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This Week in Princeton History for July 4-10

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, Jesse Owens runs in Palmer Stadium, local authorities ban rogue swine, and more.

July 4, 1936—Jesse Owens competes in the Amateur Athletic Union’s track meet in Palmer Stadium, an event with additional attention paid to it due to the upcoming 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.

Jesse Owens in the lead at the Olympic Games in Berlin, 1936. Joseph Edward Raycroft Papers (AC146), Box 7.

July 7, 1813—Large swine are now prohibited from running wild on the streets of Princeton, New Jersey.

July 9, 1791—Students hold a debate on the question of whether hereditary nobility is “consistent with liberty.”

July 10, 1846—Princeton is offering courses in French and German in addition to the standard curriculum. There is no extra charge for tuition for students who wish to study either language.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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