NOVEMBER 26, 1842
On this date, a FRENCH priest by the name of Edouard Frédéric Sorin, from a FRENCH order of priests, founded the University of Notre Dame (FRENCH for "Our Lady"), named after an historic FRENCH cathedral in the FRENCH capital.
To honor this heritage nearly a century later, the school decides to call their athletic teams the "Fightin' Irish."
In this vein, they also adopted their legendary anthem: Victory March, followed by the shouted oath: "FAUX IRISH!" At least they're self-aware.