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This Week in Princeton History for March 16-22

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the women’s swimming team sets three national records, Jimmy Carter surprises students with an early morning walk on campus, and more.

March 16, 1967—David Ben Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, speaks informally with students and invited guests at the Woodrow Wilson School.

Historical Subject Files Collection (AC109), Box 309, Folder 16.

March 17, 1973—In its first time entering the competition, Princeton’s women’s swimming team finishes third at the National Championships and sets three new national intercollegiate records despite having only six swimmers.

Cathy Corcione ’74, a member of the 1973 swim team, was involved in all three of the record-breaking events at the National Championships: two for her individual times in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly and one for team time in the 200-yard freestyle relay alongside teammates Carol Brown, Barbara Franks, and Jane Fremon. Office of Communications Records (AC168), Box 163.

March 18, 1981—Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter surprises students on an early morning stroll around the Princeton University campus, stopping to chat with them about their majors and hometowns.

Photo and caption from Daily Princetonian.

March 20, 1965—Princeton’s men’s basketball team sets a new NCAA record for most points in a single tournament game by trouncing Wichita State 118-82. Bill Bradley ’65 also sets a new record for most points scored by a single player in a single tournament game with 58 points. Read more and watch video highlights here.

For last week’s installment in this series, click here.

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