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This Week in Princeton History for March 21-27

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a fugitive steals a professor’s car to make his getaway, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s first novel makes a big splash, and more.

March 22, 1980—About 45 Princeton students join 30,000 protesters in Washington, D.C. at an anti-draft rally.

Princeton’s banner at the Washington anti-draft rally, March 22, 1980. Photo from the Daily Princetonian.

March 24, 1973—A prison escapee drives away in English professor John V. Fleming’s car.

March 25, 1993—Due to a power outage in Firestone Library, several departments offer blanket extensions for submission of junior papers and senior theses.

Photo from the Daily Princetonian.

March 26, 1920—F. Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel, This Side of Paradise, is published. All 3,000 copies sell out in three days.


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