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This month in Harvard History

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During the month of August:

  • Aug. 1, 1908 – The Graduate School of Business Administration issues its first catalog, listing 22 first-year courses in accounting, commercial law, economic resources, industrial organization, banking and finance, transportation, insurance, public business; and German, French, and Spanish correspondence. 
  • Aug. 1942 – The Business School announces the start of research on the development of air transportation and manufacture, in preparation for offering courses on these subjects. Leading an advisory panel of six aviation experts (heads of manufacturing companies) is William A. M. Burden ’27, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Air. 
  • Aug. 31, 1954 – Packing 120-mile-an-hour winds, Hurricane Carol comes calling in Cambridge. The Harvard Alumni Bulletin (Sept. 25, 1954) tots up the damage:

    “Prepared for such periodic visitations, the property of the University suffered relatively little; though three of the oldest elms in the Yard and a great oak toppled, and until fallen limbs were cleared the scene was sad indeed. The roof of the Newell Boathouse shed went, and an ornamental finial dropped through the roof of Memorial Hall. In all, 120 of the 190 University buildings in Cambridge and Boston suffered some damage, but it was mostly minor.”

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