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This Week in Princeton History for April 11-17

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Swedish royalty visit campus, mysterious postcards from Boston arrive, and more.

April 11, 1935—Compulsory chapel attendance is abolished for juniors and seniors; it will be abolished for sophomores in 1960 and freshmen in 1964.

Princeton University Chapel, January 13, 1932. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC111), Box MP30, Image No. 771.

April 12, 1997—Chelsea Clinton’s arrival on campus sparks speculation that she will attend Princeton University. Clinton will ultimately pursue her education at Stanford.

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This was the Daily Princetonian‘s whimsical take on Chelsea Clinton’s college choices.

April 14, 1988—King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Sylvia of Sweden visit Princeton University as part of a 17-day tour of the United States commemorating the 350th anniversary of the founding of New Sweden. It is their only visit to an American college campus.

Commemorative stamp from the Swedish monarchs’ visit to Princeton, April 14, 1980. Historical Subject Files (AC109), Box 310, Folder 9.

April 15, 1950—Members of the sophomore class (Class of 1952) are receiving bizarre postcards in the mail for a second consecutive day, all postmarked from Boston and signed “scio” (Latin for “I know”). The cards have a line or paragraph clipped from a newspaper or magazine pasted on them, many with sexual references. Harvard undergraduates claim no connection with the cards.

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