Area history, April 11, 2019

Area history, April 11, 2019

Today is Thursday, April 11, 2019. Here are local news reports from 100, 50 and 15 years ago:

In 1919, the chemical laboratory for the Department of Ceramics at the University of Illinois announced it had completed an extensive investigation into the properties of optical glass. With iron causing a green sheen in the glass, ceramic professors determined this defect could be mitigated by using clay burners.

In 1969, Miss America Judi Ford, a sophomore at the University of Illinois majoring in physical education, was expected to return to Champaign-Urbana to give a speech to the UI College of Engineering.

In 2004, a launch party was held for Ninth Letter, the new literary journal of the University of Illinois. Helping with the design were three faculty members from the UI School of Art and Design: Joseph Squier was the art editor while Nan Goggin and Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud designed the publication, with assistance from students Daniel Roscha and Lauren Hoopes. In addition to art, the journal showcased fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, much of it by heavy hitters in the literary world.

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