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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 21 events are recorded for today.

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  • 1804: OCTOBER 20. The boys blossom out in their "Prep" suits. Asa result, Schweitl e r a m l Woody find it necessary to Oi d e r a consignment of No. 9 caps, Fortunately, this effect is t e m p o r a r y (Illio - 1896)
  • 1854: 88 On October 20, Murray sent Turner his ideas concerning the beginnings of their university. It bore the heading Ii Suggestions for basis of Illinois Industrial university.' He took for a model "Murray to Turner, Februar... (Book - History of the University (Powell))
  • 1854: Ottawa, Oct 20, 1854 J. B. Turner Dear Sir: I have a letter from Dr. Rutherford in which he says you wish to know why my name does not appear as one of the committee from the Sta Agl. Society to cooperate with the "Leagu... (Book - History of the University (Powell))
  • 1854: ...ntinued interest by passing resolutions approving the activity of the industrial league and endorsing its plans. 36 These ' suggestions'' are included in a letter of Murray to Turner, October 20, 1854, Turner manuscripts, Springfield, and printed in the appendix, p. 435. "Tates to Turner, April 14, 1854, Turner manuscripts. Illinois State Agricultural Society, Transactions, 1:182, M HfekJSn ,Acfiv... (Book - History of the University (Powell))
  • 1866: ...s Gazette, Urbana, December 22, 1865. ' T h e report is printed in the appendix, p. 481. "Illinois State Agricultural Society, Transactions, 6:240. "Prairie Fanner, December 23, 1865, October 20, 1866. ,Struggle for Location 1865-1867 228 mittee was then appointed and a letter was sent to each president inviting him to be present at the office of Dr. J. C. Burroughs, president of the University of... (Book - History of the University (Powell))
  • 1898: Died, Oct. 20, 1898, Washington, D. C. T H E UNIVERSITY ANTHEM Written by Dr. GREGORY and sung at the inaugural exercises of the University, March 11, 1868 We hail thee great Fountain of learning and light. There's life... (Dedication - Gregory Hall Cornerstone)
  • 1898: C , October 20,1898, and was buried on the campus of the university of Illinois in the ground just west of the main university building. m GEORGE WASHINGTON ATHERTON George W. Atherton 1837-1906 was elected a member of ... (Book - History of the University (Powell))
  • 1898: ...Chemistry. gi31-2 West Green Street, U. HERBERT JEWETT BARTON, A.M., Professor of the Latin Language and Literature. 406 West Hill Street, C. V. stands for Urbana; C, or Champaign, t Died Oct. 20,1898. II ,12 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS CHARLES MELVILLE MOSS, PH.D., Professor of the Greek Language and Literature. 806 South Mathews Avenue, U. DANIEL KILHAM DODGE, PH.D., Professor of the English Language... (Course Catalog - 1898-1899)
  • 1903: Oct. 20 Six students suspended for hazing (Book - Early History of University (1916))
  • 1905: Oct. 20 Location of Auditorium by Board of Trustees. Dec. Appointment of student advisers from Faculty. Dec. 1 Organization of Western Inter-collegiate Basket Ball League. Dec. 8 Organization of Hawkeye Club by I... (Book - Early History of University (1916))
  • 1907: Oct. 20 First Assembly of the Graduate School (Book - Early History of University (1916))
  • 1912: October 20 Judge Spurgin, in decision in regard to illegal student voting in spring wet and dry elections, ruled Champaign dry; 55 of 80 students examined were illegal voters, his claim being that a student must be ... (Book - Early History of University (1916))
  • 1918: ...by loans the United States 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The First Liberty Loan, June 15, 1917 The Second Liberty Loan, November 15, 1917 The Third Liberty Loan, May 9, 1918 The Fourth Liberty Loan, October 20, 1918 The Victory Loan of April, 1919 FG. H. The use of Loans in England, France, Germany, etc. Principles governing the u e of taxes and loans Characteristics of the policy adopted by the United 8tatee 1.... (War Publications - WWI Compilation 1923 - Article 47)
  • 1919: ...eme northern part of the state, October 12 is the average date for the first killing frost; for the central-northern, October 15; for the central, October 16; for the central-southern, October 20; and for the extreme southern, October 24. However, general killing frosts sometimes occur three weeks earlier than these dates, so that seed-corn week should begin September 15 for northern Illinois, Sep... (War Publications - WWI Compilation 1923 - Article 44)
  • 1922: ...corner was laid out as an arboretum. The advisability of this planting was one of the problems which a committee, consisting of Mrs. Blake, Mrs. Husey, and Mr. Abbott, was appointed on October 20,1922, to consider, but I don't think that committee ever made any report on that project. That area has not as yet been planted, so the question of the arboretum is still one which should be considered by... (Book - 30 Year Master Plan (Tilton & O'Donnell))
  • 1922: In October 20, 1922, the Board had named a Committee to consider the planting around the new Horticulture Building, and on October 27, 923 this same Committee was directed to act as an Advisory Committee on the matter o... (Book - 30 Year Master Plan (Tilton & O'Donnell))
  • 1926: , Oct. 20, 1926, p. 140; Jun 12, 192S, p, 620; Mar. 11, 19. 0, p. 541. 10,000.00 3.OOO.OO Canadc t Articles exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition Min., Dec 5, 1K67, ' s CANNON, JOSEPH G. I'ronz- replic... (Book - Gifts to the University (1867-1930))
  • 1926: , Oct. 20, 1926, p. 148. See also Commonwealth Edison Co. and Utilities Research Commission 'S note, page 14. ,Gifts, 1867-1930 47 PEN . ALT.I R r Pciin in :iu-t switches Min. (Book - Gifts to the University (1867-1930))
  • 1942: On October 20, 1942, Charles R. Knapp, B.S 40, joined the Air Corps at Chanute Field, Illinois. H e is on military leave from his position as assistant in the Law Library of the University of Illinois. Toe Walker Kraus,... (UI Library School Alumni Newsletter - 31)
  • 1944: ...College til September 1. Mr. Wilcox served as 1944-45 u Yitv of N e w x o n c of of the California State Documents Comrr "r Lmrv Association and presented a paper on State U ' tion on October 20, 1944, in Los in of the Class of 1928 Assisting librarian, leachers Froiessionai uurary, r u u a t u y w California. Miss Bond writes T m on call as one of the official information desk directors for the c... (UI Library School Alumni Newsletter - 36)
  • 1944: ...n of the California Library ociation. presented a paper, "What Adjustments Must the College Librarian M c 1 to Meet I'ust-War Demands ' at the first meeting of the section m U Angrles October 20, 1944. He also spoke at the general session of the Association as part of a diicussimi on "Regional Resources Fixed or Mine ,'on 1 tomnt Nrtttf Le r Thelma . Brecn in Champ North Western A at 1009 Withers ... (UI Library School Alumni Newsletter - 36)
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