Class of 1958 Was 'Ablest in the History of Harvard,' Report Says

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1946 Crimson

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

February 1, 1922: Seismograph Records Tremor

An unusually heavy earthquake shock was recorded yesterday morning by the Seismograph Station at the University. The vibrations began shortly after 8:24, and at about 8:40 became so violent that the needles which record them went off the drum on which the record them is made and put the seismograph temporarily out of commission. A rough computation by Professor J. B. Woodworth '94 makes the distance of the earthquakes about 4470 kilometres from Cambridge, or about 2778 miles.

January 30, 1942: President Conant Receives War Letter from England

President James B. Conant received a war message from the borough of Southwark, London, the home of John Harvard, yesterday, welcoming the United States as an ally and declaring that the "fight for freedom and liberty will soon be victorious."

When President Conant visited England last year on a special scientific mission, he was received by the Mayor and Council of Southwark, and invested with the Freedom of the Borough. The Mayor and Town Clerk of the Borough attended the Tercentenary celebration here in 1936.

January 30, 1945: Race Hatreds Hit by Embree

Claiming that the "white man is offered his last chance at the peace table of the world," Edwin R. Embree, President of the Julius Rosenwald Fund, told last night's joint forum audience at Radcliffe's Agassiz Theatre that "he will not get it if he insists upon the present phantasma-goria of caste and complete superiority over all the colored races."

"The first world war was the partial suicide for the western nations," Embree declared. "This war is the beginning of a new era," he concluded, in stressing the numerical superiority of the world's colored peoples and the need for better understanding between different racial groups.

February 2, 1955: Admissions Report Deplores Drop in Award Acceptance

The annual report of the Admissions Office yesterday confirmed President Pusey's belief that the College has been unaffected by adverse publicity.

But the report goes on to express serious concern over the number of exceptionally promising candidates who refuse Harvard scholarships to attend other institutions.

The report, made by Dean Bender to Dean Bundy, further issues figures to challenge President Pusey's recent message to the Overseers that the interest in the humanities is declining. On the basis of polls taken among the Class of 1958 at the time of admissions, Bender notes a decided upswing of interest in the humanities.

January 29, 1975: A 'Disenchanted' Leontief To Leave Harvard for NYU

Nobel laureate Wassily W. Leontief, Lee Professor of Economics, will leave Harvard at the end of the academic year to take a post as professor of Economics at New York University and work on developing a new Research Institute of Applied Economics.

Leontief, who won the 1973 Nobel Prize for Economics for his work on input-output analysis, last night cited a "lack of moral support" for his work and a general disenchantment with Harvard's Economics Department as the reasons for his move.

—Compiled by Rebecca D. Robbins and Amy L. Weiss-Meyer