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This Week in KU History

  • Bailey Hall, one of the University’s oldest buildings, is entered on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Actor Buddy Rogers returns to KU to present the first "Buddy" award to actor Don Johnson. Rogers starred in "Wings", the first movie to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. Johnson starred in TV's "Miami Vice". Pictured is Don Johnson.
  • The NCAA bans the '61 basketball and '60 football teams from post-season play and national TV appearances, and places the basketball team on a 2-year probation. Cited reasons were that halfback Bert Coan received a paid trip to an All-Star game from an alum, and that Wilt Chamberlain received a car.
  • M. F. Amrine, warden of the Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing, brought his thirty-piece prison band to Mount Oread for a convocation. The band played several classical numbers and then Amrine gave a short talk, explaining the Kansas prison system and the attitude of prisoners toward it.
  • KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Paul B. Lawson notes, “The rather definite impression is gained down through the years that the leaders in their fields have been rather steadily leaving the University of Kansas for other institutions.”


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