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This month in Harvard history

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  • April 9, 1956 – The Senate Subcommittee on Disarmament convenes a special session in the Law School’s Ames Courtroom (Austin Hall). Presiding are Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey and Rhode Island’s John O. Pastore.
  • April-October 1958 – The International Science Exhibit of the Brussels World Fair includes an apparatus built at the Division of Engineering and Applied Physics: an “icebox” that uses supercooled water to grow giant, branching snowflake crystals in five minutes. The process mimics crystal formation in cast metals, making the device useful for metallurgical research.
  • April 1965 – For the first time, Harvard’s endowment exceeds the $1 billion mark, thereby realizing a long-held goal of Treasurer Paul C. Cabot.– From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower