50 years ago today - Jan 6, 1972

The church releases apostle Howard W. Hunter as Church Historian. N. Eldon Tanner of the First Presidency meets with Leonard J. Arrington and calls him to the office of Church Historian, assigning him Alvin R. Dyer as an advisor. Dyer had been a member of the First Presidency under David O. McKay.

[Chronology, in Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, chronology by Joseph Geisner, and Lavina Fielding Anderson]

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