Cornell University is a private research university located in
New York. The youngest member of the Ivy League, Cornell was founded
in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White as a coeducational,
nonsectarian institution where admission was offered irrespective of
religion or race. Conceived shortly after the American Civil War in
the midst of the Industrial Revolution, its founders intended that
new university would teach and make contributions in all fields of
knowledge — from the classics to the sciences and from the
to the applied. The university is organized into seven undergraduate
colleges and seven graduate divisions, each defining its own academic
programs in near autonomy. From a new residential college housing
system to its 2001 founding of a medical college in Qatar, Cornell
claims "to serve society by educating the leaders of tomorrow and
extending the frontiers of knowledge." Cornell counts more than
240,000 living alumni and 40 Nobel laureates have been affiliated
the university as faculty or students. Research is a central element
of the university's mission; Cornell spent $561.3 million on research
and development in a diverse group of fields during the July 2004 to
June 2005 fiscal year.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Papal Schism: Unhappy with Pope Urban VI, a group of cardinals elected
a rival papacy in Antipope Clement VII, throwing the Roman Catholic
Church into a turmoil.
The Crimean War began with a Franco-British victory over Russian
forces in the Battle of Alma.
The Bersaglieri entered Rome, ending the temporal power of the Pope
and completing the unification of Italy.
The ocean liner RMS Mauretania, the largest and fastest ship in the
world at the time, was launched in Newcastle, England.
Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in straight sets before 30,492
spectators at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas in an internationally
televised tennis match dubbed the "Battle of the Sexes".
Wikiquote of the day:
"We control fifty percent of a relationship. We influence one
percent of it." -- Joyce Brothers