Campus & Community

This month in Harvard history

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  • Jan. 24, 1873 – The first issue of the weekly Magenta – predecessor of The Harvard Crimson – appears as a two-column booklet that contains reviews, essays, and poems. The publication is originally named for the color then favored by Harvard’s athletic teams. When crimson returns as the team colors in 1875, the newspaper changes its name.
  • January 1889 – Plans take shape to raise funds for establishing a Semitic Museum, which dates its founding to this year.
  • Jan. 23, 1900 – Dedicated to “Piety, Charity, and Hospitality,” Phillips Brooks House opens as a center for student-supported religious and charitable organizations.– From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower