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This Week in Princeton History for March 13-19

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, uniforms become mandatory, the Shah of Iran honors two graduates, and more.

March 13, 1971—150 students from the Third World Coalition occupy Firestone Library for nearly three hours after closing to protest Princeton’s plan to maintain the percentage of disadvantaged students in the Class of 1975 near 10 percent. They urge an increase in the percentage.

Photo from the Daily Princetonian.

March 15, 1918—Starting today, all ROTC members and all students who participate in military drills on campus will be required to wear their uniforms at all times from 8:00AM-6:00PM, except Saturday afternoons and Sundays.

D Company on the steps of Blair Hall, ca. 1918. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box MP205, Image No. 5411.

March 16, 1957—The Shah of Iran honors two Princeton University alumni with the Royal Order of Homayoun. The award recognizes Allan O. Whipple of the Class of 1904 and R. Townley Paton of the Class of 1905 for their work in establishing a modern medical center in Shiraz and developing a public water system in southern Iran.

March 18, 1946—The Princeton Rifle Club receives its charter from the National Rifle Association.

Members of Princeton University’s Rifle and Pistol Clubs, ca. 1947. Photo from 1948 Bric-a-Brac.

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

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