Timeline 1900-1949

 
EVENTS IN
NORTHWESTERN HISTORY


1900
Student dismissed for marrying while still an undergraduate.
Women's grass hockey team organized. Northwestern has third highest student enrollment in the nation.

1901
Men's basketball introduced at Northwestern.

1902
The Rock, originally a drinking fountain, given as a gift of the class of 1902.

1903
President Theodore Roosevelt visits campus.
Northwestern wins the first of seven Big Ten football championships.

1905
Football banned for five years due to violence.

1907
Football ban rescinded.

1908
Illinois Supreme Court decision removes tax threat to University property. Original Patten Gym built where Tech now stands. School of Commerce opens.

1909
Swift Hall of Engineering erected.
College of Engineering opens.
1911
Homecoming inaugurated as a regular fall event.
Green caps are compulsory for freshmen.

1912

Kenneth Huszagh is first Northwestern athlete to participate in the Olympics.
"Go, U Northwestern," written by Northwestern University Marching Band member Theodore Van Etten, premieres in season's final football game.

1914
North Quads completed with seven fraternities and four residence halls.
First university student council formed.

1915
Harris Hall completed. Political science department organized.

1916
Northwestern Nights held by alumni clubs around the country. First candle lighting ceremony to commemorate the January 28 anniversary of the establishment of the Northwestern University charter.

1917
Northwestern Medical Corps formed.
Northwestern men and women serve in various capacities in WWI: 250 students sign up for active service; 800 women mobilized in National Aid and Red Cross work; a total of 3,606 went to war, and 65 died.
Pharmacy school transferred to the University of Illinois.
Fisk Hall given over to the College of Arts and Sciences (later Weinberg College).

1920
Purchase of site for Chicago campus authorized. $25.3 million fundraising campaign launched, with $1.5 million designated for Chicago campus.
Walter Dill Scott becomes first non-Methodist University president.

1921
Medill School of Journalism established.
General alumni association created out of groups from the individual schools.
Cumnock School of Oratory becomes the School of Speech.

1922
Northwestern University Press established.

1923
Mrs. Montgomery Ward makes donation of more than $8 million to build the Montgomery Ward Memorial Building as the University's medical and dental center in downtown Chicago.
It is the first academic building in the United States to be a skyscraper.

1924
Wildcats becomes name for athletic team.

1925
School of Commerce and economics department expand with the addition of the Institute for Research in Land Economics and Public Utilities.

1926
Dyche Stadium completed with capacity of 47,000 seats.
School of Education established. Women's Quads dedicated with 2 residential halls and 14 sororities.
Navy ROTC established on campus.
Theater department organized in the School of Speech.
School of Commerce moves into Wieboldt Hall in Chicago.

1928
Evening division for adult education opens on Chicago campus. Western Episcopal Seminary buildings erected.

1929
First Waa-Mu Show. Northwestern Associates formed by 57 leading Chicagoans to foster University interests among leading citizens.

1931
Locy annex to Fisk Hall built.
National High School Institute founded.

1932
Deering Library opens.
Merger of Northwestern and the University of Chicago proposed - and dismissed.

1933
Western Episcopal Seminary merges with Seabury Seminary.
Creation of University College.
Development office established. Professor Vladimir Ipatieff develops the modern theory of chemical catalysis, the basis of the modern U.S. petrochemical industry.

1937
Saul Bellow graduates from Northwestern.

1939
Franklyn Snyder becomes University president.
The first-ever NCAA Men's Basketball Championship held at Northwestern in Patten Gymnasium.

1940
First Selective Service registration undertaken; 1,500 students register.
Student Interracial Commission formed as a reaction to housing problems on campus because of the administration's belief that it was unfeasible to house black and white students together.
Scott Hall in Evanston and Abbott Hall in Chicago open.

1941
Lutkin Hall opens.
Benny Goodman plays at the Junior Prom.
Wildcats win the first NCAA Men's Fencing Championship.

1942
Technological Institute completed.

1943
John Evans Alumni Center opens.
Army Civil Affairs Training School inaugurated at Northwestern.
The Chicago School of Domestic Arts and Sciences turns over its assets to Northwestern to endow a curriculum in the field of home administration.

1944
Future Pro Football Hall of Famer Otto Graham graduates.

1945
Northwestern loses more than 300 in World War II.

1946
Quonset huts constructed to house Northwestern students returning from WWII.

1947
Charlotte Rae appears in Waa-Mu Show.

1948
Northwestern defeats California 20-14 in the Rose Bowl.
WNUR begins broadcasting.
Program of African Studies established by Professor Melville Herskovits.

1949
J. Roscoe Miller named University president.
First computer installed on campus in an unused room of the Dearborn Observatory