This Week in Princeton History for November 23-29

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, stranded undergrads sing in Trenton, the basketball team gets tickets with nobody’s face on them, and more.

November 23, 1939—When a train wreck blocks all traffic on the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad near Princeton Junction Station, 300 stranded undergraduates returning from Thanksgiving break hold an impromptu “songfest” in Trenton Station.

November 24, 1781—James Caldwell, College of New Jersey (Princeton) Class of 1759, is killed by an American sentry in Elizabethtown, New Jersey. The sentry will later be hanged for murder.

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Clipping from the New Jersey Gazette, December 12, 1781.

November 28, 1973—Princeton University requests students returning from Christmas vacation to call first to find out if the academic calendar will proceed as scheduled, with concerns about a national energy crisis that might prevent the campus from reopening. Two toll-free phone lines have been established for this purpose.

November 29, 1965—Princeton University’s Director of Athletics announces that tickets to Princeton basketball games will no longer feature a picture of Bill Bradley ‘65.

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A later in the season basketball ticket without Bill Bradley’s picture. Office of the President Records: Robert F. Goheen Subgroup (AC193), Box 351, Folder 15.

For last week’s installment in this series, click here.

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