October 3, 1911: Dr. John Preston McConnell (right) was elected as the first President of Radford University.
Oct. 4, 1945: Ruth Bryan Owen, the first female representative in the U.S. Congress, spoke at Radford College.
October, 1953: “Radford College Highlanders” gained their first marching experience in the Norfolk parade prior to the annual Oyster Bowl Game.
October 29, 1977: Entertainer, rock musician, and song-writer Billy Joel appeared in concert, at Radford College.
October 5-7, 1979: Radford celebrated its first Homecoming as a University.
October 1, 1983: Whitt Hall was rededicated, following a $1.1 million renovation for the department of business
October, 1992: Sir John Eccles, Nobel Laureate in psychology and medicine, spoke at the first Center for Brain Research and Informational Sciences (BRAINS) conference at Radford University, originally established by Dr. Karl H. Pribram, Distinguished Professor of RU.
October 13-14, 2000: The Radford Singers, under the direction of David Castonguay, made its first trip to Russia to perform at a symposium in Ekaterinburg.
October 12, 2006: Jehan Sedat, former First Lady of Egypt, was a symposium guest presenter during the inauguration of President Penelope W. Kyle. Sedat was the university’s first Distinguished Visiting Professor in 1985.
October 19, 2008: The first home football game was played by the Radford Football Club, a member of the Seaboard Conference.