January 17, 2008 | 7:33
Jan. 17, 1958
The Daily Mirror salutes insurance salesman Harold Alonzo Franklin, who on Jan. 4, 1964, became the first African American to register at Auburn University in 108 years. Franklin was seeking a master's degree in history. (Bonus fact: Henry Harris was signed as Auburn's first African American athlete March 14, 1968). As far as I can determine from Google, Auburn no longer celebrates Robert E. Lee's birthday. Update: In fact, according to Auburn's academic calendar, the school celebrates Martin Luther King Day instead.