May 16, 1857: On his only trip to Appleton from his home in Boston, Amos Lawrence wrote home to his wife: “On the whole, I conclude that this is a pretty good monument for you and me, and Uncle Sam [Samuel Appleton.] It will stand in future generations and be blessing the country and the world when we shall have crumbled away. It is a great and good work, and I am glad to have had a hand in it.”
May 17, 1971: The Board of Trustees approved a recommendation by President Thomas Smith to allow floor-by-floor co-ed housing, beginning in Trever Hall.
May 19, 1973: The Fox Valley Renaissance Festival was held on Main Hall green and was considered a great success. The festival involved displays of handcrafts, live music and theatrical performances, a jousting tournament, archery, fencing and "human chess."
May 19, 1997: Maya Angelou delivered a Convocation address in the Memorial Chapel.
May 20, 1976: The Seeley G. Mudd Library was formally dedicated, though it had opened for use the previous spring.