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This month in Harvard history

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Oct. 7, 1944 – The “Harvard Alumni Bulletin” tally of Harvard men known to have served in World War II reaches 23,400.

October 1947 – The “Harvard Business Review” (reputedly “the most plagiarized magazine in America”) marks its 25th anniversary, printing 20,000 copies of a silver-jubilee issue. The publication also announces plans to move from quarterly to bimonthly publication (January, March, May, July, September, November).

Oct. 16, 1948 – The World War II Memorial Committee formally presents its report to the Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association. The Committee makes a similar presentation for the Executive Committee of the Associated Harvard Clubs on Nov. 19 in Boston. Both bodies approve the Committee’s recommendation.

The group recommends (unanimously, with one abstention) that the names of Harvard’s World War II dead be inscribed on the wall adjacent to the World War I Memorial Room in the Memorial Church. The estimated cost is $60,000 to $75,000.

Oct. 21, 1949 – Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru; his sister Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Indian Ambassador to the U.S.; and his daughter Indira Gandhi visit President James Bryant Conant and his wife Grace at 17 Quincy Street (then the President’s House; now Loeb House).

Oct. 21, 1952 – Driving through Harvard Square, Republican presidential candidate Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower receives an enthusiastic welcome.

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