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1940

— U.S. peacetime conscription begins.


1941

(December 7) Attack on Pearl Harbor.

(December 8) U.S. enters WWII.


1942

— Construction for O’Harra Memorial Building completed.
1942 OHarra Building

— Mines establishes degree program in physics.


1943

(February) School’s name changed to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

— Degree programs offered in chemistry and geological engineering.

— Campus used for Army Specialized Training Program; Prep Building becomes barracks and students found being a student could be back-breaking work.
1943 Army Training   1943 Army-Student

— Christmas music provided by “Strictly G-Ive.”
1943 Christmas Music


1944

— Degree program established in mechanical engineering.


1945

— End of WWII.

(August 6 and 8)  Atomic bombs dropped on Japan.


1946

— Program of study established in computer science.

— Cooperative Ph.D. program in meteorology established.

— South Dakota Mining and Mineral Resources Research Institute established.


1947

— Connolly Hall completed.
1947 Connolly Hall

(September)  Earl Dake appointed acting School of Mines president, 1947-48, and again from 1953-54.
1947 Acting President Dake


1948

(July 15)  Warren Wilson assumes School of Mines presidency.
1948 President W Wilson

(June 3)  First blast at Crazy Horse Memorial.


1949

(August 24)  North Atlantic Treaty Organization created.



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