In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the Art Museum reopens in a modernized environment, the football team’s stunning victory over Penn sparks a riot, and more.
October 29, 1966—The Princeton University Art Museum reopens in its new home in a new McCormick Hall.
October 31, 1849—Richard Sears McCulloh (Class of 1836) is named chair of Natural Philosophy.
November 2, 1946—Princeton’s football team defeats Penn (ranked third nationally) in a 17-14 victory the New York Times refers to as the “Upset of the Decade.” When Philadelphia’s police attempt to prevent Princeton’s fans from tearing down the wooden goalposts, a riot ensues. Joe Trimble of the New York Daily News will write that their actions are “about as nauseating a demonstration of police stupidity as one could imagine.”
November 3, 1992—Princeton Pro-Choice hands out blue ribbons for students who support legal access to abortion to wear on their backpacks as a get-out-the-vote initiative.
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