Campus & Community

This month in Harvard history

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  • May 17, 1956 – The Committee on Undergraduate Affairs grants permission for WHRB-Radio to expand into FM broadcasting. 
  • May 12, 1958 – Eliot House hosts a dinner for poet T. S. Eliot ’10 (’09), AM ’11, a longtime associate of the House. 
  • May 13, 1958 – On the steps of Widener Library, the Harvard Glee Club and the Radcliffe Choral Society perform choruses from Bach’s B-minor Mass. Although the groups have performed together for decades, the occasion marks the Choral Society’s first participation in a Glee Club outdoor concert. 
  • May 1963 – Harvard and Radcliffe students take part in a Boston Common rally supporting civil-rights activities in the South. 
  • May 11, 1963 – U.S. President John F. Kennedy ’40 arrives by helicopter at the Business School to inspect several sites proposed for his presidential library. 
  • May 13, 1963 – At the invitation of fellow Overseer John F. Kennedy ’40, President of the United States, the Harvard Board of Overseers holds its annual dinner at the White House. While in Washington, the Overseers also hold two days of meetings at Harvard’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Collection and Library (May 13), and at the nearby, recently completed Center for Hellenic Studies (May 14). 
  • May 27, 1963 – The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is dedicated. The Center devotes its first exhibition to its architect, Le Corbusier, featuring his paintings, watercolors, drawings, and prints in the third-floor exhibition hall through Aug. 15. – From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower