January 2, 533. John II (original name, Mercury) ascends the Papacy. Among other acts, hwe as “famous contradicting, under pressure from the Eastern emperor, the teaching of a previous pope (Hormisdas) on a matter of doctrine." [Source: Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997), p. 89]
January 1, 1971. Pepperdine College, named after American business tycoon and automobile industry pioneer George Pepperdine, officially becomes a University. Among the school’s more prominent lawyer-professors* are Kenneth Starr and F. LaGard Smith. [Source: Reuel Lemmons, Firm Foundation 88 (1971), p. 2. More on Pepperdine U here.
ERRATUM: I earlier made a mistake of referring to Starr and Smith as Pepperdine U "alumni." Many thanks to my esteemed brother Edward Fudge, for correcting this wrong information. In his 03Jan07 e-mail to me, he noted: "... You have made a factual error, I believe. LaGard Smith is not an alumnus of Pepperdine but rather taught in its law school for many years. And I don't believe that Ken Starr is an alumnus either, but is recently-appointed law school Dean."