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This Week in KU History

  • The University Daily Kansan responds to Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor with a scathing editorial titled, “An Open Letter to Hirohito.”

  • Adolph Rupp, the "Baron of Bluegrass", dies. A Naismith Hall of Fame inductee and former coach for the University of Kentucky, Rupp played on the men's basketball squad under Phog Allen during the 1921-23 seasons.

  • KU Alum David Booth and his wife Suzanne purchase Naismith's original rules of "Basket-Ball" for display at the University. The two-page document was sold at Sotheby's in New York for $4.3 million.

  • Three KU students are injured when a bomb tears through the University’s Computation Center.

  • KU Chancellor Frank Strong assails plans for increasing military training at public colleges, contending, "universities, of all institutions in our national life, must stand against militarism and a resort to force."


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