Quad has been home to crowds for decades
Monday's taping for the The Ellen DeGeneres Show wasn't the first time a festive crowd gathered at the Quad. Here are five others.
Oct. 24, 1960
Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy speaks to an estimated 10,000 people on the Quad on a chilly Monday morning.
Sept. 15, 1960
Republican vice presidential candidate Henry Cabot Lodge speaks to an estimated 6,000 people on the Quad.
March 19, 1984
Singer/songwriter Carole King performs music and Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart speak to an estimated 3,500 people on the south side of the Illini Union.
"Streaking," or running naked, through the Quad attracted thousands of people for a few nights in 1974. For some reason, no one bothered to take a count of the number of people gathered on the Quad to watch.
For several years in the 1970s and '80s, thousands of people would come to the Quad on the third Wednesday in April to protest drug laws and smoke marijuana.