Michigan State University is a public university in East Lansing,
Michigan. As the first agricultural college in the United States, it
served as a model for future Land Grant colleges under the 1862
Morrill Act. Well known for its academic programs in education and
agriculture, MSU pioneered the studies of packaging and music therapy.
MSU has the premier hospitality school in the United States, and the
study abroad program is the largest of any single-campus university in
the nation, offering more than 200 programs in more than 60 countries
on all continents including Antarctica. Following the introduction of
the Morrill Act, the college became co-educational and expanded its
curriculum beyond agriculture. After World War II, the number of
students tripled as the institution became a major university. Today,
MSU is the nation's sixth-largest university by enrollment. As a
research university, MSU is one of 60 members of the Association of
American Universities. MSU's Division I sports teams are nicknamed the
Spartans. They compete in the Big Ten Conference in all sports except
ice hockey, which is part of the Central Collegiate Hockey
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Jan III Sobieski, elected by the szlachta, became the King of the
War of the Pacific: Two Peruvian ironclads attempted to lift the
blockade of Iquique by Chilean battleships in the Battle of Iquique.
The Manchester Ship Canal was officially opened, linking the city of
Manchester to the Irish Sea.
Aboard the Spirit of St. Louis, Charles Lindbergh completed the first
solo non-stop transatlantic flight.
Former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a
female suicide bomber.
Wikiquote of the day:
"A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which
is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser today than he was
yesterday." -- Alexander Pope