A recent episode of Jeopardy! ended with no winner, after all three contestants risked everything — and got the “Final Jeopardy” question wrong. The episode, which aired on January 19, featured returning champions Claudia Corriere and Mike Drummond along with new contestant Randi Kristensen. Unfortunately, none of the contestants will be returning to the stage on Wednesday.
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Us Magazine reports the Final Jeopardy category was “State Capitols” and the clue was “A 1957 event led to the creation of a national historic site in this city signed into law by a president whose library is now there too.”
The clue referred to the Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Public school segregation was determined to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1954. Although the court’s decision in the Brown v. Board of Education case was unquestionably clear, many school districts were slow to comply.
BlackPast reports the Supreme Court was eventually forced to issue a reminder, which stated all school districts were to end segregation “with all deliberate speed.”
Although many school districts opened “white only” schools to black students without further incident, others either blatantly refused or made it particularly difficult for black students to enroll in formerly “white only” schools.
Little Rock Arkansas’ Central High School was one of the schools that implemented a series of interviews as a condition of enrollment. Although an estimated 80 prospective black students went through the interview process, only nine were approved for admission.
The students, who were dubbed the “Little Rock Nine,” began attending Central High School in September 1957. However, as they faced strong opposition from local residents and many of their white classmates, President Eisenhower was forced to dispatch military troops to the school to ensure the “Little Rock Nine” could attend classes without further disruption.
On November 6, 1998, then-President Bill Clinton signed legislation designating Little Rock Central High School as a National Historic Site. Little Rock is also home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum.
As the contestants did not associate these events with Tuesday’s Final Jeopardy clue, there was no winner on the January 19 episode.
Fikkle Flame reports Claudia Corriere guessed “Austin,” Mike Drummond guessed “Atlanta,” and Randi began writing “Springfield,” but did not have an opportunity to finish before time was up.
As all three contestants bet everything, and there was no Jeopardy! winner, Wednesday’s episode will feature three new contestants. According to the game show’s official website, Wednesday’s contestants will be Kyle Webb of Boyertown, Pennsylvania, Sarah Godwin of Frederick, Maryland, and Megan Loyd of Marietta, Georgia.
Dubbed “America’s Favorite Quiz Show,” Jeopardy! debuted in March 1964 on NBC. Unlike other quiz shows, Jeopardy! provides the “answers” and asks contestants to provide the “questions.” Therefore, contestants are required to respond in question form.
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Between 1964 and 1979, Jeopardy! was hosted by Art Fleming. Although it was canceled between 1980 and 1983, the popular game show returned to the air in 1984 with a new host — Alex Trebek.
A native of Sudbury, Canada, Trebek attended the University of Ottawa, where he earned a degree in philosophy. Although he did have a keen interest in philosophy, he later decided to pursue a career in journalism.
Alex began his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he worked as a newscaster and a reporter. As he displayed a natural talent for hosting television programs, he was chosen to host a Canadian game show called Reach for the Top.
As reported by Biography, Alex Trebek moved to the United States in 1973 — when he began hosting American game shows. Prior to his stint with Jeopardy!, Alex hosted The Wizard of Odds, High Rollers, The $128,000 Question, and Pitfall.
Trebek seemed shocked that Jeopardy! had no winner during Tuesday’s episode. However, it is certainly not the first time it happened. The last time it occurred in 2013 during a teen tournament episode.
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