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Looking Back

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

125 years ago: President Wilford Woodruff establishes the Church Board of Education, which oversees the establishment of more than 30 academies between 1888 and 1891.

5013100 years ago: Apostle Heber J. Grant speaks on the power of influence in a crowded Maeser Memorial Building assembly hall.

75 years ago: Eddie R. Kimball (BS ’26), BYU’s head football and basketball coach and athletic director in 1938, is named the Mountain States Conference Coach of the Year.

50 years ago: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Carousel is performed on campus.

25 years ago: President Jeffrey R. Holland (BS ’65, MA ’66) teaches an Honors Book of Mormon course.

10 years ago: BYU’s oldest student, 91-year-old C. Laird Snelgrove (BA ’02), manager of Snelgrove’s Ice Cream, graduates with a degree in Spanish.

50145 years ago: BYU is ranked 14th in the nation for the happiest students and highest quality of life by the Princeton Review.

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