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This Day In History
- 1931 Invited by playwright Paul Green and sociologist Guy B. Johnson, African-American poet Langston Hughes spoke and read from some of his works at Gerrard Hall. Police were present to discourage efforts to disrupt the event. For more information, see Hughes's description of of his visit, "Color at Chapel Hill" in "The Langston Hughes Reader" (1958).
- 1948 Thousands of people turned out to watch 28 cars and floats make their way down Franklin Street in the first Beat Dook Parade, sponsored by Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. The parade was an annual tradition on the weekend of the UNC-Duke football game through the early 1990s.
- 2004 Members of the Black Student Movement led the dedication of a new memorial marker for the African Americation section of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery.
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Monthly Archives: October 2013
This past weekend saw the opening of Wilson Library’s newest exhibit — “Bill Friday: In His Own Words.” President Friday was a central figure in the University as well as an influential leader at the state and national levels. Come on … Continue reading → Continue reading
On this day in 1863, university president David Lowry Swain wrote to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, requesting exemption from conscription for university seniors. There were many exemptions to conscription, most resting on the petitioner’s class—one was … Continue reading → Continue reading
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution chapter in Chapel Hill bears the name Davie Popular Chapter, taking its name from a living legacy on the UNC campus that stands more than 100 feet tall, is more than 16 … Continue reading → Continue reading
The awarding of a Nobel Prize to Peter Higgs yesterday marked the recognition of a lifetime’s effort to understand how particles acquire mass. The English theoretical physicist is the namesake for the Higgs boson, known commonly as the “God particle,” the sub-atomic particle that gives mass to other particles. Higgs did some of his early […] Continue reading
The University Archives recently acquired the papers of Dr. Herbert L. Bodman, Jr., a UNC professor of Islamic studies who passed away in 2011. Dating from the early 1950s when Bodman was studying in Lebanon, the papers deal primarily with his … Continue reading → Continue reading
Carolina’s football history with the Naval Academy goes all the way back to 1899, but it was the game in 1957 that Tar Heels often put on their “greatest wins” list. Morton volunteer/contributor Jack Hilliard takes a brief look at … Continue reading → Continue reading
As swift as a hawk, tomorrow’s (Saturday, October 5th) panel discussion “Tar Heel Camera Man: Hugh Morton Remembered” featuring Woody Durham, Jack Hilliard, and Betty Ray McCain, is upon us! The event is open to the public, and will be … Continue reading → Continue reading
An exhibit about North Carolina’s Freemasons and the role they played in the creation of UNC will be on view in Wilson Library through Dec. 23, 2013. Continue reading Continue reading
“The national conversation about the merits of graduate education has intensified, and concerns have grown about whether programs are admitting more students than the academic market can bear. Many colleges have shown reluctance to produce Ph.D.-placement information, knowing that it would underscore the stark reality that doctoral students often do not get the kind of […] Continue reading