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This Week in KU History

  • Captain Bob Karnes wins the Big Seven two-mile meet for the third straight year- the third man in conference history to do so. His time was 9:35.3. The meet was held in KU's Memorial Stadium.
  • With less than a minute to go in a football game at McCook Field between Nebraska‚Äôs Doane College and the University of Kansas, Bert Serf, a member of the visiting team, suffers a fatal injury while making a touchdown-saving tackle.

  • Topeka wins the state capital, putting additional pressure on Lawrence residents to gain the proposed state university for their town.

  • Male students begin moving into makeshift quarters underneath the east-wing stands of Memorial Stadium, an emergency post-World War II housing arrangement known as McCook Hall.

  • KU paleontologists Larry D. Martin (above) and Zhonghe Zhou publish research in the journal Science casting doubt on the theory that birds are the descendents of dinosaurs.


KU Today
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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
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