#6 Founder’s Day

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On 6 August, 1819, the first bricks were laid in Norwich, Vt., for the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy. News of the groundbreaking was reported in a number of local newspapers, including this excerpt from the Essex Patriot of Concord, N.H. On Friday, the 6th instant, the first bricks were laid; under which, at the two front corners, were …

#5 Emily Caruso ’00

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Emily Caruso, NU Class of 2000, was Norwich’s first female alum to compete in the Olympics. A psychology major from Fairfield, Conn., Caruso was a four-year All-American and 1998 NCAA individual air rifle champion. She competed in both the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing in the 10-meter air rifle category. Caruso has won …

#4 LtCol Jackson B. Butterfield ’38

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On 19 February, 1945, the 3d, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions conducted their assault on Iwo Jima. Leading from the front was the battalion commander for the First Battalion of the 28th Marines – LtCol Jackson B. Butterfield, Norwich Class of 1938. The 1/28 were tasked with hitting the beach first and severing the head from the snake; cutting off …

#3 Walter Aiken

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The first Cog Railway was designed and built by Norwich alumnus Walter Aiken. Born in Dracut, Mass., Aiken began tinkering in his father’s machine-shop at an early age and had a natural talent for mechanics. Aiken, who attended Norwich from 1850-1852, took out more than forty patents. At the age of 22 he invented and built one of the first …

#2 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Played Tennis Here

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In July 1975, famed Soviet dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn visited Norwich University shortly after his exile from the USSR. The Nobel prize-winning author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich spent 11 years in prison for criticizing his country’s policies before leaving the Soviet Union and eventually settling in Cavendish, Vt. He visited Norwich at …