Campus & Community

This month in Harvard history

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  • Nov. 7, 1898 – The Harvard Bulletin (predecessor of Harvard Magazine) publishes its first (four-page) issue. Cost: 8 cents. 
  • Nov. 10, 1903 – In the now-demolished Rogers Building (or Old Gymnasium, which occupied the site of today’s Cambridge Fire Department Headquarters at the intersection of Quincy, Cambridge, and Broadway), Harvard opens its Germanic Museum (renamed “Busch-Reisinger” in 1950) on the 144th birthday of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller and the 420th of Martin Luther. 
  • Nov. 14, 1903 – The nearly completed Harvard Stadium opens for its first athletic event, the Harvard-Dartmouth football game. Dartmouth wins, 11-0. After five months of construction costing $175,000, the Stadium is completed in time for the Harvard-Yale game on Nov. 21.The Stadium is the first major reinforced concrete structure built so far north, at a time when many doubt that reinforced concrete can stand up to New England winters. The structure is also the first stadium built for U.S. college athletics and, modeled after the great Stadium at Athens, it remains one of the world’s few authentic classical structures of its kind.


  • Nov. 11, 1932 – Armistice Day (now Veterans Day). The Memorial Church is dedicated. – From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower