Campus & Community

This month in Harvard history

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Nov. 13, 1875 – New Haven, Conn., hosts the first Harvard-Yale football game, which Harvard wins, to the delight of some 150 student boosters from Cambridge.

November 1903 – After five months of construction, Harvard Stadium is completed in time for the Harvard-Yale game on Nov. 21. Construction cost: $175,000.

Nov. 15, 1944 – Irish-born Cambridge tailor William Brennan dies, and his passing subsequently earns notice in The New York Times. Over the course of 56 years, Brennan’s shop at 11 Dunster St. had served Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, presidents Charles Eliot and A. Lawrence Lowell, and thousands of other Harvard men.

“Mr. Brennan was a kindly, friendly man, much respected and liked by all who knew him,” the Harvard Alumni Bulletin writes. “In a world of failing standards in craftsmanship, he held fast to his own, and took a personal interest in his youngest as well as his oldest customers.”

Nov. 7, 1947 – The Fogg Museum hosts a conference on new methods of using soft X-rays in analyzing works of art. The event draws curators and museum directors from Baltimore, New York, and several New England cities, including New Haven. Special guest speakers include F. Ian G. Rawlins (National Gallery, London) and Paul Coremans (Musées de Belgique, Brussels).

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