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DECEMBER 12

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5-Minute Quests
BEGINNERS

1. Which country granted Kenya its independence on this date in 1963? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. On this date in 1946, who donated land in Manhattan to the United Nations? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. Who received the first transatlantic radio signal transmitted on this date in 1901? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a performing artist born on this date:
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INTERMEDIATE

1. To what country did the United Nations grant the status of permanent neutrality on this date in 1995? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to All Things Cherokee, what rank did Stand Watie achieve in the Confederate Army? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the Louvre, when was the Mona Lisa painted? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a 1946 work by Mulk Raj Anand (according to the Authors' Calendar)
FINAL SEAT IN DAIRY

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

1. According to the Library of Congress, who was John Jay's law partner?

2. State Henry's Law, according to Cartage. (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the History Channel, why was Gustave Flaubert's study of law in Paris unsuccessful?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an 1874 work by Gustav Flaubert (according to the Authors' Calendar)
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John Jay
Born on This Date 1745

[Northwestern University]

U.S. Supreme Court


William Henry
Born on This Date 1775

[University of Pennsylvania]

Chemistry


Stand Watie
Born on This Date 1806

[NativeAmericans.com]

Native American Studies


Gustave Flaubert
Born on This Date 1821

[University of Toronto]

Authors


Barbara Emberley
Born on This Date 1932

[Kizwiz Books]

1968 Caldecott Award for Drummer Hoff

 
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Turkmenistan: Day of Neutrality
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United States: National Poinsettia Day
(Established 1991 by an Act of Congress to commemorate the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett)
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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1896 Ben Lucien Burman (Kentucky-born Journalist, Children's Author) Kentucky Authors Young-adult Authors Journalism
1932 Barbara Emberley (Chicago-born Children's Author, Illustrator; 1968 Caldecott Award for Drummer Hoff) Barbara Emberley Primary Authors American Artists 1968 Caldecott Award for Drummer Hoff
1961 Stéphane Poulin (Canadian Children's Author, Illustrator) Stéphane Poulin Primary Authors Artists
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1821 Gustave Flaubert (French Novelist) Gustave Flaubert
1864 Arthur Brisbane (New York City-born Newspaper Editor and Writer) New York City Authors & Illustrators Journalism
1897 Lillian Smith (Florida-born Author and Civil Rights Advocate) Florida Authors & Illustrators Civil Rights/Humans Rights Racism University of Georgia
1902 Howard Koch (New York City-born Film Writer, Producer: Casablanca) Howard Koch Film
1905 Mulk Raj Anand (Indian Novelist) Mulk Raj Anand
1914 Patrick O'Brian (English Novelist) English Authors & Illustrators Writer's Almanac
1918 Eugene Burdick (Iowa-born Author of "Fail-Safe" and "The Ugly American") Iowa Authors American Authors
1929 John Osborne (English Playwright) John Osborne Plays
1957 Robert Lepage (Canadian Playwright) Robert Lepage Plays
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1853 Edvard Munch (Norwegian Painter) Edvard Munch Artists
1915 Robert Jones Edmond (New Hampshire-born Stage Set Designer, Producer, and Director) Robert Jones Edmond Stage & Theater
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1774 William Henry (English Chemist Known for Henry's Law of the Solubility of Gases in Liquids) William Henry Chemistry Medicine
1927 Robert Noyce (Iowa-born Inventor of the Integrated Circuit) Iowa Scientists & Mathematicians Physics Inventors & Inventions Technology and Society
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1805 Henry Wells (Vermont-born Founder of Wells Fargo) Henry Wells Westward Expansion Wells Fargo
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1880 William E. Eubank (Virginia-born U.S. Army Commander of West Virginia National Guard) Virginia Military Figures West Virginia Military Figures World War I World War II West Virginia State Archive
1804 Michael Frank (New York-born Educational Leader in Wisconsin) New York Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Wisconsin Historical Association
1805 Frederic Henry Hedge (Massachusetts-born Clergyman, Transcendentalist, and Translator of German Literature) Massachusetts Authors and Illustrators Religion Philosophy
Political & Social Leaders
1745 John Jay (New York-born First Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) John Jay U.S. Supreme Court Law & Legal Resources
1806 Stand Watie (Georgia-born Leader of the Cherokee Indians and Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army) Stand Watie American Civil War Cherokee Indian Nation
Performing Artists
1893 Edward G. Robinson (Romanian-born American Actor) Edward G. Robinson Film
1915 Frank Sinatra (New Jersey-born Singer, Actor) Frank Sinatra Popular Musicians Film
1918 Joe Williams (Georgia-born African-American Blues Musician, Singer) Joe Williams Jazz & Blues Famous African Americans
1923 Bob Barker (Washington-born Television Games Show Host) Washington Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database
1938 Connie Francis (New Jersey-born Popular Singer) Connie Francis Popular Musicians
1940 Dionne Warwick (New York-born African-American Popular Singer) Dionne Warwick Popular Musicians Famous African Americans
1943 Grover Washington, Jr (New York-born African-American Jazz Saxophonist) New York Performing Artists Jazz & Blues African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1945 Tony Williams (Chicago-born African-American Jazz Drummer) Chicago Performing Artists Jazz & Blues African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1970 Jennifer Connelly (New York-born Actress) New York Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1876 Alvin Kraenzlein (Wisconsin-born Member of the Track and Field Hall of Fame) Wisconsin Sports Figures Track and  Field Hall of Fame 1900 Summer Olympic Games in Paris Wisconsin High School Track and Field Wisconsin Historical Society
1912 Henry Armstrong (Mississippi-born African-American Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame) Mississippi Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1932 Bob Petit (Louisiana-born Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) Bob Petit Basketball Hall of Fame
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1851 Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett (South Carolina Statesman Who Developed the Modern Poinsettia from a Native Mexican Flower) South Carolina Botany Christmas
1929 Charles Goodnight (Illinois-born Cattleman Responsible for Opening Trails from Texas to New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas) Charles Goodnight The History Channel
1968 Tallulah Bankhead (Alabama-born Actress) Tallulah Bankhead Actors Film
1971 David Sarnoff (Russian-born Pioneer in Radio and Television Technology) David Sarnoff Radio Television
1999 Joseph Heller (New York City-born Author of Catch 22) Joseph Heller American Authors
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1189 King Richard I "the Lion Hearted" Leaves England on the Third Crusade to Retake Jerusalem British Political and Social Leaders Richard I Religion The Crusades Concordia
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1545 Council of Trent Opens Religion Concordia
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1787 Pennsylvania Ratifies the U.S. Constitution to Become the Second State Pennsylvania U.S. Constitution Library of Congress The History Channel
1791 First Bank of the United States Opens to Serve As Fiscal Agent for the U.S. Government U.S. Government Banking Historic Firsts U.S. Treasury
Historical Events Occurring between 1800 - 1899
1803
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: The wind did not let up last night. We left this morning at 7 o'clock. At the opposite end of the island where we camped last night is a settlement. Some time before two we passed a little river called Wood River. At about 2 we were pounded by a storm of hail, snow and wind. We were then approached by two canoes of Potowautomi Indians, they were all drunk. Astonishing enough that although they were drunk they had managed to keep the water out of their canoe. The hunters that I had sent out, came back with turkey and possums. They reported that the country was beautiful and calm.
Illinois Missouri Weather Potawatomi Turkey Possum
1804 The Georgia Medical Society Is Incorporated in Savannah Georgia Medicine University of Georgia
1805
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

Clark: All hands that are well employ'd in Cutting logs and raising our winter Cabins, detached two men to Split boards—

Some rain at intervales all last night and to day—

The flees were So troublesom last night that I made but a broken nights rest, we find great dificuelty in getting those trouble insects out of our robes and blankets—

in the evening two Canoes of Clât Sops Visit us they brought with them Wap pa to, a black Swet root they Call Sha-na toe qua, and a Small Sea Otter Skin, all of which we purchased for a fiew fishing hooks and a Small Sack of Indian tobacco which was given by the Snake Inds.

Those Indians appear well disposed we gave a Medal to the principal Chief named Con-ny-au or Com mo-wol and treated those with him with as much attention as we could— I can readily discover that they are Close deelers, & Stickle for a verry little, never close a bargin except they think they have the advantage Value Blue beeds highly, white they also prise but no other Colour do they Value in the least— the Wap pa to they Sell high, this root the purchase at a high price from the nativs above.

Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Lewis & Clark Map: 11/07/05 Clatsop County, Oregon Fort Clatsop
USGS The Lewis and Clark Trail University of Nebraska
1813 The British Take Command of Fort Astoria, Renaming It Fort George Great Britain Astoria, Oregon Forts War of 1812 SalemOregon.com
1825 Georgia's Governor George Troup Signs the Act Creating Baker County Baker County, Georgia University of Georgia
1829 Georgia's Governor Signs Act Making It Illegal to Teach a Slave or Free Black to Read or Write Georgia Education Racism University of Georgia
1835 The Red Rovers, a Volunteer Military Company, Leave Their Camp in Alabama to Join the Texas Revolution Alabama Military Figures Texas Revolution Texas Revolution Texas State Historical Association
1838 Desha County, Arkansas Is Created Desha County, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1846 Pine Bluff, Arkansas Is Incorporated Pine Bluff, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1866 Georgia's Governor Signs Legislation Creating a Common School System for the State Georgia Education University of Georgia
1870 Joseph H. Rainey (SC), First African-American Member of U. S. House of Representatives South Carolina Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts New York Times
1880 Billy the Kid Writes the Second of 6 Letters to New Mexico Governor Lew Wallace, Claiming His Innocence to Horse Thieving and Murder New Mexico Political and Social Leaders Billy the Kid Notorious Americans Crime New Mexico Magazine
1897 Katzenjammer Kids Appear in the New York Journal as the First Comic Strip in a U.S. Newspaper New York City Journalism The Katzenjammer Kids Historic Firsts New York State Library
1899 African-American Dentist, George F Grant, Applies for a Patent of the Wooden Golf Tee Inventors & Inventions Patents & Trademarks Golf African-American Scientists & Inventors African American Registry
1891 Johannes Brahms' Clarinet Trio in a, Op. 114, and Clarinet Quintet in B, Op. 115 Are First Performed Publicly in Berlin, Germany Johannes Brahms Composers Historic First American Public Media
Historical Events Occurring between 1900 - 1949
1900 Charles Schwab Brokers Merger Between J. P. Morgan and Andrew Carnegie to Form U.S. Steel Andrew Carnegie J. P. Morgan Businesses & Corporations EconEdLink
1901 Guglielmo Marconi Receives the First Trans-Atlantic Radio Signal (Letter "S") Guglielmo Marconi Radio Historic Firsts 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics The History Channel Technology and Society
George, Charles, and Edward Parker Incorporate the Parker Brothers Game Company Massachusetts Business Leaders Parker Brothers Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1910 The "Toonerville Trolley" Streetcar Line Begins Operating Between Houston and the Suburban Community of Bellaire Houston, Texas Transportation Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1913 Mona Lisa Is Recovered in Florence, Italy Two Years after Being Stolen Italy Mona Lisa Crime The History Channel
1915 The Junkers J1 Is the First All-metal Aircraft Germany History of Aviation Historic Firsts Junkers
1917 Father Flanagan Establishes Boys Town Boys Town Child Advocacy The History Channel
1919 The Boll Weevil Monument Is Dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama Enterprise, Alabama Boll Weevil Alabama State Archive
1923 The Foshay Tower, the Tallest Building in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Is Strung with Lights and Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree Foshay Tower Architecture Christmas Minnesota Historical Society
1925 The World's First Motel - the ''Motel Inn'' - Opens in San Luis Obispo, California California Travel Historic Firsts Source New York Times Learn California
1926 Dmitri Shostakovich Plays the Premiere Performance of His "Piano Sonata No. 1" in Leningrad Shostakovich Composers Classical Music Historic First American Public Media
1930 A Baptist Pastor and Editor of The Fundamentalist Denounces a West Texas Professor for Teaching Evolution Texas Education Education Evolution Religion Texas State Historical Association
1932 Benjamin Britten's "Phantasy Quartet" No. 2 for Oboe and Strings Is First Performed in London English Composers Composers Historic First American Public Media
1937 U.S. Gunboat Panay Is Sunk by the Japanese Japan United States Naval History The History Channel
1941 The U.S. Seizes the French Ocean Liner Normandie France Naval History World War II The History Channel
1946 United Nations Accepts Six-block Tract of Manhattan Real Estate from John D. Rockefeller Jr The United Nations The Rockefellers New York Times
1947 United Mine Workers Withdraws from AFL Labor Unions United Mine Workers AFL-CIO New York Times
First Meeting of NASCAR Held in Daytona Beach, FL Florida Historic Firsts Decades of Racing NASCAR
Historical Events Occurring between 1950 - 1999
1953 In Wisconsin, Eaton Chapel at Beloit College is Devastated by Fire Wisconsin Education Education Fire Beloit College Wisconsin Historical Society
1961 300 African-American Students Protest Trial of 11 Freedom Riders Being Held in Albany, Georgia Georgia Human Rights/Civil Rights Racism Law and Legal Resources University of Georgia
NASA Launches First Amateur Radio ("ham") Satellite Space Exploration Radio Historic Firsts NASA
1963 Kenya Gains Independence from Great Britain Kenya Great Britain Africa New York Times
1965 NASA Launch of Gemini 6 Spacecraft Fails Due to Hardware Problem Space Exploration NASA
1969 Terrorist Bombs Kill 29 in Rome and Milan Italy War on Terrorism Death BBC
1974 Jimmy Carter Announces He Will Seek the Democratic Nomination for President President Jimmy Carter Politics University of Georgia
1975 Suspect Pleads Guilty to Attempted Assassination of Gerald Ford President Gerald Ford New York Times
National Association of Black Journalists Is Founded in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Journalism African-American Authors & Illustrators National Association of Black Journalists African American Registry
NASA Launches RCA-A Communications Spacecraft for Voice, Data, Fax Support Space Exploration RCA NASA
1979 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake and Tsunami Kill 600 Along Coasts of Ecuador and Colombia Colombia Ecuador Earthquakes Tsunami Death USGS
1980 Computer Software Act Defines "Computer Program", Clarifies Patent & Trademark Protection U.S. Congress Copyrights Computer History USPTO
1981 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 6 in Pakistan Pakistan Death USGS
1985 President Reagan Signs the Gramm-Rudman Deficit-Reduction Bill U.S. Congress President Ronald Reagan Business & Economics Laws and Legal Resources Television News Archive
1988 35 Die in Commuter Train Collision South of London Great Britain Railroads Death BBC
1992 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake and Tsunami Kills 2,200 in Indonesia Indonesia Tsunami Death USGS
1993 Constitution of the Russian Federation Is Ratified Russia Bucknell University
1995 Willie Brown Is Elected as the First African-American Mayor of San Francisco San Francisco African-American History Elections Historic Firsts
The United Nations Grants Turkmenistan Status of Permanent Neutrality The United Nations Turkmenistan U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan
Senate Fails to Muster the Two-Thirds Majority to Pass Flag Desecration Amendment U.S. Symbols U.S. Constitution Vote U.S. Senate
1997 14-year-old Kentucky Student Is Indicted as an Adult for Deaths Related to School Shooting Kentucky Education School Violence Law and Legal Resources CNN
1998 House Committee Approves Final Articles of Impeachment Against President Clinton U.S. House of Representatives The Impeachment of President Clinton CNN
Florida's Governor Lawton Chiles Dies of a Heart Attack While Exercising Florida Death Florida Historical Society
Historical Events Occurring between 2000 - present
2000 Divided Supreme Court Rules Further Florida Presidential Recounts Unconstitutional Florida U.S. Supreme Court The American Presidency 2000 Presidential Election CNN Oyez
Alex Rodriguez Signs 10-year $252M Contract New York City Sports Figures Baseball Business & Economics Hispanic Sports Figures CNN
2001 Henry Brant's Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Ice Field" for Orchestra Is First Performed by the San Francisco Symphony Canadian Composers San Francisco Symphony Composers Historic First 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Music American Public Media
2007 Australia Ratifies the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change Australia Global Change Kyoto Protocol Australian Government