Daily Five: New London History, Irish Night, John Harvard

Five things to know for March 13

1. Another mild day, with a high temperature of 48 degrees; nicer skies as well, with sun and a few clouds. The overnight low falls to the freezing point. Sunrise is 7:03 a.m., sunset is 6:53 p.m.

2. Municipal historian Sally Ryan’s lecture series on New London’s past continues today at the Public Library of New London. Call ahead to register and show up at 1 p.m. to learn more about the days of yesteryear on the Thames.

3. The Elks Lodge holds their Irish Night with a corned beef and cabbage dinner running from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s $8 for adults and $4 for children, and takeout is available if you’re in a rush.

4. Check out some of the events coming up today through Tuesday with This Week in New London, a partnership with New London Main Street. This posts at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.

5. Harvard College officially got its name today in 1639. The Massachusetts school was named for clergyman John Harvard. Prior to this decision, the campus was known simply as New School.

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Carrie Kent March 13, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Yes, and the reason John Harvard's name as used was in part because he left half of his money, and all of his books. It was considered a huge library at the time (no more than about 200 books.) It has grown, of course, to over 16 million. File this under facts that few people have any reason to know!


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