This Month in NC State History (October) Timeline
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First classes held
The first classes are held at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Fifty-two students, at the minimum age of 14, attend. Tuition was $20 a session. Students could select from two basic curricula: agriculture and mechanics.
Student Government established
Gymnacrobatic Club founded
The Gymnacrobatic Club is founded, hoping to put on "startling exhibitions" such as walking on telephone lines.
First telephone installed
Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company installs the first telephone exchange at State College.
New cafeteria opens
The new cafeteria opens (in the old Pullen Hall), allowing students to receive a month of meals for $25.
D. H. Hill Library opens in what is now Brooks Hall
The original D.H. Hill Library in what is now Brooks Hall was built by Hobart Brown Upjohn and named for Daniel Harvey Hill, Professor of English when NC State first opened.
Marching band wears red and white
The marching band begins wearing red and white uniforms when performing at athletic events.
Freshman Cap punishment
The Court of Customs sentences a freshman football player, whom the Technician refers to as “Comiskey,” to wear a dress for every day he has not worn his freshman cap. Comiskey claims he lost his cap and didn’t have enough money to buy another one.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt visits
Presidential candidate Franklin Delano Roosevelt makes a campaign stop in Raleigh; State College suspends classes for the day so that students may attend the speech, with the band performing at the event.
Riddick Field Concrete Stands
State College ties the University of Florida, 0-0, in the first football game held at Riddick Field with its new concrete stands. The field was named for Wallace Carl Riddick.
Honor system abolished
A faculty vote officially abolishes the honor system at State College; teachers will now have to remain in the classroom during all quizzes and exams.
Bell Tower grant
The Memorial Bell Tower construction project receives a $37,000 Works Progress Administration grant.
New electronic scoreboard in Riddick Stadium
A new electric scoreboard and time clock are used at Riddick Stadium for the first time during a game against the University of Georgia. The scoreboard and clock were a donation from the News & Observer.
First female Mechanical Engineering student
Katharine Stinson, personal friend of Amelia Earhart, is the first woman to enroll in Mechanical Engineering.
Free Homecoming tickets
The Raleigh Junior Chamber of Commerce distributes free tickets to State's Homecoming football game against Furman by releasing balloons with instructions for the finders on how to claim their free tickets.
NC State's 50th Anniversary
State College celebrates its 50th anniversary; President Franklin Roosevelt sends a message of congratulations to the college; the City of Raleigh declares it to be "State College Day"; Dean of Students E. L. Cloyd leads an academic procession to Pullen Hall for the college’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Scrap metal drive
Students gather over 150,000 pounds of scrap metal in 3 hours for the war effort; a banner over the collection pile reads "To Hitler & Co. from NC State College."
Engineering fellowships for women
Eighteen young women win a fellowship of $1,425 from Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, which will employ them as engineering aides after they complete a 48-week course offered by State College.
WNCS broadcast schedule increases
Campus radio station WNCS begins broadcasting campus-wide Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 PM and 11:30 PM.
Trip to Wake Forest football game
State College secures a "victory train" to take 6,000 students to go to the football game against Wake Forest (in Winston-Salem); train tickets are $0.65 and tickets to the game are $1.00.
New intramurals announced
Four new intramural sports to begin NC State: football, volleyball, boxing, and tennis.
Beauty Section added to Agromeck
The Agromeck announces it is adding a Beauty Section to "offer the average Joe College a chance to show his beauty-getting ability." Men are asked to send in snapshots of their girlfriends to be judged, and the top 10 will appear in the yearbook.
President Truman visits
President Truman reviews techniques of State College ROTC cadets during a parade.
UNC System presidential inauguration
In a ceremony at NC State, Gordon Gray is inaugurated as the second president of the UNC System; the new president vows to not tolerate Communism among faculty members.
First televised football game
A State College football game is televised for the first time; the team takes on the University of Maryland in the contest.
Harrelson becomes head of University Archives
Former Chancellor John Harrelson begins an appointment as the head of the University Archives collection at D.H. Hill Library.
The Extension Division of NC State College begins offering a night class in Elementary Russian.
Hurricane Hazel destroys the cupola on Becton Hall and the roof of the press box at Riddick Stadium.
Matthews Medal established
A newly-established scholarship and student award will honor the first student enrolled at State, W.J. Matthews, and be henceforth known as the Matthews Medal.
Kingston Trio performs
The Kingston Trio performs at Reynolds Coliseum.
John Dos Passos visits
Novelist John Dos Passos, author of Manhattan Transfer and the U.S.A. trilogy, gives a lecture at the College Union.
First analog computer installed
The School of Engineering installs the first half of an analog computer system on campus - a PACE computer, manufactured by Electronics Associates.
New computer arrives on campus
A computer created by professors from NC State and built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at a cost of $50,000 has arrived on campus. The computer, named Lincy, greeted professors with the message, "I want to be here," and will be used in experiments to measure the distance between heart beats, blood pressure, and brain waves.
Stan Getz performs
Jazz saxophonist Stan Getz performs at Reynolds Coliseum.
Football game broadcast in Reynolds Coliseum
For the first time ever, an NC State football game is shown in Reynolds Coliseum via closed-circuit television.
Campus Pride Week
Campus Pride Week is created in an effort to urge students to walk on the sidewalks through campus and not on the grass. Some students, however, are caught ignoring these efforts put forth by the Student Government.
"Lady Bird Special" Whistle-stop Tour
President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson are accompanied by UNC System President William Friday at a Democratic presidential campaign rally held in Reynolds Coliseum. More than 14,000 attend the rally, with hundreds more outside. The rally was part of Mrs. Johnson’s whistle-stop tour through the South on the "Lady Bird Special."
President Lyndon Johnson campaign speech
President Lyndon Johnson made a campaign speech before an audience of 13,000 people in Reynolds Coliseum. The president warned that a victory for opponent Barry Goldwater would mean cuts in farm programs.
London Symphony performs
The London Symphony performs on campus as a part of the Friends of the College concert series. The orchestra received a standing ovation after their performance, playing music from Stravinsky, Vaughn, Mozart, and Brahms.
First game in Carter Stadium
Carter Stadium opens as the football team takes on South Carolina; the stadium is dedicated during a halftime ceremony.
Live wolf mascot
Student government sold 25-cent shares to purchase a timber wolf, which was shown during the first game played at what became Carter-Finley Stadium. The animal howled, making it popular, but it was later discovered to be a coyote.
The 1967 Freshman Football team finishes the season with a perfect 5-0 record.
70 NC State students take 70 children from the Governor Morehead School and Garner Road School (both schools for the blind) trick-or-treating, and then to the YMCA for hot chocolate afterward. For many of these children, this is their first-ever chance to participate in Halloween traditions.
NC State responds to a call for campus protests nationwide, as a "moratorium" against the Vietnam War. A faculty-student committee organizes a Vietnam Symposium, with Chancellor John Caldwell as keynote speaker and several faculty members talking on the impact of the war.
Ralph Nader visits
Ralph Nader addresses over 800 people about the formation of a North Carolina Research Group (NC-PIRG) in the Union Ballroom.
Dedication of D.H. Hill Library North Tower
The original eleven-story bookstack tower (now the North Tower) of the D. H. Hill Library is dedicated. With the addition, the bookstacks are opened to all users (previously, the library had had closed bookstacks).
Cleveland Orchestra performance
The Cleveland Orchestra opens up the Friends of the College program at the Reynolds Colliseum with a performance in front of 21,000 people.
New football record
NC State quarterback Bruce Shaw passes for 294 yards against Wake Forest, breaking the team's previous record for single-game passing yardage.
An auction is held on campus selling off men to the service of women for one day, and raising $175 for the Morehead School of the Blind.
The controversial film "Birth of a Nation" is shown in Stewart Theatre.
North Carolina Award for Science
Dr. Ellis Brevier Cowling is awarded the North Carolina Award for Science.
Lili Kraus performance
Hungarian pianist Lili Kraus performs on campus.
An International Fair is held in the Student Center, exposing students to cultures and customs from around the world.
President Bill Clinton visits
Presidential candidate Bill Clinton addressed 600 people in Stewart Theatre. He announced his support for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).