Timeline 1950-2001

 
EVENTS IN
NORTHWESTERN HISTORY


1950
Sargent Hall completed.
Computer Center opens and features a newly purchased 650 IBM mainframe computer.
1951
Northwestern's football team appears on television for the first time.

1952
Shepard Hall completed.

1955
Kresge Centennial hall and Bobb and McCulloch Halls built.

1956
Warren Beatty appears in Waa-Mu Show.
Garry Marshall graduates from Medill and becomes a TV and movie producer.

1957
The Rock first painted by Daily Northwestern staffers.

1958
The forerunner of Northwestern's TriQuarterly literary journal is started by English professor Edward Hungerford.

1959
Elder Hall completed.
1960
Allison Hall built.
Ann Margret performs in Waa-Mu Show.
Jerry Reinsdorf graduates from the School of Law.

1961

Searle Student Health Center opens.

1962
Richard Gephardt graduates from the School of Speech and later becomes a Congressman.

1963
Jacquelyn Mayer becomes Northwestern's first Miss America.

1964
Alice Millar Chapel completed.

1965
Vogelback Computing Center opens.
Chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) founded at Northwestern.

1966
Northwestern University Medical Center organized from seven hospitals affiliated with the University. Professor Myron L. Bender supervises the first known synthesis of a fully-functioning enzyme.

1968
Rebecca Crown Center built.
Black students occupy University business offices to protest for improvement in the racial climate on campus.


1969

Graduate School of Management formed and undergraduate School of Business discontinued. Associated Student Government formed out of the Student Senate.

Shelley Long appears in Waa-Mu Show.



1970
University Library and Engelhart Hall built. From May 6 to 13, campus is shut down in protest of the Kent State shootings - the longest it has ever been closed.


1971
University's affirmative action program established.


1972

Norris University Center, Francis Searle Building, Foster-Walker Complex completed.

Wesley Memorial Hospital and Passavant Hospital merge to form Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

First five residential colleges established.



1974

Blomquist Recreation Center built. Football stadium gets artificial turf.

Patrick Quinn named first University archivist.



1975

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall completed.

First Dance Marathon.



1979

Women's Basketball team wins its first Big Ten title.



1980
Mary and Leigh Block Gallery opens.
Women's Basketball team wins their second Big Ten title.

1982
Football team's 32-game losing streak ends.


1985
Arnold Weber becomes University president.


1987

Jennifer D. Averill named the nation's outstanding hockey player.

Northwestern University/Evanston Research Park begins operation.

Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Aquatics Center open.

1988

 

1989
The Rock is moved 30 feet to the east as part of a beautification project in the plaza between Harris Hall and University Hall
Penn State joins the Big Ten
1990

Sorority and fraternity run moved from new student week to the Winter quarter.
1991
Wrestler Mike Funk becomes Northwestern's first 4-time All-American.

1992

Leon Forrest, professor of African American studies and English published Divine Days.

Charles Deering McCormick donates $10 million to establish endowed professorships that recognize outstanding teachers.

1993
Garry Wills wins the Pulitzer Prize for his book Lincoln at Gettysburg.
NUNet computer network installed.
1995

Henry Bienen becomes University President. Northwestern ranks third in the nation in football, wins Big Ten, and loses to the University of Southern California in Rose Bowl.

1996
Princess Diana visits Northwestern.

1997
Football stadium restored to natural grass surface.

1998
Professor John Pople is awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
2000
May 31st, Northwestern commemorates the founder's first meeting by dedicating a historical marker at the corner of Clark and Lake streets in Chicago's loop.