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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


May 12, 1877
Marvin Hendrix Stacy was born in Rutherford College, North Carolina. After President Edward Kidder Graham died of influenza in 1918, Stacy was appointed as faculty chairman, serving until he also died of influenza on January 21, 1919.
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June 7, 1877
Zebulon Baird Vance, who served as governor of North Carolina from 1862 to 1865 and 1877 to 1879 and as a United States senator from 1879 to his death in 1894, delivered the University's commencement address at Gerrard Hall. The title of his speech was the "Life and Character of Hon. David L. Swain, Late President of the University of North Carolina."
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June 7, 1877
The first Mangum Medal for oratory was awarded to Frank M. Fremont for his speech on “Foreign Immigration.”
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July 17, 1877
Archibald Henderson was born at Lombardy, his grandfather's home in Salisbury, North Carolina. He graduated from the University in 1898 and later served as a professor of mathematics there. In 1920, he was named as head of the University's Math Department. He also wrote several historical works and biographies of George Bernard Shaw.
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October 12, 1877
The University held its first University Day celebration, honoring the laying of Old East's cornerstone in 1793.
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