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This Week in KU History

  • Professor Clarence A. Johnson of the KU School of Engineering is granted a leave of absence to oversee installation of the electric circuit necessary for operating the Panama Canal.
  • The KU chapter of the Committee on Racial Equality (CORE) stages a sit-in at Brick’s Cafe in an attempt to force the owner to serve African-Americans.

  • The Board of Regents elect Frank Strong as the sixth chancellor of KU, succeeding Francis Huntington Snow.

  • A groundbreaking ceremony is held on the site of the new Rock Chalk Park in northwest Lawrence. The park will feature a track and field venue with 7,000 permanent seats and about 3,000 temporary ones. The new soccer stadium will accommodate 2,500 while the new Softball stadium will seat 1,500.


KU Today
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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times