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This month in Harvard history

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  • March 21, 1953 – Responding to the death of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, educational radio station WGBH-FM broadcasts two and a half hours of taped reflections from 12 Harvard professors and research associates covering everything from the medical aspects of Stalin’s final illness to the implications of his passing for U.S. foreign policy.
  • March 1, 1954 – President Nathan Marsh Pusey appears on the March 1 cover of Time magazine. The six-page story (which the Harvard Alumni Bulletin describes as “pleasant and accurate”) focuses on Pusey and his 20th century presidential predecessors (Eliot, Lowell, and Conant).
  • March 1963 – For the first time, Radcliffe undergraduates and women graduate students receive Harvard diplomas. Beginning with the Class of 1963, Radcliffe alumnae become members of the Associated Harvard Alumni (now the Harvard Alumni Association).The same year finds the Business School opening all programs to women and the Radcliffe Graduate School merging with Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.– From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower