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1960

— Forest Service Station completed.
1960 Forest Service Station

— Nonviolent protests against segregation spread widely in the South. 


1961

— Construction of Surbeck Center begins.

— First computer installed on campus.
1961 First Computer


1962

— Mineral Industries Building completed.
1962 MI Building

— Master’s degrees authorized in civil engineering and paleontology. 

(February) John Glenn, Jr. is the first American to orbit the earth. 

(July) Telstar communications satellite beams Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert from Mt. Rushmore. 

(October) Cuban missile crisis. 


1963

(October 24) Surbeck Center dedication.
1963 Surbeck Center Dedication

(November 22)  President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, Texas.


1964

— U.S. begins covert military operations against North Vietnam.


1965

(July 1) Harvey Fraser becomes first School of Mines dean of engineering.


1966

— Graduate programs established in mechanical engineering and meteorology.

— Thirteenth President: Dr. Harvey Fraser, 1966-75.

1966 President Fraser


1967

— Ph.D. programs authorized for electrical engineering, geology, geological engineering, and physics.

— All-weather track completed.
1967 Track Complete  


1968

— Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy assassinated.


1969

(March 12) Astronaut Frank Borman receives first School of Mines honorary doctor of engineering degree.
1969 Borman and Fraser

(July 16)  Apollo II landed on the moon.

(September 5)  Palmerton Hall completed; dedicated.



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