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This Week in Princeton History for August 7-13

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Chelsea Clinton visits the campus, a graduate wins an Olympic medal for soccer, and more.

August 7, 1996—As Chelsea Clinton considers potential colleges, she and First Lady Hillary Clinton visit Princeton.

Photo from Daily Princetonian.

August 8, 1839—James Collins escapes slavery in Maryland and heads north, bound for a new life as James Johnson, a staffer at the College of New Jersey (Princeton).

James Johnson, Bric-a-Brac (1894).

August 9, 2012—Diana Matheson ’08 scores in overtime to secure the bronze medal for the Canadian women’s soccer team at the Summer Olympics in London.

Graphic from the Daily Princetonian.

August 13, 1970—Citing a crime wave following the decision to leave the FitzRandolph Gates (and thus the campus) open to the community following 1970’s Commencement, Princeton president Robert Goheen institutes a curfew prohibiting local townspeople from trespassing on Cannon Green after dusk. In response, 30-40 people gather near Nassau Hall in the evening to protest the curfew, resulting in a total of 8 arrests.

The sidewalk outside Princeton University’s FitzRandolph Gates on Nassau Street, ca. 1970s. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box SP03, Image No. 689.

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

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