In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) delights the campus with a surprise appearance, protests greet a segregationist governor’s visit, and more.
May 8, 1989—A freshman diagnosed with the measles is admitted to the McCosh Health Center, prompting approximately 500 students to get a booster vaccine to prevent an outbreak on campus.
May 9, 1901—Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) surprises students with an unadvertised appearance in Alexander Hall, where he gives a reading of his work and entertains the crowd with stories about his adventures in Nevada and his attempts to learn German.
May 11, 1967—Former Alabama Governor George Wallace speaks to an orderly but mostly unsympathetic crowd in Dillon Gymnasium as protesters make their feelings known across campus.
May 13, 1884—Dr. M. Allen Starr, Class of 1876, is awarded the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons Alumni Association’s Prize of $500 for the best essay in medicine or surgery that shows original research.
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