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125 years ago: Brigham Young Academy fields its first athletics program, a men’s baseball team. 

William H. King
After serving on the Utah Supreme Court in the late 1890s, BYA graduate and democrat William H. King was elected to the U.S. House of  Representatives before later serving four terms as a U.S. senator, from 1917 to 1941. Photo Courtesy L. Tom Perry Special Collections MS 1995 1.

100 years ago: William H. King (1881), a former U.S. congressman and an alum of Brigham Young Academy, is elected to the U.S. Senate. He would represent Utah for 24 years and spend much of that time alongside fellow senator and alum Reed Smoot (1880). 

75 years ago: The Alumni Association creates the Emeritus Club to honor graduates of more than 50 years. Richard R. Lyman (1891), the founder, becomes its first president.

50 years ago: President Ernest L. Wilkinson (BA ’21) takes steps to require bishops of potential students to report on applicants’ church activity and attitude, a precursor to the modern ecclesiastical endorsement.

25 years ago: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints purchases the BYU Motion Picture Studio, renaming it the LDS Motion Picture Studio. 

10 years ago: The Princeton Review declares BYU the best value among private colleges and universities.

5 years ago: Basketball point guard Jimmer T. Fredette (’11) is named the consensus men’s national player of the year and receives the 2011 Best Male College Athlete ESPY Award.

Web: Read more about BYU’s history on the University Archives blog at

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