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Armenia Armenia

MAY 28

Azerbaijan Azerbaijan


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1. What two nations celebrate Republic Day on this date?
(hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. In what state was Jim Thorpe born? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

3. According to the biography at her official website, what are Debby Atwell's earliest memories? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a children's book by Debby Atwell (according to her official website):

1. What humanitarian organization was founded on this date in 1961? (hint: the answer is found on this page)

2. According to the Library of Congress, from what three Indian tribes was Jim Thorpe a descendant? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

3. According to the University of California Santa Barbara, what theory did Louis Agassiz formulate? (hint: you will need to use a link found on this page)

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a novel written by John Steinbeck:
(hint: all three questions will require you to use a link found on this page)

1. According to Writer's Almanac, Louis Agassiz was a great teacher who encouraged his students to learn how?

2. According to the Gale Group, what year did Betty Shabazz graduate from nursing school?

3. According to Fact Monster, for how many days was Edward VIII the King of England?

Use all of these letters to spell the title of a book by Ian Fleming (according to the Kuusankoski Public Library):

Louis Agassiz
Born on This Date 1807

[Harvard University]


Jim Thorpe
Born on This Date 1888

[Sentinel Online]

Olympic Athlete and Professional Baseball and Football Player

Ian Fleming
Born on This Date 1908

[Hindustan Times ]

Author of James Bonds Novels

Betty Shabazz
Born on This Date 1936

[Teachers College of New Jersey]

Wife of Malcolm X

Debby Atwell
Debby Atwell
Born on This Date 1953

[Official Website]

Primary Children's Authors American Artists


All links below go to the K-12 Teaching & Learning Center.
Armenia: First Republic Day
(Commemorates Armenia's Victory over Turkey and Proclamation of an Independent Armenian Republic: 05/28/1918)
Armenia Turkey Armenian History
Azerbaijan: Republic Day
(Commemorates the formation of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic: 05/28/1918)
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Ethiopia: Overthrow of the Derge Regime
(Commemorates overthrow of Derge military regime by Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front: 05/18/1991)
Ethiopia Ethiopia Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Primary Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Young-adult  Authors and Illustrators Born on This Date Icon
1924 Isabella Leitner Hungarian Authors Young-adult Authors The Holocaust
1953 Debby Atwell Debby Atwell Primary Children's Authors American Artists
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1779 Thomas Moore (poet) Thomas Moore Poetry
1908 Ian Fleming (author) Ian Fleming
1911 Randolph Churchill (author/journalist/politician ) British Authors Journalism Politician
1912 Patrick White (novelist) Australian Authors
1916 Walker Percy (novelist) Alabama Authors
1919 May Swenson (poet) Utah Authors Poetry
1940 Maeve Binchy (writer) Irish Authors
1958 Jill Marie Watts (author) California Authors
1959 Meg Wolitzer (author) New York Authors
Classical Composers and Performing Artists
1925 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone) German Performing Artists Opera
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1738 Joseph Ignace Guillotin (inventor) French Scientists and Inventors Inventors & Inventions Capital Punishment
1807 Louis Agassiz (naturalist/geologist) Louis Agassiz Zoologist
1818 P. G. T. Beauregard (Confederate General) Louisiana Military Leaders American Civil War
Political and Social Leaders
1660 George I, King of England British History British Monarchy
1759 William Pitt the Younger (Prime Minister of England) British Political and Social Leaders
1814 Daniel Reaves Goodloe (abolitionist) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders Abolition African-American History
1831 Eliza Ann Gardner (abolitionist/rights activist) New York City Political and Social Leaders Abolition Human Rights/Civil Rights Notable African Americans
1884 Edvard Benes (Czech President) Czech Political and Social Leaders
1936 Betty Shabazz (civil rights advocate) Betty Shabazz Malcolm X U.S. Civil Rights Movement Notable African Americans
1944 Rudolph Giuliani (Mayor of New York City) Rudolph Giuliani 2001 Attack on the World Trade Center
Performing Aritsts
1898 Andrew Dewey (gospel singer) Kentucky Performing Artists Gospel Singers
1910 T-Bone" Walker (blues guitarist) Texas Performing Artists Blues
1918 Herb Shriner (humorist) Indiana Performing Artists Radio
1931 Carroll Baker (actress) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Actors Film
1944 Gladys Knight (singer) Georgia Performing Artists Popular Musicians Notable African Americans
1947 Sondra Locke (actress) Tennessee Performing Artists Actors Film
1970 Glenn Quinn (actor) Irish Performing Artists Actors Film
1968 Kylie Minogue (actress) Australian Performing Artists Actors
1979 Jesse Bradford (actor) Connecticut Performing Artists Actors Film
1986 Joseph Cross (actor) New Jersey Performing Artists Actors
Sports Figures
1888 Jim Thorpe Jim Thorpe Native American Studies College Football Hall of Fame Professional Football Hall of Fame The Olympic Games
1896 Warren Giles (President of the National League) Illinois Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame
1938 Jerry West West Virginia Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame
Icon Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Persons of Historical Note Who Have Died on This Date
1843 Noah Webster (lexicographer) Noah Webster Dictionaries
1971 Audie Murphy (actor) Texas Performing Artists Actors Film World War II
1972 Duke of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII) Great Britain Edward VIII of England
1998 Phil Hartman (comedian/actor) Canadian Performing Artists Actors Film
2002 Mildred Wirt Benson (children's author: Nancy Drew) Iowa Authors and Illustrators Young-adult Authors
Historic Events of  that Occurred on this Date from 0 - 999 AD
585 Solar Eclipse Causes Lydians & Medes to Negotiate Peace The Sun Turkey
Historic Events of the 1500s that Occurred on this Date
1533 Archbishop of Canterbury Validates Marriage of Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn British History Henry VIII
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1742 First Indoor Swimming Pool Opens (Goodman's Fields, London) Great Britain Swimming Architecture Historic Firsts
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
Travelling with Lewis and Clark

The rain does not seem to let up for the explorers. Due to the hard rain in the night, several articles were drenched and some tobacco was ruined. A man from the group joined in with six Indians for their hunt, but no insight as to their interaction was revealed. The weather was so cloudy that no observations could be May 31-Thursday
Missouri Native Americans Weather University of Kentucky
1830 Congress's Indian Removal Act Authorizes Indian Relocation to Western Prairies U.S. Congress 1830 Indian Removal Act Westward Movement Mt. Holyoke College
1851 First Day of the Ohio Woman's Rights Convention in Akron Ohio Women Suffrage
1859 French Attack the Austrian Army in Northern France France Austria European History
1871 The Paris Commune Is Suppressed by Troops from Versailles France
1863 54th MA : Union's First Black Regiment Departs Boston for South Carolina Massachusetts American Civil War African-American History
1874 The Racist White League Founded in Opelousas, LA Louisiana Racism
1881 New York Passes First State Pure Food & Drug Legislation New York Foods Medicines Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts
1892 Sierra Club Founded with 182 Charter Members: John Muir Elected First President John Muir The Sierra Club
1898 The Shroud of Turin Is First Photographed Catholicism Photography
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1900 Britain Annexes the Orange Free State in South Africa Great Britain South Africa World History
1902 Owen Wister's The Virginian Is Published Westward Expansion Adult Fiction
1918 Azerbaijan Is Declared an Independent Republic Azerbaijan Azerbaijan Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Armenians Defeat Turks, Armenia Proclaimed an Independent Republic Armenia Turkey Armenian History
Barney Oldfield Records the First 100 mph Lap at Indianapolis Speedway Barney Oldfield Indy Speedway Historic Firsts
1925 Electrocardiogram Transmitted New York to Chicago Is First Medical Fax New York City Chicago History of  Technology Historic Firsts
1926 Congress Creates the U.S. Customs Court U.S. Congress U.S. Government Agencies Law and Legal Resources
1929 The First All-color Movie, On with the Show, Debuts Film History of  Technology Historic Firsts
1935 John Steinbeck's First Successful Novel, Tortilla Flat, Is Published John Steinbeck <I>Tortilla Flat</I>
1937 From Washington, D.C., FDR Opens the Golden Gate Bridge for Automobile Traffic California President Frank Roosevelt Golden Gate Bridge
Neville Chamberlain Becomes Prime Minister of Britain Neville Chamberlain
1940 Belgian Army Surrenders to Invading German Forces Belgium Nazi Germany World War II
1948 South Africa's Nationalist Party Wins White-only Elections South Africa Apartheid Elections
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1953 Melody Premiers: First Technicolor Animated 3-D Cartoon Cartoons & Comics Historic Firsts
1954 Congressional Bill Adds "under God" to Pledge of Allegiance Pledge of Allegiance
Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder Opens in New York New York City Alfred Hitchcock Film
1957 National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Established Musicians American Entertainers The Recording Academy
Major League Baseball Approves Moving Dodger & Giants to the West Coast New York City California Baseball Businesses
1961 Amnesty International Is Founded by Peter Berenson of London Amnesty International
1964 Unmanned Apollo 2 Saturn Test Launched into Earth orbit NASA Space Exploration
1968 National League Grants San Diego Padres a Franchise San Diego Baseball
1971 USSR Mars 3 Launched for First Soft Landing on Mars Soviet Space Program Mars Historic Firsts
1972 White House "Plumbers" Break into Democratic Watergate HQ Richard Nixon Watergate Affair
1984 President Reagan Leads Funeral for Unidentified Soldier Ronald Reagan Vietnam War Arlington Cemetary
1985 American David Jacobsen Taken Hostage in Lebanon for 17 Months Lebanon Terrorism
Tania Aebi Begins Her Solo Sail Around the World Naval History Women Earth
1986 U.S. Postal Stamp Honors Matthew Henson, First Man at North Pole Arctic U.S. Postal Service African-American History
1987 19-year-old German Lands Private Plane in Red Square Soviet Union Germany Aviation History Cold War
1991 Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front Overthrows Ethiopia's Derge Regime Ethiopia U.S. State Department
1996 Clinton Associates Convicted of Fraud in Whitewater Deal Arkansas Bill Clinton Crime Law and Legal Resources
1999 Restoration of Da Vinci's Last Supper Completed after 22 Years Leonardo DaVinci

This guide last edited 06/10/2005
This guide created 07/20/2004