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Today in the History of the University of Illinois

Welcome to the new "Today in the History of the University of Illinois" feature! This is an extremely experimental project to build a database of major events in the University's history, currently totaling more than 500,000. The current database below was compiled using software programs that identified all dates in the pages on this site and in its more than 70,000 pages of digitized historical material. Since all dates were 100% automatically identified, there may be errors, and many date references may refer to routine events. This is a work in progress, please contact University Archives with comments, questions, recommendations, etc. A total of 20 events are recorded for today.

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  • 1878: 1 On December 8, 1878, the Board did not select an official set of University colors. But by October of 1879, the Illini reported that the previous month had seen Silver and Cardinal chosen as the University colors. By 18... (University Colors)

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  • 1852: ...l not approve of the proposition of filling the Convention with the enemies of the proposed University, Its friends would be simple, indeed, were they to permit it. "Illinois Journal, December 8, 1852. ,42 u History University of lllinoi With- regard to the plan submitted by Professor Turner to the Granville Convention, it is but fair and just to say that that convention called upon him for a perf... (Book - History of the University (Powell))
  • 1852: ...ment of the industrial league, which was devised and suggested by Mr. Murray, was most important for the work the Illinois men were endeavoring to carry forward. It "Illinois Journal, December 8, 1852. ,14 History University of Illinoi was soon to bo a power in moving the public mind toward the ends desired by the friends of industrial education.8 Among the leaders taking part in the third convent... (Book - History of the University (Powell))
  • 1853: ...he charge of "new fangled notions ' and "visionary schemes,'' and held the attention of his audience for nearly two hours. At the close of the address the following "Turner to Murray, December 8, 1853, Murray manuscripts. "Turner to Murray, December 24, 1853, Murray manuscripts. ,68 History University of Illinois resolution was passed unanimously: "Resolved, that the system of education proposed f... (Book - History of the University (Powell))
  • 1891: ..., D. C Last Convention of the Fraternity held in Washington, D. C , 1892 88 ,f v - - W v i I a. V .w i V . v ,Hlpba amma Cbapter fcappn igma 0 4 Founded at the University of Illinois, December 8, 1891. A pratres IQ Urbe Frank M. Gulick, B. L. pratres ir Upiuersitate Seniors. Seeley Gulick Frank D. Arms, Walter B. Riley, Daniel C. Morrissey, Frank H. Cornell. jf union. George H. Atherton, Birch D. ... (Illio - 1895)
  • 1896: ...cast the future, than there is now of the lack of imagination on the part of the first builders of the University ' ,CHAPTER XV T H E CHICAGO DEPARTMENTS T H E COLLEGE OF MEDICINE A N December 8, 1896, a committee of which James E. - Armstrong was chairman, recommended to the Board of Trustees that the College of Physicians and Surgeons, in Chicago, be absorbed by the University. This recommendati... (Book - 30 Year Master Plan (Tilton & O'Donnell))
  • 1903: ...e reputation of the College, probably the most important event in this later period was the establishment of the Engineering Experiment Station which was authorized by the Trustees on December 8, 1903. It was the first research organization of its kind in any college in this country and has served as a model for the many which have since been established elsewhere. The chief credit for th concepti... (Dedication - Talbot Lab)
  • 1903: ...rch and to experimentation in engineering problems, this research to be carried out by the regular departments. The recommendations of Dr. Draper were adopted by the Board of Trustees December 8, 1903, and the Engineering Experiment Station thus came into being. Throughout this time the leadership of Professor Breckenridge was an influential factor in the consummation of the whole project. From th... (Dedication - Talbot Lab)
  • 1903: ...t the first session and remained thruout the entire course. THE ENGINEERING EXPERIMENT STATION The Engineering Experiment Station was established by action of the Board of Trustees on December 8, 1903, in connection with the College of Engineering. The purpose of the Station is to carry on investigations along various lines of engineering, and to make studies of problems of importance to professio... (Book - 16 Years (Edmund James))
  • 1903: On December 8,1903, had been established the first experiment station connected with an engineering college in the country, under the direction of the faculty; and it in particular was beginning an important work. The ... (Book - History of the University (Nevins))
  • 1903: ...ulletins to be published by t h e Engineering Experiment Station of the University of Illinois. The Engineering Experiment Station was established by action of t h e Board of Trustees December 8, 1903. It is t h e purpose of t h e Station to carry on investigations along various lines of engineering, and to study problems of importance to professional engineers and to the manufacturing, railway, m... (Book - First Years of Engineering Experiment Station (1906))
  • 1903: ...DIRECTOR OF THE E N G I N E E R I N G E X P E R I M E N T STATION. The Engineering Experiment Station of the University of Illinois was established by action of the Board of Trustees, December 8, 1903. I t is the purpose of the station to carry on investigations along various lines of engineering, and to make studies of problems of importance to professional engineers, and to the manufacturing, mi... (Book - First Years of Engineering Experiment Station (1906))
  • 1903: ...NT STATION T HE Engineering Experiment Station of the University of Illinois is an organization within the College of Engineering. It was created by an act of the Board of Trustees on December 8, 1903, to stimulate and to elevate engineering education and to investigate problemsof special importance to professional engineers and to the manufacturing, railway, mining and other industrial interests ... (Book - Pictorial Guide to College of Engineering (1919))
  • 1903: ... would finally locate on the campus of the University of Illinois. The Engineering Experiment Station of the University of Illinois was established by action of the Board of Trustees, December 8, 1903, in connection with the College of Engineering. There were two influences which led to its establishment; first, a demand from the industrial interests of the State for scientific experimentation rel... (Booklet - Engineering Experiment Station and Industry (1909))
  • 1905: ...appointment as architect of the Auditorium, and embodying his ideas for the development of the whole campus in reference to the Auditorium. The plan was first sent to President James, December 8, 1905. The buildings existing at the time the plan was made are shown darker than the proposed buildings. The most significant feature of this plan and the one which has been most far-reaching in its influ... (Book - 30 Year Master Plan (Tilton & O'Donnell))
  • 1905: December 8, 1905: The more I study the layout for the grounds which I showed you when I was at Champaign in September, the less I like it. The south campus as it exists now is really too small for the Auditorium, and... (Book - 30 Year Master Plan (Tilton & O'Donnell))
  • 1910: December 8 Illinois won the debates witl Iowa and Wisconsin (Book - Early History of University (1916))
  • 1916: December 8 Council Tefusec student petition to extend holiday recess. Col. Nathan McChesney, member of Amer ican Bar Association, addressed law students. Illinois lost debate to Iowa. Decern ber 11 Junior Prom. Dece... (Book - Early History of University (1916))
  • 1945: ...is the former Ruth Graham, M.S.'38. Bernard L. Koy, TVA Technical librarian, was elected president of the 1 East Tennessee Library Club which was organized at a meeting at Knoxyille on December 8. The Club has been active in publicizing and otherwise furthering a state-wide regional library pr ram for Tennessee. o I I I I 1 Mary it R' best venous ohi Membe An asista Tl way inicl Bulle Dakc as D I ... (UI Library School Alumni Newsletter - 36)
  • 1970: ..., the administration, the facu.ty and student P S 2 5 P , " i " plan was adopted in principle by the Board of Regents at its meeting in Juty WO us original Long Range Development Plan December 8, 1970 professed that ;, , emphasis upon the relationship which should exist between the university's intell P major activities and its physical space. In this regard the plan stated the following: academic... (UIS History 1969-1995 (Sangamon State Univ))
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