In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Charles Lindbergh sneaks through campus, baseball makes its television debut, and more.
May 12, 1999—The Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at Princeton University hold a memorial service in Firestone Plaza for three Chinese journalists killed in a NATO bombing on the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
May 13, 1981—An assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II bears eerie similarities to Princeton politics professor Walter F. Murphy’s novel, The Vicar of Christ. Murphy says he feels “horrible shock,” but that he does not believe the perpetrators used the 1979 novel as a how-to guide. Later, the Atlantic will draw parallels between Murphy’s fictional Pope Francesco and the 21st century’s Pope Francis.
May 14, 1928—Pioneer aviator Charles Lindbergh makes a secret 15-hour visit to Princeton, where University president John Grier Hibben takes him to watch workmen putting stained glass windows into the Chapel. By the time word gets out that he is in town, he will have already gone on to New York.
May 17, 1939—Princeton and Columbia play in the first televised baseball game; Princeton wins the game 2-1 in the tenth inning at Baker Field, New York. This is also the first televised sporting event of any kind in the United States.
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