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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


February 28, 1931
Dean Smith was born in Emporia, Kansas. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Smith played for legendary coach Phog Allen and participated on the Kansas team that won the 1952 NCAA basketball championship. He coached the University's men's basketball team from 1961 to 1997.
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March 13, 1931
Irish poet George William Russell [pseudo. A. E.] spoke at the University.
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March 27, 1931
The North Carolina General Assembly passed a bill to form the Consolidated University of North Carolina, which consisted of the University of North Carolina (at Chapel Hill), North Carolina State College in Raleigh, and Women's College (at Greensboro). Chapel Hill's Frank Porter Graham became the president of the three-campus system, and Robert Burton House was named as dean of administration at Chapel Hill.
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April 29, 1931
Edwin Anderson Alderman died in Pennsylvania. An 1882 graduate of the University, Alderman served as president from 1896 to 1900, resigning to accept the presidency of Tulane University. In 1904, he was named as the first president of the University of Virginia.
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September 10, 1931
Edwin Greenlaw, former Kenan Professor of English, died in Chapel Hill. One of the first five Kenan Professors at the University, he also served as head of the English Department, editor of Studies in Philology, and dean of the Graduate School. He left the University to accept the Sir William Osler Professorship of English Literature at Johns Hopkins University in 1925. Greenlaw Hall on the campus of the University was named for him in 1970.
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October 12, 1931
The new Memorial Hall was dedicated. Governor O. Max Gardner and Board of Trustees member John Sprunt Hill spoke at the event.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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November 26, 1931
The Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower was dedicated and rung for the first time.
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