The University of Notre Dame began late on the bitterly cold afternoon of November 26 1842, when 28 year old french priest Edward Sorin and seven compaions started to build it. A man with alot of imagination, Father Sorin named his fledgling school in honor of Our Lady, “L’Universit√© de Notre Dame du Lac” (The University of Our Lady of the Lake). On January 15, 1844, the University was officially chartered by the Indiana legislature. In 1879 there was a terrific fire which destroyed The main bulding, and almost the entire university.
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