7/15/02
The first issue of Baylor Magazine is published with features on newly retired Baylor professors Ann Miller and Robert Packard.
Elsewhere in 02: Michigan and Stanford play in the first "Tournament East-West Football Game," which later becomes known as the Rose Bowl.
8/13/02
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.
4/5/04
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 04: Thefacebook.com is launched by Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard University.
3/23/05
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 05: Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in southeast Louisiana. It is the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
4/5/05
Head Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson's women's basketball team "finished the job" to win the NCAA championship.
4/21/06
John Mark Lilley is inaugurated as Baylor's thirteenth president.
4/28/06
The Ed Crenshaw Student Foundation Center is dedicated.
Elsewhere in 06: Pluto is reclassified as a dwarf planet.
8/28/06
Willis Family Equestrian Center is completed to house Baylor's 18th Division I NCAA sport.
9/11/06
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.
11/2/07
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.
10/3/08
The McMullen-Connally Faculty Center is dedicated.
10/31/08
Baylor's Army ROTC program is established and becomes operational the following year.
12/12/08
The 96,000-square-foot Simpson Athletics and Academic Center is dedicated, becoming the centerpiece of the Alwin O. and Dorothy Highers Athletics Complex.
2/1/09
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.
9/26/09
The Jay and Jenny Allison Indoor Football Practice Facility completes the Alwin O. and Dorothy Highers Athletics Complex.
11/24/09
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.
Elsewhere in 09: The U.S. Navy battle fleet, dubbed the Great White Fleet, completes a circumnavigation of the globe by order of President Theodore Roosevelt.
3/1/10
The Baylor men's basketball team advances to the Elite Eight.
9/17/10
Judge Ken Starr is inaugurated as Baylor's 14th president.
9/25/10
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.
12/13/10
The School of Social Work moves into a new downtown location.
9/30/11
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.
Elsewhere in 11: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami.
11/9/11
Former United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Baylor.
12/10/11
Robert Griffin III wins the 77th Annual Heisman Trophy, becoming Baylor's first-ever recipient of the award.
3/23/12
Baylor's men's basketball team advances to its second Elite Eight in three years after defeating Xavier University 75-70.
Elsewhere in 12: The RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic Ocean killing 1,514 people.
4/3/12
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.
Elsewhere in 12: SpaceX becomes the world's first privately held company to send a cargo payload, carried on the Dragon spacecraft, to the International Space Station.
4/30/12
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor visits Baylor.
5/17/12
Baylor adopts Pro Futuris as the University's strategic vision.
7/4/12
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.
7/19/12
Regents approve the construction of an on-campus football stadium; bringing Baylor football home since its move off-campus in 1936.
1/25/13
The Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center is dedicated.
4/17/13
After a fertilizer plant exploded in West, Texas killing a dozen first responders, the Baylor Family responded by donating $280,000.
4/25/13
President Barack Obama attends a memorial service for the fallen firefighters of the West explosion.
8/23/13
East Village Residential Community welcomes its first residents in Gordon Teal Residential College and Hallie Earle Hall.
9/10/13
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.
12/7/13
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.
3/29/14
The Baylor Lady Bears basketball team reaches the Elite Eight for the fifth time in program history after defeating Kentucky 90-72.
Elsewhere in 14: Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo, triggering World War I.
8/29/14
Football returns to campus for the first time in more than 70 years when the Bears open McLane Stadium against former Southwest Conference rival SMU.
Elsewhere in 14: The Panama Canal is completed, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and revolutionizing maritime trade.
12/5/14
The Clyde Hart Track & Field Stadium is dedicated at its new home on the banks of the Brazos.
12/6/14
Baylor football caps McLane Stadium's inaugural season with the program's second consecutive Big 12 title.
Elsewhere in 14: President Woodrow Wilson opens the Houston Ship Channel.
4/28/15
Elliston Chapel opens.
7/10/15
The Waco Mammoth Site is designated a national monument by President Barack Obama.
8/21/15
Williams Family Soccer and Olympic Sports Center opens to service soccer and Olympic sports in the Turner Riverfront Complex.
8/24/15
The Beauchamp Athletic Nutrition Center opens at the Baylor Marina inlet.
8/24/15
The Hankamer School of Business moves to its new home at the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation.
9/23/15
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani visits Baylor.
10/23/15
Fountain Mall has a fountain again as the Rosenbalm fountain and the 5th Street Promenade are finished.
11/10/15
Acclaimed international artist Frank Stella visits Baylor.
10/14/16
A gift from Baylor Regent Emeritus Drayton McLane Jr., his wife, Elizabeth, and the McLane family makes possible the renovation of Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas.
1/7/17
Baylor men's and women's golf opens the new Billy W. Williams Golf Practice Facility.
1/9/17
The Department of Communications Sciences and Disorders moves into its new home in the newly renovated Cashion Academic Center.
4/18/17
Dr. Linda Livingstone is named Baylor's 15th president. She becomes the first female president in Baylor's history.
8/21/17
The Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center opens on campus to provide both support services for students who are in the initial stages of identifying an addiction and continued support for students who have completed rehabilitation programs.
8/30/18
The newly renovated Louise Herrington School of Nursing Academic Building was dedicated after a $28 million-dollar funding project for a new space to house the majority of the school's academic functions.
Elsewhere in 18: World War I ends with the signing of the armistice between the allies and Germany at Compi├Ęgne, France.
11/1/18
On the eve of the University's Homecoming, Baylor University officially launched Give Light, a $1.1 billion comprehensive philanthropic campaign for the future of Baylor -- from academics and athletics to student life and service learning.
4/7/19
The Baylor Lady Bears win their third NCAA National Championship after defeating Notre Dame 82-81. The team finished the season with a 37-1 record.
4/15/19
Baylor University unveiled a new brand identity as part of the Baylor United rebranding effort including a redesigned interlocking BU logo.
5/4/19
A $100 million-dollar transformational gift was donated by an anonymous donor and is the largest gift to date to the University's $1.1 billion Give Light comprehensive philanthropic campaign.
2/1/20
Baylor University celebrates the 175th anniversary of its founding.
2/21/20
Baylor hosted a groundbreaking ceremony honoring the philanthropy of Mark and Paula Hurd who provided the naming gift for the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center.
4/20/20
President William Howard Taft visits Baylor as part of the Baylor Diamond Jubilee celebration.
2/11/22
As fire guts the Carroll Chapel and Library Building, heroic students risk their lives to save thousands of books and documents.
11/26/26
The NoZe Brotherhood (originally Nose Brothers) is founded as "just a fun-loving bunch of boys."
1/22/27
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.
Elsewhere in 27: Charles Lindbergh, piloting the Spirit of St. Louis, makes the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
5/27/30
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.
5/14/31
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."
5/11/32
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.
2/1/39
President Neff presided over the unveiling of the statue of University namesake R. E. B. Baylor during ceremonies on February 1, 1939.
Elsewhere in 39: Nazi Germany invades Poland starting World War II.
8/9/43
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.
5/30/46
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.
3/6/47
Harry Truman was the first sitting U.S. President to visit Baylor. He was awarded an honorary degree.
Elsewhere in 47: The first Billy Graham Crusade is held. Six thousand people attend at the Civic Auditorium in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
10/18/47
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."
Elsewhere in 47: American test pilot Chuck Yeager becomes the first human being to break the sound barrier in flight.
7/1/48
Baylor forms Air Force ROTC Detachment 810, one of the first such programs in the nation.
4/25/53
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.
Elsewhere in 53: A tornado rips through Waco killing 114 people. The towers of Old Main and Burleson are destroyed.
5/28/54
Baylor's first doctoral degree, a Ph.D. in Chemistry, is awarded to Joe Walter Johnson of Waco.
Elsewhere in 54: The Tournament of Roses Parade is the first coast-to-coast color television broadcast.
10/12/57
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 57: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik I into orbit, making it the first man-made satellite.
9/10/66
John Hill Westbrook of Elgin, Texas became the first African American to play varsity football in the Southwest Conference.
4/4/69
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 69: Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong walks on the surface of the moon.
11/1/73
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).
4/29/76
President Gerald Ford speaks at Waco Hall.
Elsewhere in 76: Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne found Apple Computer, Inc.
12/6/76
The elite scholarship program Phi Beta Kappa granted Baylor a charter.
10/21/78
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.
11/5/82
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.
2/22/93
Former President Jimmy Carter visits campus and is the inaugural speaker for the Robert L. Reid Distinguished Lecture Series.
9/15/95
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.
Elsewhere in 95: Pixar Animation Studios releases its first feature, Toy Story. It is the first-ever feature film made entirely with CGI.
4/19/96
Baylor holds the first dance in its 151-year history. Called "The Miracle on Fifth Street," more than 9,000 people attend.
8/1/96
Baylor alumnus Michael Johnson sets the world record in the 200-meter sprint at the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Elsewhere in 96: Dolly the sheep, the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell, is born.
2/23/99
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher delivered a University Lecture on "Challenges Facing the 21st Century" at Baylor's Ferrell Center.
10/13/99
Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu discussed forgiveness and reconciliation in his speech at Baylor's Ferrell Center.
1841
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.
1841
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 Texas Baptist Education Society petitions the Congress of the Republic of Texas for a charter for a Baptist university.
2/1/1845
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
Baylor leaders include chapel as part of the Baylor educational experience to nurture the heart and soul.
1846
Trustees select Henry Lee Graves as Baylor's first president.
5/18/1846
Henry Gillette teaches the first class with 24 students.
1847
A Baylor education cost $8-$15 per term for tuition.
1849
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
Baylor's motto, "Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana (For Church, For Texas)," is adopted by University Trustees.
1851
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.
1854
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
Trinity River Baptist Association starts Trinity River Male High School, which later becomes Waco Classical School and eventually Waco University.
1855
Mary Gentry Kavanaugh is Baylor's first female graduate.
1857
Baylor establishes the Law Department and appoints Texas Supreme Court Justice Royal T. Wheeler to head the school.
1858
Thirteen students become Baylor's first law department graduates.
6/27/1861
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.
7/17/1861
Baylor chooses George Washington Baines as its third president. He keeps the school afloat despite health problems and the Civil War.
1864
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.
1866
Baylor Female Department separates from Baylor University and accepts charter as Baylor Female College (later named the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor).
1869
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
Eighty students enroll at Baylor.
1881
The Baylor Aegis student newspaper is first published.
1882
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
Baylor names Reddin Andrews Jr. as its fifth president. He is the first native Texan and first Baylor alumnus to become president.
Elsewhere in 1885: Waco pharmacist Charles Alderton creates Dr Pepper.
1886
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 (now the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor) moves to Belton, Texas.
1886
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, Baylor University's first Waco building project, is completed.
1888
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."
Elsewhere in 1888: The Texas Capital Building is completed.
1888
Military programs start at Baylor.
1893
The Baylor Literary follows the Baylor Aegis as the monthly publication for students and alumni.
1893
Baylor University Museum, a precursor to the Strecker Museum (and now part of the Mayborn Museum), is founded.
1897
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.
Elsewhere in 1897: British physicist J.J. Thomson discovers the electron, thus finding the first subatomic particle.
8/13/1899
Baylor elects Oscar Henry Cooper as its sixth president. He enhances the University's reputation and acquires funds for construction projects.
1900
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: 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.
1900
The campus newspaper, Varsity Lariat, begins publication.
1901
In use since 1899, a gift from Lee Carroll makes possible the addition of grandstand, fence, and track.
Elsewhere in 1901: The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace.
1902
The first issue of the Baylor Round Up yearbook is published.
1902
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.
1903
F. L. Carroll Chapel and Library is completed.
1903
George W. Carroll Science Hall is completed.
Elsewhere in 1903: The first World Series is played. The Boston Americans prevailed over the Pittsburgh Pirates five games to three.
1909
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.
1913
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
The Bear is adopted as the University's "Patron Saint of all Baylordom."
1914
Baylor becomes a charter member of the Southwestern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference later renamed the Southwest Conference in 1925.
1915
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
Baylor University receives its first bear mascot, Ted, a gift from the soldiers of Camp MacArthur in Waco.
1917
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.
1919
The College of Fine Arts is organized.
1919
The School of Education is founded
1919
Baylor's College of Arts and Sciences is founded.
1920
First yell leaders elected by the Baylor student body. Female leaders were later allowed in 1968.
1920
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.
1921
Brooks Hall, the first men's dormitory on the Baylor campus, is completed.
1921
The College of Fine Arts is reorganized to become the School of Music.
1922
Baylor wins its first undisputed Southwest Conference football title.
1923
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
Dr. Kenneth Hazen Aynesworth gives the first donation for what will become known as The Texas Collection.
1927
The first "Ring Out" is held with the passing of the ivy chain from senior women to juniors women. Men begin participating in 1946.
1929
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!
1930
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.
1931
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.
1932
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.
1934
The student body selects Junior Elaine Cross of Gatesville as the first homecoming princess.
1938
Rena Marrs McLean Gym is completed.
1939
Baylor enrollment crosses 3,000 students making it the world's largest Baptist university.
1939
Pat Neff Hall, the modern-day location of the Baylor President's office, is completed.
Elsewhere in 1939: Development of the San Antonio Riverwalk begins.
1940
Alexander Hall is completed.
1940
"Bear Down You Bears of Old Baylor U" is selected as the Baylor Fight Song.
1941
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.
1947
Baylor officially establishes the Graduate School after awarding graduate degrees since 1894.
1947
Kokernot Hall is completed.
1947
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.
1948
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
William Richardson White becomes Baylor's ninth president. During his presidency, he increases student enrollment, expands buildings, fundraises, and lends his support to athletics.
1950
Baylor Stadium is completed to serve as the home of the Baylor football team. It was renamed Floyd Casey Stadium in 1989.
Elsewhere in 1950: Mother Teresa begins her Missionaries of Charity ministry in Calcutta, India.
1951
Armstrong Browning Library is completed to house the world's largest collection of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning holdings.
1952
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.
Elsewhere in 1952: Big Tex, the 52-foot tall icon of the annual State Fair of Texas, is introduced.
1954
Allen, Dawson and Martin Halls are completed.
1954
Tidwell Bible Building, first proposed in 1933, is completed.
1955
Morrison Constitution Hall, current home of the Honors College and former home of the Baylor Law School, opens.
1955
Former Baylor pitcher Ted Lyons (nicknamed "Sunday Teddy") is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
1956
President Dwight Eisenhower speaks at spring commencement and is awarded an honorary degree.
1957
Collins Hall is completed.
1957
Baylor uses a new IBM computer system for registration.
1957
The new School of Music Building, an annex to Waco Hall, is opened.
1959
The Baylor University Honors Program is established.
1960
Baylor Track Stadium is completed; it would later be renamed Hart-Patterson Track & Field Complex.
1960
Parents Day, later expanded and renamed Parent and Family Weekend, is established as a way to introduce Baylor parents to the campus.
1960
Penland Hall is completed.
1960
The "Sic 'em, Bears!" yell and Bear Claw hand sign are introduced.
1961
Baylor inaugurates Judge Abner Vernon McCall as its tenth president. He fights to uphold traditional Baptist views despite societal upheaval.
1961
The Hankamer School of Business building is dedicated.
1962
The Casey Computer Center opens in the Hankamer School of Business.
1962
North Russell Hall, originally called New Hall, is completed.
1963
The new Health Center, on South 7th Street, is formally opened. Students pay $7.50 per semester for unlimited access.
Elsewhere in 1963: The Manned Spacecraft Center is completed in Houston. In 1973 it is renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in honor of the late U.S. President and native Texan Lyndon B. Johnson.
1964
African-American students enroll at Baylor for the first time.
1964
Fountain Mall is completed covering Waco Creek.
1964
Marrs McLean Science Building, a new home for the physical sciences, is dedicated.
1965
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.
1966
Baylor's new radio station, KWBU, is granted an operating license by the Federal Communications Commission.
1967
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
The Sid Richardson Science Building, housing the departments of Biology, Geology, Mathematics and Psychology, is completed.
1967
South Russell Hall is completed.
Elsewhere in 1967: Interstate 35 construction in Waco is completed.
1968
W. L. Moody Memorial Library opens.
Elsewhere in 1968: Hemisfair '68, the first world's fair hosted in the southwestern United States, is held in San Antonio.
1969
Baylor University establishes the Founders Medal to honor those who have significantly impacted the life and future of the university.
1969
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.
1970
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.
Elsewhere in 1970: The Brazos Dam is completed to regulate the water flow of the Brazos River.
1971
The first "Bear Downs," a 35-mile, five-man team bicycle race, is held at Waco's Heart of Texas Coliseum.
1972
Grant Teaff becomes the head coach of the Baylor football team; he would go on to become the winningest coach in program history.
1974
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.
1974
The Department of Mathematics begins offering degrees in computer science.
1974
On the banks of the Brazos, the Baylor Recreation Center, with a swimming pool, eight tennis courts and a marina, is completed.
1974
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
The Mary Gibbs Jones Family & Consumer Sciences Building is completed.
1976
Old Main and Burleson Hall are restored, rebuilding the towers destroyed by the 1953 tornado.
1977
The Steven Hudson Memorial Bear Plaza, new home of the Baylor bear mascots, is dedicated.
Elsewhere in 1977: The Trans-Alaska Pipeline System is completed, and serves as the world's largest pipeline system.
1979
W.R. Poage Legislative Library is established.
Elsewhere in 1979: The Graphics Group is launched. It comprises one third of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm, and later became Pixar Animation Studios.
1979
Welcome Week is established to assist incoming students with the social transition to college life at Baylor.
Elsewhere in 1979: The first Sony Walkman is produced for the public and released in Japan.
1980
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
Baylor inaugurates Herbert Hal Reynolds as its eleventh president. He adds $180 million in facilities and quadruples endowment.
Elsewhere in 1981: Columbia becomes the first orbital flight of NASA's Space Shuttle Program.
1981
The Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center is completed.
1985
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.
Elsewhere in 1985: The first Air Jordans are released.
1988
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.
1988
The Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building is completed.
1991
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.
1993
Baylor University acquires the eight-story Clifton Robinson Tower.
1993
The Department of Music expands into the new Glennis McCrary Music Building.
1993
The Jesse H. Jones Library, an extension of Moody Library, is completed.
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
Baylor joins the new Big 12 Conference.
Elsewhere in 1994: Amazon is founded.
1995
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
Baylor's School of Engineering and Computer Science is established.
1998
Former Baylor linebacker Mike Singletary is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1998
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
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
Getterman Stadium (softball), Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field, and Baylor Ballpark (baseball) open. Some construction continued at Baylor Ballpark, which was officially dedicated in 2001.
1999
The McLane Student Life Center, a recreational and health center facility, is opened.
1999
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.
2001
The Baylor Law School moves into the state-of-the-art Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center.
Elsewhere in 2001: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, named after Baylor alumnus and former Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock, is completed in Austin.
2001
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
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
The first Bearathon, a 13.1-mile half-marathon race, is held.
2002
The Honors College is organized.
2003
The Dutton Avenue Parking and Office Facility opens, including the first campus Starbucks.
2003
The Stacy Riddle Forum is completed to house Baylor's Panhellenic sororities.
2004
The 508,000-square-foot Baylor Sciences Building is completed to consolidate the science disciplines.
2004
The Harry & Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, the centerpiece of the Sue and Frank Mayborn Natural Science and Cultural History Museum Complex, is dedicated.
2004
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
Baylor opens the North Village Residential Community.
2004
Men's tennis wins the NCAA team national championship.
2005
The Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat is completed.
2007
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 Village, which includes Brooks Residential College and Brooks Residential Flats, is completed.
2009
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.
2013
The Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC), a new research/discovery park, opens.
2013
Baylor University alumni, Chip and Joanna Gaines star in hit show Fixer Upper in Waco, TX.
2020
COVID-19 spreads around the world. Baylor University moves all spring classes to online.
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