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

years ago: Karl G. Maeser is appointed general superintendent
of Church education on July 9, 1888, and continues to serve as principal of Brigham Young Academy.5170

years ago: The graduating class of 1913 commissions a fountain to be placed in front of the Academy Building.

years ago: Philo T. Farnsworth (’27) establishes the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corp. in Fort Wayne, Ind.Call#: UA P2

years ago: Construction
begins on five new residence halls — later named Deseret Towers — north of Heritage Halls.

years ago: In the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea,
19 BYU students and alumni compete in events ranging from track and field to Greco-Roman wrestling.

years ago: BYU basketball star Travis M. Hansen (’04) is picked by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the NBA Draft.

years ago: The Education in Zion exhibit opens in the gallery of the Joseph F. Smith Building on Aug. 18, 2008.

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