November 20, 2019

This Week in U-M History

  1. November 18, 2019 On Nov. 24, 1947, students launched "Operation Haircut" to call out local barbershops that refused to serve African Americans.

    ‘Operation Haircut’

    On Nov. 24, 1947, students launched “Operation Haircut” to call out local barbershops that refused to serve African Americans. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Nov. 18-24.

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  2. November 11, 2019 Kindergartner leads the Michigan Marching Band in 1949

    A drum minor

    Ann Arbor kindergartner Eugene Waxman debuted as Michigan Marching Band “drum minor” on Nov. 12, 1949, for a game against Indiana. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Nov. 11-17.

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  3. November 4, 2019 Fritz Crisler helps clear snow from the field of Michigan Stadium in 1966.

    Big snow in the Big House

    A freak snowstorm saw Athletic Director Fritz Crisler clearing the Michigan Stadium field on Nov. 4, 1966, before hosting Illinois the next day. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Nov. 4-10.

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  4. October 28, 2019 Professor Burton V. Barnes dressed up for Halloween in 2004 for his midterm exams

    Spooky midterms

    Forestry professor Burton V. Barnes got into the Halloween spirit on Oct. 28, 2004, when he gave his midterm exams some spooky flair. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Oct. 28-Nov. 3.

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  5. October 21, 2019 Photo of the Institute for Social Research's new building construction in 1964

    New building’s foundation

    Concrete was being poured on Oct. 23, 1964, for the Institute for Social Research’s new building. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Oct. 21-27.

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  6. October 14, 2019 Image of War Manpower Mobilization Corps at U-M in 1942

    Mobilizing ‘Minutemen’

    On Oct. 15, 1942, students volunteered for the War Manpower Mobilization Corps, the “Minutemen of the Campus.” Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Oct. 14-20.

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  7. October 7, 2019 Photo of Michigan Stadium electronic scoreboard that debuted in 1930

    First electronic scoreboard

    The Oct. 11, 1930, football game at Michigan Stadium featured a new electronic scoreboard, a first in the nation. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Oct. 7-13.

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  8. September 30, 2019

    North Campus wave

    Maya Lin’s “The Wave Field” sculpture was dedicated Oct. 6, 1995, on North Campus. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Sept. 30-Oct. 6.

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  9. September 23, 2019 Photo of U-M in 1841 when collegiate-level classes first started

    First collegiate-level classes

    The first collegiate-level classes began Sept. 25, 1841, in Ann Arbor, with six students enrolled. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Sept. 23-29.

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  10. September 16, 2019 Photo of the University Library's card catalog system in 1988

    Library debuts system

    The University Library’s $2.6 million card catalog system, MIRLYN, went online Sept. 20, 1988. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Sept. 16-22.

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