By J. Gordon Daines III (BA ’97), University Archivist.

125 years ago: Karl G. Maeser compares Brigham Young Academy to a banyan tree, with its graduates helping to establish educational institutions throughout the Church.

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100 years ago: Helen Keller visits BYU on a lecture tour.

75 years ago: Amanda Knight Hall opens as a residence facility for female students. 

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50 years ago: Earl C. Crockett serves as acting president of the university while Ernest L. Wilkinson (BA ’21) runs for the U.S. Senate.

25 years ago: BYU professors publish an article in Science confirming the presence of an embryo in a dinosaur egg fossil owned by the university.

10 years ago: Basketball star Tina Gunn Robison (BS ’80) becomes the first woman to have her jersey retired by the university. Screen Shot 2014-04-30 at 11.52.09 AM

5 years ago: Law professor W. Cole Durham wins the 2009 International First Freedom Award for his defense of religious liberty.

Web: Read more about BYU’s history on the University Archives blog at lib.byu.edu/sites/byuhistory.