In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Firestone Library opens, the campus reels from domestic terrorism, and more.
September 7, 1948—With much of the interior construction not yet complete, Firestone Library opens to students and faculty for the first time.
September 8, 1981—Residents of Holder Hall take advantage of a flash flood, going down into the basement in swimsuits for a late-night dip.
September 11, 2001—Students gather in various locations throughout the day for mutual support and prayer in the wake of terrorist attacks on the United States. At the end of the day, hundreds gather for a candlelight vigil and spontaneously begin singing “We Shall Overcome.”
September 12, 1927—The College of New Jersey (Princeton) Class of 1881 holds a birthday party for itself at the Nassau Club to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their arrival on campus. It appears 1881 marches to the beat of its own drum; they are the first (and perhaps the last) class to throw such a party.
For last week’s installment in this series, click here.
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