Nov. 8, 2017, 2:04 p.m.


1892: The Daily Palo Alto publishes its first issue.

1894: One of the earliest drafts of the ASSU constitution is published in The Daily Palo Alto.

1926: The Daily Palo Alto is renamed The Stanford Daily.

1970: Daily op-ed “Snitches and Oppression” is met with backlash by the administration, eventually leading to The Daily’s independence from the University.

1971: Palo Alto Chief of Police James Zurcher obtains a search warrant and raids the Daily office in attempt to find photographic evidence related to campus protests. The Daily sues Zurcher in response.

1973: The Daily breaks from the University, forming a non-profit, The Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation.

1978: The Supreme Court of the United States rules against The Daily in Zurcher v. Stanford Daily.

1982: Following Stanford’s controversial loss to California in the final seconds of the Big Game, The Daily distributes fake edition of The Daily Californian around Berkeley’s campus, reporting that officials had reversed the call and Cal had actually lost the Big Game.

1992: The Daily publishes an exposé revealing corruption at the Stanford Bookstore.

1995: The Daily launches its online edition, becoming one of the first college newspapers to publish on the Internet.

2008: The Daily staff moves its operations from the Storke Publications Building to current home, the Lorry I. Lokey Stanford Daily Building.


1891: Stanford opens on Oct. 1, 1891, with over 500 students enrolled.

1906: An earthquake of estimated 7.8 magnitude destroys parts of San Francisco and Stanford’s campus, including the Quad.

1918: World War I ends.

1928: Herbert Hoover, part of Stanford’s first graduating class, is elected president of the United States.

1945: World War II ends.

1963: President John F. Kennedy is shot and killed in Dallas.

1964: The U.S. enters the Vietnam War after Congress approves the Tonkin Gulf Resolution.

1968: Members of the Black Student Union interrupt a speech by Provost Richard Lyman, demanding the University do more to combat racial injustice. The University ultimately agrees to meet nine of BSU’s 10 demands.

1969: More than 8,000 people participate in the Vietnam Moratorium, calling for an immediate end to the war. It remains the largest political gathering in Stanford history.

1971: Psychology professor Philip Zimbardo conducts the Stanford Prison Experiment.

1972: Stanford President Richard Lyman removes the “Indians” as Stanford’s mascot.

1977: Two hundred ninety-four students are arrested for trespassing and failure to disperse following a 16-hour sit-in at the Old Union over the University’s investments in South Africa.

1989: The Loma Prieta earthquake causes $160 million in damages to Stanford’s campus.

1992: Donald Kennedy resigns as Stanford president amid allegations of improper government billing.

2000: John Hennessy is appointed as Stanford’s 10th president.

2016: Marc Tessier-Lavigne becomes the University’s 11th president.

Alexa Philippou '18 is a political science major and a former Managing Editor of The Daily's sports section. She switched from the sports section to news her junior year, where she has worked on the university/local beat since. Being from Baltimore, she is a die-hard Ravens and Orioles fan who cried when the Ravens won the Super Bowl. To contact Alexa, please email her at aphil723 'at' stanford.edu.

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