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Tri Delta Founded

On Thanksgiving Eve of 1888, Sarah Ida Shaw and Eleanor Dorcas Pond found Tri Delta at Boston University to "be kind alike to all and think more of the girl's inner self and character than of her personal appearance."

Nov 28th, 1888 - Nov 30th, 2020

1891

First Issue of The Trident

The first issue of The Trident, edited by Emily Allen, Boston University, is published.

Nov 1891

1892

First Alumnae Alliance Founded

Alpha Alliance, Tri Delta's first alumnae chapter, is founded.

Aug 29th, 1892

1893

World's Columbian Exposition

The 1893 World's Fair, known as the World's Columbian Exposition, opens in Chicago.

1893

First Convention

Tri Delta holds its first Convention, entertained by Epsilon Chapter at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.

May 24th, 1893 - May 26th, 1893

RELATED ITEM: Epsilon Charter Members Reproduction Photograph
1896

Plessy v. Ferguson

The United States Supreme Court issues a ruling on Plessy v. Ferguson and upholds the constitutionality of racial segregation, facilitating the passage of Jim Crow laws in much of the country.

May 18th, 1896

1897

First Memorial Service

Tri Delta's first Memorial Service is held during the 1897 Convention.

1897

1898

Spanish-American War

The Spanish-American War begins with the U.S. intervening on the side of Cuba in the Cuban War of Independence. When the war ends, the United States temporarily controls Cuba and owns Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippine islands. The Philippines does not gain independence until 1946. Puerto Rico and Guam remain U.S. territories to this day.

Apr 21st, 1898 - Aug 13th, 1898

1901

President McKinley Assassinated

President William McKinley is assassinated, and Theodore Roosevelt becomes U.S. president.

Sep 14th, 1901

1902

First Inter-Sorority Meeting

Alpha Phi calls the first inter-sorority meeting that resulted in the formation of the association now known as the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC). Tri Delta is one of the founding member organizations.

May 24th, 1902

1903

The First World Series

The Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series played in Major League Baseball.

1903

First in Flight

The age of flight is born as the Wright brothers stage the first successful flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Dec 17th, 1903

1905

First Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The first edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity is published.

Oct 1905

1906

Coat of Arms

Tri Delta's coat of arms is adopted at the 1906 Convention.

1906

RELATED ITEM: Tri Delta Coat of Arms Drawing
1907

A Detailed Record of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1907

Tri Delta's first history book, A Detailed Record of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1907, is published. Bessie Leach Priddy, Adrian College , serves as the editor.

1907

1908

The Model T

Ford begins producing the Model T.

Oct 1st, 1908

1912

Second Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The second edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity, edited by R. Louise Fitch, Knox College, is published.

1912

First Central Office Established

Tri Delta's first recognizable Executive Office is established in an upstairs sitting room in the home of Amy Parmelee's, Northwestern University, parents at 1609 Sherwin Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Tri Delta is the first NPC group to have its own central office.

1912 - 1916

The Titanic

The British ocean liner RMS Titanic sinks.

Apr 15th, 1912

1914

Alpha Chapter of Tri Psi Founded

Alpha Chapter of Tri Psi is founded in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tri Psi is the only Greek-letter mothers' sorority and the only national sorority for mothers of fraternity women.

1914

World War I

Jul 28th, 1914 - Nov 11th, 1918

1917

The U.S. Enters World War I

The U.S. declares war on Germany, thus entering World War I.

Apr 6th, 1917

1919

Prohibition

The 18th Amendment becomes law, making liquor, beer, and wine illegal. Prohibition continues until 1933.

Jan 16th, 1919

1920

Votes for Women

After decades of speeches, rallies, parades, and women demanding the right to vote at the federal level, the U.S. Secretary of State certifies the ratification of the 19th Amendment, stating that no citizen could be denied the right to vote on the basis of sex. Twenty-six million women become voters.

Aug 26th, 1920

1921

Tri Delta European Tour

Tri Delta sponsors a tour of Europe, organized and chaperoned by R. Louise Fitch, Knox College.

1921

RELATED ITEM: Europe 1921: Delta Delta Delta Tour Organized and Chaperoned by Miss R. Louise Fitch Brochure, 1921
1922

Hoyburn Building Executive Office

Tri Delta's Executive Office is located in the Hoyburn Building at 615 Davis Street in Evanston, Illinois.

1922 - 1923

Delta Delta Delta Convention Songbook

Tri Delta's third songbook, Delta Delta Delta Convention Songbook, edited by E. Jane Johnson, DePauw University, is published.

1922

RELATED ITEM: Delta Delta Delta Convention Song Book, 1922
1923

1718 Sherman Avenue Executive Office

Tri Delta's Executive Office is located at 1718 Sherman Avenue in Evanston, Illinois.

1923 - 1941

1925

Fourth Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The fourth edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity, edited by Russell Ranson Richardson, University of Cincinnati, is published.

1925

1926

Fifth Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The fifth edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity, edited by Russell Ranson Richardson, University of Cincinnati, is published.

1926 - 1929

1928

Pine Press

The name Pine Press is used for the first time for Tri Delta's Convention newspaper at the 1928 Convention.

1928

RELATED ITEM: Pine Press, Vol. 19, No. 3, June 28, 1938
1929

The Great Depression

The Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world, lasts from 1929-1939. At the beginning of the depression, 25 percent of the workforce is unemployed, and hourly wages drop 60 percent.

1929 - 1939

Black Tuesday

The U.S. stock market crashes, beginning the Great Depression.

Oct 29th, 1929

1930

Sixth Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The sixth edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity, edited by Russell Ranson Richardson, University of Cincinnati, is published.

1930

1931

A Detailed Record of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1931

A Detailed Record of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1931, edited by Bessie Leach Priddy, Adrian College, is published.

1931

1932

Seventh Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The seventh edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity, edited by Russell Ranson Richardson, University of Cincinnati, is published.

1932

1933

The End of Prohibition

The 21st Amendment passes, repealing the 18th Amendment and making alcohol legal once again.

Dec 5th, 1933

1934

Eighth Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The eighth edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity, edited by Russell Ranson Richardson, University of Cincinnati, is published.

1934

1935

Eighth (Again) Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The eighth edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity, edited by Marguerite Peyton Thompson, University of Cincinnati, is published. Although an eighth edition of the book had previously been published in 1934, this volume was still called the eighth edition.

1935

1937

Ninth Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The ninth edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity is published.

1937

1938

50th Anniversary Convention

Tri Delta celebrates its 50th anniversary at the 1938 Convention in Swampscott, Massachusetts.

Jun 25th, 1938 - Jul 1st, 1938

RELATED ITEM: Minutes of the Nineteenth National and Fourth International Convention of Delta Delta Delta, June 27-30, 1938
1939

Tenth Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The 10th edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity, edited by Olive Yoder Lewis, Stanford University, is published.

1939

World War II

World War II sees more than 300,000 women serve in the military as part of the WACs, WAVEs and SPARs. Many other women join the workforce while the men go off to war.

Sep 1st, 1939 - Sep 2nd, 1945

1941

2108 Chicago Daily News Building Executive Office

Tri Delta's Executive Office is located in the 2108 Chicago Daily News Building in Chicago, Illinois.

1941 - 1956

Pearl Harbor Attack

The Japanese Navy attacks Pearl Harbor and other U.S. possessions in the Pacific, prompting the United States to enter World War II.

Dec 7th, 1941

1942

Eleventh Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The 11th edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity is published.

1942

1946

A Committee on Civil Rights

President Harry S. Truman appoints the Committee on Civil Rights to investigate the status of civil rights in the United States.

1946

Twelfth Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The 12th edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity is published.

1946

1948

60th Anniversary Convention

Tri Delta celebrates its 60th anniversary at the 1948 Convention in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Jun 24th, 1948 - Jun 29th, 1948

RELATED ITEM: Attendees at the 1948 Convention Photograph, June 24-28, 1948
1949

NATO

The U.S. and 11 other Western nations form the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

1949

1950

Korean War

The Korean War begins when Communist North Korean forces invade South Korea. Fighting ends when an armistice is signed on July 27, 1953, but the war never officially ends.

Jun 25th, 1950 - Jul 27th, 1953

1953

Golden Circle Ceremony

The Executive Board establishes the Golden Circle Ceremony to honor 50-year members of Tri Delta.

1953

RELATED ITEM: Golden Circle Members at the 1964 Convention Photograph, June 15-20, 1964
1954

Brown v. Board of Education

The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional.

1954

Annual Leadership Award

The Executive Board establishes the annual Leadership Award to honor an outstanding collegiate member of Tri Delta for her accomplishments and diversity in activities on campus.

1954

1955

Television

The number of television sets in the United States is at 32 million, up from just 3.1 million in 1950.

1955

Vietnam War

The undeclared war in Vietnam begins in 1955, lasting for 19 years.

Nov 1st, 1955 - Apr 30th, 1975

1957

1709 London Guarantee Building Executive Office

Tri Delta's Executive Office is located in the 1709 London Guarantee Building in Chicago, Illinois.

1957 - 1961

RELATED ITEM: Margaret Haller and Helen Notesteen at Executive Board Meeting Photograph, January 1957

Sputnik

Sputnik, a Soviet satellite, is launched, beginning the Space Age.

Oct 4th, 1957

1958

Thirteenth Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The 13th edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity is published.

1958

1960

The Beatles

The Beatles, widely regarded as the most influential rock 'n' roll band, form in Liverpool.

1960

U.S. Involvement in Vietnam Escalates

U.S. involvement in Vietnam escalates in 1960, with troop levels gradually surging from just under 1,000 in 1959 to more than 16,000 in 1963.

1960 - 1963

1962

James Meredith Enrolled at Ole Miss

James Meredith becomes the first Black student to enroll at the previously all-white University of Mississippi. The campus riots, and 13,500 federal troops are called in.

1962

6 N. Michigan Avenue Executive Office

Tri Delta's Executive Office is located in Suite 600 of the 6 N. Michigan Avenue building in Chicago, Illinois.

1962 - 1971

RELATED ITEM: Delta Delta Delta Executive Office Guestbook, 1960s
1963

JFK Assassination

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

Nov 22nd, 1963

1964

The Civil Rights Act

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is passed, ending segregation in public places and banning employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

1964

75th Anniversary Convention

Tri Delta celebrates its 75th anniversary at the 1964 Convention in Washington, D.C.

Jun 15th, 1964 - Jun 20th, 1964

RELATED ITEM: 75th Convention Banquet Program, June 19, 1964

The Gulf of Tonkin

A U.S. destroyer allegedly clashes with a North Vietnamese fast-attack craft. In response, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gives President Lyndon B. Johnson broad authorization to increase U.S. military presence in Vietnam, deploying ground combat units for the first time and increasing troop levels from about 23,000 to 184,000.

Aug 2nd, 1964

1965

Tri Delta Initiates First Women of Color

Diane Petersen is initiated into Delta Upsilon Chapter at Ohio Wesleyan University, the first woman of color to become a member of Tri Delta, marking an important milestone in Tri Delta's history of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

1965

1968

Support for the Vietnam War Declines

South Vietnamese forces are unable to withstand the Tet Offensive launched by the North Vietnamese in January and February of 1968, and U.S. forces have to defeat the North Vietnamese. The episode shows that the end of U.S. involvement is nowhere in sight, and domestic skepticism of the war increases.

1968

Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination

Civil Rights Movement leader Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

Apr 4th, 1968

1969

Man on the Moon

The Apollo 11 Mission puts a man on the moon.

Jul 20th, 1969

1970

Kent State Protests

The National Guard fires on students protesting the expansion of the Vietnam War at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four and wounding nine others.

May 4th, 1970

1972

U.S. Congress Passes the ERA

The U.S. Congress passes the Equal Rights Amendment, stating that, "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or any state on account of sex." In order to become law, it must be ratified by 38 states within 10 years.

1972

Title IX

Title IX is passed. An exception allows fraternities and sororities to remain single-sex private organizations.

1972

Sarah Ida Shaw Award

The Sarah Ida Shaw Award replaces the Leadership Award as the annual award for an outstanding collegiate member of Tri Delta.

1972

Executive Office Moves to Arlington, Texas

Tri Delta moves its Executive Office from Chicago to Arlington, Texas.

1972 - 1985

RELATED ITEM: Two Executive Office Staff Members at the Parkway Plaza Office Photograph

Watergate

Police arrest men attempting to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters, marking the beginning of the Watergate scandal.

Jun 17th, 1972

1973

U.S. Troops Withdraw from Vietnam

The U.S. ends direct military involvement in Vietnam, but the war does not end for another two years.

1973

1974

President Nixon Resigns

Facing impeachment charges, President Richard Nixon becomes the first U.S. president to resign.

Aug 6th, 1974

1975

Fall of Saigon

North Vietnamese forces capture Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, ending the Vietnam War.

Apr 30th, 1975

1976

Women in the Air Force

The U.S. Air Force Academy admits its first female student.

1976

1978

Ernestine Block Grigsby Award

The Ernestine Block Grigsby Award is established to honor an alumna member for her continuous support of and contribution to Tri Delta on a local level.

1978

1979

Iran Hostage Crisis

A group of Iranian college students who support the Iranian Revolution take over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and hold 52 Americans hostage for 444 days.

Nov 4th, 1979 - Jan 20th, 1981

1981

First Woman Appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court

Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

1981

MTV

MTV launches, featuring popular music videos.

Aug 1st, 1981

1982

The ERA Fails

The Equal Rights Amendment fails, after being ratified by only 35 of the necessary 38 states.

1982

1983

First American Woman in Space

Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.

1983

1985

The Ozone Hole

A hole in the ozone layer is discovered.

1985

Brookhollow Plaza Drive Executive Office

Tri Delta moves into a new Executive Office at 2313 Brookhollow Plaza Drive in Arlington, Texas.

Dec 27th, 1985

RELATED ITEM: Tri Delta Moving Into Brookhollow Plaza Drive Executive Office Photograph, December 27, 1985
1986

Challenger Shuttle

The Challenger Shuttle explodes after launch.

Jan 18th, 1986

Brookhollow Plaza Drive Executive Office Dedication

Tri Delta dedicates a new Executive Office at 2313 Brookhollow Plaza Drive in Arlington, Texas.

Apr 13th, 1986

RELATED ITEM: Dedication of the Delta Delta Delta National Headquarters Program, April 13, 1986
1987

Fourteenth Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity

The 14th edition of Songs of Delta Delta Fraternity, edited by Catherine Lynch Lawdanski, Southwestern University, and Marlene Allen Norberg, Colorado State University, is published.

1987

Black Monday

Stock markets around the world crash, with the Dow Jones falling 508 points (22.61%).

Oct 19th, 1987

1988

History of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1988

History of Delta Delta Delta, 1888-1988, compiled by Margaret Paddock Haller, Cornell University, is published.

1988

Centennial Convention

Tri Delta celebrates its 100th anniversary at the 1988 Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jul 1st, 1988 - Jul 6th, 1988

RELATED ITEM: A Call to Celebration: Centennial Convention Program, July 1-6, 1988
1989

Fall of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall comes down, marking a symbolic end to the Cold War.

Nov 1989

1990

The ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) goes into effect.

1990

1991

Operation Desert Storm

The U.S. leads coalition forces in war against Iraq.

1991

Fall of the Soviet Union

The Soviet Union collapses.

1991

1992

World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is born. In just two years, 3 million people are "on line." By 1998, that number increases to 100 million.

1992

1995

Oklahoma City Bombing

The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is bombed by a domestic terrorist. At least 168 people are killed, and more than 680 are injured. It is the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history up to this point.

Apr 19th, 1995

1996

Dolly the Sheep

Dolly the sheep is the first mammal to be cloned.

Jul 5th, 1996

1997

NASA Lands on Mars

American robotic spacecraft Pathfinder lands on Mars.

1997

1999

Columbine High School Massacre

Two students at Columbine High School commit a deadly massacre, killing 12 of their classmates and one teacher. It is the first high-profile school shooting.

Apr 20th, 1999

2000

A New Millennium

Millennium celebrations take place all over the world as a new century is ushered in. Fears about Y2K turn out to be unfounded.

Jan 2000

Women of Achievement

Tri Delta names its first class of Women of Achievement, recognizing members who have demonstrated achievement and leadership in their volunteer, philanthropic, civic, or professional pursuits.

2000

RELATED ITEM: Delta Delta Delta Women of Achievement: 2004 Recipients Booklet
2001

9/11

Terrorists hijack airplanes and crash them into the World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. As a result of the attacks, 2,996 people are killed and more than 6,000 are injured, with others dying from complications in the coming years. It is the deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history.

Sep 11th, 2001

War in Afghanistan

The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan begins as an effort to remove the Taliban from power. While this goal is completed by the end of the year, U.S. and allied troops continue to fight Taliban insurgents for more than 18 years, and the war continues to this day.

Oct 7th, 2001

The iPod

Apple releases the first iPod.

Oct 23rd, 2001

2003

Department of Homeland Security Created

2003

Iraq War

Mar 20th, 2003 - Dec 18th, 2011

2005

Devastating Hurricanes

Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma devastate the southern U.S. in the fall of 2005.

2005

2007

Global Financial Crisis

A global financial crisis begins with a crisis in the subprime mortgage market in the U.S., and becomes a full-blown international crisis with the collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers. It is considered by many to be the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.

2007 - 2008

Virginia Tech Shooting

A massacre at Virginia Tech kills 32 people and wounds 23 others.

Apr 16th, 2007

2008

Reflections: Body Image Program

Tri Delta inaugurates Reflections: Body Image Program as part of member education. Later called BodyImage3D, the program focuses on body image awareness and eating disorder prevention.

2008

RELATED ITEM: BodyImage3D Implementation Guide

Barack Obama Elected

Barack Obama becomes the first African American to be elected president of the United States.

Nov 4th, 2008

2010

Arab Spring

A series of anti-government protests, uprisings, and armed rebellions spread across the Islamic world.

Dec 2010 - Dec 2012

2016

Dallas Parkway Executive Office

Tri Delta moves into a new Executive Office at 14951 N. Dallas Pkwy., Suite 500 in Dallas, Texas.

2016

2019

Let’s Talk Tri Delta Podcast

Tri Delta launches a podcast called Let’s Talk Tri Delta.

2019

2020

COVID-19 Pandemic

The outbreak of COVID-19 results in millions of cases and deaths around the world and causes social and economic disruptions on a global scale.

2020 - 2021

LEADDDer.org

Tri Delta introduces LEADDDer.org, an online platform that offers dynamic learning and development opportunities, including on-demand, self-paced training for collegiate chapter officers and volunteers, and exclusive personal and professional leadership content for all members.

2020

First Sisters of Color on Executive Board

Tri Delta’s 2020 Convention delegates vote to expand the number of Executive Board members by two and ask the Leadership Development Committee (LDC) to fill those vacancies with Black, Indigenous, and Sisters of Color.

Jul 2020

First Virtual International Founders' Day Event

On November 8, 2020, more than 350 sisters from around the globe joined together online for the first-ever virtual International Founders’ Day event, celebrating 132 years of Tri Delta with a message of hope and resilience amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nov 8th, 2020

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