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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


January 19, 1918
Paul Frederick Sharp, who served as chancellor from 1964 to 1966, was born in Kirksville, Maryland.
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January 22, 1918
The Board of Trustees adopted President Edward Kidder Graham's recommendations concerning the selection of Kenan Professorships. The first five Kenan Professors named were: Dr. Francis P. Venable, Kenan Professor of Chemistry; Dr. H. V. Wilson, Kenan Professor of Zoology; Dr. Edwin Greenlaw, Kenan Professor of English; Dr. William MacNider, Kenan Professor of Pharmacology; and William Cain; Kenan Professor of Mathematics.
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March 16, 1918
Davie Poplar Jr., which came from a Davie Poplar shoot, was planted on this day. Davie Jr. was a gift of the Class of 1918. Davie Poplar III, a descendant of the original Davie Poplar, was planted on October 12, 1993, in celebration of the University’s bicentennial.
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October 9, 1918
The University purchased Stephen Beauregard Weeks's collection of North Caroliniana. The 9,000 or so books and pamphlets formed the nucleus of the University's North Carolina Collection. Weeks graduated from the University in 1886, and in 1888 he received the first Ph.D. ever given by the Department of English.
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October 26, 1918
Edward Kidder Graham died of influenza in Chapel Hill. An 1898 graduate of the University, he served as president from 1914 to 1918. The Graham Memorial Building on campus is named for him.
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October 31, 1918
The Board of Trustees appointed Marvin Hendrix Stacy as chairman of the faculty, replacing President Edward Kidder Graham, who died of influenza.
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November 11, 1918
Following the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, World War I ended at 11:00 a.m. During the conflict, the mobilization effort transformed the campus and the University into a military training ground, but with peace declared, the Student Army Corps began to demobilize during the first few weeks of December.
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