Campus & Community

This month in Harvard History

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  • Feb. 29, 1672 – President Charles Chauncy dies in office. 
  • Feb. 5, 1903 – The Semitic Museum formally opens. 
  • February 1943 – The presidents of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton jointly announce that because of wartime conditions, intercollegiate athletics cannot proceed as usual. The statement sets forth a general operational framework for the three institutions, which remain free to make their own particular plans. While many details are yet to be worked out, Harvard for the moment plans to stress intramurals and recognizes that certain sports may have to be suspended for the duration of the war. 
  • Feb. 16, 1950 – A service in the Memorial Church, a Phillips Brooks House tea and open house, and an Eliot House banquet mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Phillips Brooks House (actual opening: Jan. 23, 1900). 
  • February 1952 – Outgoing Student Council President Richard M. Sandler ’52 sounds a radical note in his final report by “asking that Council members be allowed to sit on Faculty committees, ‘ultimately with a vote.’ Sandler asserted that under the present ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ between the Council and University Hall, the former ‘has not even the minutest independent voice in the construction of policy.’ ” (Harvard Alumni Bulletin, 2/23/52)Noting that the current arrangement tends far too often to produce frustration, Sandler argues that ” ‘by having a seat, even a vote on Faculty committees, the student body could in no way control Faculty decisions’ but that ‘the forceful and direct avenue of communications thus afforded could only improve the relationship of the two bodies.’ ”

    Sandler advances the idea after seeing the faculty reject three important Council proposals. The Council agrees to study his recommendation.

    – From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower