List of Timeline Events

1841
A Baptist University for Texas
William Tryon, R.E.B. Baylor and James Huckins lead an education society founded at a meeting of the Union Baptist Association with the goal of establishing a Baptist university in Texas.Read More
1841
The Next Step
Delegates to the Union Baptist Association accept the suggestion of Reverend Milton Tryon and District Judge R.E.B. Baylor to establish a Baptist university in Texas.
1844
The Petition
The Texas Baptist Education Society petitions the Congress of the Republic of Texas for a charter for a Baptist university.
Feb. 1, 1845
Chartered
Anson Jones, president of the Republic of Texas, signs Baylor University's charter, and later that year trustees select Independence as the location for the University.Elsewhere in 1845: The U.S. annexes Texas as the 28th state.
1846
Heart and Soul
Baylor leaders include chapel as part of the Baylor educational experience to nurture the heart and soul.Read More
1846
Henry Lee Graves
Trustees select Henry Lee Graves as Baylor's first president.Read More
May 18, 1846
The First Professor
Henry Gillette teaches the first class with 24 students.
1847
Cost of Attendance
A Baylor education cost $8-$15 per term for tuition.
1849
First to Teach Law
R.E.B. Baylor and Abner S. Lipscomb of the Texas Supreme Court begin teaching classes in the "science of law," making Baylor the first in Texas and the second university west of the Mississippi to teach law.Elsewhere in 1849: Waco Village is established.
1851
Establishing a Heritage
Baylor's motto, "Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana (For Church, For Texas)," is adopted by University Trustees.Read More
1851
Rufus Burleson
Baylor elects Rufus Columbus Burleson, age 27, as its second president. Burleson expands the curriculum, increases library holdings, organizes literary societies and erects several new buildings.Read More
1854
The First Degree
Stephen Decatur Rowe earns the first degree awarded by Baylor.Elsewhere in 1854: Rufus Burleson baptizes Sam Houston on Rocky Creek two miles outside Independence. When told his sins were washed away, Houston reportedly replied, "pity the fish downstream."
1855
A Future Partner
Trinity River Baptist Association starts Trinity River Male High School, which later becomes Waco Classical School and eventually Waco University.
1855
The First Female Graduate
Mary Gentry Kavanaugh is Baylor's first female graduate.
1857
Law Department
Baylor establishes the Law Department and appoints Texas Supreme Court Justice Royal T. Wheeler to head the school.Read More
1858
The First Law Graduates
Thirteen students become Baylor's first law department graduates.
Jun. 27, 1861
First Ties to Waco
President Rufus Burleson resigns from Baylor and moves with the male faculty to Waco, where he becomes president of Waco Classical School.Elsewhere in 1861: The Civil War begins with the firing on Fort Sumter.
Jul. 17, 1861
George Washington Baines
Baylor chooses George Washington Baines as its third president. He keeps the school afloat despite health problems and the Civil War.Read More
1864
William Carey Crane
Baylor, with an enrollment of 15 students, inaugurates William Carey Crane. In spite of the population shifts and economic and social changes of Reconstruction, Crane manages to attract students and keep the University solvent.Read More
1866
Baylor Female College
Baylor Female Department separates from Baylor University and accepts charter as Baylor Female College (later named the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor).
1869
Staying at Independence
The Baptist State Convention votes to keep Baylor at Independence.Elsewhere in 1869: Considered the greatest technological feat of the 19th Century, the first trans-continental railroad line is completed, connecting America coast-to-coast.
1874
Growth
Eighty students enroll at Baylor.
1881
Pioneers in Student Journalism
The Baylor Aegis student newspaper is first published.
1882
New Caretakers of Waco University
The Baptist General Association assumes control of Waco University, which stood on a lot bordered by Clay Avenue, Webster Avenue, and 5th and 6th streets — the current location of First Baptist Waco.
1885
Reddin Andrews Jr.
Baylor names Reddin Andrews Jr. as its fifth president. He is the first native Texan and first Baylor alumnus to become president.Read MoreElsewhere in 1885: Waco pharmacist Charles Alderton creates Dr Pepper.
1886
Baptist General Convention of Texas
The Baptist General Association of Texas and the Baptist State Convention (under whose control Baylor had been operating since 1848) combine to form the Baptist General Convention of Texas.Elsewhere in 1886: The first State Fair of Texas is held at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.
1886
Baylor Female College to Belton
Baylor Female College (now the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor) moves to Belton, Texas.
1886
Relocation to Waco
Baylor University and Waco University consolidate, rechartering as Baylor University in Waco. Rufus Burleson is named president of the consolidated universities, making him the only Baylor president to hold the position twice (both the second and sixth presidencies of the university).
1887
Main Building
Main Building, Baylor University's first Waco building project, is completed.Read More
1888
Dedicated to Female Education and Piety
Georgia Burleson Hall, the first women's dormitory on the Waco campus, is completed. The inscription on the cornerstone reads, "Erected 1887 and dedicated to female education and piety."Read MoreElsewhere in 1888: The Texas Capital Building is completed.
1888
Military Education
Military programs start at Baylor.
1893
A Publication for Students and Alumni
The Baylor Literary follows the Baylor Aegis as the monthly publication for students and alumni.
1893
Baylor University Museum
Baylor University Museum, a precursor to the Strecker Museum (and now part of the Mayborn Museum), is founded.
1897
Green and Gold
A student on the committee to select Baylor's colors looks out a train window at the wild spring dandelions and remarks that the wild yellow and green flowers make a "lovely combination." Based upon the committee's recommendation, the green and gold combination is adopted by the student body.Read MoreElsewhere in 1897: British physicist J.J. Thomson discovers the electron, thus finding the first subatomic particle.
Aug. 13, 1899
Oscar Henry Cooper
Baylor elects Oscar Henry Cooper as its sixth president. He enhances the University's reputation and acquires funds for construction projects.Read More
1900
Carroll Gift
F. L. Carroll gives Baylor $75,000 for a new library and chapel; his son, George W. Carroll, matches the gift for a new science building. The campus expands to form a quadrangle bounded by Georgia Burleson Hall, Main Building, Carroll Chapel and Library, and Carroll Science.Elsewhere in 1900: The Galveston hurricane, then the deadliest natural disaster in U.S. history, makes landfall.
1900
Varsity Lariat
The campus newspaper, Varsity Lariat, begins publication.Elsewhere in 1900: German physicist Max Planck discovered quantum physics, initiating a revolution in natural science and philosophy. He is regarded as the founder of quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.
1901
Carroll Field
In use since 1899, a gift from Lee Carroll makes possible the addition of grandstand, fence, and track.Elsewhere in 1901: Oil is struck at Spindletop salt dome in Beaumont, Texas, setting off the Texas oil boom and marking a turning point for Texas and the United States.
1902
Round Up
The first issue of the Baylor Round Up yearbook is published.
1902
Samuel Palmer Brooks
Trustees choose Samuel Palmer Brooks as Baylor's seventh president. Under his tenure, enrollment and academic programs grew substantially, and he is instrumental in forming the Baylor College of Medicine.Read MoreElsewhere in 1902: Michigan and Stanford play in the first "Tournament East-West Football Game," which later becomes known as the Rose Bowl.
1903
Carroll Chapel
F. L. Carroll Chapel and Library is completed.Elsewhere in 1903: The first World Series is played. The Boston Americans prevailed over the Pittsburgh Pirates five games to three.
1903
Carroll Science
George W. Carroll Science Hall is completed.Read MoreElsewhere in 1903: Orville and Wilbur Wright make the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight in Kitty Hawk, NC.
1909
The School of Nursing
The Baylor School of Nursing is established as a diploma program within the Texas Baptist Memorial Sanitarium in Dallas, Texas, the predecessor of Baylor University Medical Center. The school would later become the Louise Herrington School of Nursing.
Nov. 24, 1909
First Homecoming
Baylor alumni return to campus to "renew former associations and friendships, and catch the Baylor spirit again." Festivities were held over two days and culminated with a 6-3 Baylor victory over Texas Christian in the first Homecoming football game.Read MoreElsewhere in 1909: The U.S. Navy battle fleet, dubbed the Great White Fleet, completes a circumnavigation of the globe by order of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Sep. 30, 1911
Booker T. Washington Visits Campus
African-American leader, and founding president of the Tuskegee Institute, Booker T. Washington gives lecture at Baylor. Officials canceled campus meetings to make it easier for students and faculty to attend.
1913
Flood
A disastrous flood reaches 5th Street on the Baylor campus.Elsewhere in 1913: Neils Bohr formulates the first cohesive model of the atomic nucleus.
1914
Mascot
The Bear is adopted as the University's "Patron Saint of all Baylordom."Elsewhere in 1914: The Panama Canal is completed, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and revolutionizing maritime trade.
1914
Southwestern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baylor becomes a charter member of the Southwestern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference later renamed the Southwest Conference in 1925.Elsewhere in 1914: Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo, triggering World War I.
1915
Rice vs. Baylor
The Southwest Conference begins competition with a basketball game between Rice and Baylor.Elsewhere in 1915: German physicist Albert Einstein publishes the General Theory of Relativity, providing a unified description of gravity as a geometric property of space and time.
1917
A Baylor Bear
Baylor University receives its first bear mascot, Ted, a gift from the soldiers of Camp MacArthur in Waco.Read More
1917
Slime Caps
The tradition of freshmen wearing a green felt cap with their graduation year begins. In 1919 the student government passes a provision to its constitution requiring students to wear caps for 30 days.Read More
1919
Fine Arts
The College of Fine Arts is organized.
1919
School of Education
The School of Education is founded
1919
The Academy Grows
Baylor's College of Arts and Sciences is founded.
1920
B-A-Y-L-O-R!
First yell leaders elected by the Baylor student body. Female leaders were later allowed in 1968.Read More
1920
Baptist Student Union
The Baylor Baptist Student Union is organized. They continue operating out of the Bobo Spiritual Life Center, which was dedicated in 1982 as the Zachariah and Elizabeth Bobo Baptist Student Union Building.
Apr. 20, 1920
Former President Taft Visits Baylor
President William Howard Taft visits Baylor as part of the Baylor Diamond Jubilee celebration.
1921
Brooks Hall
Brooks Hall, the first men's dormitory on the Baylor campus, is completed.
1921
School of Music
The College of Fine Arts is reorganized to become the School of Music.
1922
Champions
Baylor wins its first undisputed Southwest Conference football title.
Feb. 11, 1922
Preserving Knowledge
As fire guts the Carroll Chapel and Library Building, heroic students risk their lives to save thousands of books and documents.
1923
School of Commerce and Business Administration
Baylor's School of Commerce and Business Administration is founded.Elsewhere in 1923: Texas Governor and eventual Baylor President Pat Neff creates the State Parks Board.
1923
The Texas Collection
Dr. Kenneth Hazen Aynesworth gives the first donation for what will become known as The Texas Collection.
Nov. 26, 1926
NoZe Brotherhood
The NoZe Brotherhood (originally Nose Brothers) is founded as "just a fun-loving bunch of boys."
1927
Ring Out
The first "Ring Out" is held with the passing of the ivy chain from senior women to juniors women. Men begin participating in 1946.Read MoreElsewhere in 1927: Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 60 home runs in a season.
Jan. 22, 1927
Immortal Ten
Ten Baylor students, including 8 basketball players, die after a train hits their bus in Round Rock, Texas, en route to a game in Austin against the University of Texas. Each year these "Immortal Ten" are remembered during Homecoming at the Freshman Mass Meeting.Read MoreElsewhere in 1927: Charles Lindbergh, piloting the Spirit of St. Louis, makes the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
1929
The Golden Wave
The Baylor marching band is dubbed the "Golden Wave" when a Lubbock reporter comments that the band's new golden uniforms made the band seem to be sweeping across the land like a Golden Wave!Read MoreElsewhere in 1929: "Black Tuesday" signals the beginning of the Great Depression on October 29.
1930
Memorial Hall
Memorial Residence Hall is formally dedicated. The Baylor Lariat at the time calls it the "South's Finest Dormitory."Elsewhere in 1930: Mahatma Gandhi undertakes the Dandi Salt March, a more-than-200-mile march from Ahmedabad to Dandi, Gujarat, to make salt himself in protest to British salt taxes on India.
May 27, 1930
Waco Hall
Waco Hall, a jointly funded project between Baylor and the community of Waco, is completed. The city of Waco helped fund the project in response to a proposal from the BGCT to relocate the university to Dallas.
1931
That Good Old Baylor Line
Enid Markham rewrites the lyrics of "That Good Old Baylor Line," as she found the original lyrics were neither dignified enough nor representative of the total University. The song — with Markham's lyrics — is embraced by the University as Baylor's school song.Read More
May 14, 1931
Samuel Palmer Brooks Passes
President Samuel Palmer Brooks dies in office shortly after signing diplomas. Before his passing, he penned his remarks to the Class of 1931. Those words are recognized by the Baylor family as Brooks' "Immortal Message."
1932
Pat Neff
Baylor inaugurates Pat Morris Neff, an 1894 Baylor graduate and Texas' 28th governor, as its eighth president. He brings Baylor out of debt and increases enrollment to 4,000.Read More
May 11, 1932
All University Day
The first All University Day, now known as "Diadeloso" or "The Day of the Bear," is held as a way to "bring smiles to the faces of students" by giving them a break from classes.Read More
1934
Homecoming Princess
The student body selects Junior Elaine Cross of Gatesville as the first homecoming princess.
1938
Rena Marrs McLean Gym
Rena Marrs McLean Gym is completed.
1939
3,059
Baylor enrollment crosses 3,000 students making it the world's largest Baptist university.
1939
Pat Neff Hall
Pat Neff Hall, the modern-day location of the Baylor President's office, is completed.Read MoreElsewhere in 1939: Development of the San Antonio Riverwalk begins.
Feb. 1, 1939
Judge Baylor Statue
President Neff presided over the unveiling of the statue of University namesake R. E. B. Baylor during ceremonies on February 1, 1939.Read MoreElsewhere in 1939: Nazi Germany invades Poland starting World War II.
1940
Alexander Hall
Alexander Hall is completed.Read More
1940
Fight Song
"Bear Down You Bears of Old Baylor U" is selected as the Baylor Fight Song.Read More
1941
Baylor Wings Club
With more than 4,000 Baylor men and women serving in the armed services during World War II, the Baylor Wings Club helps to maintain contact between Baylorites serving in the war and creates memorial lamp posts to the 125 who died in service of their country.Read More
Aug. 9, 1943
Gallantry in Action
A survivor of the Immortal Ten bus crash, Army Air Force colonel and Baylor alumnus John Riley Kane is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor "for conspicuous gallantry in action and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." Colonel Kane provided heroic leadership in the August 1, 1943, bombing of the vitally important enemy target of the Ploesti oil refineries.Read More
May 30, 1946
Unwavering Devotion to Duty
On Memorial Day 1946, Marine Corps First Lieutenant and Baylor alumnus Jack Lummus is awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his brave leadership in the U.S. attack on Iwo Jima in March 1945. After receiving a mortal wound from a land mine, Lt. Lummus urged his platoon on, until he was carried off to an aid station. Read More
1947
Graduate School
Baylor officially establishes the Graduate School after awarding graduate degrees since 1894.
1947
Kokernot Hall
Kokernot Hall is completed.Elsewhere in 1947: Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier making his major league debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1947
Student Union Building
The Union Building opens. Over the years, it's been referred to by many names, including The U.B., SUB, and the Bill Daniel Student Center.Read More
Mar. 6, 1947
President Truman Visits Baylor
Harry Truman was the first sitting U.S. President to visit Baylor. He was awarded an honorary degree.Elsewhere in 1947: The first Billy Graham Crusade is held. Six thousand people attend at the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Oct. 18, 1947
Old Fight
Baylor students Dick Baker, BA '50, and Frank Boggs, BA '48 write a new fight song for the Bears, which is known today as "Old Fight."Read MoreElsewhere in 1947: American test pilot Chuck Yeager becomes the first human being to break the sound barrier in flight.
1948
Jack Robinson
All-American Jack Robinson leads Baylor to the NCAA basketball championship game and becomes captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic team of 1948.
1948
W.R. White
William Richardson White becomes Baylor's ninth president. During his presidency, he increases student enrollment, expands buildings, fundraises, and lends his support to athletics.Read More
Jul. 1, 1948
AFROTC
Baylor forms Air Force ROTC Detachment 810, one of the first such programs in the nation.
1950
Baylor Stadium
Baylor Stadium is completed to serve as the home of the Baylor football team. It was renamed Floyd Casey Stadium in 1989.Read MoreElsewhere in 1950: Mother Teresa begins her Missionaries of Charity ministry in Calcutta, India.
1951
Armstrong Browning Library
Armstrong Browning Library is completed to house the world's largest collection of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning holdings.Read MoreElsewhere in 1951: I Love Lucy airs its first episode and becomes one of the most successful and popular television shows of all time.
1952
Dr Pepper Hour
The Union Building assistant director, Marie Mathis, schedules a weekly break to allow the Baylor community to socialize and escape the typical school day. Originally called the Matinee Coffee Hour, it became Coke Hour for many years until in 1997 when it was renamed Dr Pepper Hour.Read MoreElsewhere in 1952: Big Tex, the 52-foot tall icon of the annual State Fair of Texas, is introduced.
Apr. 25, 1953
All University Sing
Eight clubs gathered in the Union Building to perform three songs each before a crowd of 13 in the inaugural performance of All University Sing.Read MoreElsewhere in 1953: A tornado rips through Waco killing 114 people. The towers of Old Main and Burleson are destroyed.
1954
Allen, Dawson and Martin Halls
Allen, Dawson and Martin Halls are completed.
1954
Tidwell Bible Building
Tidwell Bible Building, first proposed in 1933, is completed.Read MoreElsewhere in 1954: The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is formed in Geneva, Switzerland, with the purpose of operating the world's largest particle physics laboratory. The organization currently has 20 European member states.
May 28, 1954
First Doctoral Degree
Baylor's first doctoral degree, a Ph.D. in Chemistry, is awarded to Joe Walter Johnson of Waco.Elsewhere in 1954: The Tournament of Roses Parade is the first coast-to-coast color television broadcast.
1955
Morrison Constitution Hall
Morrison Constitution Hall, current home of the Honors College and former home of the Baylor Law School, opens.
1955
Sunday Teddy
Former Baylor pitcher Ted Lyons (nicknamed "Sunday Teddy") is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.Elsewhere in 1955: The polio vaccine, developed by Jonas Salk, is announced to the world.
1956
President Eisenhower Visits Baylor
President Dwight Eisenhower speaks at spring commencement and is awarded an honorary degree.
1957
Collins Hall
Collins Hall is completed.
1957
Computerization
Baylor uses a new IBM computer system for registration.
1957
Waco Hall Annex
The new School of Music Building, an annex to Waco Hall, is opened.
Jan. 1, 1957
Bears Win!
Baylor defeats the No. 2-ranked University of Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl.
Oct. 12, 1957
Ready for Our Close-up
Legendary film director Cecil B. DeMille visits campus to give the keynote speech at Baylor's Conference on American Ideals. DeMille, who directed such classics as The Ten Commandments and The Greatest Show on Earth, spoke on the "Foundations of Freedom" and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.Elsewhere in 1957: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik I into orbit, making it the first man-made satellite.
1959
Honors Program
The Baylor University Honors Program is established.
1960
Baylor Track Stadium
Baylor Track Stadium is completed; it would later be renamed Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex.
1960
Parents Day
Parents Day, later expanded and renamed Parent and Family Weekend, is established as a way to introduce Baylor parents to the campus.Read More
1960
Penland Hall
Penland Hall is completed.
1960
Sic 'em, Bears!
The "Sic 'em, Bears!" yell and Bear Claw hand sign are introduced.Read More
1961
Abner McCall
Baylor inaugurates Judge Abner Vernon McCall as its tenth president. He fights to uphold traditional Baptist views despite societal upheaval.Read MoreElsewhere in 1961: President John Kennedy challenges America to reach for the moon.
1961
Hankamer School of Business building
The Hankamer School of Business building is dedicated.
1962
Casey Computer Center
The Casey Computer Center opens in the Hankamer School of Business.
1962
North Russell Hall
North Russell Hall, originally called New Hall, is completed.
1963
New Health Center
The new Health Center, on South 7th Street, is formally opened. Students pay $7.50 per semester for unlimited access.Elsewhere in 1963: Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his defining "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
1964
Desegregation
African-American students enroll at Baylor for the first time.
1964
Fountain Mall
Fountain Mall is completed covering Waco Creek.Read MoreElsewhere in 1964: The Civil Rights Act outlaws discrimination, including segregation, on the basis of race and sex.
1964
Marrs McLean Science
Marrs McLean Science Building, a new home for the physical sciences, is dedicated.Elsewhere in 1964: The Beatles give their first live U.S. television performance on the Ed Sullivan Show.
1965
President Johnson Visits Baylor
President Lyndon B. Johnson, grandson of former Baylor President George W. Baines, gives the commencement address to the graduating Class of 1965 and earns an honorary doctorate from the university.Elsewhere in 1965: The Astrodome, the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, opens in Houston.
1966
KWBU
Baylor's new radio station, KWBU, is granted an operating license by the Federal Communications Commission.
Sep. 10, 1966
John Westbrook
John Hill Westbrook of Elgin, Texas became the first African American to play varsity football in the Southwest Conference.
1967
Robert Gilbert
Robert Gilbert is the first African-American to graduate from Baylor University.Elsewhere in 1967: The world's first human heart transplant was performed by Dr. Christiaan Barnard in Cape Town, South Africa.
1967
Sid Richardson Science
The Sid Richardson Science Building, housing the departments of Biology, Geology, Mathematics and Psychology, is completed.Read More
1967
South Russell
South Russell Hall is completed.Elsewhere in 1967: Interstate 35 construction in Waco is completed.
1968
Moody Memorial Library
W. L. Moody Memorial Library opens.Read MoreElsewhere in 1968: The Tet Offensive is launched by the forces of the People's Army of Vietnam against the forces of the Republic of Vietnam, the United States, and their allies during a period of cease fire.
1969
Founders Medal
Baylor University establishes the Founders Medal to honor those who have significantly impacted the life and future of the university.Read More
1969
Students Serving Students
The Baylor University Student Foundation is established to serve Baylor University and the student body by building community-minded servants and leaders.Elsewhere in 1969: Thirty-two acts perform outdoors at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair near White Lake, New York, in front of 500,000 concert-goers in what would be a cultural touchstone for the decade.
Apr. 4, 1969
Dr. Denton Cooley
Dr. Denton Cooley of the Baylor College of Medicine performs the first successful artificial heart transplant using technology pioneered by Dr. Michael DeBakey.Elsewhere in 1969: Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong walks on the surface of the moon.
1970
Baylor Line
The Baylor Line is formed by Baylor male students to support the Baylor Bears football team. Today, freshmen, both men and women, continue the Line tradition of running onto the field to welcome the team and cheering the green and gold to victory from behind the opponent's bench.Read MoreElsewhere in 1970: The Brazos Dam is completed to regulate the water flow of the Brazos River.
1971
Bear Downs
The first "Bear Downs," a 35-mile, five-man team bicycle race, is held at Waco's Heart of Texas Coliseum.Elsewhere in 1971: Walt Disney World opens its doors. Today it is the most visited entertainment resort in the world.
1972
Grant Teaff
Grant Teaff becomes the head coach of the Baylor football team; he would go on to become the winningest coach in program history.
Nov. 1, 1973
Leon Jaworski
Baylor alumnus Leon Jaworski '25 is appointed Special Prosecutor. His investigation of the Watergate scandal reveals President Richard Nixon's involvement and eventually results in the president's resignation (August 1974).Elsewhere in 1973: The first hand-held mobile phone was demonstrated by Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola using a handset weighing around 2.2 pounds. His first call was to his rival Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs.
1974
Baylor Mace
The Baylor Mace is adopted. Made from canes owned by Sam Houston and Rufus C. Burleson, a sword awarded to Cyrus A. Baylor by President Andrew Jackson, and a pine staff made from the wood of the Old Main Towers, the Mace is used in formal university ceremonies including commencement.Read More
1974
Computer Science
The Department of Mathematics begins offering degrees in computer science.Elsewhere in 1974: Hank Aaron ties Babe Ruth for career home runs.
1974
Marina
On the banks of the Brazos, the Baylor Recreation Center, with a swimming pool, eight tennis courts and a marina, is completed.
1974
Miracle on the Brazos
Baylor wins the Southwest Conference football title. Head Coach Grant Teaff is named National Coach of the Year.Elsewhere in 1974: People Magazine is co-founded by Baylor alumnus Hal Wingo.
1976
Mary Gibbs Jones Family & Consumer Sciences Building
The Mary Gibbs Jones Family & Consumer Sciences Building is completed.Elsewhere in 1976: Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne found Apple Computer, Inc.
1976
Towers Rebuilt
Old Main and Burleson Hall are restored, rebuilding the towers destroyed by the 1953 tornado.Read More
Apr. 29, 1976
President Ford Visits Baylor
President Gerald Ford speaks at Waco Hall.
Dec. 6, 1976
Phi Beta Kappa
The elite scholarship program Phi Beta Kappa granted Baylor a charter.Read More
1977
Steven Hudson Memorial Bear Plaza
The Steven Hudson Memorial Bear Plaza, new home of the Baylor bear mascots, is dedicated.Elsewhere in 1977: George Lucas' epic space opera film Star Wars is released and surpasses Jaws as the highest-grossing film in history at the time.
Oct. 21, 1978
Light the Tower
Baylor begins the tradition of lighting Pat Neff Hall green for athletic victories after an upset win over nationally-ranked Texas A&M in College Station.Read More
1979
Poage Library
W.R. Poage Legislative Library is established.Elsewhere in 1979: The first Sony Walkman is produced for the public and released in Japan.
1979
Welcome Week
Welcome Week is established to assist incoming students with the social transition to college life at Baylor.Read MoreElsewhere in 1979: Margaret Thatcher takes office as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom becoming the country's first, and still only, female prime minister. She is the longest-serving (1979-1990) British prime minister of the 20th Century.
1980
10,000
Baylor enrollment surpasses 10,000 students for the first time.Elsewhere in 1980: World Health Assembly accepted the WHO Global Commission's recommendation and declares the Smallpox disease eradicated.
1981
Herbert Hal Reynolds
Baylor inaugurates Herbert Hal Reynolds as its eleventh president. He adds $180 million in facilities and quadruples endowment.Read MoreElsewhere in 1981: The IBM 5150, known as the IBM PC, is introduced, ushering in an era of affordable access to personal computing.
1981
Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center
The Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center is completed.Read MoreElsewhere in 1981: Sandra Day O'Connor is confirmed by the U.S. Senate, making her the first woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court.
Nov. 5, 1982
The Daniel Family
The Vara Martin Daniel Fountain Plaza is dedicated, the Student Union Building is renamed the Bill Daniel Student Center, and Connor Street is renamed M. P. Daniel Esplanade in honor of the family's dedication to Baylor.
1985
Steppin' Out
Baylor begins a new community outreach tradition with "Steppin' Out." Faculty, staff and students work to help Wacoans in need as part of one of the largest campus service projects in the United States.Read MoreElsewhere in 1985: Oceanographer Robert Ballard discovers the wreckage of the RMS Titanic.
1988
Ferrell Center
The Ferrell Center is completed to house the men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams. President Ronald Reagan speaks at the first major event held at the facility.Read More
1988
Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building
The Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building is completed.
1991
George W. Truett Theological Seminary
The George W. Truett Theological Seminary is chartered, but classes didn't begin until 1994. First Baptist Church Waco serves as the seminary's home in its early years. The seminary moved to the Baugh-Reynolds campus located on the Baylor campus in 2002.Read MoreElsewhere in 1991: The Soviet Union dissolves after 69 years of Communist rule.
1993
Clifton Robinson Tower
Baylor University acquires the eight-story Clifton Robinson Tower.
1993
Glennis McCrary Music Building
The Department of Music expands into the new Glennis McCrary Music Building.Read More
1993
Jesse H. Jones Library
The Jesse H. Jones Library, an extension of Moody Library, is completed.
Feb. 22, 1993
Former President Jimmy Carter
Former President Jimmy Carter visits campus and is the inaugural speaker for the Robert L. Reid Distinguished Lecture Series.Elsewhere in 1993: Anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is later inaugurated as South Africa's first black president.
1994
Big 12 Conference
Baylor joins the new Big 12 Conference.Elsewhere in 1994: Amazon is founded.
1995
100,000
The 100,000th graduate of Baylor, Stephanie Basham, is recognized in May.Elsewhere in 1995: Baylor alumna Jill Mashburn opens Common Grounds on 8th Street.
1995
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science is established.
Sep. 15, 1995
Robert B. Sloan
Baylor inaugurates Robert Bryan Sloan Jr. as its twelfth president. Under his leadership, the campus expands with the North Village, Mayborn Museum, Baylor Ballpark, Dutton Parking and Office Facility, McLane Student Life Center, and the Sciences Building.Read MoreElsewhere in 1995: Pixar Animation Studios releases its first feature, Toy Story. It is the first-ever feature film made entirely with CGI.
Apr. 19, 1996
Miracle on Fifth Street
Baylor holds the first dance in its 151-year history. Called "The Miracle on Fifth Street," more than 9,000 people attend.
Aug. 1, 1996
Olympic Gold, Michael Johnson
Baylor alumnus Michael Johnson sets the world record in the 200-meter sprint at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.Read MoreElsewhere in 1996: Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell, is born.
1998
Mike Singletary
Former Baylor linebacker Mike Singletary is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1998
Texas Supreme Court on Campus
The Texas Supreme Court convenes at the Baylor Law School in Morrison Constitution Hall. It is the first time in modern history that the court has sat outside of Austin. They return in 2002 and 2007.Elsewhere in 1998: Google is founded.
1999
CASPER
The Baylor University Center for Astrophysics, Scace Physics & Engineering Research (CASPER) is established in the Marrs McLean Science Building. Beginning with just one faculty member, today it supports six different research groups and has more than 30 faculty and staff located around the world.
1999
Jim and Julie Turner Riverfront Athletics Complex
Getterman Stadium (softball), Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field, and Baylor Ballpark (baseball) open. Some construction continued at Baylor Ballpark, which was offically dedicated in 2001.Read More
1999
SLC
The McLane Student Life Center, a recreational and health center facility, is opened.Read More
1999
The School of Social Work
The School of Social Work is established as a part of the College of Arts & Sciences and later becomes a freestanding school within the university in 2005.Read More
2001
Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center
The Baylor Law School moves into the state-of-the-art Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center.Read MoreElsewhere in 2001: Terrorists crash four airliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
2001
Tennis Center
The Baylor Tennis Center, later to become the Hurd Tennis Center, is completed as the final piece of the Turner Riverfront Complex.Elsewhere in 2001: Apple introduces the iPod. Its introduction along with iTunes revolutionizes the music industry and gave consumers the freedom to purchase music a la carte.
2002
Baylor 2012
The University embarks on Baylor 2012, a 10-year vision that would usher in an era of unprecedented growth and development in every area of university life.
2002
Bearathon
The first Bearathon, a 13.1-mile half-marathon race, is held.Read More
2002
Honors College
The Honors College is organized.
Jul. 15, 2002
Baylor Magazine Published
The first issue of Baylor Magazine is published with features on newly retired Baylor professors Ann Miller and Robert Packard.
Aug. 13, 2002
President Bush Visits Baylor
President George W. Bush hosts "The President's Economic Forum" at Baylor. The forum features the largest gathering of the Bush Administration's Cabinet outside of Washington, D.C., including 15 senior administration members, 250 business leaders and a host of higher education leaders.
2003
Dutton Avenue Parking and Office Facility
The Dutton Avenue Parking and Office Facility opens, including the first campus Starbucks.
2003
Stacy Riddle Forum
The Stacy Riddle Forum is completed to house Baylor's Panhellenic sororities.
2004
Baylor Sciences Building
The 508,000-square-foot Baylor Sciences Building is completed to consolidate the science disciplines.Read More
2004
Harry & Anna Jeanes Discovery Center
The Harry & Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, the centerpiece of the Sue and Frank Mayborn Natural Science and Cultural History Museum Complex, is dedicated.Read MoreElsewhere in 2004: The third largest earthquake ever recorded occurs off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, creating a tsunami that kills more than 230,000 people.
2004
Lake Waco Wetlands Research and Education Center
The Lake Waco Wetlands Research and Education Center is completed as part of the Wetlands construction project. The center houses Baylor's CRASR (Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research) program.
2004
North Village
Baylor opens the North Village Residential Community.
2004
Tennis Champions
Men's tennis wins the NCAA team national championship.
Apr. 5, 2004
U.S. Court of Appeals on Campus
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit convenes at the Baylor Law School in the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center.Elsewhere in 2004: Thefacebook.com is launched by Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University.
2005
Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat
The Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat is completed.Read More
Mar. 23, 2005
North American Leaders Meet at Baylor
Baylor University welcomes President George W. Bush, Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin for meetings at the Armstrong Browning Library to provide a framework for the next generation of trilateral relations between the North American countries.Elsewhere in 2005: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in southeast Louisiana. It is the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
Apr. 5, 2005
Finished the Job
Head Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson's women's basketball team "finished the job" to win the NCAA championship.
Apr. 21, 2006
John Mark Lilley
John Mark Lilley is inaugurated as Baylor's thirteenth president.Read More
Apr. 28, 2006
Ed Crenshaw Student Foundation Center
The Ed Crenshaw Student Foundation Center is dedicated.Elsewhere in 2006: Pluto is reclassified as a dwarf planet.
Aug. 28, 2006
Willis Family Equestrian Center
Willis Family Equestrian Center is completed to house Baylor's 18th Division I NCAA sport.Elsewhere in 2006: Twitter is launched.
Sep. 11, 2006
Religion Survey
Researchers share results of the first wave of the Baylor Religion Survey, revealing groundbreaking data on religion in the United States that drew the attention of media outlets from around the world. Today, the Institute for Studies of Religion is one of the preeminent leaders in the field.
2007
$1 Billion
Baylor's endowment surpasses $1 billion.Elsewhere in 2007: Apple introduces the iPhone, ushering in the era of the smart phone and mobile entertainment. Time names it the invention of the year.
2007
Brooks Residential College
Brooks Village, which includes Brooks Residential College and Brooks Residential Flats, is completed.Read More
Nov. 2, 2007
Immortal Ten Statue
Some 80 years after a group of students on their way to a Baylor basketball game were killed in a tragic accident, a physical monument dedicated to the Immortal 10 is finally in place on campus. Read More
Oct. 3, 2008
McMullen-Connally Faculty Center
The McMullen-Connally Faculty Center is dedicated.Read More
Oct. 31, 2008
Army ROTC
Baylor's Army ROTC program is established and becomes operational the following year.
Dec. 12, 2008
Highers Athletics Complex
The 96,000-square-foot Simpson Athletics and Academic Center is dedicated, becoming the centerpiece of the Alwin O. and Dorothy Highers Athletics Complex.Read More
2009
Waco Mammoth Site
After more than 30 years as primary custodian of the site, Baylor passes off the Waco Mammoth Site to the city and the location is opened as a public park.
Feb. 1, 2009
Texas Hunger Initiative
The Baylor School of Social Work establishes the Texas Hunger Initiative to develop and implement strategies to end hunger through policy, education, community organizing and community development.
Sep. 26, 2009
Allison Indoor
The Jay and Jenny Allison Indoor Football Practice Facility completes the Alwin O. and Dorothy Highers Athletics Complex.
Mar. 1, 2010
Elite Eight
The Baylor men's basketball team advances to the Elite Eight.Elsewhere in 2010: A revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab world begins forcing rulers from power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen.
Sep. 17, 2010
Ken Starr
Judge Ken Starr is inaugurated as Baylor's 14th president. His early presidency is defined by his work in securing the stability of the Big 12 Conference, a student scholarship initiative and plans for an on-campus football stadium.Read More
Sep. 25, 2010
Chagall and Rouault
Baylor University's Mayborn Museum houses two of the greatest masterpieces of modern religious art, Georges Rouault's Miserere and Marc Chagall's Bible series.
Dec. 13, 2010
School of Social Work Moves
The School of Social Work moves into a new downtown location.
Nov. 9, 2011
Condoleezza Rice Visits Baylor
Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Baylor.Elsewhere in 2011: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami.
Dec. 10, 2011
Our Heisman
Robert Griffin III wins the 77th Annual Heisman Trophy, becoming Baylor's first-ever recipient of the award.Read More
Dec. 29, 2011
Alamo Bowl
Head football coach Art Briles leads the Bears in a record-setting shootout at the Alamo Bowl, defeating the University of Washington 67-56.
Mar. 23, 2012
Elite Again
Baylor's men's basketball team advances to its second Elite Eight in three years after defeating Xavier University 75-70.Elsewhere in 2012: SpaceX becomes the world's first privately held company to send a cargo payload, carried on the Dragon spacecraft, to the International Space Station.
Apr. 3, 2012
Finished Business
National Player of the Year Brittney Griner leads the Lady Bears to their second national championship and the first ever 40-0 season for any college basketball team in NCAA history.Read More
Apr. 30, 2012
Sandra Day O'Connor Visits Baylor
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor visits Baylor.
May 17, 2012
Pro Futuris
Baylor adopts Pro Futuris as the University's strategic vision.Read More
Jul. 4, 2012
Higgs Boson
Scientists at CERN announce the discovery of the Higgs boson particle. Baylor's High Energy Physics group plays a prominent role in the discovery, utilizing their expertise with "jets" to help detect bosons.Read More
Jul. 19, 2012
Baylor Stadium Approved
Regents approve the construction of an on-campus football stadium; bringing Baylor football home since its move off-campus in 1936.Read More
Dec. 27, 2012
Holiday Bowl Champions
The Baylor Bears make a statement in dominating the Pac-12 runner-up UCLA Bruins in the Holiday Bowl, 49-19.
2013
BRIC
The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), a new research/discovery park, opens.
Apr. 4, 2013
NIT Champions
The Baylor men's basketball team wins its first post-season tournament by routing Iowa in the NIT Championship Game in Madison Square Garden, 74-54.
Apr. 25, 2013
President Obama Comes to Baylor
President Barack Obama attends a memorial service for the fallen firefighters of the West explosion.
Aug. 23, 2013
East Village
East Village Residential Community welcomes its first residents in Gordon Teal Residential College and Hallie Earle Hall.
Sep. 10, 2013
Ansel Adams
The Martin Museum of Art hosts the Ansel Adams: Distance and Detail exhibit--bringing the work of one of America's most renowned photographers to campus.
Dec. 7, 2013
Big 12 Football Champions
On an icy-cold afternoon, Baylor football claims its first Big 12 Championship in the final game at Floyd Casey Stadium, defeating Texas 30-10 before a record-setting crowd of 51,728.Read More
Mar. 29, 2014
Elite Women
The Baylor Lady Bears basketball team reaches the Elite Eight for the fifth time in program history after defeating Kentucky 90-72.Read More
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