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This Week in Princeton History for February 20-26

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a Supreme Court justice visit ignites protest, the women’s squash team completes eight undefeated seasons, and more.

February 21, 1920—Princeton University holds a special graduation ceremony for students who missed their own but have now returned from war.

Princeton University Commencement Records (AC115), Box 6.

February 22, 1794—For the first time, students celebrate George Washington’s birthday. The minutes of the Cliosophic Society note: “An oration on the birth day [sic] of the President of the U.S. was delivered by Bro. Gama, who had been previously chosen for that purpose, to the great satisfaction of all present.”

February 23, 2001—Chants of protesters can be heard in McCosh 50 as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks to a capacity crowd on James Madison (Class of 1771) and the Constitution.

Photo from Daily Princetonian.

February 24, 1991—In the final game of Coach Betty Constable’s legendary 20-year career, the women’s squash team defeats Brown 9-0 for its eighth undefeated season.

Princeton University’s women’s squash team, February 1991. Photo by Robert Matthews. Office of Communications Records (AC168), Box 162.

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

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