This timeline combines events and notable moments from the last 50 years from Northern Arizona University and world history.
Arizona State College becomes Northern Arizona University.
On January 15, the first Super Bowl is held between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers.
The Stonewall Riots in New York City become the start of the Gay Liberation Movement.
NAU joins the Big Sky Conference.
The South Academic Center opens and classes begin to be held.
On June 23, Title IX of the education amendments of 1972 is signed into law, requiring equal access for women in institutions that receive federal funding.
The Ensphere, later renamed the Walkup Skydome, opens as the second-largest wooden dome in the world.
MTV is founded.
Gas leaks caused by rotting pipes force evacuation of dorms, disrupt classes, and cuase NAU to close for a short time.
The legal drinking age in Arizona is raised from 19 to 21.
Gay Academic Union is first gay rights club formed on NAU's campus.
The Hispanic Task Force is created to increase NAU's Hispanic faculty, staff, and students from across Arizona.
The first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated across America on January 20. Arizona Governor Evan Mecham refuses to recognize it as a federal holiday.
NAU Yuma, briefly called NAYuma, is approved by the Arizona Board of Regents.
The Hubble Spacecraft is launched.
The Cline Library, renamed in 1988 for Platt and Barbara Cline, is opened after a 120,000 square foot expansion.
DVDs are first introduced in Japan. They are released in the U.S. in 1997.
NAU Online is launched to offer classes across the state and country.
The Y2K computer bug creates widespread fear of computer and network crashes.
The 100th Anniversary of NAU being founded as a normal school in 1899.
NAU forms the Office of Community Relations with the tagline "One Community: Flagstaff and NAU."
Facebook is launched.
Pluto is reclassified as a dwarf planet.
The Applied Research and Development building opens. It is a LEED certified platinum building.
The Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world at 2,722 feet, opens in Dubai.
In May, Cards Against Humanity, the party game for horrible people, is released after a massively successful Kickstarter campaign.
The Native American Cultural Center opens. NAU has the highest percentage of Native American students on campus in the United States.
Gay marriage is legalized in all 50 states.