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May 28, 2001:
Q:
Put the following wars in chronological order: Mexican War, World War II, Korean War, the American Revolutionary War, and the American Civil War.
A:
1) American Revolutionary War, 2) Mexican War, 3) American Civil War, 4) World War II, and 5) Korean War. The
American Revolutionary War was fought from 1775-1783 between the American Colonies and the British. The Mexican War was fought from 1846-1848 between the U.S. and Mexico. The American Civil War was fought from 1861-1865 between the North (Union) and the South (Confederate). World War II was fought from 1939-1945 between the Allied Forces (49 countries, including U.S., Britain, France, and the Soviet Union) and the Axis Powers (including Germany, Italy, and Japan). The Korean War was fought from 1950-1953 between South Korea (supported by the US) and North Korea (supported by China).

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May 21, 2001:
Q: Who were the first three Presidents of the United States? [The White House's History of the Presidents]
Answer:
George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. George Washington was President from 1789 to 1797, and he was from Virginia. John Adams was President from 1797 to 1801, and he was from Massachusetts. Thomas Jefferson was President from 1801 to 1809, and he was from Virginia.
Read a book about George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson.
Photo: White House

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May 14, 2001:
Q: When did the Lewis and Clark Expedition reach the Pacific Ocean (month and year)?
A:
The
Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean in November, 1805. The Expedition began on May 14, 1804, from St. Louis, Missouri. It traveled up the Missouri River, over the Rocky Mountains, down the Clearwater and Snake Rivers to the Columbia River, and finally reached the Pacific Ocean between the present day border of Washington and Oregon. Today, this location is near Astoria, Oregon. This journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean took 1-1/2 years to complete! Read a book about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Photo:
Pacific Ocean

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May 7, 2001:
Q: What was the name of the nursing school Florence Nightingale started?
A:
The Nightingale Training School for Nurses. In 1860, Florence Nightingale opened the Nightingale Training School for Nurses which was the first training school for nurses. Before this school opened, nurses were only trained through on-the-job experiences. Florence, however, thought nurses should learn through both experience and training, and this school provided the necessary study. Did you know these nurses were called Nightingale Nurses? Today, the Nightingale Nurses carry on Florence's work of caring for the sick and the poor. Read a book about Florence…

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April 30, 2001:
Q: True or False. Galileo invented the telescope.
A: False. In 1608, Hans Lippershey invented the refracting telescope. It was used as a military tool to locate enemy movements, and the images were upside down. A year later, however, Galileo improved Lippershey's telescope: it was more powerful, it could see objects 33 times larger than their actual size, the objects appeared more clearly at greater distances, and the images were right side up. Galileo was the first person to use the telescope to look at the universe. Did you know the telescope was not called a telescope when it was first invented? In 1611, Prince Cesi was the first person to call it a "telescope." In Greek, tele means "far off" and skopos means "seeing."
Read a book about Galileo…

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April 23, 2001:
Q: True or False. In 1865, Ulysses S. Grant became the President of the United States when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
A:
False. Andrew Johnson was the Vice President when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, and therefore, Johnson became the next president. Andrew Johnson was the 17th President. In the following presidental election in 1868, Ulysses S. Grant was elected the 18th President. President Grant served two terms from 1869-1877. Did you know Grant is pictured on the $50 bill? Read More. Read a book about Ulysses…

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April 16, 2001:
Q: William Shakepeare's plays are often put into one of 3 categories. Name the 3 categories.
A:
The 3 categories are Tragedies, Comedies, and Histories. William Shakespeare's well known Tragedies are Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. His popular Comedies are A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing. And his famous Histories are Henry V and Richard III. William's plays, however, contain elements of all three categories. He added humor to tragic plays, serious problems to comedic plays, and common issues to historical plays. This is one reason why he is one of the greatest playwrights in the world! Read a book about William Shakespeare…

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April 9, 2001:
Q: What is the Mason-Dixon line?
A:
The
Mason-Dixon line is the border of Pennsylvania with Maryland and West Virginia. At the time of the Missouri Compromise in 1820, the Mason-Dixon line divided the free states and the slave states. During the American Civil War, it was the popular name for the boundary between the North and the South. Read more about the Civil War…

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April 2, 2001:
Q:
NASA is the United States governmental agency in charge of the space program. What does NASA stand for?
A:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
NASA started on October 1, 1958 for the purpose of human space flight, aeronautics, and space science. It started with Project Mercury (1 manned space flights). The first 7 American Mercury Astronauts are Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Deke Slayton. NASA followed with the Projects Gemini (2 manned space flights) and Apollo (3 manned space flights). Today, NASA launches Space Shuttle Missions, probes to Jupiter and Mars, and much more! Read a book about the NASA & the Space Program

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March 26, 2001:
Q: True or False. Nicolaus Copernicus always believed the earth was the center of the universe.
A:
False.
Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was a Polish astronomer. He was the first person to challenge the belief the earth was the center of the universe. Copernicus established the Heliocentric Theory stating the earth revolved around the sun. Heliocentric means "sun-centered." This theory is also known as the Copernican theory, named after Copernicus. Copernicus died before he could prove this theory. In 1610, Galileo proved the Copernican Theory when he discovered 4 moons revolving around Jupiter. Read More…

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March 19, 2001:
Q: How many voyages did Christopher Columbus make to the New World?
A:
Christopher Columbus made four voyages to the New World between 1492 and 1504. On the First Voyage, he took 3 ships and "discovered" the Americas. On the Second Voyage he sailed with 17 ships and established a colony on Hispaniola (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic). On his Third Voyage, he sailed with 6 ships and discovered Trinidad and South America. On his Fourth Voyaged or "High Voyage" he sailed with 4 ships and crossed the Atlantic in 21 days. Read More …

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March 12, 2001:
Q: How old was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he died?
A:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was 35 years old when he died. Wolfgang died at 1:00 a.m. on December 5, 1791, in Vienna, Austria. He was buried in an unmarked grave in St. Marx's Cemetery outside Vienna. Although Wolfgang died at a young age, he composed over 600 musical works. This is more works than many other composers. And other composers lived much longer than Wolfgang. Read More…

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March 5, 2001:
Q: Where was Florence Nightingale born?
A: Florence, Italy. Florence Nightingale was named for the city in which she was born which makes it easy to remember. Although Florence was English, her parents were in Italy on their two-year honeymoon when she was born on May 12, 1820. Florence's sister was also named for the city in which she was born. She was born a year earlier in Naples and was named Parthenope because Parthenope is the Greek name for Naples. Read More…

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February 26, 2001:
Q: Who was the first African American Supreme Court Justice?
A:
Thurgood Marshall was the first African American Supreme Court Justice. President Lyndon Johnson nominated Marshall for the U.S. high court in 1967. Before this appointment, Marshall was a Civil Rights Attorney. He appeared before the Supreme Court as an attorney in 32 cases, and he won 29 of these cases, including Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in 1954. Read a book about Thurgood Marshall.

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February 19, 2001:
Q: Which four Presidents of the United States are carved into Mount Rushmore?
A:
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abe Lincoln. From 1927 to 1941, Gutzon Borglum carved the faces of these four Presidents into the face of a granite mountain. Today, Mount Rushmore is a National Memorial.

Bonus Question: In what state is Mount Rushmore located? Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota.

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February 12, 2001:
Q: True or False. Abe Lincoln was born in Springfield, Illinois.
A: False. Abe Lincoln was born in a log cabin near Hodgenville, Kentucky, on February 12, 1809. Abe first moved to Illinois, in 1830, and he moved to Springfield, Illinois, in 1837. Abe is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Illinois.

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February 5, 2001:
Q: How many years did the American Civil War last?
A:
The
American Civil War lasted 4 years. It began on April 12, 1861, and it ended on April 9, 1865.
Photo: Front Palor of the McLean House at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, where Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender of the Confederate Army by Robert E. Lee on April 9, 1865.

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January 29, 2001:
Q:
Two of the 12 IMA Hero™ Bears were born in the same year. Who are they?
A:
Galileo and Shakespeare were both born in 1564.

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