15 of the Most Iconic Front Pages From The Diamondback

The Diamondback student newspaper has been a huge part of the University of Maryland for over 100 years. Originally named The Triangle, The Diamondback has covered everything from local campus news to world events, national celebrations, and tragedies. In connection with our current Launch UMD campaign to raise money to digitize The Diamondback and make it available online worldwide, we have compiled a list of 15 of the most iconic Diamondback front pages dating all the way back to 1910.

Are there events or stories that we missed? With the Diamondback archive fully available online, you will be able to explore and make your own list. Make sure to check our Twitter and Facebook pages for more iconic front pages throughout the rest of April.

1. The First Issue of The Triangle 

First issue of the triangle

The earliest issues of The Triangle tended to focus on events happening on campus like banquets, dances, and athletic events.

2. Elvis Performs in Cole Field House

Elvis performs

In September 1974, The King performed two sold-out shows in Cole Field House.

3. Tornado rips through campus in 2001

tornado 2001

In 2001, the university community was devastated by a tornado that killed two students and caused massive damage to the campus.

4. Maryland Women’s Basketball Brings Home a National Title

2006 National Championship

The Maryland women’s basketball team stunned Duke in 2006 when Kristi Toliver hit a last-second shot to send the game into overtime. The Terps defeated the Blue Devils by a score of 78-75 in the extra session.

5. The Great Fire Destroys Original MAC Campus in 1912

fire 1912

On November 29, 1912, smoke and flames interrupted a Thanksgiving dance in the Barracks of Maryland Agricultural College. Most students and faculty members had gone home to celebrate the holiday, but the fifty or so who remained on campus faced a scene that would change the course of the institution’s history…

6. Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant Leaves Maryland

Bryant resigns

Bryant, who coached just one season at Maryland, left after the 1945 season due to interference from University President H.C. Byrd. Bryant went on to become the winningest coach in college football history, adding 317 victories at Kentucky, Texas A & M, and Alabama to his six at Maryland.

7. World War I Comes to an End

end of ww1

In 1918, students and faculty celebrated the “Call to Arms” that formally ended the combat of World War I.

8.  Maryland Basketball Star Len Bias Dies

Len Bias Death

The news of the death of Len Bias shocked the university community and the nation. Basketball fans across the country mourned the loss of Bias, an exceptionally gifted young man whose life ended way too soon.

9.  The University of Maryland Centennial Celebration

100 year anniversary

In March 1956, the campus gathered to celebrate the 100th birthday of the university. The front page of The Diamondback provided a look at how much the university had changed over 100 years.

10. Campus Laments Kennedy’s Death

Kennedy's Death

Activity on campus shut down when news broke that the president had been shot in Dallas, Texas. Students gathered in the Memorial Chapel for interdenominational services honoring Kennedy.

11. Cole Field House is Dedicated in 1955

Cole dedication 1955

In December 1955, the university held ceremonies to dedicate the new Student Activities Building, later known as Cole Field House.

12. Terps Crush Virginia in Last Men’s Basketball Game in Cole

Last game in Cole

In 2002, the Terps closed out their season in Cole Field House with a bang, beating Virginia 112 to 92. The next season, the basketball team would begin play in the brand-new Comcast Center arena.

13. Campus Reacts to the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

MLK death

The death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sparked widespread mourning and uproar on campus and across the country.

14. The Terps’ Men’s Basketball Team Brings Home First National Title in 2002

2002 National Champs

A star-studded starting five propelled the Terps past Indiana and to the program’s first national championship.

15.  Terror Strikes Home on September 11, 2001

September 12, 2001

The September 12, 2001, issue of The Diamondback featured special edition coverage of the 9/11 terror attacks. The Diamondback joined other local, national, and world media outlets in attempting to understand and explain the heinous events of the previous day.


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