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This month in Harvard history

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  • Late May 1970 – Veteran football coach John M. Yovicsin announces that for reasons of health he will retire at the end of the 1970 season. After the gridiron, Yovicsin will teach general physical fitness and set up new programs in golf, tennis, squash, skiing, and other sports in the newly established position of director of physical training and recreation.
  • May 7, 1971 – The Harvard University Band plays at New York’s Philharmonic Hall (now Avery Fisher), thus becoming the first Harvard musical group to appear at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The event also marks the Band’s first performance with new conductor Frank Battisti. Sharing the stage is the Princeton University Band.
  • May 7-9, 1971 – The Comparative Literature Department and the Modern Greek Studies Association cosponsor the association’s Second International Symposium, which examines the 1821 Greek War of Independence on its 150th anniversary.Widener Library and the Fogg Museum mount special exhibitions, and puppeteer P. Michopoulos presents an evening of Greek shadow theater (karaghiozes), which is rarely seen in the U.S.
  • May 10, 1971 – The Graduate School of Education dedicates the Monroe C. Gutman Library.
  • May 8, 1972 – In daylong ceremonies, the Medical School dedicates the Laboratory of Human Reproduction and Reproductive Biology (45 Shattuck St., Boston). Dedicatory addresses focus on “Tomorrow’s World and Human Welfare.” Nearly 300 visitors tour the facility.- From the Harvard Historical Calendar, a database compiled by Marvin Hightower