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June 5, 1895
Historian Stephen B. Weeks, an 1886 graduate of the University and recipient of the University's first Ph.D. in English, delivered an address at the centennial celebration of the opening of the University. The topic of his talk was "The University of North Carolina in the Civil War."
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October 26, 1895
According to legend, the first forward pass in intercollegiate football was completed. The pass was thrown by a Tar Heel player in a game against the University of Georgia in Atlanta. The Bulldogs protested the illegal play, but the referee claimed not to have seen the pass. Football legend John Heisman witnessed the play and later led a successful attempt to have the forward pass legalized in 1906.
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