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This Week in KU History

  • In a harbinger of winning seasons to come, the Jayhawks play their first game under Coach Forrest “Phog” Allen, as well as their first game in Robinson Gymnasium, and whip the Ottawa University basketball squad by 44 points.

  • Bob Valesente replaces Mike Gottfried as head coach of the Kansas football squad. Valesente had previously served as Asst. Coach under Gottfriend, who resigned to become head coach at Pittsburgh.
  • The Kansas Board of Regents announced the appointment of Dr. Douglas A. Girod as the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas.

  • John Philip Sousa and His Band perform an afternoon concert in (old) Robinson Gymnasium to an enthusiastic audience. Reserved seats were $1 and $300 of the proceeds were donated to the Red Cross to benefit families of the Kansas National Guard.

  • KFKU, the University’s first radio station, makes its inaugural broadcast.


KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times