The University of California, Riverside is a public research university and one of the 10
general campuses of the University of California system. The main campus is in Riverside,
California, with a branch campus in Palm Desert. Founded in 1907 as the UC Citrus
Experiment Station, UCR's undergraduate College of Letters and Science opened in 1954.
The Regents of the University of California declared UCR a general campus of the system in
1959, and graduate students were admitted in 1961. To accommodate an enrollment of
21,000 students by 2015, more than $730 million has been invested in new construction
projects since 1999. Plans are underway to open a medical school—California's newest
one in 40 years—by 2012. The Washington Monthly ranked UCR 15th in the United States in
terms of social mobility, research achievement and community service, while US News and
World Report ranked UCR's undergraduate program 89th in the nation based on peer
assessment, student selectivity, financial resources, and other factors. UCR's
extensive outreach and retention programs have contributed to its reputation as a
"campus of choice" for minority students, including LGBT students. UCR's
sports teams are known as the Highlanders and play in the Big West Conference of the
National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Mikhail I was elected unanimously by the Zemsky Sobor to become Tsar, beginning the
Romanov dynasty in Imperial Russia.
Built by Cornish inventor Richard Trevithick, the first self-propelled steam engine or
locomotive first ran in Wales.
The Communist Manifesto by communist theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels was first
published, becoming one of the world's most influential political tracts.
Protesters in Dhaka, East Pakistan walked into military crossfire demanding the
establishment of the Bengali language as an official language.
British artist Gerald Holtom designed a logo for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament that
became more commonly known as the peace symbol (pictured).
Black nationalist Malcolm X was assassinated while giving a speech in New York City's
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Performed out of routine and with little care
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people
fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.
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