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This Week in Princeton History for April 13-19

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Princetonians win the equivalent of six medals at the first modern Olympic Games, Albert Einstein dies, and more.

April 13, 1994—David Remnick ’81 wins the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for his book, Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire.

April 14, 1978—Students begin a 27-hour occupation of Nassau Hall to protest Princeton University’s economic ties to apartheid-era South Africa.

Nassau Hall protest, April 1978, Princeton Alumni Weekly Photograph Collection, AC126, Box 33.

April 15, 1896—The first modern Olympic Games end in Athens, Greece. Princeton students take two first, three second, and one third place finish and are awarded laurel branches.

An unidentified member of the Princeton University Class of 1897 took this photo at the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Historical Photograph Collection, Student Photograph Albums Series (AC61), Box 95.01.


April 18, 1955—The Daily Princetonian releases an extra edition with the banner headline, “EINSTEIN DIES!”


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