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This Week in Princeton History for June 22-28

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a math professor receives worldwide acclaim, the school colors appear for the first time, and more.

June 23, 1994—Professor Andrew Wiles draws international attention with his announcement that he has found a proof for Fermat’s Last Theorem, a problem whose solution has eluded mathematicians for 350 years.

Andrew Wiles. Photo from Princeton Weekly Bulletin.

June 24, 1783—Elias Boudinot, president of the new Congress of Confederation, proclaims that it will move to Princeton. Congress will meet in Nassau Hall until moving to Annapolis, Maryland in November.

Nassau Hall as it appeared in the late 18th century. Nassau Hall Iconography Collection (AC177), Box 2, Folder 5.

June 25, 2001—The Washington Capitals select rising sophomore Matt Maglione ’04 in the eighth round of the National Hockey League draft.

June 26, 1867—Princeton’s colors appear for the first time as the Class of 1869 Baseball Club, wearing orange badges imprinted in black, defeats Yale 19-18.

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