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UC Davis Centennial
100 years of service, solutions, impact

Looking Back

UC Davis historical timeline



Image: 1969 Sochor

Ethnic studies programs are organized. James L. Sochor is named head football coach.

Image: 1970 Meyer inauguration

James H. Meyer, former dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is inaugurated as third chancellor of UC Davis, succeeding Emil Mrak. Students protest the Vietnam War and the shooting of students at Kent State University.

Image: 1970 war protest

University and college campuses in California are closed for four days to avert violence during student demonstrations. The Whole Earth Festival is created to celebrate the first Earth Day.


Allan Bakke files suit against the regents charging that reverse discrimination barred him from UC Davis' School of Medicine. The case goes to the U.S. Supreme Court, which rules that Bakke must be admitted.


David S. Saxon is named university president, succeeding Charles J. Hitch. The veterinary school is ranked first in the nation by a national survey of deans.


A 10-year purchase agreement with the UC Davis Medical Center is signed with Sacramento County. The first permanent medical sciences building on campus, Medical Sciences I, is completed.

Image: 1977 rec hall completion

Recreation Hall is completed with private funding raised from alumni, faculty, parents and friends.

Image: 1977 Meyer with Prince Charles

Prince Charles visits the campus.


First endowed academic positions formed: the Maynard A. Amerine Professorship of Enology and the Sesnon Chair of Animal Science.


The Davis Chancellor's Club is organized. A committee is formed to recruit faculty and develop a curriculum for a School of Administration.