Today in History: Cornell University

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Today in History–October 7–the Library of Congress features Cornell University, which welcomed its first students on this day in 1868.  Funded as a result of the Morrill Act of 1862, Cornell wasted little time in racking up a number of firsts: first university degree in veterinary medicine, first doctorates in electrical  and industrial engineering, first four-year schools of hotel administration and labor relations, first U.S. university publishing house, and first to allow undergraduates to borrow its library’s books. Find out more  by visiting  the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources.

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