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

125 years ago: Professor James E. Talmage’s (BD 1881) course on physiology and hygiene is the most popular on campus.

100 years ago: Eugene L. Roberts (ND 1916) inaugurates the Timpanogos Hike, an annual tradition that lasted through the early 1970s.

492075 years ago: Bonna Ashby Brinton (BS ’38) is chosen as the university’s first homecoming queen.

50 years ago: The university purchases KLOR-TV (Channel 11) from Beehive Telecasting Corp., changes the call letters to KBYU-TV, and begins broadcasting three years later.Call#: UA P2

25 years ago: The Earth Science Museum opens, showcasing a dinosaur from the late Jurassic period.

10 years ago: After winning the conference tournament, the women’s basketball team makes it to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time.

49225 years ago: John G. Roberts Jr., chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, gives a university forum address on the power and limitations placed on the federal judiciary by the U.S. Constitution.

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