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Yesterday’s News

From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

November-December 2018

Illustration by Mark Steele


Illustration by Mark Steele

 

1933

Permission for a pacifist meeting of the Harvard Liberal Club on the Widener steps on Armistice Day is denied by President Conant because “the courtesies of the Yard have already been extended” to West Point cadets in Cambridge for the football game. (Army won, 27-0.) The Widener steps, he adds, are available between 9 and 9:30 a.m., as are Harvard buildings outside the Yard throughout the day.

1938

Complaints by patients of Stillman Infirmary about “class D detective stories” have prompted the hygiene department, University library, and financial office to pledge $100, with a promise of $50 each succeeding year, until Stillman’s literary offerings are more acceptable.

1948

In a University-wide straw poll conducted by the Crimson, challenger Thomas Dewey defeats President Harry Truman 1,897 to 833. Faculty members pick Dewey five to one. Undeterred, the Crimson endorses Truman.

1953

The Band, en route to the Columbia game, gives a 3 a.m. concert at Yale that is cut short by the arrival of 12 New Haven police cars. Band manager Peter Strauss ’54 and a colleague are booked for disturbing the peace.

1968

Fury erupts at a December 3 faculty meeting when philosophy professor Hilary Putnam introduces an anti-ROTC resolution. Unusually high attendance has forced the meeting to be held in Sanders Theatre; outside, 250 students hand out leaflets and shout, “ROTC must go.”

1988

The University’s Association of Black Faculty and Administrators calls for an affirmative-action plan, involving recruitment and a capital campaign, to ensure that blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans comprise 10 percent of its faculties by 1990, the centennial of the College graduation year of W.E.B. Du Bois, who became Harvard’s first black Ph.D. recipient in 1895.

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After graduating from the College in 1861, Holmes obtained a commission as first lieutenant in the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, known as the “Harvard Regiment.”

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Illustration by Mark Steele

Headlines from Harvard’s history

After graduating from the College in 1861, Holmes obtained a commission as first lieutenant in the Twentieth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, known as the “Harvard Regiment.”

Photograph courtesy of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections

Justice Holmes, presented by Stephen Budiansky and Lincoln Caplan

Click on arrow at right to see full image
Poster courtesy of Dumbarton Oaks Archives Ephemera Collection (AR.EP.PS.0669)

Long live long books, the “Diploma Riots,” supporting young scholars