Through the Years
August 27, 1799
The first issue of the Dartmouth Gazette, the predecessor to The Dartmouth, is published. The newspaper is edited by Daniel Webster, Class of 1801, for an entire year. John Wheelock, son of Eleazer Wheelock, is president of the College at the time.
The demise of the Gazette leads to the beginning of The Dartmouth Herald. The Herald emphasizes local and College news.
The Dartmouth Herald folds. November of 1839 marks the beginning of The Dartmouth as it is known today.
The editors decide to cease publication of The Dartmouth.
The Dartmouth is resurrected again. Articles cover local and College news, and also target alumni interests.
The Dartmouth goes weekly, becoming the only weekly college newspaper in New England.
The editorial board of The Dartmouth becomes self-selective. Editors are no longer chosen by the outgoing senior class.
May 4, 1914
Fire destroys The Dartmouth's press building at the corner of Main and Allen Street. The Dartmouth temporarily moves into College Hall, currently known as Collis Center.
Ernest Martin Hopkins is inaugurated president of the College. Hopkins will later battle with the editors over news and editorial content in The Dartmouth.
The Dartmouth becomes a daily publication.
June 19, 1943 - March 1945
The lack of students on campus due to World War II efforts causes The Dartmouth cease daily publication. In its place, the Dartmouth Log is published weekly until March 1945, when The Dartmouth resumes normal publication.
April 25, 1935
Through the wee hours of the night, towering flames gut Dartmouth Hall. A headline in The Dartmouth the next morning says the College "denies" arson, based on a report by the College's superintendent. The headline runs contradictory to what many suspect is the work of an arsonist.
April 29, 1953
The rumors of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's visit are confirmed by national news services. The front page headline screams 'Ike Here Commencement.'
January 26, 1965
Malcolm X warns a packed Spaulding auditorium that 1965 will be "the longest, hottest, bloodiest summer." One month later, on February 21, 1965, Malcolm X is assassinated during a Harlem rally.
April 22, 1969
More than 200 anti-ROTC protesters seize Parkhurst, urging administrators to ban ROTC from the College.
November 22, 1971
Trumpeting the most significant change to the College during the 20th century, the six-column, front-page headline of The Dartmouth blares, 'Dartmouth to Admit Women.'
Anne Bagamery '78 becomes the first female editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth. Since Bagamery, there have been nine women who have served in the newspaper's top position. The most recent was Erin Loback '99.
February 9, 1999
College President James Wright and the Board of Trustees circulate an ambiguously worded letter outlining the landmark social and residential life initiative that alludes to the end of the single-sex Greek system at Dartmouth. The next morning, February 10, 1999, the five-column headline in all capitals reads, 'Trustees to end Greek System 'as we know it,' send the campus into a frenzy.