|MONET||As a young boy, Claude Monet received his first lessons from Eugene Boudin and later enrolled in a university art course after his aunt managed to withdraw him from the army.|
|GIBSON||Pioneer Althea Gibson defeated Angela Mortimer 6-0, 12-10 in the 1956 French Open final after boxers Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson and others had paid her airfare to get to the tournament.|
|NIMOY||Leonard Nimoy's acting debut had occurred a year earlier with a bit part in Queen For a Day.|
|ZIRCONIUM||The grayish-white metal is popularly known for its use in cubic zirconia gems, which are made from zirconium oxide.|
|LUSITANIA||The death of 1,189 people helped provoke the U.S. into joining World War I.|
|CHINA||Both nations measure just over 3.7 million square miles, with the U.S. less than half a percent larger. The difference is coincidentally very close to the area of Taiwan.|
Quiz Quilt Answer: TOYOTA (Fifth letters)
"A Toyota" is a palindrome, and the Japanese company makes pickup trucks.