January 28, 2020

This Week in U-M History

  1. January 27, 2020 On Jan. 27, 1967, U-M alumnus and Apollo 1 astronaut Edward H. White was one of three astronauts killed in a launch pad fire.

    A tragic loss

    On Jan. 27, 1967, U-M alumnus and Apollo 1 astronaut Edward H. White was one of three astronauts killed in a launch pad fire. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Jan. 27 and Feb. 2.

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  2. January 20, 2020 On Jan. 21, 1931, students staged the comedy "Rebound" at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.

    On the ‘Rebound’

    On Jan. 21, 1931, students staged the comedy “Rebound” at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Jan. 20-26.

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  3. January 13, 2020 Photo of the Michigan Daily in 1952 announcing expansion of U-M to the north

    Heading north

    On Jan. 17, 1952, U-M leaders unveiled plans for a 267-acre “overflow” campus north of the Huron River. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Jan. 13-19.

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  4. December 9, 2019 Yoko Ono and John Lennon perform in 1971 during a "Free John Now" rally at Crisler Arena

    ‘Free John Now’

    On Dec. 10, 1971, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Stevie Wonder headlined a “Free John Now” rally at Crisler Arena in support of jailed activist John Sinclair. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Dec. 9-15.

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  5. November 25, 2019 Tom Harmon became U-M's first Heisman Trophy winner Nov. 27, 1940.

    Heisman for Harmon

    Halfback Tom Harmon became the first U-M player to win the Heisman Trophy when he won the award Nov. 27, 1940. Read about some of the other things that happened in U-M history during the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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