Campus & Community

This month in Harvard history

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  • Oct. 6, 1870 – The Rev. Phillips Brooks lays the cornerstone of Memorial Hall.
  • October 1874 – The Harvard Athletic Association forms, with Benjamin R. Curtis, Class of 1875, as president. For almost 20 years, this undergraduate group oversees competitions of running, leaping, boxing, wrestling, and gymnastics.
  • Oct. 15, 1901 – The Harvard Union (now part of Barker Center for the Humanities) is dedicated.
  • Oct. 6-7, 1909 – In a grand, two-day ceremony attended by 13,000, President A. Lawrence Lowell is formally installed as Harvard’s 22nd President.
  • Oct. 10, 1912 – Librarians begin moving books out of Gore Hall, home of the College Library, which is to be demolished in 1913 to make way for Widener Library. – From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower