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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


January 27, 1961
William D. Carmichael died in Chapel Hill. He served in a variety of university administrative positions, including vice-president and former controller of the Greater University of North Carolina and acting-president of the University.
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February 18, 1961
Guitarist and singer Chuck Berry and vocalist Nina Simone performed at the Winter German in Memorial Hall.
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February 27, 1961
The University’s Board of Trustees agreed to name the newly constructed School of Pharmacy building after John Grover Beard, former dean of the school from 1931 to 1946.
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July 29, 1961
University benefactor John Sprunt Hill died. He graduated from the University in 1889, and throughout his life he donated large portions of his time and resources to it. Hill built the Carolina Inn in 1924 and donated it to the University in 1935, stipulating that portions of the profit go to support the library's North Carolina Collection.
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October 12, 1961
President John F. Kennedy spoke at the University Day ceremony in Kenan Memorial Stadium. During the speech, Kennedy stated that "North Carolina has long been identified with enlightened and progressive leaders and people, and I can think of no more important reason for that reputation than this University, which year after year has sent educated men and women who have had a recognition of their public responsibility as well as in private interests."
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December 2, 1961
The men's basketball team defeated the University of Virginia 80-46, giving Dean Smith a win in his head coaching debut.
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