Campus & Community

This month in Harvard history

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  • February 1952 – President James Bryant Conant and an alumni committee publicize plans for a $5 million campaign to revitalize the Divinity School. The drive seeks to increase endowment sixfold and thereby facilitate curricular reorganization, and enlargement of both faculty and student body. 
  • Feb. 20, 1965 – The Harvard and Columbia University bands perform a combined concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall. 
  • Feb. 7, 1967 – With a banquet and concert, refurbished Lehman Hall formally reopens as the new home of Dudley House. 
  • Feb. 12-15, 1968 – Approximately 400 members of the Harvard community fast to protest the Vietnam War. “Wearing black armbands, fasters canvassed every House dining hall to discuss issues of the war and ask students to examine methods of opposing it, and to distribute 3,000 pamphlets describing anti-war organizations operating in Cambridge and Boston.” (Quoted from the Harvard Alumni Bulletin, March 16, 1968) 
  • February 1970 – About 150 people attend the first meeting of the Harvard University Ecology Coalition, headed by Design School student Richard Mayer. The meeting focuses on organizing teach-ins and other activities at the University on April 21 and 22 (the first observance of Earth Day). 
  • February 1971 – Harvard University Press announces plans to publish its first paperback editions, a group of 10 titles slated for release in May. 
  • Feb. 26, 1971 – Man saves dog from the Charles. “On February 26 two dogs crashed through thin ice while crossing the Charles. One managed to make it to shore as several passersby attempted to rescue the other by hurling a tire onto the ice. Finally, James Hawes, a student at the Business School and a former Navy frogman, discarded his sweater, wallet, and shoes and crashed through the ice to collar and guide the weary animal to safety. As Hawes sprinted off to Peabody Terrace to change, the dog followed him and then took off with his shivering buddy for home.” (Quoted from the Harvard Alumni Bulletin, March 22, 1971)– From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower