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This month in Harvard history

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  • April 1943 – Signs of the times, as reported by Douglas A. Brown ’44 (Harvard Alumni Bulletin): “The end of an era came last week on Soldiers Field as the sole surviving representatives of the cavalry and horse-drawn artillery units of the Military Science Department were ridden off by student cadets to an MP detachment in Maynard [Mass.]. As the Army became more and more mechanical, less and less emphasis was placed on the Harvard Regiment, and now the stables along the Parkway are empty. Since [1919,] the year after the Armistice [, . . .] the Army has maintained a string of horses at Soldiers Field for the use of the R.O.T.C. regiment, and in years past the mounts have been used by R.O.T.C. polo teams and various horse-drawn outfits, but polo teams were discontinued last year and intensive class work and drill leave little time for equitation classes and privileged riding.”


  • April 10, 1950 – Ralph J. Bunche – AM ’28, PhD ’34, Director of the United Nations Trusteeship Department, and winner of the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize – is appointed to a government professorship. He is the first black named to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.Bunche expects to do teaching and research in international relations, international law, and colonial administration. But U.N. duties prevent him from teaching a single class. He resigns in 1952.


  • April 6-7, 1951 – The Law School holds an Institute for Practicing Lawyers focusing on legal problems of mobilizing for the Korean conflict.

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