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This Day in the History of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

November 1, 1931
Student barbers shaved, revived, and dressed a slowly sobering William Faulkner, sending him on his way to speak and read from his works to Phillips Russell’s English class meeting near Davie Poplar.
November 11, 1931
During a ceremony at Kenan Memorial Stadium, the University celebrated the inauguration of Frank Porter Graham as president. Graham served in this office until 1932, when he was named president of the Consolidated University of North Carolina. In 1949, he was appointed by Governor Kerr Scott to fill an unexpired term in the United States Senate.
November 19, 1931
Invited by playwright Paul Green and sociologist Guy B. Johnson, African-American poet Langston Hughes spoke and read from some of his works at Gerrard Hall. Police were present to discourage efforts to disrupt the event. For more information, see Hughes's description of of his visit, "Color at Chapel Hill" in "The Langston Hughes Reader" (1958).
November 26, 1931
The Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower was dedicated and rung for the first time.