tyner (Pennsylvania-born African-American Jazz Pianist) McCoy Tyner Jazz & Blues African American Performing Artists
1944 Brenda Lee (Atlanta-born Country Singer) Georgia Performing Artists Country & Western Musicians Official Website University of Georgia
1949 Teri Garr (Los Angeles-born Actress) Teri Garr American Performing Artists Film
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1854 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn (New York-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Charles Radbourn Baseball Hall of Fame
1924 Felix "Doc" Blanchard (South Carolina-born 1945 Heisman Trophy Winner) Doc Blanchard Football Hall of Fame 1945 Heisman Trophy Winner
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1941 Emile Picard (French Mathematician) Emile Picard Algebra
1949 Fiddlin' John Carson (Georgia-born Country Singer) Georgia Performing Artists Country & Western Musicians University of Georgia
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1737 Lipan Apache Chief, Cabellos Colorados (Red Hair), Is Captured by Spanish Forces Apache Indians Texas State Historical Association
1777 British Delay Washington's March to Valley Forge Great Britain Valley Forge History Channel
1792 French King Louis XVI Is Charged with Treason France Law & Legal Resources New York Times
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Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: It was a very windy, rainy morning when we crossed the river to St. Louis. Capt. Lewis was detained to acquire information of the country and to sent dispatches to the government. At 11 o'clock I proceeded on, after a mile I passed two creeks. The wind changed at 3 o'clock to north-west. I passed several large sand bars in the middle of the river and camped on a large island. The rain came down until 3 today which threatens to over flow the banks of the river. The banks are falling where there is no rock.
Illinois Missouri Weather Geology Government Lewis & Clark Map: 12/11/1803
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: rained all the last night moderately

we are all employed putting up huts or Cabins for our winters quarters. Sergeant Pryor unwell from a dislocation of his Sholder, Gibson with the disentary, Jo. Fields with biles on his legs, & Werner with a Strained Knee. The rained Continued moderately all day.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Clatsop County, Oregon Fort Clatsop
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1816 Indiana Becomes the 19th State of the United States of America Indiana New York Times
1833 The Green Bay Intelligencer, Wisconsin's First Newspaper, Begins Publication Green Bay, Wisconsin Journalism Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1839 Diplomatic Agent James Treat Arrives in Mexico City to Negotiate Recognition for the Republic of Texas Mexico Republic of Texas Texas State Historical Association
1844 In Hartford, Connecticut, Nitrous Oxide Is First Used in as a Medical Anesthetic to Extract a Tooth Hartford, Connecticut Medical Research Historic Firsts Puierre Fouchard Academy
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1851 The Schooner Robert Bruce Burns in Washington's Willapa Bay Washington Naval History Fire Safety History Link
1856 The Delaware Railroad Is Opened in Seaford Seaford, Delaware Railroad State of Delaware
1858 Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown Signs Legislation Creating Banks, Johnson and Brooks Counties Georgia University of Georgia
1862 Union Troops Occupy Fredericksburg, Virginia Virginia The Battle of Fredericksburg History Channel
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1863 Union Ships Shell Confederate Salt Works in the Area of St. Andrews, Florida St. Andrews, Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1872 Buffalo Bill Cody Makes His First Stage Appearance Buffalo Bill Cody Stage & Theater History Channel
Acting Governor of Louisiana, Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback, Is America's First African-American Governor. Louisiana Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts New York Times
1873 Johannes Brahms' String Quartet in c, Op. 51, no. 1 Is First Performed in Vienna, Austria by the Hellmesberger Quartet Vienna, Austria Johannes Brahms Composers Historic First American Public Media
1882 Boston's Bijou Theater Opens as the First to be Illuminated with Electric Lights Massachusetts Stage & Theater The Light Bulb Historic First Cinema Treasures
1886 The Colored Farmers' National Alliance and Cooperative Union Is Formed in Houston County, Texas Houston County, Texas Labor African-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1889 Jefferson Davis' Funeral Is Held in New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana Jefferson Davis American Civil War University of Georgia
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1906 Addressing Puerto Rico's Congress Theodore Roosevelt Recommends Citizenship for Puerto Ricans Theodore Roosevelt Puerto Rico Latin-American Heritage Library of Congress
1911 The Detroit Zoological Society Is Founded Detroit, Michigan Zoos Detroit Zoological Society Michigan Historical Society
1915 Yuan Shih-kai Accepts the Chinese throne Chinese Political and Social Leaders History Channel
1919 The Residents of Enterprise, Alabama Erect a Monument to the Boll Weevil Enterprise, Alabama Library of Congress Alabama State Archive
1928 Buenos Aires Police Thwart Attempted Assassination of U.S. President Herbert Hoover Herbert Hoover Argentina New York Times
1929 California's Central Union High School District Approves Construction of a High School for African-American Students California Education Education African-American Heritage African American Registry National Park Service Central Union High School District
1930 Germany Bans the Film "All Quiet On The Western Front" Germany Nazi Germany Film World War I Internet Movie Database Theater History
1934 Fire Destroys the Kern Hotel in Lansing, Michigan, Killing 32 Lansing, Michigan Fire Safety Death State of Michigan
1936 England's King Edward VIII Abdicates the Throne English Political and Social Leaders King Edward VIII Writer's Almanac Historic UK History Channel
1937 Italy Withdraws from the League of Nations Italy The League of Nations New York Times
1938 In Alaska, the M/V Patterson Runs Ashore 8 Miles West of Cape Fairweather, a Total Loss Alaska Naval History Alaska Historical Society
1939 Marlene Dietrich Records "Falling in Love Again" Marlene Dietrich Popular Music History Channel
1941 Germany and Italy Declare War on the United States Italy Germany Nazi Germany World War II History Channel New York Times
1946 UNICEF Is Founded UNICEF Child Avocacy History Channel
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1951 Joe DiMaggio Announces His Retirement from Baseball Joe DiMaggio Baseball Hall of Fame
1956 The Hays Code Governing Film Content Is Eased Film History Channel
The Dwellings in St. Paul, Minnesota's Swede Hollow Immigrant Neighborhood Are Burned on Order of the City Health Department St. Paul, Minnesota Health Care Immigration Housing Fire Minnesota Historical Society
1958 Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) Becomes an Autonomous Republic within the French Community Burkina Faso France Africa
1960 8,000 African-Americans Gather in Atlanta to Demonstrate Support for Boycott of the City's Stores Georgia African-American Heritage Civil Rights University of Georgia
1961 First Direct U.S. Military Support Arrives in Vietnam Vietnam War History Channel
Albert Luthuli, President of the African National Congress, Receives the Nobel Prize for Peace South African Political and Social Leaders 1961 Nobel  Peace Prize
1964 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Receives the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway Norway Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Foundation Technology and Society
NASA Launches Atlas Centaur 4 Development Rocket Space Exploration NASA
1967 England and Wales Restrict Movement of Farm Animals to Curb Spread of Foot-and-Mouth Disease England Wales Farming and Agriculture Cows Foot and Mouth Disease BBC
A Prototype of the Concorde Jet Is Displayed in Toulouse, France France Aviation History Guardian
1970 NASA Launches NOAA 1 Satellite for Weather Analysis and Forecasting Space Exploration Meteorology NASA
1972 NASA Launches Nimbus 5 Satellite for Collection of Global Meteorological and Geological Data Space Exploration Earth Science Meteorology NASA
1980 President Jimmy Carter Signs Environmental Superfund Bill Jimmy Carter Earth & Environmental Science Court TV
1981 Muhammad Ali Loses Final Fight to Trevor Berbick Muhammad Ali Boxing Hall of Fame Famous African-Americans New York Times
Peru's Javier Perez de Cuellar Is Chosen to be the Fifth Secretary-General of the United Nations United Nations Peru Political and Social Leaders New York Times
1983 Michael Frayn's Noises Off Makes Its Broadway Debut at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre English Authors New York City Plays Historic Firsts Internet Broadway Database
1985 GE Proposes to Buy RCA, Including NBC Radio & TV Businesses & Corporations Television News Archive Television News Archive Television News Archive Television News Archive
The Unabomber Kills His First Victim Theodore Kaczynski Terrorism History Channel Court TV
1987 Charlie Chaplin's Trademark Cane & Bowler Are Sold at Auction in London London, England Charlie Chaplin Actors Film Business & Economics Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America
27 People Die in a Fire at Central London's King's Cross Station London, England Fire Safety Death BBC
1989 50,000 Protesters Take to the Streets in Sofia to Demand Political Reform in Bulgaria Bulgaria Human Rights Cold War Revolts and Reolutionaries BBC
Cy Coleman's City of Angels Makes Its Broadway Debut at the Virginia Theatre New York Authors Plays Historic Firsts Internet Broadway Database
1991 Indian Author Salman Rushdie Emerges from Hiding for First Time Following Death Threats by Islamic Extremists Indian Authors Islam Terrorism Columbia College
1994 Russian President Boris Yeltsin Orders Thousands of Troops into Breakaway Republic of Chechnya Boris Yeltsin Cold War History Channel
1995 Fire Destroys Malden Mills in Lawrence, Massachusetts Massachusetts Fire Safety Business Masschusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1997 11-day Meeting in Japan Concludes with Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change Japan Kyoto Protocols  National Council for Science and the Environment
1998 U.S. House Committee Approves Clinton Articles of Impeachment U.S. House of Representatives The Impeachment of President Clinton New York Times
5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills Five and Injures Seven in Kabul, Afghanistan Afghanistan Earthquake Death USGS
Scientists Translate Entire Genetic Code of a Worm DNA Worms CNN
NASA Launches Mars Climate Orbiter Mars Space Exploration NASA
1999 Paul Molitor Retires From Baseball Minnesota Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Minnesota Historical Society
Four Oak Trees Sacred to the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community Are Cut Down for a Minneapolis Highway Minneapolis, Minnesota Native American Heritage Trees Transportation Minnesota Historical Society
Historical Events Occurring between 2000 - 2009
2000 Shortstop Alex Rodriguez Signs Most Lucrative Contract in Sports History: $252M with the Texas Rangers New York City Sports Figures Economics & Business Major League Baseball Latin-American Sports Figures New York Times
2003 U.S. President George W. Bush Arrives in London for State Visit England President George W. Bush BBC