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5-Minute Quests

1. On this date in 2001, who was the first African-American to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Team? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In whose honor was the National Wildflower Research Center opened in Austin, Texas on this date in 1982? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the History Channel, how much did Colo the gorilla weigh when born in the Columbus Zoo on this date in 1956? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the name of a children's author born on this date.

1. On this date in 1941, who arrived in Washington, D.C. for talks with President Franklin Roosevelt? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to PBS, for what were Jean-Michel Basquiat's paintings known throughout the world? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to The New York Times, how many cannon did Sherman's troops find when they took Savannah, Georgia on this date in 1864? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (according to the Children's Book Council:
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. Who was given a last-minute reprieve from execution by firing squad on this date in 1849?

2. According to the U.S. Naval Academy, in 1913, to whom did Srinivasa Ramanujan send a 10-page letter of theorems?

3. According to Biography, what is the title of the 1984 film for which Peggy Ashcroft received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of an opera composed by Giacomo Puccini (according to ArtandCulture):
Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini
Born on This Date 1858

[Piano Paradise]


Srinivasa Ramanujan
Srinivasa Ramanujan
Born on This Date 1887



Lady Bird Johnson
Lady Bird Johnson
Born on This Date 1912

[Stennis Center]

Lyndon Johnson

Jerry Pinkney
Jerry Pinkney
Born on This Date 1939

[Children's Book Council]

Primary Children's Authors

Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Born on This Date 1960

[Lucid Cafe]

American Artists

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Vietnam: People's Army Day
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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1917 William O. Steele (Tennessee-born Author of Historical Fiction for Young Adults) Tennessee Authors Young Adult Authors U.S. History
1939 Jerry Pinkney (Pennsylvania-born African-American Children's Author, Illustrator Awarded 4 Caldecott Medals) Jerry Pinkney Primary Children's Authors American Artists African American Artists Awarded 4 Caldecott Medals - 2000 for The Ugly Duckling, in 1995 for John Henry by Julius Lester, in 1990 for The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci, and in 1989 for Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack
1942 Bonnie Pryor (Los Angeles-born Children's Author) Los Angeles Authors Young Adult Authors
1946 Trudy Krisher (Georgia-born Children's Author) Georgia Authors Young Adult Authors Official Web Site
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1852 Opie Pope Read (Tennessee-born Humorist, Author) Tennessee Authors Arkansas History Commission
1869 Edwin Arlington Robinson (Maine-born Poet) Maine Authors Poetry Sonnet Central Writer's Almanac
1876 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (Italian-born French Novelist, Poet, Dramatist; Founded Futurist Artistic Movement) Italian Authors French Authors Poetry
1898 Chancellor Williams (South Carolina-born African-American Historian, Author) South Carolina Authors African-American Authors African American Heritage
1905 Kenneth Rexroth (Indiana-born Bohemian Poet) Indiana Authors Poetry
Artists, Architects and Designers
1905 James Porter (Maryland-born African-American Painter, Educator, Art Historian ) Maryland Artists American Artists Educators of Note African-American Artists African American Heritage
1908 Giacomo Manzu (Italian Sculptor) Italian Artists
1960 Jean-Michel Basquiat (New York City-born African-American Artist) Jean-Michel Basquiat American Artists African-American Artists Latin-American Artists
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1858 Giacomo Puccini (Italian Composer) Giacomo Puccini Composers Opera
1885 Deems Taylor (New York City-born Composer, Critic) New York City Composers Composers
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1823 Jean Henri Fabre (French Entomologist) French Scientists and Mathematicians Insects
1876 Gustav Waldemar Elmen (Swedish-born American Electrical Engineer Who Created Permalloy Used to Develop Deep-Sea Telegraph Cables) Swedish Scientists and Mathematicians Inventors and Inventions Telegraph
1887 Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan (Indian Mathematician) Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan Mathematics
1903 Haldan Keffer Hartline (Pennsylvania-born 1967 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology) Pennsylvania Scientists and Mathematicians Sight 1967 Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology
Political and Social Leaders
1696 James Oglethorpe (English Founder of the British Colony of Georgia) English Political and Social Leaders Georgia Colonial Georgia University of Georgia
1795 Roswell Beebe (New York-born Pioneer; an Original Owner of the Site of Little Rock, Arkansas) New York Political and Social Leaders Little Rock, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1823 Thomas Higginson (Massachusetts-born Abolitionist Who Led the First African-American Regiment to Serve in the Civil War) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Abolition American Civil War
1856 Frank Kellogg (New York-born Statesman: 1929 Nobel Laureate for Peace) New York Political and Social Leaders 1929 Nobel Laureate for Peace
1862 Walter Goodland (Governor of Wisconsin) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders
1883 Arthur Wergs Mitchell (Alabama-born Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois) Alabama Political and Social Leaders Illinois Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African American Political and Social Leaders African American REgistry
1912 Lady Bird Johnson (Texas-born Wife of President Lyndon Johnson) Texas Political and Social Leaders Lady Bird Johnson
Performing Artists
1907 Peggy Ashcroft (English Actress) English Performing Artists Actors Film New York Times
1936 Hector Elizondo (New York City-born Latin-American Actor) New York City Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
1945 Diane Sawyer (Kentucky-born Television Broadcast Journalist) Kentucky Performing Artists Television Journalism
1948 Lynne Thigpen (Illinois-born African-American Actress) Illinois Performing Artists Actors Film African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1949 Maurice and Robin Gibb (English Popular Musicians and Singers: Two-thirds of the Bee Gees) English Performing Artists Popular Musicians Historic UK History Channel
1962 Ralph (Nathaniel) Fiennes (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Film
Sports Figures
1862 Connie Mack (Massachusetts-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Connie Mack Baseball Hal of Fame
1916 Charles Boswell (Alabama-born Professional Blind Golfer) Alabama  Sports Figures Golf Blindness Alabama State Archives
1944 Steve Carlton (Florida-born Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Florida Sports Figures Baseball Hal of Fame
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1864 John Chisum (Tennessee-born Cattleman) Tennessee Business Leaders Business Westward Expansion History Channel
1937 Frank Kellogg (New York-born Statesman: 1929 Nobel Laureate for Peace) New York Political and Social Leaders 1929 Nobel Laureate for Peace
1939 Gertrude "Ma" Rainey (Georgia-born African-American Blues Singer) Ma Rainey Blues & Jazz Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists
1989 Samuel Beckett (Irish Playwright) Samuel Beckett Plays 1969 Nobel Laureate for Literature
2001 Kato Shidzue (Japanese Feminist and One of the First Women Elected to the Japanese D: 104 Years Old) Japanese Political and Social Leaders Womren Asian History
2008 Lansana Conte (Guinea Dictator) Guinea Political and Social Leaders Associated Press BBC
Historically Significant Events Historically Significant Events
Historic Events that Occurred on this Date between 0 & 999 A.D.
856 6.5 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 200,000 in Damghan, Iran Iran Earthquake Deaths USGS
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1715 James Edward Stuart, Son of James II, Deposed Catholic King of England, Lands in Scotland to Lead Jacobite Rebellion Scotland English Political and Social Leaders James II Historic UK
1775 A Continental Naval Fleet Is Organized in the Rebellious American Colonies Colonial America Naval Military History New York Times
King George III Approves Bill Prohibiting All Trade and Commerce with the Thirteen American Colonies English Government King George III Colonial America International Trade University of Georgia
Friendship Fire Company No. 1, the First Volunteer Firemen in Delaware, Is Organized in Wilmington with 50 Members Wilmington, Delaware Fire Safety Historic Firsts State of Delaware
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1807 U.S. House of Representatives Passes President Jefferson's Embargo Act Barring U.S. Trade with Europe U.S. House of Representatives President Thomas Jefferson International Trade History Channel
1808 Beethoven Conducts the First Performances of His Symphonies 5 and 6 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria Vienna, Austria Ludwig van Beethoven Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1825 Lewis Cass Is Appointed to His Fifth Term as Governor of the Michigan Territory Michigan Government State of Michigan
1829 Georgia's Governor George Gilmer Signs Act Forbidding Teaching Slaves or Free Blacks to Read or Write Georgia Government Racism Education Law and Legal Resources African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1830 Heard County, Georgia Is Created Heard County, Georgia University of Georgia
1836 The Republic of Texas Establishes a General Land Office Republic of Texas Texas State Historical Association
1849 Russian Novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky Is Given a Last-Minute Reprieve from Execution by Firing Squad Fyodor Dostoevsky Authors History Channel
1852 The Oregon Territorial Legislature Creates King County with Seattle as the County Seat King County, Washington History Link
1857 Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties Are Created in Georgia Georgia Schley County, Georgia White County, Georgia Wilcox County, Georgia University of Georgia
1858 The House of Hope Presbyterian Church Is Dedicated in St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Religion The House of Hope Presbyterian Church Minnesota Historical Society
1862 The USS Huntsville Seizes the Confederate Schooner, Courier, Off the Tortugas Florida American Civil War Naval Military History Dry Tortugas National Park Florida Historical Society
1864 General Sherman Telegraphs President Lincoln That Savannah, Georgia Has Been Captured Savannah, Georgia General Sherman President Abraham Lincoln Sherman's March to the Sea New York Times University of Georgia
1865 Governor John Andrew Officially Receives the Regimental Colors of Massachusetts Units of the Union Army Massachusetts Military Figures American Civil War Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1886 Georgia Journalist, Henry Grady, Delivers His "New South" Speech in New York to the New England Society New York Georgia Political and Social Leaders Journalism University of Georgia
1888 Melbourne, Florida Is Founded Melbourne, Florida Florida Historical Society
1890 Dunellon, Florida Is Founded Dunellon, Florida Florida Historical Society
1894 Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish Officer in the French Army, Is Convicted of Treason Alfred Dreyfus Law and Legal Resources Judaism Writers' Almanac
The United States Golf Association Is Founded in New York City New York City Golf USGA New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1917 Russian-German Peace Talks Begin at Brest-Litovsk Russia Germany World War I History Channel
1919 The Trading Store of the Sons of Norway at Petersburg, Alaska Is Destroyed by Fire Petersburg, Alaska Business Fire Alaska Historical Society
1928 WMMN Radio Station Begins Broadcasting in Fairmont, West Virginia Fairmont, West Virginia Radio West Virginia State Archives
1929 Soviet Union Ends Months of Armed Skirmishes in Manchuria, Pulling Its Troops Away from the Eastern Railway Soviet Union China War Asian History
1939 Two Express Trains Collide in Magdeburg, Germany, Killing More Than 100 People Germany Railroads Death History Channel
Tennessee Williams Receives a Rockefeller Fellowship for $1000 Tennessee Williams American Authors American Collection
1941 British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Arrives in Washington, D.C. for Talks with President Roosevelt Winston Churchill President Franklin Roosevelt World War II History Channel
1943 W.E.B. Du Bois Is Elected as the First African-American Member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters W.E.B. DuBois American Authors Civil Rights African-American Authors Historic Firsts American Academy of Arts and Letters University of Georgia
1944 U.S. General. Anthony C. McAuliffe Replies ''Nuts!'' to German Demands for Surrender at the Battle of the Bulge Nazi Germany World War II New York Times
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Is Captured During the Battle of the Bulge and Put to Work at a Vitamin Factory in Dresden Germany Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. American Authors World War II Prisoners of War American Collection
1945 Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound Is Incorporated Washington Health Care Group Health Cooperative History Link
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1956 The First Gorilla Is Born in Captivity at the Columbus, Ohio Zoo Columbus, Ohio Gorillas Historic Firsts Columbus Zoo History Channel Ohio Historical Society
1958 The Florida Institute of Technology Is Founded as Brevard Engineering College Florida Education Education Florida Institute of Technology Florida Historical Society
1959 Based on the Play by Tennessee Williams, the Film Suddenly, Last Summer, Opens Tennessee Williams Film Internet Movie Database
1964 Comedian Lenny Bruce Is Convicted for Obscenity American Performing Artists Crime Law and Legal Resources First Amendment History Channel
1968 Julie Nixon Marries David Eisenhower President Dwight Eisenhower President Richard Nixon American Presidency History Channel
1972 Chilean Air Force Finds 14 Survivors Two Months After Their Andes Airplane Crash Chile Air Disasters BBC
1974 Terrorists Bomb the Home of Former British Prime Minister Edward Heath British Political and Social Leaders Northern Ireland Terrorism BBC
1982 The National Wildflower Research Center Opens in Austin, Texas in Honor of Lady Bird Johnson Austin, Texas Lady Bird Johnson Botany National Wildflower Research Center Texas State Historical Association
1983 6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 400+ Along the West African Coast Africa Earthquake Deaths USGS
1989 Berlin's Brandenburg Gate Re-opens for First Time in Nearly 30 Years Berlin Cold War BBC
Popular Uprising Topples Romanian Communist Ruler Nicolae Ceausescu From Power Romania Cold War New York Times
1990 Lech Walesa Takes the Oath of Office as Poland's First Popularly Elected President Lech Walesa Elections Historic Firsts New York Times
1993 South Africa's White Parliament Adopts Interim Constitution That Will Lead to the End of Apartheid South African Government Historic World Documents South African History
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2001 Shani Davis Is the First African-American to Qualify for the U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Team Chicago Sports Figures Speed Skating Olympic Games Historic Firsts African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
2003 Colombian Rebels Release Five Hostages 103 Days After Their Capture Colombia Terrorism BBC
2010 President Obama Signs Bill Repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell," Allowing Homosexuals to Serve Openly in the U.S. Military U.S. Diversity U.S. Military Don't Ask Don't Tell National Public Radio
U.S. Congress Approves START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) with Russia Russia U.S. Congress START CNN