Campus & Community

This month in Harvard history

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  • March 23, 1912 — The Boston Elevated Railway Co. opens the Harvard Square subway station. BERC expends about $10 million for the entire Cambridge subway project, which includes a special Stadium Station, train yards, and repair shops in an area bounded by Charles River Road (now Memorial Drive), University Road, and Eliot, Boylston (now Kennedy), and Bennett streets. (The train yards/Stadium Station area is now occupied by the Kennedy School of Government and John Fitzgerald Kennedy Park.) 
  • March 1925 — The Harvard-Boston (Egyptian) Expedition discovers, intact, the secret tomb of Queen Hetep-heres I, mother of King Cheops (a.k.a. Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid). This spectacular find occupies archaeologists for the next two years. 
  • March 22, 1930 — Derek Curtis Bok, Harvard’s future 25th President, is born in Bryn Mawr, Pa. 
  • March 5, 1942 — Between 10 and 10:30 p.m., Cambridge undergoes its first wartime test blackout.— From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower