In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the University Chapel is dedicated, a professor spirits a Chinese dissident to safety, and more.
May 30, 1928—The University Chapel, which replaces the destroyed Marquand Chapel, is dedicated in a Sunday morning service. It is the largest such chapel in the United States.
June 1, 1887—Following an investigation, the Princetonian reports that there is no evidence to support the claim that Walter Ridgley, a Texan who made national headlines for killing seven men near the Red River, ever attended Princeton, despite widespread reports in newspapers across America that he is a Princeton graduate.
June 2, 1791—Following a two-day holiday to commemorate the occasion, students celebrate the marriage of College of New Jersey (Princeton) president John Witherspoon, 68, to the widow of one of his former students, Ann Marshall Dill, 24, by lighting the campus with 600 candles, firing cannons, and performing an instrumental concert from the Nassau Hall bell tower.
June 3, 1989—Princeton University’s Perry Link, a professor in East Asian studies, spirits dissident Fang Lizhi to safety at the American Embassy in Beijing the day before the Tiananmen Square Massacre.
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