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This Week in Princeton History for March 23-29

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the first intercollegiate gymnastic league meet is held, graduate school is offered as an option for confused seniors, and more.

March 23, 1900—In the first-ever intercollegiate gymnastic league meet, Princeton’s team earns a silver cup, but Columbia wins the top honors.

Princeton’s 1900 Gymnastic Team. Photo from A History of Princeton Athletics (1901).

March 26, 1992—An AT&T answering machine worth $100 is found to have been stolen from Green Hall.

March 28, 1888—Noting that many graduating seniors are “in doubt and ignorance as to what they will do on leaving college” and many graduating seniors “are thrust from college into the world like strangers in a foreign land, with no definite plans or ideas,” the Princetonian recommends graduate school.

March 29, 1976—Scottish filmmakers are on campus to work on a documentary about the American bicentennial. “Liberty’s Child” will air July 18, 1976.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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