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This Week in Princeton History for January 29-February 4

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the death of a member of the Class of 1919 sparks national debate, the chess club organizes, and more.

January 29, 1975—Alum Henry Pitney van Dusen (Class of 1919) enters into a suicide pact with his wife. Their deaths will spark nationwide debate over euthanasia.

January 30, 1997—Sarina Sassoon ’00 appears on the Late Show with David Letterman, where she discusses Princeton’s mascot and her future plans, holds cue cards, and operates a camera.

Sarina Sassoon ’00. Photo from 2000 Nassau Herald.

February 2, 1883—Princeton organizes a chess club in response to a challenge from Columbia University.

College of New Jersey (Princeton) Chess Club, undated. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box LP59, Image No. 4468.

February 4, 1825—The Philadelphian Society of Nassau Hall holds its first meeting.

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

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