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This Week in Princeton History for May 27-June 2

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, a beloved staffer dies, a Princetonian journalist is arrested while working on a story, and more.

May 27, 1867—James Titus, a staffer known on campus as “The Navigator” or “Navvy,” dies of dropsy.

James Titus, ca. 1861. Historical Photograph Collection, Individuals Series (AC067), Box LP1, Image No. 295.

May 31, 1886—Classes are suspended in observance of Decoration Day, which will later be more commonly known as Memorial Day.

June 1, 1973—Stephen M. Freedman ’76 is studying for a final exam when police arrest him for trespassing on a farm where he interviewed and photographed migrant workers for a Daily Princetonian investigation on May 31. The charges will eventually be dismissed on the basis of the precedent set in State v. Shack (1971).

June 2, 1982—A poll finds that 1 in 4 female Princeton University students report being sexually harassed on campus.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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