"Up from Wilkens Avenue the cars and motorbikes came; first a few, then clusters and finally a steady stream disturbed the morning stillness of the former farmland. They carried the final ingredient, the necessary spark to bring the University of Maryland Baltimore County campus into the world of higher learning. As the vehicles slipped in between the freshly painted stripes of the parking lots, and students hurried to their first class, a new era for the University of Maryland began. It was a date to remember: September 19, 1966."
This Friday the 19th marks the 42nd anniversary of the opening of UMBC! You can take a look at how the campus began in this article, "A Campus Is Born," published in the Maryland Magazine in Fall 1996 (click to view PDF).