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This Week in Princeton History for October 16-22

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the Third World Center opens, Albert Einstein disappoints reporters, and more.

October 16, 1971—Four months after receiving approval from the Board of Trustees, the Third World Center opens with a “house warming.”

Original logo design for the Third World Center, ca. 1971. Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding Records (AC342), Box 4.

October 17, 1956—Eberhard Faber IV ’57 represents Princeton among 40 undergraduate newspaper editors questioning Vice President Richard Nixon in a “no holds barred” press conference held at Cornell University.

October 18, 1933—Albert Einstein disappoints 40 reporters gathered for a press conference in Fine Hall by not showing up. After an hour, Dean Luther P. Eisenhart finally informs them that Einstein “could not be induced to pose, and that he wished no publicity whatsoever.”

October 22, 1890—Construction on the new marble Whig and Clio Halls that will replace the old wooden structures is making rapid progress.

Whig Hall under construction, ca. 1890. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC111), Box AD46, Image No. 9717.

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

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