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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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Category Archives: WWII
The controversy between isolationists and interventionists became an unusually rugged affair with no holds barred on either side. . . . The name-calling, mud-slinging, and smearing on both sides made the foreign policy debate a poor place for the sensitive … Continue reading → Continue reading
During World War II, UNC employed German prisoners of war in the dining halls. Beginning in 1943, the Navy rented facilities from UNC to operate a Pre-Flight Training School and other training grounds. As part of that arrangement, Lenoir Hall … Continue reading → Continue reading
In March of 2015, the Army stated that women who had served as Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) in World War II were not eligible for burial in Arlington National Cemetery. This was a reversal of the 2002 decision that … Continue reading → Continue reading
At this time of danger each American must ask himself each day not what he can get from his country but what he can give to his country, and must ask himself each night: “Have I given enough?” —William C. … Continue reading → Continue reading
On this Veterans Day, let’s look at two pieces of Hugh Morton’s early military career: registration and enlistment through records from the National Archives located through a genealogical website. Morton registered for the draft in Wilmington, N. C. at local … Continue reading → Continue reading
But how soon will we free Americans forsake the healthy 1914 status for a return to the rapid mobilization of 1917? —editorial column, The Daily Tar Heel, 15 September 1939 From the standpoint of military remembrances, we are living today … Continue reading → Continue reading
On this fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, A View to Hugh would be remiss without a post about Kennedy. But what to write? JFK has been mentioned or featured several times here, including “A Spark of Greatness,” a … Continue reading → Continue reading