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This Week in Princeton History for September 11-17

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, efforts to help sleepless bunnies are helping, Princeton donates a cannon to a scrap metal drive, and more.

September 11, 1868—Due to a family illness, James McCosh has delayed sailing for America.

September 12, 1980—To solve problems with insomniac lab rabbits, the bunnies at the Biochemical Sciences Lab are now being played gentle music, which seems to have helped significantly. The WRFM radio mix includes Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Engelbert Humperdink, and soothing instrumentals. A WRFM spokesperson has confirmed that rabbits are not the typical audience for the station.

September 13, 1832—The Alexandria Gazette reports: “As Princeton and its vicinity are entirely free from Malignant Cholera, the next session of the College will commence on Thursday, Oct. 11.”

September 15, 1942—Princeton University donates a German cannon to a scrap metal drive.

A group of people gathered around a cannon
Scrap metal drive, September 15, 1942. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box MP217, Image 5671.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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