This Week in KU History
Saturday, July 16, 1921Construction begins on Kansas Memorial Stadium. Erected as a memorial to the KU casualties during World War I, only the east and west sides of the stadium were built. The north bowl was added in 1927.
Monday, July 16, 1951
In an article about the departure of KU Chancellor Deane W. Malott and his replacement by KU Med Center Dean Franklin D. Murphy, Time magazine asserts “In the last twelve years, KU has begun to climb from its place as a solid but unspectacular state university…Under Chancellor Murphy, it hopes to climb even faster.”
Thursday, July 16, 1970
Former KU student Rick “Tiger” Dowdell, 19, is shot and killed by police in downtown Lawrence, sparking a week of protests, vandalism, and confrontations.
Sunday, July 17, 1966
KU sophomore-to-be Jim Ryun sets a new world record in the Mile Run with a time of 3:51.3.
Saturday, July 18, 1914
During a time of extreme drought, the city of Lawrence has shut off water to the KU campus. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the school may have to close due to the water shortage. Potter Lake had been used, but a portion of the water must be kept for fire protection on Mt. Oread.