Campus & Community

This month in Harvard history

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  • Feb. 9, 1970 – About 100 individuals take part in an SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) demonstration protesting the presence of a U.S. Army recruiter at the Office of Graduate and Career Plans (now the Office of Career Services).
  • Feb. 28, 1970 – Calling itself SLOP (Students for Less Overpricing), a graduate-student group stages a one-day boycott protesting food quality and costs at the Harkness Commons Dining Hall.
  • February 1971 – Harvard University Press announces plans to publish its first paperback editions, a group of 10 titles slated for release in May.
  • Feb. 8, 1971 – The Indoor Athletic Building (now the Malkin Athletic Center) begins a 30-day trial of mixed-gender swimming.
  • Feb. 18, 1971 – Before a crowd of 300 in Allston Burr Lecture Hall (later demolished to make way for the Sackler Museum), astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. describes his trip to the Moon during the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, during which he became the second earthling to set foot on the lunar surface.
  • Feb. 22, 1971 – Thousands attend a Harvard teach-in sparked by the U.S. invasion of Laos.– From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower