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March 25, 2002:
Q: How many Gold Medals did Wilma Rudolph win at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome?
A: Three. She won a gold medal in the 100 meter dash, the 200 meter dash, and the 4 x 100 meter relay race. She was the first American woman to win three Gold Medals in one Olympic Games, and she became known as "the fastest woman in the world." Did you know Wilma also won a bronze medal in the 4 x 100 meter relay race at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne? Yes, she was only 16 years old at the time.
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March 18, 2002:
Q: On what date did Christopher Columbus first reach the Americas?
A: October 12, 1492. In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain supported Christopher's voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Christopher left from Spain with a crew of 90 men and a fleet of three ships. His three ships were called the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa María. Three months later, on October 12, 1492, Christopher and his crew landed in the Americas.
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March 11, 2002:
Q: What was the name of the Brooklyn shopkeeper who displayed two "Teddy's Bears" in his store window in 1902?
A: Morris Michtom. In 1902, a political cartoon depicted President Teddy Roosevelt refusing to hurt an innocent bear on a hunting trip. Michtom, a Brooklyn shopkeeper, was inspired by this cartoon, and he asked his wife, Rose, to make two plush stuffed bears for display in his shop's window. With President Roosevelt's permission, Michtom called these "Teddy's Bears."
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February 25, 2002:
Q: In what two cities were the 1994 and 1998 Olympic Winter Games held?
A:
Lillehammer and Nagano. The 1994 Olympic Winter Games were held in Lillehammer, Norway, and the 1998 Olympic Winter Games were held in Nagano, Japan. Here is a list of the years, cities, countries, and numbers of the Olympic Winter Games:
1924 -- Chamonix, France (I);
1928 -- St. Moritz, Switzerland (II); 1932 -- Lake Placid, United States (III); 1936 -- Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany (IV); 1940 -- Canceled due to WWII (scheduled for Sapporo, Japan); 1944 -- Canceled due to WWII (scheduled for Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy); 1948 -- St. Moritz, Switzerland (V); 1952 -- Oslo, Norway (VI); 1956 -- Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy (VII); 1960 -- Squaw Valley, United States (VIII); 1964 -- Innsbruck, Austria (IX); 1968 -- Grenoble, France (X); 1972 -- Sapporo, Japan (XI); 1976 -- Innsbruck, Austria (XII); 1980 -- Lake Placid, United States (XIII); 1984 -- Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (XIV); 1988 -- Calgary, Canada (XV); 1992 -- Albertville, France (XVI); 1994 -- Lillehammer, Norway (XVII); 1998 -- Nagano, Japan (XVIII); 2002 -- Salt Lake City, United States (XIX); 2006 -- Torino, Italy (XX).
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February 18, 2002:
Q: True or False: George Washington was the first president to live in the White House.
A: False. George Washington was the only U.S. President who never lived in the White House. Washington was sworn in as president on April 30, 1789, and construction of the White House began in October, 1792. As president, Washington oversaw the construction of the White House, but he never lived in it. In 1800, John Adams, the second President, moved into the White House. Did you know Theodore Roosevelt officially called it the "White House" in 1901?
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February 11, 2002:
Q:
For which of the following inventions did Thomas Alva Edison receive his first patent?
a)
Light Bulb
b)
Electrical Vote Recorder
c)
Edison Universal Stock Ticker
d)
Phonograph
A: b) Electrical Vote Recorder. Thomas Alva Edison received his first patent for the Electrical Vote Recorder in 1868. It allowed votes to be recorded automatically, sped up the voting process, and prevented errors in counting the votes. Although the U.S. Congress decided not to use Alva's invention, the machine was first used by the New York State Legislature in 1892.
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February 4, 2002:
Q: In what year were the first Olympic Winter Games held?
Bonus Q: In what city were the first Olympic Winter Games held?
A: 1924, in Chamonix (France).

The Modern Olympic Games were first held in Athens, Greece, from April 6 - 15, 1896. At that time, there were no Olympic Winter Games. The addition of ice skating (in 1908) and ice hockey (in 1920) to the Olympic Games led to the creation of a separate Olympic Winter Games.
In 1924, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) sanctioned an 11-day "International Winter Sports Week." It was held from January 25 to February 4, 1924, in Chamonix, France. The games were very successful, and they became known as the first Olympic Winter Games.
Did you know the first Olympic Winter Games were authorized to begin in 1916? However, the games were postponed until 1924, due to World War I.
In 1924, 294 athletes from 16 nations participated in 14 events among the five sports: Nordic Skiing, Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, and Bobsledding. The Olympic Winter Games have grown substantially over the years. At the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, more than 2,000 athletes representing more than 70 nations will compete in 78 events.
Did you know half of these 78 events have been added to the Olympic Winter Games since 1984?
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January 28, 2002:
Q: Match the Native American tribe with the area where the tribe lived.
Tribe: 1. Cherokee; 2. Hopi; 3. Iroquois; 4. Sioux
Area Lived: a. Arizona high desert; b. Great Plains; c. Great Smoky Mountains; d. From eastern New York to northeastern Ohio, and from southern Ontario to northern Pennsylvania
A: 1 & c: The Cherokee lived in the Great Smoky Mountains; 2 & a: The Hopi lived in the Arizona high desert; 3 & d: The Iroquois lived from eastern New York to northeastern Ohio, and from southern Ontario to northern Pennsylvania; 4 & b: The Sioux lived in the Great Plains.
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January 21, 2002:

Q: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday in January. When was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. born?
A: January 15, 1929.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was born at his family home in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the second of three children. His older sister was Willie Christine, and his younger brother was Alfred Daniel. Martin's father, Martin Luther King, Sr., was a pastor, and his mother, Alberta Williams King, was a former teacher.

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January 14, 2002:
Q: True or False: Ben Franklin is pictured on the $100 bill.
A: True. Ben Franklin is pictured on the $100 bill, and Independence Hall is on the back. Here is a list of other pictures on U.S. currency:
$1: George Washington and the word "ONE" and the Great Seal of the United States
$2: Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence
$5: Abraham Lincoln and the Lincoln Memorial
$10: Alexander Hamilton and the U.S. Treasury
$20: Andrew Jackson and the White House
$50: Ulysses S. Grant and the U.S. Capitol
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