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August 27, 2001:
Q: In what town was the first Lincoln-Douglas debate held?
A: Ottawa, Illinois. Seven Lincoln-Douglas debates took place in 1858, between U.S. Senate candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. The first debate was held on August 21, 1858, in Ottawa's town square, Washington Park. The big boulder behind Mary and Abe in the photo marks the very spot where Lincoln uttered the immortal words against the institution of slavery: "A house divided against itself cannot stand." Read a book about Abe.
Photo: Mary and Abe in front of the spot where the first of the
Lincoln-Douglas Debates was held.

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August 20, 2001:
Q: What is Sacagawea's nickname?
A: Bird Woman. In 1814, the Lewis and Clark journals were printed for the first time, and in those journals, the editor spelled Sacagawea's name, "Sacajawea." Recently, however, historians have changed the spelling of her name to "Sacagawea." One of the reasons is because her nickname is Bird Woman, and "Sacagawea" means Bird Woman. Whereas "Sacajawea" means Boat Launcher. Read a book about Sacagawea.
Photo: Sacagawea

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August 13, 2001:
Q: True or False: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart could recreate a piece of music after hearing it only once.
A: True. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musical genius, and his talents far exceeded those of other musicians. He could imagine a piece of music in his head and then play it without having to write it down first. Mozart could also write down music flawlessly. Did you know his original manuscripts are in perfect handwriting without corrections?
Read a book about Wolfgang.

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August 6, 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.
From Your Page: Feb 26, 2001.
Photo: Thurgood Marshall.
 

July 30, 2001:
Q: In which war did Florence Nightingale earn the nickname, "The Lady with the Lamp?"
A:
Crimean War. In 1854, Florence and a team of 38 nurses went to the Crimea to help wounded soldiers. Florence was gentle and kind, and the soldiers admired her. She was a source of great comfort to the wounded and sick. Florence's rounds continued into the night, and she carried a lamp with her to light her way. This is how she became known as "The Lady with the Lamp." Soldiers would kiss her shadow on the walls as she passed.
Read a book about Florence Nightingale.
Photo: Florence Nightingale carring her lamp

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July 23, 2001:
Q:
Which acting company is named after William Shakespeare: a) Shakespeare at the Globe, b) The Royal Shakespeare Company, c) Shakespeare on the River, d) All About Shakespeare
A:
b) The
Royal Shakespeare Company is named after William Shakespeare. When William was performing, the acting companies were named after monarchs or wealthy patrons. Did you know William was a part of the Lord Chamberlain's Men and the King's Men? Today, the Royal Shakepeare Company is named after William Shakespeare. Read a book about William Shakespeare.

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July 16, 2001:
Q:
What were the first words Astronaut Neil Armstrong said when he took his first step on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969?
A: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." After the Eagle landed on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took the first ever steps on the lunar surface that same day at 10:56 p.m. EDT (or 9:56 p.m. Houston time) and stated these now famous words. Buzz Aldrin followed at 11:16 p.m. EDT, becoming the second human to walk on the moon. The Eagle was on the moon's surface for over 21 hours. Did you know Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin collected 47 pounds of lunar surface material to be analyzed?
Read more about Apollo 11 Mission.
Photos: Astronaut
Neil A. Armstrong (left) and his footprint at Tranquility Base.

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July 9, 2001:
Q: What is the tallest waterfall in Yosemite National Park?
A:
Yosemite Falls. Yosemite Falls is made up of Upper Fall (1,430 feet), Middle Cascades (675 feet), and Lower Fall (320 feet). Altogether, it is 2,425 feet tall. This makes it the tallest waterfall in North America, and the 5th tallest in the world. The tallest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela (3,212 feet tall). Did you know Upper Yosemite Fall is about the same height as the Sears Tower in Chicago, Illinois? And the entire Yosemite Falls is about the same height as the Sears Tower plus the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
Photo: Yosemite Falls
 

July 2, 2001:
Q: Which of the following people is the primary author of the Declaration of Independence: Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Patrick Henry?
A:
Thomas Jefferson. In 1776, the Second Continental Congress appointed a committee to draft the Declaration of Independence, consisting of Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Adams, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman. Did you know the Declaration of Independence begins with the words, "When in the course of human events..." Read a book about Thomas Jefferson.

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June 25, 2001:
Q:
Henry VIII had three children. Name them.
A: Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward. Mary (1516-1558) was the daughter of Catherine of Aragon. Elizabeth (1533-1603) was the daughter of Anne Boleyn. Edward (1537-1553) was the son of Jane Seymour. When Henry VIII died in 1547, Edward became
Edward VI. Edward died, and his half-sister, Mary, became Mary I. When Mary died, the throne was passed to her half-sister, Elizabeth. Elizabeth became Elizabeth I, and her reign is known as the Elizabethan Era. Read a book about Henry VIII.
Photo:
Mary I (left), Elizabeth I (center), and Edward VI (right).

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June 18, 2001:
Q: The line, "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" comes from which of William Shakespeare's plays? (Hint: this week's topic is Summer)
A:
A Midsummer Night's Dream. William Shakespeare wrote A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1595. It is one of his most popular comedies and has been made into a ballet, an opera, and a movie.
Read "Shakespeare Can Be Fun! - A Midsummer Night's Dream: For Kids"
Photo: William Shakespeare

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June 11, 2001:
Q: What was the name of Robert E. Lee's favorite horse?
A:
Robert E. Lee's favorite horse was named Traveller. Robert first saw Traveller in 1861, and bought him in 1862 for $200. Robert rode Traveller for the remainder of the Civil War and throughout his Presidency at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia. Robert is buried in Lee Chapel on the campus of Washington and Lee University, and Traveller is buried outside Lee Chapel. Did you know Traveller was originally called Jeff Davis (the President of the Confederate States of America)? Read a book about Robert E. Lee.
Photo
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Robert E. Lee and Traveller (left) and Traveller's Grave (right)

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June 4, 2001:
Q: What were the first words recorded on the phonograph?
A: "Mary had a little lamb." In 1877,
Thomas Alva Edison experimented with a talking machine. He turned a crank on this talking machine and recited the nursery rhyme, "Mary had a little lamb." These words were successfully played back, and they were the first words ever recorded. The Talking Machine was known as the Phonograph, and today it is called the Record Player. Read a book about Thomas Alva Edison
Photo: Original Phonograph

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