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This Week in Princeton History for October 1-7

In this week’s installment of our returning series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a recent graduate engages in civil disobedience, Albert Einstein sets sail for Princeton, and more.

October 1, 1984—Leo Schiff ’83 breaks into a military facility in Rhode Island to disarm nuclear warheads as part of the “Plowshares” civil disobedience movement. He and three others will be sentenced to a year in prison for the act.

Leo Schiff ’83. Photo from 1983 Nassau Herald.

October 4, 1912—The Bureau of Self Help issues its first annual report. The Bureau is said to have succeeded. During the year, 167 students participated in this pioneering work-study program.

October 5, 1876—The Princetonian publishes a poem claiming to represent the views of students who walked out of James McCosh’s psychology class because an African American man was in attendance.

Clipping from the Princetonian. “Mac” here is James McCosh, but the syntax muddles the meaning slightly; the remark beginning “Well, I wish I may die…” would have been representative of the students who walked out of class, not McCosh.

October 7, 1933—Albert Einstein sets sail from London en route to a new life in Princeton. His departure is unannounced to prevent Nazi attacks.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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