In the continuing series celebrating the Air Force Academy's 60th anniversary, a historical look at the month of May follows.
THIS DAY IN AIR FORCE ACADEMY HISTORY - MAY
STEVEN A. SIMON, USAFA '77
ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI PROGRAMS OFFICE
1 May 2003 -- The Cadet Library is renamed theMcDermott Library, recognizing the accomplishments of Brigadier General Robert F. McDermott, Dean of the Faculty from 1956 until 1968.
1 May 2003 -- The Academy Singers perform at General Chuck Yeager's eightieth birthday celebration at the Doubletree Hotel Legacy, Plano, Texas.
1 May 2003 -- General Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives the 25th Eaker Lecture, "The New American Way of War."
1 May 2006 -- Air Force Reserve Major Jim Fabio, Class of '94, wins a sports Emmy Award at a New York City ceremony. He was a producer, editor, and cameraman for Lama Kunga, the story of a Tibetan leader who takes up golf, that won Outstanding Short Feature Story.
1 May 2007 -- Academy housing is privatized, in the care of Forest City-Hunt LLC.
1 May 2008 -- KAFA, the Academy radio station broadcasting at 97.7 FM, begins streaming on-line. The Association of Graduates funds the streaming, which can be accessed through the AOG website, www.usafa.org.
1 May 2009 -- Second Lieutenant Kenny Grosselin, Class of '08, receives the 2008 Cadet of the Year award at a Pentagon ceremony. The Air Force-level award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in an Air Force commissioning program.
1 May 2009 -- The second Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame class is inducted at a dinner at the Colorado Springs Marriott. The class consists of: coach and recruiting director Jim Bowman; six-time NCAA champion runner Callie (Calhoun) Molloy (Class of '91); football players Dee Dowis ('90), Terry Isaacson ('64), and Ernie Jennings ('71); and football coach Ben Martin (Navy '46).
1 May 2013 -- The Life Sciences Research Center is awarded its first NRC-AFSOR-sponsored senior scientist, Dr. Patrick Hallenbeck, who comes to the Academy from the University of Montreal in Quebec. He is assisting research efforts involving microbial fuel cells.
2 May 2007 -- General Ronald Fogleman, Class of '63, becomes the first Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Thomas D. White Award, accepting the 2006 honor at a ceremony in the Library. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
3 May 1955 -- Mr. Carroll Tyler, General Manager of architect Skidmore, Owing and Merrill's Air Force Academy Project, sends a letter to nature photographer Ansel Adams, thanking him for his work photographing the Academy site, saying "the photos are excellent and they certainly will provide our planners with a wonderful choice for their mural presentations." The photomurals were a key component of the firm's display later in May at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.
3 May 1959 -- The human interest television series "You Asked For It" devotes its entire 30-minute episode to the Academy, its traditions, the events leading to its birth, its past and its future. Filming took two weeks.
3 May 1976 -- Thomas C. Reed, Secretary of the Air Force, approves the equal semester plan. The arrangement was introduced in the fall 1976 semester.
3 May 2011 -- The Falcon Circle is dedicated in an official ceremony, making it the newest of the Cadet Chapel's worship areas. While open to use by all religious communities to worship in a manner respectful of other faiths, the Earth-Centered community receives precedence.
4 May 1963 -- The Academy hosts the First Annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium.
4 May 1968 -- Peggy Fleming, Olympic gold medal winner, skates at the dedication the Cadet Ice Rink in the Academy's new Field House.
5 May 1962 -- The Louis Bleriot Speed Trophy of France, now in the Library, is donated to the Academy. The trophy was won on 10 May 1961 at Edwards Air Force Base when the Convair B-58 HUSTLER exceeded 2,000 kilometers (1,302 miles) per hour. On 27 May 1961, the crew was in Paris to accept the trophy from Mrs. Bleriot. They stated they wanted to trophy to go to the Air Force Academy. The crew was killed shortly thereafter, and their widows donated it to the Academy.
5May 1974 -- Aviation pioneers Chuck Yeager and Jacqueline Cochran begin a joint three-day visit to the Academy.
5 May 2005 -- The Honorable James A. Baker III, Chief of Staff for both President Ronald Reagan and President George H. W. Bush. gives the 27th Eaker Lecture.
6 May 1955 -- Models and photomurals are delivered by van to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center for an exhibit that would show architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's design for the new Academy. Included in the exhibit were photos of the site taken in April by noted nature photographer Ansel Adams, a job for which he was paid $1005.62.
6 May 1966 -- The Falcon Foundation gives the Academy the "Gallery of Great Airmen", with its 67 portraits. The portraits are displayed in the exemplar area of Fairchild Hall.
6 May 1986 -- The Association of Graduates names Russell Thayer Tutt II an Honorary Member. Mr. Tutt was a key member of Colorado Springs' effort to win the Air Force Academy and a dominant figure in shaping the growth of Colorado Springs. Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.
6 May 1988 -- The Tuskegee sculpture "The Black Airman" is dedicated. The statue, displayed on the Honor Court, was sculpted by Tuskegee Airman Clarence Shivers. It was donated by the Hooks-Jones Chapter (Colorado) of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc.
6 May 1989 -- The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Charles R. Hamm, marries Sandra Hughes in the Protestant Cadet Chapel. General Hamm had been widowed in October 1987, four months after becoming Superintendent, when his wife, Jane, passed away suddenly.
6 May 1997 -- Ervin Rokke, Class of '62, is named as President of Moravian College and Theological Seminary. He would begin his tenure on 1 August.
6 May 2011 -- The Association of Graduates names Edmund L. Ladouceur an Honorary Member. Ladouceur was the Academy's second Music Director, and served for 28 years, serving from 1981 until 1989. Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.
7 May 1994 -- The Association of Graduates names Norma Nottingham an Honorary Member. From 1981 until her 1997 retirement, Mrs. Nottingham worked in the Academy Activities Group in the Pentagon and was the Academy's focal point for Congress in the nomination and admissions process. Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.
8 May 1987 -- The Falcon Foundation gives the Academy a 15-foot bronze eagle. The sculpture was placedon the trail between the Visitor Center and the Cadet Chapel.
9 May 2000 -- South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond is presented the 1999 Thomas D. White Award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
10 May 1955 -- The 739th Air Force Band (which previously resided in England and had been deactivated in 1945) is reactivated to provide musical support for cadet athletics and military marching units. The band was under the command of Lieutenant Carl Costenbader.
10 May 1989 -- The Brigadier General Billy Mitchell statue is dedicated. The statue was sculpted by Lieutenant Colonel Jerry McKenna and is displayed near Arnold Hall.
10 May 2008 -- Dr. William Perry, former Secretary of Defense, is presented the 2007 Thomas D. White Award during a visit to the Academy. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
10 May 2011 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library establishes the Clark-Yudkin Research Fellowship to support scholars interested in advanced research in the McDermott Library.
10 May2012 -- Cadet First Class Dustin Hayhurst, Class of '12, receives the 2011 Cadet of the Year award at a Pentagon ceremony. The Air Force-level award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in an Air Force commissioning program.
10 May 2013 -- FalconWorks receives a patent for the Therabalance, based on work done byAcademy faculty and cadets. The Therabalance can be used by physical therapists to help patients regain balance after strokes or injuries.
11 May 1972 -- First Lieutenant Michael Blassie, Class of '70, is killed when his A-37B Dragonfly is shot down over Vietnam. In 1984, his remains were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. In 1996, when suspicion of his identity heightened, his remains were exhumed and identified. His remains were buried on 11 July 1998 in the Jefferson National Cemetery, Missouri.
11 May 1987 -- The Officers' Open Mess reopens after a five-month renovation.
11May 2004 -- A bound copy of the compendium of nearly 50 oral history interviews completed by The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library to commemorate the Academy's 50th Anniversary is presented to the Association of Graduates.
11 May 2007 -- The Memorial Pavilion at the Cemetery is dedicated. The Pavilion, funded by the Association of Graduates, provides an indoor facility for events during inclement weather.
11 May 2013 -- The fourth Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame class is inducted at a dinner at the Colorado Springs Marriott. The class consists of swimmers Karen (Reeder) Burton (Class of '84) and Patty (Gilette) Martinez ('83), football coach Fisher DeBerry, multi-sport athlete Parke Hinman ('64), runner Eric Mack('96), and football consensus All-American Carlton McDonald (93).
12 May 1994 -- The Academy takes possession of an F-15 Eagle for static display. The aircraft would replace the F-104 Starfighter on the Terrazzo.
12 May1999 -- General Colin L. Powell, United States Army, is presented the 1998 Thomas D. White Award during a visit to the Air Force Academy. The award, established in 1962, is presented annually to a U.S. citizen who has contributed significantly to the national defense of the United States.
12 May 2001 -- The Association of Graduates names Fisher DeBerry an Honorary Member. DeBerry was the Academy's head football coach from 1983 until his retirement in 2006, winning a record 169 games. Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.
12 May 2011 -- Cadet First Class Christopher McCool, Class of '11, receives the 2010 Cadet of the Year award at a Pentagon ceremony. The Air Force-level award recognizes the most outstanding cadet in an Air Force commissioning program. The award was presented by the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz, Class of '73.
12 May 2013 -- His Royal Highness Prince Harry of Wales visits the Academy during his week-long visit to the United States. He was in the country to raise awareness for the Warrior Games, which took place at the Academy and the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
13 May 1955 -- Architectural plans and models of the Academy, as well as photos of the undeveloped site, are presented at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center during a three-day period beginning on this day. The response to architect Skidmore, Owings and Merrill's modernist design was not universally positive.
13 May 1975 -- Captain James Kays, Class of '71, and First Lieutenant Laurence Froehlich, Class of '72, are killed when their CH-53 helicopter crashed in Thailand en route to assist in the recovery operation for the crew of themerchant ship the SS Mayaguez, which had been captured by the Khmer Rouge. This was the final official act of the Vietnam War, and Mayaguez victims are the lastnames on the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
13 May 1977 -- Captain Dale Condit, an associate professor in the Department of Engineering, Engineering Mechanics and Materials, is the recipient of the first William P. Clements Award for Excellence in Education to be given at the Academy.
13 May 2003 -- The book Falconry at the US Air Force Academy, authored by A. P. Clark and sponsored by The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library is released. Also released is the Friends-contracted DVD,Falconry at the Air Force Academy, produced by Word One.
14 May 1963 -- The portrait of Brigadier General William Mitchell is unveiled in Mitchell Hall.
14 May 2005 -- The Association of Graduates (AOG) names Nancy Burns an Honorary Member. Ms. Burns served at the Academy almost continuously from 1964 until 2011, including work as liaison between the Academy and the AOG while in Protocol, Plans & Programs, and Development & Alumni Programs. Honorary membership is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Air Force and/or the Academy. Membership is limited to 25 living persons.
14 May2011 -- The third Air Force Academy Athletic Hall of Fame classis inducted at a dinner at the Colorado Springs Marriott. The class consistsof athletic trainer Jim Conboy, sprinter Gail (Conway) Gray (Class of '84), hockey player and coach Chuck Delich ('77), All-American swimmer and Olympic pentathlete Bob Nieman ('70), and football All-American Scott Thomas ('86).
15 May 1959 -- Pegasus, a marble replica of an original at the Italian War College, was presented as a gift of the Italian government. The statue stood outside of Arnold Hall until 1994, when it was moved to Doolittle Hall.
15 May 1960 -- Bart Holaday, Class of '65, is offered a Falcon Scholarship. He attended prep school at New Mexico Military Institute, and went on to become the first Falcon Foundation scholarship recipient to earn a Rhodes Scholarship.
15 May 1961 -- The Air Force Academy Preparatory School is activated, per General Order 10, HQ USAFA.Colonel Lee Black was its first commander.
16 May 1948 -- The Donner Air Service, owned by Robert Donner, hosted the largest air show held in Colorado to date at Pine Valley Airport.
16 May 1959 -- President Dwight Eisenhower makes a brief, informal visit to the Academy. He was the first person to receive a Class of '59 diploma, which was presented to him by Cadet Herbert Adamson, the Cadet Wing Commander. Eisenhower was the second person to be named an honorary member of '59, joining Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, former Academy Superintendent. Incidentally, Eisenhower and Harmon were both members of the West Point Class of '15.
16 May 1986 -- The nine painting collection called 'The Way of the Eagle in the Air,' painted by the late Shlomo Katz, is gifted to the Academy by the Falcon Foundation. The paintings are displayed in the Cadet Chapel's Jewish Chapel.
16 May 2006 -- Chad Hennings, Class of '88, is elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. A unanimous first-team All-American in 1987, he received the Outland Trophy as the nation's top interior lineman. While a member of the Dallas Cowboys, he played in three Super Bowls.
16 May 2012 -- The Cadet Fitness Center Addition is dedicated. The $9.5 million, 50,000-square-foot center is located on the west side of the building. It includes climbing walls, cardio equipment, aphysical fitness testing room, a weight room and a fencing center.
17 May 1964 -- The Commandant of Cadets, Brigadier General Robert W. Strong, Jr., officially recognizes the Academy's group of skydivers and grants them club status.
17 May 1973 -- The Air Force Academy Band begins a six day tour of the Azores.
17 May 1994 -- A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new Consolidated Education and Training Facility (CETF) immediately east of Fairchild Hall. The $34 million project would house laboratories, classrooms, offices, and medical facilities.
17 May 1999 -- Special Order G1 is issued, inactivating Cadet Squadrons 37, 38, 39, and 40. Due to the reduction in the number of cadets in the wing, the squadrons were cut, effective 1 June 1999. The squadrons were reactivated in August 2006.
17 May 2006 -- Air Force Academy Heritage: The Early Years, a book by George Fagan, is released after being republished by The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library.
18 May 2011 -- Cadetsbreak the Guinness World Record for the largest dodgeball game, with 3,612 cadets participatingThe previous record has been 2,136 people, set by the Rochester Institute of Technology on May 1, 2011. By the time Guinness officially confirmed the Academy's effort as the world record, the University of California-Irvine had fielded 4,488 students in September 2011 and broken the record.
19 May 1954 -- Court settles the final of eight claims on property used for the Air Force Academy (out of 140 parcels, ranging in size from 0.08 acres to 4,630 acres).
19 May 1978 -- The Academy hosts the 1978 Colorado Special Olympics competition. More than 2,000 youths from around the state participated. This was the first time a service academy hosted a state Special Olympics event.
19 May1989 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library acquires the collection of Colonel Yvonne C. Pateman and the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
19 May 1993 -- The 8th Air Force Memorial Museum Foundation approves annual funding to the Friends of the Air Force Academy Library.
19 May 2005 -- The Friends of the Air Force Academy Library-sponsored 50th Anniversary Interview Compendium is presented to the Academy Library.
20 May 2009 -- First Lieutenant Roslyn Schulte, Class of 06, becomes the first female graduate killed in action when she dies from injuries sustained in an improvised explosive device explosion in Afghanistan.
21 May 1981 -- The Superintendent, Lieutenant General Kenneth Tallman, receives the Order of the Sword. The Order of the Sword is presented by enlisted members to an officer who they feel epitomizes officership.
21 May 1981 -- The Cadet Chorale performs at the Miss USA Pageant in Biloxi, Mississippi.
21 May 1995 -- The Academy's SAT-B is launched on a helium-filled balloon, the precursor of the FalconSAT projects that would follow. The mission was successful in testing an attitude-control system designed and fabricated by cadets.
22 May 1964 -- The two-day 1964 National Collegiate Volleyball Championships begin at the Academy.
23 May 1986 -- The Jewish Cadet Chapel rededication takes place.
23 May 1991 -- Cadet Callie Calhoun, Class of '91, wins the national 10,000 meter title at the 1991 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in San Angelo, Texas. It was her sixth national championship. With the win, Cadet Calhoun became the only Air Force track athlete to earn back-to-back national champion honors in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
23 May 2001 -- Callie (Calhoun) Molloy, Class of '91, is inducted into the NCAA Division II Track and Field Hall of Fame. She won five NCAA national championships in track, with an additional win in cross country. The presentation took place on the tenth anniversary of her sixth national title.
23 May2012 -- President BarackH. Obama is the graduation speaker.
24 May 1987 -- Dr. Robert H. Schuller, from the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, is the Protestant Baccalaureate guest speaker.
24 May 1999 -- The Academy Protestant Cadet Chapel hosts the funeral of General James E. Hill, USAF, Retired. General Hill, a World War II ace, former commander of the North American Air Defense Command, and a prominent supporter of the Academy, is buried in the Academy Cemetery.
25 May 1954 -- The architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill submits its questionnaire indicating its desire to design and construct the air force academy. Walter Andrew Netsch, Jr., age 34, was lead architect of the project.
25 May1981 -- A dedication ceremony is held for the 40 foot tall American Legion Memorial Tower, in memory of all who have served their country from the Revolutionary War to the present. The tower was displayed on the hill west of the Cadet Chapel until 22October 1996, when it was moved to its new site at the Academy Cemetery.
25 May 1982 -- The Academy hosts the 1982 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women's Division II National Golf Championships. The Air Force team finished sixthin the four-day tournament.
25 May 1990 -- Cadet Callie Calhoun, Class of '91, wins the national 3000 meter title at the 1990 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hampton, Virginia. This was the first of her three outdoor national championships.
25 May 2010 -- The inaugural Lieutenant Roslyn L. Schulte Cadet Character and Leadership Award is presented at a ceremony in the Library. First Lieutenant Schulte, Class of '06, the first female graduate killed in action, died in Afghanistan in May 2009. The award recognizes the senior cadet who best exemplifies the Air Force core values. Cadet Mychol Alexander, Class of '10, was the first recipient.
25 May 2011 -- The Class of 2011 graduates with the lowest attrition in Academy history - 20.1%.
25 May 2013 -- The Air Force Academy Facebook page hits 100,000 fans.
26 May 1953 -- The combined firms of Gugler, Kimball and Husted, and Harbeson, Hough, Livingston, and Larson are awarded a $106,000 contract to prepare "Architectural and Engineering studies for an Air Academy situated on a hypothetical site."
26 May 1960 -- The first class to graduate from the new Air Academy High School building walk across the stage located at one end of the gym. Thirty-nine seniors received their diplomas from School Board President Russell Wolfe.
26 May 1990 -- Cadet Callie Calhoun, Class of '91, wins the 5000 meter national championship at the 1990 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Hampton, Virginia.
26 May 2010 -- Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers the commencement address, becoming the first chairman to do so.
27 May 1992 -- The Class of '92 graduates. With 1,076 members, '92 is the largest graduating class in Academy history.
27 May 2008 -- The first statue in the Mall of Heroes, located between Fairchild and Vandenberg Halls, is dedicated. That statue depictsFirst Lieutenant Karl Richter, Class of '64, who was shot down and killed on his 198th combat mission in Vietnam. The Mall and the statue are gifts of the Class of '64, and the ceremony was conducted before the Class of '08 graduated, as he was the class exemplar.
28 May 1954 -- Charles Lindbergh and other members of the Air Force Academy Site Selection Commission visit the proposed academy site near Colorado Springs .
28 May 1958 -- Air Academy High School conducts its first graduation. The ceremony was held on the front lawn of the Carlton mansion, the Superintendent's residence. Major General James Briggs, the Superintendent, addressed the graduating class. Seven students had completed the requirements for graduation. The Air Force Academy woodwind quintet provided the music.
28 May 1968 -- An F-105 Thunderbird is installed on the Terrazzo. The plane was created from ten different aircraft with combat duty in Southeast Asia, with much of the work was done by the 2951st Combat Logistics Support Squadron at McClellan AFB, California. Dedicated three days later, it resurrected the Thunderchief serial No. 60-0482.
28 May 1980 -- Graduation is held for the class of '80, which includes the first 97 female graduates. Kathleen Conley, ranked eighth overall, was the first female to graduate.
28 May 1986 -- The Visitor Center, named after Senator Barry Goldwater, is dedicated. The facility was the result of a $4.5 million venture of the Air Force Academy Foundation and the Air Force Academy Athletic Association.
28 May 1986 -- Terrie Ann McLaughlin, Class of '86, becomes the first female cadet to graduate number one in the class order of merit.
28 May 1991 -- The Association of Graduates holds a groundbreaking ceremony for its new alumni house.
28 May1997 -- Captain Amy Svoboda, Class of 1989, is killed in an A-10 crash near Gila Bend, Arizona, earning the somber distinction of being the first female fighter pilot in the Air Force to die in service.
28 May2008 -- President George W. Bush is the graduation speaker.
29 May 1958 -- The first Ring Dinner and Dance is held, with the dinner in Mitchell Hall and the dance in Arnold Hall.
29 May 1970 -- The Academy receives the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious service.
29 May 1980 -- Entertainer Bob Hope visits the Academy on his 77th birthday.
29 May 1991 -- President George H. W. Bush is the graduation speaker.
29 May 1996 -- General Ronald R. Fogleman, Class of '63, while Chief of Staff of the Air Force, becomes the first graduate to serve as graduation speaker.
29 May 2013 -- Due to Pentagon-wide automatic budget cuts known as sequestration, the Thunderbirds were unable to perform at graduation. In their place, volunteers arranged for graduation-week flyovers by several heritage aircraft, to include two P-51s, a B-25, and a P-40.
30 May 1959 -- At a noon ceremony, the cadet dining hall is officially named Mitchell Hall, after Brigadier General William "Billy" Mitchell, an outspoken advocate for air power. His son and daughter-in law attended the ceremony. This was the first of five building dedications to take place over three days.
30 May 1959 -- Mildred Miller, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano, is the guest soloist for the Cadet Chorale's first on-site concert, in Arnold Hall. Ms. Miller was the wife of Lieutenant Colonel (later Brigadier General) Wesley Posvar, head of the Department of Political Science. Posvar, the first Air Force officer to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, went on to become chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh.
30 May 1979 -- Cadet David Rhodes, Class of '79, becomes the first graduate to achieve a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average.
30 May 1984 -- President Ronald Reagan speaks at graduation. Security screening prevented some parents and guests from getting into Falcon Stadium before the President finished his speech. The Federal Aviation Agency representative cancelled the Thunderbirds performance because the parking lot was not clear of people.
30 May 1993 -- Dr. James C. Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, is the Protestant Baccalaureate guest speaker.
30 May 2005 -- On the day they were promoted, special tactics officers Captain Jeremy Fresques, Class of '01, and Captain Derek Argel, Class of '01, are killed when an Iraqi Air Force aircraft crashed in eastern Diyala province.
30 May 2013 -- The faculty's Center of Innovation opens its Anti-Malware Lab.
31 May 1959 -- At a 1:15 p.m. ceremony, the administration building is officially named Harmon Hall, after Lieutenant General Hubert Harmon, the Academy's first Superintendent. Mrs. Harmon and several family members attended the ceremony. This was the first of three building dedications to take place on this day.
31 May 1959 -- At a 3:30 p.m. ceremony, the academic building is officially named Fairchild Hall, after General Muir Fairchild, the first commander of Air University and a key figure in Air Force and Air Force Academy education programs. His widow was guest of honor at the ceremony.
31 May 1959 -- At a 5:15 p.m. ceremony, the cadet social center is officially named Arnold Hall, after General of the Air Force Henry "Hap" Arnold, widely considered the father of the United States Air Force. The Academy newspaper called him "perhaps the best known airman of them all." Among his many distinctions, he was taught to fly by the Wright Brothers. His widow represented him at the ceremony.
31 May 1959 -- The first Protestant Baccalaureate service is held, in Arnold Hall -- for the first graduating class.
31 May 1964 -- A bust of Dr. Theodore von Karman is dedicated. The inscription describes him as "Dedicated architect of the modern United States Air Force." The bust was sculpted by Judith Bland and is on display on the sixth floor of the library. Von Karman received the Academy's T.D. White Award in 1963.
31 May 1968 -- During the noon dedication of the F-105 Thunderbird on the Terrazzo, the F-105 flyby breaks the sound barrier, causing $170,000 worth of damage, including windows in Mitchell Hall, Vandenberg Hall, and the Cadet Gymnasium.
31 May 1976 - The new dormitory is dedicated and named Sijan Hall, in honor of Captain Lance P. Sijan, Class of '65,the first and so far only graduate to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
31 May 1978 -- The Class of '78 becomes the first class to not graduate in June. The term, "June Week," traditionally used to describe graduation week festivities, instantly becomes a misnomer and begins to fade into history.
31 May 1994 -- Gregg Popovich, Class of '70, is named executive vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association.
31 May 1995 -- President William J. Clinton is the graduation speaker.
31 May 1999 -- Captain Julian Chesnutt, Class of '89, leads an F-16 four-ship "night-vision-goggle" strike mission, one of 38 combat missions over Serbia and Kosovo, for which he received the Colonel James Jabara Award for Airmanship.
31 May 2006 -- KAFA, the Academy radio station, broadcasts live from graduation for the first time.