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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


March 13, 1953
University students Carl Kasell and Charles Kuralt stepped up to the microphone for WUNC-FM's inaugural radio broadcast.
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April 24, 1953
The North Carolina Memorial Hospital, the School of Dentistry, and the School of Nursing were formally dedicated during a two-day ceremony. Dr. Frank Porter Graham, former president of the University and then a mediator for the United Nations, gave the dedicatory address in Kenan Stadium.
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May 8, 1953
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) was founded in Greensboro, North Carolina. The seven charter members (University of North Carolina, Clemson University, Duke University, University of Maryland, North Carolina State University, University of South Carolina, and Wake Forest College, now University) had withdrawn from the Southern Conference earlier in the day.
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June 27, 1953
William Chambers Coker died at his home in Chapel Hill. An 1894 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Coker left a career in banking to pursue his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. He came to Chapel Hill in 1902 as professor of botany.
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August 7, 1953
Edgar Wallace Knight, Kenan Professor of Education, died in Chapel Hill. A graduate of Trinity College (now Duke University) and Columbia University, Knight taught at the University from 1919 to 1953.
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September 30, 1953
The Federal Communications Commission awarded the University a permit to operate a non-commercial educational television station on channel 4.
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October 23, 1953
Following the dedication ceremony of a Venable Hall addition, University alumnus Andy Griffith presented his original monologue, "What it was, was football."
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November 14, 1953
University alumnus Andy Griffith’s record, which included “What it was, was football,” appeared on this day. It was a huge hit, selling lots of copies and heavily requested on local radio.
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December 12, 1953
The men's basketball team won its first Atlantic Coast Conference game, defeating the University of South Carolina 82-56.
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