1.The first ISU Homecoming was Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 in 1921; the idea of Homecoming came from David Felmley, president at the time, who saw it occurring at other schools. University of Illinois had been hosting “Homecoming” events since 1910.
2.The first Homecoming football game was against Eastern Illinois on November 5, 1921; ISU won with a score of 42-3.
3. Also in 1921, there was an all-school party in Fell Hall the weekend of Homecoming.
4. In 1980, presidential candidate at the time, Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy were a part of the annual Homecoming parade through Uptown Normal. They were in the front of the parade, to campaign for that year’s election against Jimmy Carter.
5.The 50th anniversary Homecoming was over Halloween weekend in 1971, and themed “Halloween Hey-Day.” There was a pumpkin carving contest this year as a homecoming event.