Yesterday’s News

From the pages of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin and Harvard Magazine

Cartoon of John Harvard figure ice skating at Harvard Law School

Illustration by Mark Steele

1929 

The Student Council criticizes the administration’s plan to erect one of the newly endowed Houses east of DeWolfe Street, arguing that the future Dunster House will be too far from such “immovable centers” as Widener, Mallinckrodt Laboratory, and the University Museum.

1934 

The Bulletin publishes a list of nearly two hundred books Widener Library cannot afford to buy because of the Depression, prompting gifts of books and money from Bulletin readers.

1949 

Statistics compiled by the Alumni Records Office indicate that “John Harvard,” for the first time, lives west of the Hudson River: 50.5 percent of Harvard graduates now live outside New England and New York State, and their number is growing.

1954 

The College announces that maids will no longer make students’ beds, the first step in phasing out a housekeeping arrangement that began 295 years earlier.

1969 

The Faculty votes to withdraw academic credit for Reserve Officers’ Training Corps activities at Harvard—home of the country’s oldest ROTC program.

1984 

The Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra confirms plans to perform in the Soviet Union during a three-week tour of Europe, with appearances in Moscow, Leningrad, and possibly Kiev. Its visit will be the first by a Harvard performing group.

2004 

Law School dean Elena Kagan decides on the spur of a frozen January moment to flood the field by Harkness Commons to form a skating rink that will remain open “until it melts.”

2009 

Harvard men’s basketball records its first win over a nationally ranked opponent, Boston College (which had beaten the nation’s top team only a week before), as shooting guard Jeremy Lin ’10 scores 27 points and makes eight assists and six steals.

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