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


January 3, 1869
After the death of former president David Lowry Swain, the University reopened under Reverend Solomon Pool. One student showed up for the new year but left after no others came. After a few days, however, other students did arrive on campus.
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March 17, 1869
University benefactor John Sprunt Hill was born near Faison, North Carolina. He graduated from the University in 1889, and throughout his life he donated large portions of his time and resources to it. Hill built the Carolina Inn in 1924 and donated it to the University in 1935, stipulating that portions of the profit go to support the library's North Carolina Collection.
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