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==January==
 
==January==
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*1781: Classes suspended when the British Army invaded Virginia.
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*1922: The [[Marshall-Wythe School of Government and Citizenship]] was founded.
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*1990: The Gentlemen of the College, a [[student]] men's a cappella group, was founded.
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*1992: [[Marshall-Wythe School of Government and Citizenship]] founded.
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*January 1, 1943: [[John Edwin Pomfret]] becomes [[President]] replacing [[John Stewart Bryan]].
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*January 4, 1966: [[Swem Library]] opens its doors.
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*January 14, 1922:  Official opening of the [[Marshall-Wythe School of Law]].
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*January 15, 1931: William and Mary [[President's House]] turned over to the [[Colonial Williamsburg]] Restoration Project.
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*January 17, 1930: [[Glider Club]] officially organized.
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*January 18, 1859: [[College Cemetery]] developed.
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*January 20, 1983: [[Fire]] nearly destroyed [[Jefferson Hall]], but all 185 students escaped unharmed.
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*January 27, 1985: [[Jefferson Hall]] officially reopens after [[fire]] restoration.
  
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==February==
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*1859: [[Wren Building]] burned for the second time in a [[fire]].
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*1971: [[William and Mary Hall]] dedicated.
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*1984: Anne Dobie Peebles was elected the first woman [[rector]] in William and Mary's history.
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*1988: Five Democratic presidential candidates debated in [[Phi Beta Kappa Hall]].
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*February 5, 1972: [[Thomas A. Graves, Jr.]] inaugurated [[President]]. 
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*February 6, 1896: Ladies of the Town approved to attend Shakespeare courses at the College.
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*February 6, 1959: [[Williamsburg]]'s first radio station begins operation.
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*February 7, 1987: [[Chancellor's Badge and Chain of Office]] given to William and Mary.
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*February 7, 2005: [[Parking Garage]] opens for business.
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*February 8, 1693: [[Charter]] for the college was issued by [[King of England William III]] and [[Queen of England Mary II]].
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*February 8, 1923: [[College Mace]] given to William and Mary by alumni and students.
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*February 8, 1937: [[Charter Day]] initiated.
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*February 8, 1963: The first [[Thomas Jefferson Award]] is given.
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*February 8, 1987: [[Warren E. Burger]] was installed as the 20th [[chancellor]] of the College of William and Mary
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*February 9, 1959: [[Landrum Hall]] dedicated.
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*February 11, 1967: [[Andrews Hall]] dedicated.
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*February 12, 1918: [[Board of Visitors]] endorses a proposal to allow women to attend.
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*February 12, 1966: Official dedication of [[Swem Library]].
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*February 22, 1732: Birth of [[George Washington]].
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*February 22, 1952: Novelist [[Christopher Bram]] born.
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*February 27, 1729: The college is finally fully staffed with six departments.
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*February 27, 1937: [[Taliaferro Building]] opens.
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*February 27, 1997: [[Japanese Cultural Association]] constitution written.
  
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==March==
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*March 1920: Mary Cook Branch Munford became the first woman member of the [[Board of Visitors]].
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*March 1, 1991: [[Neil Young]] and Crazy Horse preform at William and Mary.
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*March 3, 2008: [[Fire]] in the kitchen of the Chi Omega House in [[Sorority Court]].
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*March 8, 1946: [[Winston Churchill]] and [[Dwight Eisenhower]] visit campus.
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*March 15, 1918: The college become the first coeducational state college in Virginia.
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*March 15, 1930: [[Fire]] burns [[Tyler Hall]].
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*March 20, 1999: [[Plumeri Park]] dedicated.
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*March 22, 1951: First [[African American Student]], [[Hulon Willis]], is accepted.
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*March 25, 1760: [[Thomas Jefferson]] begins to attend the college.
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*March 27, 1953: The second [[Phi Beta Kappa Hall]] officially opens.
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==April==
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*1963: Wig Coffee Club opens in the [[Campus Center]].
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*April 1: look for the Fat Head traditional April Fools version of the [[Flat Hat]].
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*April 2, 1756: The first of the [[Honorary degree recipients]] of the college  was Benjamin Franklin who was given a Master of Arts.
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*April 3, 1995: The College dedicated the $3-million, 6,400-square-foot [[McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center]].
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*April 6, 2010: [[Griffin]] is announced as [[Mascot]].
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*April 7, 2006: Inauguration of [[Gene R. Nichol]] [[President]].
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*April 7, 2006: [[Sandra Day O'Connor]] becomes [[Chancellor]].
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*April 9, 1758: Reverend [[Goronwy Owen]] was installed at master of the [[Grammar School]].
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*April 11, 1992: The [[Hulon Willis]] Association was founded.
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*April 15, 1974: The [[Grateful Dead]] play at William and Mary.
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*April 16, 2009: [[Andrews Hall]] is dedicated on [[VIMS]] campus.
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*April 18, 2000: Presidents' Day established to formally honor the 25 College presidents and their places in the College's history.
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*April 20, 1788: [[George Washington]] becomes [[Chancellor]] of the college.
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*April 20, 1960: [[SS William and Mary]] launched from Baltimore.
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*April 20, 1960: [[Campus Center]] opens.
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*April 21, 2006: Michael Powell member of the Class of 1985, is elected [[Rector]] of the College of William and Mary.
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*April 22, 2008: Resolution passed to explore [[William & Mary]] history of [[slavery]] and race relations.
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*April 24, 1981: William George Guy Lecture Hall in [[Rogers Hall]] is dedicated.
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*April 25, 1762: [[Thomas Jefferson]] leaves the college.
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*April 27, 1906: [[Science Hall]] dedicated.
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*April 28, 1758: [[James Monroe]] born.
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*April 28, 1922: [[Kappa Alpha Theta]] installed on campus.
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*April 29, 1993: [[Margaret Thatcher]] was elected the College's 21st [[chancellor]] by the [[Board of Visitors]].
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*April 29, 1993: The College dedicated the [[University Center]].
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*April 30, 1662: [[Queen of England Mary II]] born.
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*April 30, 1993: [[Gillian T. Cell]] was appointed [[provost]] of the College of William and Mary.
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*April 30, 2004: [[Tyler Family Garden]] dedicated.
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==May==
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*1691: Reverend [[James Blair]] is given instructions to found a college in Virginia.
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*1861: President [[Benjamin S. Ewell]], the professors, and many students enter the Confederate Army during the [[Civil War]].
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*1966: Parent's Day was begun.
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*1976: The college launches its largest fund raising effort yet the Campaign for the College.
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*1981: Earl Gregg [[Swem Library]] received its one-millionth volume.
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*May 3, 2005: [[Fire]] in [[Preston Hall]].
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*May 4, 1989: Van Buren band-orchestra room named.
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*May 5, 1862: [[Civil War]] Battle of Williamsburg.
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*May 8, 1784: Title of public lands surrounding [[Williamsburg]] and [[Jamestown]] is given to the college.
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*May 8, 1966: [[Dupont Hall]] is dedicated.
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*May 11. 2008: Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, a member of the Class of 1995, delivers the 2008 [[commencement]] address.
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*May 13, 1909: Dedication of [[Tucker Hall]].
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*May 14, 1694: [[Coat of Arms]] is issued.
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*May 14, 2000: [[Henry A. Kissinger]] was elected as the College's 22nd [[Chancellor]] by the [[Board of Visitors]].
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*May 14, 2006: Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivers the 2006 [[commencement]] address at the College.
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*May 15, 1926: [[Calvin Coolidge]] speaks on campus.
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*May 16, 1993: For the first time, [[Commencement]] was held in Walter J. [[Zable Stadium]].
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*May 17, 1930: Groundbreaking of [[Brown Hall]].
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*May 23, 1991: The Association of 1775 was established.
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*May 31, 1940: Glen Miller and his orchestra preform at William and Mary.
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==June==
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*1899: The first edition of the [[Colonial Echo]], the college yearbook, was published.
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*1944: [[Mascot]] [[Wampo]] sold in a war bond auction.
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*2008: [[Integrated Science Center]] dedicated.
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*June 1, 1940: Glen Miller and his orchestra play at William and Mary.
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*June 1, 1992: [[Timothy J. Sullivan]] becomes [[President]].
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*June 3, 1925: Cornerstone of [[Ewell Hall]] is laid.
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*June 4, 1770: [[Eastern State Hospital]] is established.
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*June 6, 1925: [[Fire]] at [[Penniman Building]].
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*June 9, 1925: [[Monroe Hall]] is dedicated.
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*June 11, 1956: Cornerstone for [[Phi Beta Kappa Hall]] is laid.
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*June 11, 1967: The College of William and Mary conferred its first earned doctorate, the Ph.D., in physics.
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*June 12, 1776: Virginia Declaration of Rights adopted.
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*June 18, 1925: [[Penniman Building]] destroyed by [[fire]].
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*June 28, 1732: The Chapel of the [[College Building]] now known as the [[Wren Building]] opens.
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*June 29, 1776: Virginia Constitution adopted.
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*June 29, 1984: [[Waterman's Hall]] at [[VIMS]] dedicated.
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*June 30, 1985: [[Paul Verkuil]] becomes [[President]].
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==July==
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*July 1892: The William and Mary Quarterly is first published by [[Lyon G. Tyler]].
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*July 1978: The Virginia Shakespeare Festival began its first season at William and Mary
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*July 1979: The [[Virginia Institute of Marine Science]] at Gloucester Point was fully integrated into the College.
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*July 1, 1849: [[John Johns]] becomes [[President]].
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*July 1, 1944: [[Earl Gregg Swem]] retires.
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*July 4, 1842: [[William & Mary]] [[Alumni Association]] is organized.
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*July 5, 1870: First Commencement since the [[Civil War]].
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*July 6, 1836: [[Thomas Roderick Dew]] was appointed 13th [[President]] of the college.
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*July 10, 1868: Classes suspended until the [[College Building]] could be rebuilt.
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*July 11, 1997: Archaeologists excavated artifacts near the [[Wren Building]] related to a structure that existed in the late 17th century.
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*July 20, 1784: Louis XVI King of France presents 200 volumes to the college library.
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*July 31, 1732: The foundations of the [[President's House]] were laid.
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==August==
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*1930:  The [[Norfolk Division]] of the college opens.
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*1956: First [[African American student]] [[Hulon Willis]] graduates.
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*August 8, 1695: First bricks laid for the Collge Building, later called the [[Wren Building]].
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*August 13, 1752: [[William Stith]] becomes [[President]].
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*August 15, 1729: Transfer of [[Royal Charter]].
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*August 23, 1888: [[Lyon Gardiner Tyler]] becomes [[President]].
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*August 28, 1926: [[Albert-Daly Field]] dedicated.
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*August 31, 1951: [[Edward Travis]] is first [[African American student]] admitted to [[Law School]].
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==September==
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*1965: The general honors program is established.
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*September 1, 1971: [[Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr.]] becomes [[President]].
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*September 5, 2008: [[W. Taylor Reveley]] named [[President]]
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*September 6, 2011: Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates '65 is named the 24th [[Chancellor]] of the College.
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*September 9, 1862: [[Wren Building]] consumed by [[Fire]] during [[Civil War]].
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*September 12, 1973: [[Grateful Dead]] play at William and Mary.
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*September 13, 1980: [[Marshall-Wythe School of Law]] is dedicated.
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*September 18, 2003: [[Hurricane]] Isabel shut down the campus for 10 days.
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*September 22, 1952: The Richmond School of Social Work and Public Health became a division of the College.
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*September 30, 1933: The first edition of the [[Alumni Gazette]] is published.
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==October==
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*1705: [[College Building]] destroyed by [[Fire]].
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*1859: [[John Tyler]] became [[Chancellor]].
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*1867: Teaching began in the [[Brafferton]] Building.
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*1923: William and Mary purchases new athletic field.
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*1937: [[Wampo]] college [[mascot]] named by Beverly Boone.
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*1938: [[Alumni Gazette]] appears for the first time.
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*1988: [[Charlene Jackson]] is first [[African American]] [[Homecoming]] Queen.
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*October 2, 1968: Richard Nixon speaks in the [[Wren Building]] as part of a presidential campaign tour.
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*October 3, 1911: The first edition of the [[Flat Hat]] is published.
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*October 4, 2005: Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice [[Sandra Day O'Connor]] is named the 23rd [[Chancellor]] of the College.
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*October 7, 1978: [[Neil Young]] performs at William and Mary.
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*October 9, 1951: [[Alvin Duke Chandler]] becomes [[President]].
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*October 10, 1975: [[Barksdale Field]] is dedicated.
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*October 11, 1973: [[Alumni House]] dedicated.
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*October 11, 1963: Groundbreaking for [[Swem Library]].
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*October 11, 1980: [[Randolph Complex]] dedicated.
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*October 12, 1972: The [[Order of the White Jacket]] was established to recognize those who worked in food service during their years at the college.
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*October 13, 1869: Classes resumes after the [[College Building]] was repaired from damages received during [[Civil War]].
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*October 15, 1770: Death of [[Lord Botetourt]].
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*October 15, 1937: Birth of [[Linda Lavin]].
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*October 16, 1911: Birth of [[Edward Travis]] first [[African American]] Law student.
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*October 16, 1957: The Queen of England Elizabeth II visited the college.
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*October 16, 1992: [[Timothy J. Sullivan]] inaugurated as [[President]].
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*October 19, 1921: [[Julian A. C. Chandler]] sworn in as [[President]].
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*October 20, 1934: [[Franklin Delano Roosevelt]] visits the college.
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*October 20, 1934: [[Matoaka Theatre]] dedicated.
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*October 20, 1985: [[Paul R. Verkuil]] inaugurated as [[President]].
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*October 21, 1983: [[Muscarelle Museum of Art]] dedicated.
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*October 22, 1964: Cornerstone of [[Swem Library]] laid.
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*October 22, 1973: Construction on [[Rogers Hall]] began.
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*October 23, 1926: First [[Homecoming]] held.
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*October 23, 1993: [[Lord Botetourt]] replica statue dedicated.
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*October 25, 2001: Death of [[Davis Young Paschall]] William and Mary [[President]].
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*October 29, 1705: [[College Building]] now known as the [[Wren Building]] is consumed by [[fire]].
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*October 29, 1872: Birth of [[Julian A. C. Chandler]].
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*October 31, 2001: W&M Keck Environmental Field Laboratory officially opened with a dedication event.
  
   
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==November==
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*1781: [[President's House]] destroyed by [[Fire]] during the [[American Revolution]].
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*1900: [[Old Gymnasium]] opened for use.
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*1974: The first volume of The Papers of [[John Marshall]] was published by the Institute of American History and Culture.
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*November 1, 1755: Reverend [[Thomas Dawson]] becomes [[President]].
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*November 1, 1989: [[Busch Field]] is dedicated.
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*November 2, 1929: The first [[Homecoming]] parade.
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*November 6, 1981: Groundbreaking of [[Muscarelle Museum of Art]].
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*November 9, 1847: [[Robert Saunders Jr.]] resigns as [[President]].
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*November 10, 1894: The college's first intercollegiate [[football]] game.
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*November 11, 1750: [[F.H.C.]] is founded.
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*November 11, 1966: [[Tucker-Coleman Room]] in [[Swem Library]] is dedicated.
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*November 11, 1992: [[Thomas Jefferson]] [[statue]] is dedicated.
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*November 13, 1993: Nirvana in [[concert]] at W&M Hall.
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*November 15, 1963: [[Adair Hall]] is dedicated.
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*November 17, 1938: [[Mascot]] pony [[Wampo]] stolen from stable by a rival team.
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*November 18, 1927: James M. Beck presented the first of the James Gould Cutler lectures.
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*November 18, 2006: [[Ukrop Way]] is dedicated.
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*November 24, 1998: T. C. Clarke '22 bequeathed $13.5 million to the College, the largest cash bequest in the history of William and Mary.
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*November 27, 1926: [[Ewell Hall]], the first Phi Beta Kappa Hall on campus, is dedicated.
  
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==December==
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*1890:  The first of the [[College of William and Mary publications]] The William and Mary College Monthly prints its first edition.
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*1934: [[Yule Log Ceremony]] begun.
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*1926: Construction begun on [[Co-ed Lodge on Lake Matoaka]].
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*1963: [[Small Hall]] completed.
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*1991: [[Filipino American Student Association]] writes constitution.
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*1993: Andrew Zawacki chosen as the College's second Rhodes Scholar.
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*December 4, 1779: [[Medical Education at the College of William and Mary#Chair of Anatomy and Medicine|Chair of Anatomy and Medicine]] is created.
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*December 4, 1779:  The college becomes a University.
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*December 5, 1776: Students form [[Phi Beta Kappa]].
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*December 5, 1973: [[Morton Hall]] is dedicated.
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*December 5, 2008: Groundbreaking of [[Cohen Career Center]].
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*December 14, 1799: Death of [[George Washington]] who served as [[Chancellor]].
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*December 20, 1693: Land purchased for college site from Captain Thomas Ballard.
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*December 26, 1968: Birth of alumnus [[Bill Lawrence]].
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*December 29, 1880:  Birth of [[Earl Gregg Swem]].
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*December 29, 1953: [[Fire]] destroys auditorium in [[Ewell Hall]].
  
 
==Material in the Special Collections Research Center==
 
==Material in the Special Collections Research Center==

Latest revision as of 16:18, 9 September 2019

This is a working chronological list of William and Mary Historical Highlights prepared for use by staff of the Swem Library's Special Collections Research Center. There is of course much more to the history of the College of William and Mary than the dates and vignettes listed here. Feel free to browse this wiki to find more of these stories and consult any of the several books to use for College history research.

January

February

March

April

May

  • 1691: Reverend James Blair is given instructions to found a college in Virginia.
  • 1861: President Benjamin S. Ewell, the professors, and many students enter the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
  • 1966: Parent's Day was begun.
  • 1976: The college launches its largest fund raising effort yet the Campaign for the College.
  • 1981: Earl Gregg Swem Library received its one-millionth volume.
  • May 3, 2005: Fire in Preston Hall.
  • May 4, 1989: Van Buren band-orchestra room named.
  • May 5, 1862: Civil War Battle of Williamsburg.
  • May 8, 1784: Title of public lands surrounding Williamsburg and Jamestown is given to the college.
  • May 8, 1966: Dupont Hall is dedicated.
  • May 11. 2008: Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, a member of the Class of 1995, delivers the 2008 commencement address.
  • May 13, 1909: Dedication of Tucker Hall.
  • May 14, 1694: Coat of Arms is issued.
  • May 14, 2000: Henry A. Kissinger was elected as the College's 22nd Chancellor by the Board of Visitors.
  • May 14, 2006: Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivers the 2006 commencement address at the College.
  • May 15, 1926: Calvin Coolidge speaks on campus.
  • May 16, 1993: For the first time, Commencement was held in Walter J. Zable Stadium.
  • May 17, 1930: Groundbreaking of Brown Hall.
  • May 23, 1991: The Association of 1775 was established.
  • May 31, 1940: Glen Miller and his orchestra preform at William and Mary.

June

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August

September

October

November

December

Material in the Special Collections Research Center

References

  • SCRC File.



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