120 years: 1940

Houston Hall opens on the campus of Mesa College, which, below, advertised the sale of season tickets for football games.
BOTTOM: Jimmy Cholas, a Grand Junction High School student, died of head injuries suffered during a football game at Fort Collins High School.



Named for Clifford Houston, former head of Mesa College, Houston Hall is opened at 12th and North. The first building on the new campus holds classrooms, the auditorium/gymnasium and administrative offices.

Louis Unser says the first Lands End Hill Climb was run on the toughest course in the nation.

The first Sturgis Motorcycle race is held in South Dakota.

Draft registration of 16 million men begins and a lottery is held by the Selective Service System in Washington, D.C.

Women’s stockings made of nylon go on the market and nearly 5 million are sold in one day.

To view an ongoing photo gallery of The Daily Sentinel’s 120 years project, go to GJSentinel.com.


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