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What was the most historic event that happened while you were at Auburn?

1960

1960 API BECOMES AUBURN UNIVERSITY

“I entered Alabama Polytechnic Institute as a freshman, Fall Qtr. 1958. Halfway through, 1960, API became Auburn University.”

 

John E. Vick BME ’62

 

1967

1967 AUBURN HOLDS A RECORDBREAKING BLOOD DRIVE WITH 4,812 PINTS DONATED IN TWO DAYS

“Auburn University set the world record for pints of blood donated at a university. The drive was prompted by the Vietnam War. I barely made the minimum weight requirement.”

 

Peggy King Cerny ’69

 

“Dean Foy was signing permission forms for students to donate because we were underage.”

 

Jane Killian ’68

1969

1969 NEIL ARMSTRONG BECOMES THE FIRST MAN TO WALK ON THE MOON

Vintage TV with Neil Armstrong on screen

“Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. Watching that on TV was amazing.”

 

Freida Williamson Murphy ‘69

1972

1972 TITLE IX RELAXED RESTRICTIONS ON WOMEN, INCLUDING THE STRICT DRESS CODE

“The changes following the spend-the-night party on Dean Cater’s lawn brought about some amazing changes at Auburn. Thanks to all those progressive ladies who helped make a difference.”

 

Marianne Brunson McLemore ’74

 

“When I started in 1968, women couldn’t wear pants on campus. I got my diploma in 1972, wearing hot pants and a halter top under my gown.”

 

Eugenia Reames Hale ’72

1978

1978 THE KOPPER KETTLE EXPLODED

19780115 Kopper Kettle G817-web

“The Kopper Kettle explosion was the big event while I was at Auburn. I had just woken up and was sitting on the couch in my apartment at Eagles’ West when the whole building moved. I thought a tornado was coming through but I didn’t see anything outside. Found out later that day what had happened. It was very surreal.”

 

Harry M. Abrams ’81

1979

1979 BESSIE THE COW ELECTED MISS AUBURN

Young cow isolated on a white background

“Running on a “Legalize Grass” platform, Bessie the Cow—the Auburn Vet School knew her as No. 18, but her real name was Amelia—not only ran but won the 1979 Miss Auburn election. It was a joke. But there were slogans (“Not Just Another Drop In The Bucket,” “Bessie—She Won’t Steer You Wrong”), there were handouts, there were posters, there were orange T-shirts. And there was national attention.”

 

War Eagle Reader

1984

1984 ROWDY GAINES WINS GOLD

ROWDY GAINES WINS GOLD

“The USA boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics and Rowdy Gaines ‘82 had to wait to ‘84 in LA to win his gold medal.”

 

Jane Trettel Rausch ’80

1986

1986 THE CHALLENGER EXPLOSION

“The most historic event that happened while I was a student at Auburn University was on January 28, 1986, when the space shuttle Challenger exploded in mid-air just 73 seconds after liftoff in its tenth mission.

 

I was a student employee in Foy Union at the information desk and I was working that cold morning in January, answering phones and giving students phone numbers and various bits of information. As I, and my co-workers manned the phones, the big screen television in the lobby was broadcasting the news cast of the liftoff.

 

Suddenly, we heard screams on the television and watched as students came running into the building towards the television as they heard the tragic news. I will never forget that day as we answered phones and watched the horrors unfold on the news.”

 

Ellen Wylie Sims

1987

1987 HAROLD MELTON BECOMES THE FIRST BLACK SGA PRESIDENT

Harold Melton

“Harold Melton became thefirst black SGA President.”

 

Landon Thomas ’89

1989

1989 THE IRON BOWL WAS PLAYED AT JORDAN-HARE STATDIUM FOR THE FIRST TIME. AUBURN WON 30-20.

1989 AU_UA Scoreboard-web

“Somebody offered me $1,000 for my student ticket. I said NO!”

 

Kurstan Fox ’93

2001

2001 THE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 ATTACK ON AMERICA

“Found out about it in a Great Books class in Haley Center. When I walked out of class, the halls were chaotic with people trying to reach loved ones and figure out what was going on. I went home and we watched the news non-stop for the next few days.”

 

Christi Martin McCullough ’03