From car bans to driverless vehicles
While U-M is a major research site for auto innovation, cars were not always welcome on the university's campus. In 1925, President Clarence Cook Little instituted a partial, then total ban on student automobiles, which drew protests and attempts to circumvent the rules.
Women on the field
In 1971, during an era when women on campus were advocating for inclusion in areas traditionally reserved for men, U-M eliminated its policy that allowed only men to join the Michigan Marching Band.
Trial by registration
Although registering for classes now can be accomplished with the click of a button, that wasn't always the case at U-M. Through the 20th century, students lined up at Waterman Gymnasium to finalize their course selections.
A heroine etched in stone
In 1862, the university received its first significant work of original art — the marble sculpture of Nydia, the blind flower girl of Pompeii.
Michigan’s contributions to medicine and public health have saved lives and enriched communities.
U-M and its graduates have greatly impacted the sharing of technology.
Women were admitted to the University of Michigan starting in 1870, the first for a large state university.
President Harold T. Shapiro's birthday
Harold T. Shapiro, U-M's 10th president, was born on June 8, 1935, in Montreal. During his presidency, which ran from 1980-87, the "theme of quality over quantity, of 'smaller but better' became the guiding principle" in a period of budget reductions.
A summer with Shakespeare
A scene from the 2007 Shakespeare in the Arb production of "The Tempest," which will be revived for this year's Shakespeare in the Arb, June 8-25.
The iconic Burton Memorial Tower
The Burton Memorial Tower stands over the U-M campus during the summer of 1946.