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This month in Harvard history

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  • Nov. 1859 – Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. At Harvard, Darwin’s friends include Professors Asa Gray and Jeffries Wyman. Already evolutionists, they take up his theory of natural selection. Professor Louis Agassiz, however, continues to support the theory of permanent types until his death in 1873-a stance that makes him a hero to anti-Darwinist clergy.
  • Nov. 20, 1943 – As 45,000 look on from Harvard Stadium stands, the informal wartime football season ends in a 6-6 tie between Harvard and Boston College. Fifty-cent tickets make the game “widely hailed as the greatest football bargain of all time,” according to the Harvard Alumni Bulletin.- From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled byMarvin Hightower