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100 years ago

The Alpine Entertainers were the opening Lyceum number for the semester, and the Temple Quartet performed in March. … The Denton Furniture Co., on the west side of the square, was advertised in the 1907 Yucca as headquarters for “furniture of all kinds, window shades, blinds and curtains, carpets, matting and rugs, pianos, organs, sheet music, talking machines and records, pictures and picture frames; undertaking supplies and embalming a specialty.”


75 years ago

’Fessor Floyd Graham held the first tryouts for his 25-piece ensemble. … Alumnus Guinn Williams Jr., son of a U.S. senator, was featured in the 1932 film The Great Meadow, based on a best-selling book about Kentucky pioneers. … Japanese author, novelist, scholar, orator and politician Yusuke Tsurumi visited North Texas to speak on “Japan on the Crossroads.” …German, French, English and American gas masks and helmets from World War I were displayed in the university’s museum, laid side by side so students could compare them. A wooden shoe from Holland was also donated to the university museum; it was made of Yew wood and brought to the U.S. during World War I.


50 years ago

A campus survey of students’ music preferences was conducted; one student responded that music “is a definite psychological force” that contributes to one’s moods, efficiency and morale. … North Texas offered free polio shots to students. … Lt. Gen. Roger M. Ramey, retired commander of the Air Defense Guard, was guest of honor at the annual Air Force ROTC ball. … Students mourned the sudden passing of English professor Mary Sweet, and several days later a carillon concert was held in her honor. She had been on staff for 42 years, since 1915. … Double Pulitzer Prize-winning theater director Eddie Dowling visited North Texas to lecture on his success in show business. … North Texas’ 39-member A Cappella Choir, faculty members and ’Fessor Graham were stranded in a blizzard in the Texas Panhandle.


25 years ago

Voters rejected a proposal to allow Denton nightclubs a 2 a.m. curfew. … The university announced plans to build an $8 million Science Research Building. … Alfred F. Hurley accepted the president/chancellor position after a five-month search to replace Frank Vandiver. … A doctoral degree in computer science was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. … A group to counsel people with bulimia was formed by the Counseling and Testing Center. … First Lady Nancy Reagan donated one of 13 evening gowns to the Texas Fashion Collection. … North Texas developed a policy against sexual harassment in cooperation with new Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidelines. … The Board of Regents announced North Texas would enter the Southland Conference.


10 years ago

A January snowstorm closed down classes. … The Harlem Globetrotters visited campus. … The university’s announcement that Maple Hall would open its floors to male students beginning in the fall semester of 1998 created controversy. … An injured eagle rescued after a storm was nursed back to health and re-released into the wild with contributions from UNT students, alumni and organizations. … The 50th anniversary of Bruce Hall was celebrated with numerous programs and concerts. … The Office of Disability Accommodation celebrated its 25th anniversary. … Construction began on the UNT food court in the University Union.



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