Event DateEvent Name
03-13-1953Student-run and university-supported radio station WUNC  (91.5 FM) was formally dedicated.
04-24-1953The North Carolina Memorial Hospital, the School of Dentistry, and the School of Nursing were formally dedicated during a two-day ceremony. Dr. Frank Porter Graham, former president of the University and then a mediator for the United Nations, gave the dedicatory address in Kenan Stadium.
05-08-1953The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) was founded in Greensboro, North Carolina. The seven charter members (University of North Carolina, Clemson University, Duke University, University of Maryland, North Carolina State University, University of South Carolina, and Wake Forest College, now University) had withdrawn from the Southern Conference earlier in the day.
05-25-1953The University dedicated three new buildings to house the growing School of Business Administration: Carroll Hall, Gardner Hall, and Hanes Hall.
09-30-1953The Federal Communications Commission awarded the University a permit to operate a non-commercial educational television station on channel 4.
10-23-1953Following the dedication ceremony of a Venable Hall addition, University alumnus Andy Griffith presented his original monologue, "What it was, was football."
11-14-1953University alumnus Andy Griffith's record, which included "What it was, was football," appeared on this day. It was a huge hit, selling lots of copies and heavily requested on local radio.
12-12-1953The men's basketball team won its first Atlantic Coast Conference game, defeating the University of South Carolina 82-56.