U.S. and World Events

    Entries drawn from the college history timeline

Tue., Oct. 10, 1854

Elections were held in Pennsylvania, and Whig candidate Lemuel Todd was elected to the House of Representatives for District 16.  Dickinson student Horatio C. King, Class of 1858, reported on Oct. 10, "Election day in Pennsylvania.  Much excitement in town. ... It is rumored that Todd is elected...

Event Type: U.S. and World Events
Wed., Oct. 21, 1914

Class of 1893 Alumni Clyde B. Furst was caught in between the two vast armies fighting the First World War in Europe. Along with his wife and two sons he managed to arrive in Holland after being detained, and successfully boarded a ship bound for New York City.

Event Type: U.S. and World Events
Wed., Nov. 4, 1914

Consul General Wood addressed students on the topic of his job as United States Ambassador to Abyssinia.

Event Type: Lectures and Symposia, U.S. and World Events
Wed., Nov. 25, 1914

Carlyle Earp (class of 1914) hosted German sailors of the North German Llyod Liners company who were stranded in Baltimore due to the outbreak of war in Europe. His extensive knowledge of German gained at Dickinson helped him to teach the sailors English.

Event Type: U.S. and World Events
Sat., Apr. 29, 1916

Dr. Jacob Sargis, a fugitive from the Ottoman Empire, gave a lecture to students on the horrible atrocities being committed by the Ottomans against the Armenian population. Dr. Sargis was an American Methodist missionary. In what would later be known as the Armenian Genocide...

Event Type: Lectures and Symposia, U.S. and World Events
Thu., Apr. 5, 1917

After a meeting, Dickinson students wrote and sent a petition to Washington D.C. that asked the US Army to send a drillmaster to Dickinson.

Event Type: Student Social Life, U.S. and World Events
Fri., Apr, 6, 1917

Training of students began on campus. Students of the senior class started to prepare for officers examinations under the watchful eye of Lt. Rippey T. Shearer (Class of 1914) and Hays McLaughlin of Company G, the local National Guard unit.

Event Type: Dickinson Firsts, Protest and Conflict, U.S. and World Events
Thu., May 10, 1917

President James Morgan outlined the wartime situation that faced Dickinson on this date. Issues included seniors preparing for wartime service, as well as credit transfer for those taking preparatory classes for commissions in the military.

Event Type: U.S. and World Events
Thu., Oct, 4, 1917

Mandatory military drill begins for students at the start of the 1917-18 school year. Counting as a gym credit, students must drill with instructor, Mr. Robert W. Irving, at least twice a week.

Event Type: Dickinson Firsts, U.S. and World Events
Fri., Oct. 8, 1920

The Cox-Roosevelt Club, a democratic club, is formed on campus. The main topics of debate were the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles. The members endorsed the candidacy of Governor James M. Cox and Franklin Delano Roosevelt for the presidential election of 1920.

Event Type: Community Events, U.S. and World Events
Fri., Dec. 4, 1931

Five Dickinson students and two faculty advisors represented Germany at a model disarmament conference held at Bucknell University from December 4th to December 6th.  The conference was modeled after one planned to be held at Geneva in February.  The students agreed on a total abolition of...

Event Type: U.S. and World Events
Tue., Dec. 8, 1931

Professor C. R. W. Thomas addressed the Belles Lettres Society on Tuesday, December 8th, at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house.  He argued that Germany and the U.S. were equally nationalistic in different ways and that "the present Hitlerite movement" in Germany, which he did not support, was...

Event Type: Lectures and Symposia, U.S. and World Events
Wed., Jan. 6, 1932

Sponsored by the German Club, James Morgan Read, '29, addressed faculty, students, and townspeople in the YMCA room of Old West.  He compared the cultural interests of German and American students, arguing that the two groups should know more about each other's activities.  He also spoke of the...

Event Type: Lectures and Symposia, U.S. and World Events
Thu., Jan. 14, 1932

An International Relations Club held its first meeting on January 14, 1932.  The purpose of the club was to study world politics, the League of Nations, and other problems of international scope.  The Carnegie Foundation helped create the club.

Event Type: Dickinson Firsts, Student Social Life, U.S. and World Events
Thu., Oct. 27, 1932

On October 27, 1932, The Dickinsonian published the results of a poll it had conducted among the students concerning their choice for the U.S. presidency.  Of 218 votes cast, 152 were for Hoover, 38 were for Roosevelt, and 27 were for Thomas, the socialist candidate.  The...

Event Type: U.S. and World Events
Wed., Oct. 16, 1940

The specially-formed Dickinson College Registration Board held a draft registration event in the McCauley Room on Wednesday, October 16, 1940.  The event was held to help the students and faculty of the College comply with the recently-passed Burke-Wadsworth Selective Service Bill.  Ninety-two...

Event Type: U.S. and World Events
Mon., Dec. 2, 1940

A committee of students directed by James Steele began a fundraising drive as part of the Christmas Seal Campaign, a national fundraiser for charities fighting tuberculosis.  The committee aimed to sell 25 special Christmas Seal Campaign stamps featuring singing children to each student on...

Event Type: U.S. and World Events
Tue., Mar. 11, 1941

The Dickinson College Religious Association began a drive to raise funds for food for war-weary residents of England and unoccupied France.  The Association asked every student to donate one penny per meal eaten for the extent of the drive.  The money was to be given to the Friends Service Fund...

Event Type: Community Events, U.S. and World Events
Tue., Oct. 03, 1950

Mr. L. E. Tsao discussed China’s position post-World World II and the Korean War. Tsao served as a United Nations Secretariat, editor of an economic magazine, a humanitarian, and the President of University of Peiping. He discussed that America could not be separated from Asia due to war that...

Event Type: Lectures and Symposia, U.S. and World Events
Wed., Dec. 6, 1950

One of the student delegates that attended the conference, Moorad Mooradian, described the accomplishments of the Second West Point Conference on United States Affairs at the Military Academy. The conference was sponsored by the Academy at West Point and the Carnegie foundation. According to...

Event Type: Lectures and Symposia, Student Social Life, U.S. and World Events
Thu., Dec. 5, 1963

Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson spoke at the Fourteenth Student Conference on United States Affairs, which was held at West Point from December 5 to December 8. Two Dickinson students, Jim Gauntt and Glenn Wilcox, attended in the conference and regarded Acheson's speech as the highlight...

Event Type: U.S. and World Events
Thu., Apr. 4, 1968

Both faculty and students reacted strongly to the news of Reverend Martin Luther King's assassination on April fourth, 1968, expressing sorrow, dismay, shame and fear.

Dickinson College President Howard Lane Rubendall expressed sympathy for King's family said April fourth would remain a "...

Event Type: U.S. and World Events
Fri., Apr. 4, 1969

Dickinson students and faculty hold a silent vigil called "Turn from Death to Life" as part of a nationwide time of observance as part of Easter and Passover weekend.  It was also held in honor of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the first anniversary of his death.

Event Type: Death and Remembrance, U.S. and World Events
Thu., Apr. 22, 1971

Student Senate and the Department of Political Science hosted a visit to campus by three people involved in the Harrisburg Six trials: Thomas Davidson, William Davidon, and Leonard Weinglass.  The three spoke in the Dining Hall about their predicament as "victims of justice".

Event Type: Lectures and Symposia, U.S. and World Events
Fri., Feb. 8, 1980

Students marched in front of Denny Hall in a eight hour demonstration against President Jimmy Carter's proposed restart of the Selective Service System.  The students chose Denny because it was the campus headquarters for the Reserve Officers' Training Corps and the military science department...

Event Type: Protest and Conflict, U.S. and World Events


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