Yesterday's News

1921- As of January 4. Harvard Yard is closed to automobiles...


As of January 1, Harvard Yard is closed to automobiles, on the grounds that traffic is dangerous on such narrow roads and disturbs the quiet of the Yard.



The Harvard Faculty Club begins operation, with separate entrances, lounges, and dining rooms for men and women.



Max Keezer, proprietor of the near-legendary second-hand clothes shop, dies at the age of 73. An alumnus eulogizes him as "one of the last of the Harvard Square characters, who sold old clothes with old-world courtesy."



President Conant writes 16,000 alumni within a 10-mile radius of Harvard, seeking help in finding housing for married students. Among the dwellings suggested are one sanatorium, a garage, and two country clubs.



The editors report that the Fogg Art Museum's competition for Christmas designs was canceled when only one design was submitted. The coordinators expressed their understanding that "in the present [world] situation...thoughts of peace, goodwill, and beauty are hard to assemble."



The Central Kitchen has installed automatic milk-pouring machines in four House dining halls. After one of the machines malfunctions, a student writes that everyone cheered "this display of mechanical error," as it shows that the kitchen staff "will never be replaceable by machines."



An ex-professor (non-Harvard) wanted by authorities on two continents for industrial espionage files registrations in Monaco for the trademarks of 328 famous corporations, including Harvard--effectively stealing the European rights to Harvard's name.



Two thousand people fill Sanders Theatre for a four-hour "teach-in" featuring Noam Chomsky and Eugene McCarthy--the first teach-in at Harvard since 1968. According to the editors, the purpose was apparently to "dispel widespread claims that students have become apathetic," rather than to educate students about factual issues.


Undergraduate tuition will rise from $2,600 to $2,800 per year in 1971-72--the third increase in as many years.



Upon hearing that the University may "reshape" the House system, one alumnus writes, "In this bicentennial year of our national independence, display the courage to reaffirm the wisdom of our founding fathers and mothers. Return Harvard to Harvard men and Radcliffe to Radcliffe women."



After more than a year in captivity, the American embassy hostages in Teheran are freed, among them Elizabeth Ann Swift '62, John W. Limbert '64, Ph.D. '74, and Moorhead C. Kennedy, J.D. '58.

You might also like

Harvard President Claudine Gay Testifies Before Congress

On antisemitism, “I have sought to confront hate while preserving free expression.”

A Call for Precision

Harvard Kennedy School researchers on how to report pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian protests accurately 

Bearing Witness to Terrorism

Harvard Chabad, IDF, and Bill Ackman screen October 7 Hamas footage

Most popular

Cora Du Bois

Brief life of a formidable anthropologist: 1903-1991

A Fast Start

First-years Ngozi Musa and Gabby Thomas help set the pace for track and field.

Harvard Endowment Decreases by $1.9 Billion on Negative Investment Returns

A negative investment return and annual spending reduce the endowment’s value 5.1 percent.

More to explore

Illustration of a box containing a laid-off fossil fuel worker's office belongings

Preparing for the Energy Transition

Expect massive job losses in industries associated with fossil fuels. The time to get ready is now.

Apollonia Poilâne standing in front of rows of fresh-baked loaves at her family's flagship bakery

Her Bread and Butter

A third-generation French baker on legacy loaves and the "magic" of baking

Illustration that plays on the grade A+ and the term Ai

AI in the Academy

Generative AI can enhance teaching and learning but augurs a shift to oral forms of student assessment.