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This month in Harvard history

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Nov. 7, 1898 – “The Harvard Bulletin” (predecessor of “Harvard Magazine”) publishes its first (four-page) issue. Cost: 8 cents.

Nov. 10, 1903 – In the now-demolished Rogers Building (or Old Gymnasium, which occupied the site of today’s Cambridge Fire Department Headquarters at the intersection of Quincy, Cambridge, and Broadway), Harvard opens its Germanic Museum (renamed “Busch-Reisinger” in 1950) on the 144th birthday of Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller and the 420th of Martin Luther.

Nov. 14, 1921 – In a special Sanders Theatre convocation, Harvard confers an honorary Doctor of Laws degree upon Ferdinand Foch, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces (World War I).

Nov. 20, 1923 – The Ukrainian National Chorus, directed by Alexander Koschetz, performs in Sanders Theatre. Assisting are cellist Ewssei Beloussoff and pianist M. Nicholas Stember.

Nov. 26, 1923 – In Paine Concert Hall (Music Building), harpsichordist Wanda Landowska gives a lecture-recital in French on “Les Précurseurs français de Sebastien Bach” (“French Forerunners of Johann Sebastian Bach”).

Nov. 1, 1924 – The Harvard-Boston (Egyptian) Expedition begins excavation of the royal cemetery of King Cheops (Khufu) near the Great Pyramid and soon identifies the tombs of Prince Kawa’ab (Cheops’s eldest son), four other princes, Princess Meresankh II, and two pyramid priests.

Nov. 1942 – A new Cambridge city ordinance requires the registration of all bicycles. For a 25-cent fee, the registered cyclist receives an ID, a license plate (nuts and bolts included), and a registration certificate. Cambridge Police files in Central Square maintain four cross-reference cards on each bike. Starting in December, unregistered cyclists will be fined a maximum of $20. The regulation affects some 800 Harvard cyclists

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