Orange You Just Crushed?
The football Jayhawkers become the first college team from the state of Kansas to play in a bowl game, squaring off against Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.Read More
Raising The Bar
KU University Council formally requests the Board of Regents establish a separate graduate school with its own dedicated dean and faculty.
Third Time’s The Charm
The 2007 Jayhawk football team finally triumph in KU's third Orange Bowl appearance defeating Virginia Tech 24-21.
From Health To Human Services
Watkins Memorial Hospital is officially opened in what is now present-day Twente Hall.Read More
In the opening moments of a home game against Stephen F. Austin University, KU women’s basketball phenom Lynette Woodard sinks a shot from the top of the key that gives her a total of 3,206 career points and moves her into sole possession of the AIAW career scoring record.Read More
“A Letter From Home”
Kansas Alumni marks the 100th anniversary of KU alumni journals, an enterprise that began with the 1902 appearance of the Graduate Magazine and, in total, represents the University’s longest-running continuous publication.Read More
23 in a Row
Playing at Norman, Oklahoma, the KU men's basketball team wins its 23rd consecutive conference opener by defeating the Oklahoma Sooners 90-83. Wayne Selden, Jr. scored a career-high 24 points followed by Perry Ellis with 22.
KU announces there is only 10 days worth of fuel oil left to heat the campus during the nation's gas and oil crisis. Gas service to the campus had already been interrupted and fuel oil was being used to fill the gap in energy.
The State of Kansas grants an official charter to the Kansas University Endowment Association.
A group of KU women students launch a “Lips that touch liquor will never touch mine” campaign.
The Future of Corn Oil
The LJ-World reports that Pharmacy Dean L. E. Sayre declared that inexpensive corn oil may be the wave of the future. "We are continuing our work to determine its importance in cooking, and to prove that corn oil may be used interchangeably in culinary operations with cotton seed and olive oils."
The Young Women’s Christian Association acquires Henley House, which will become a “gathering place” for KU women and the scene of an “experiment” in integrated undergraduate student housing.Read More
“I Didn’t Raise My Boy…”
As World War I rages in Europe, KU Chancellor Frank Strong publicly opposes the idea of instituting compulsory military training in American universities.Read More
State Of Confusion
After having been fired less than three weeks earlier by lame duck Kansas Governor Jonathan M. Davis, KU Chancellor Ernest H. Lindley is formally reinstated at the behest of the new governor, Ben S. Paulen.Read More
Legacy From Lindsborg
KU acquires Landscape With Four Trees, a 1920 oil painting by Swedish-born artist Birger Sandzen, who painted scores of landscapes from his studio in Lindsborg, Kansas from 1894 through 1946.
Carney’s Call For Action
Newly elected Kansas Governor Thomas Carney encourages establishment of a state university during his inaugural address before the state legislature.
An electric pipe organ for the chapel of old Fraser becomes one of the first major acquisitions arranged by the KU Endowment Association.
Last Tango In Lawrence
The Lawrence police chief and city attorney, as well as the Men’s Student Council at KU, approve the tango, but University faculty condemn the dance, forcing the tango teachers to leave town.
Birth Of A Notion
The University Daily Kansan becomes the first college daily newspaper in the Sunflower State.Read More
A Museum Is Born
The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas is opened to the public.
A satirical song written by KU student Helen May Marcell entitled "Daddy Swiped Our Last Clean Sheet and Joined the Ku Klux Klan" is reportedly first published on this date. It was later recorded on KKK Records with the artist listed as "100% Americans". Marcell also wrote other musical comedies for performance at KU.
KU grad Steven Hawley, NASA Mission Specialist, returns to earth aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-61-C. It was the second of his five space missions aboard the Shuttle.
KU hosts the first annual National Conference of Schools of Journalism, featuring a keynote address by Arthur Brisbane, chief editorial writer for the Hearst newspaper chain.Read More
It Wasn’t the Gila Monster
Even though he was bitten by a Gila Monster a couple of weeks before, KU Professor Lewis Lindsay Dyche died at Stormont Hospital in Topeka from an existing heart condition.
A Touch Of Glass
In an early example of corporate funding of academic research at KU, the Holophane Glass Company reportedly sets up an industrial fellowship yielding an annual income of $1,500 plus ten percent of profits from any discoveries.
On a night that Clyde Tombaugh called the “worst seeing in my life before or since,” an exposure was made that revealed the image of Pluto, albeit swollen due to high winds that night. It would still take corroborating photos to prove the existence of the new planet.Read More
Amid a post-World War II campus housing crunch, the University Daily Kansan reports that 80 male students – nearly all returned veterans – will soon move into the basement of present-day Spooner Hall, then known as the Spooner-Thayer Museum of Art.Read More
Starry, Starry Night
In the search for Planet X, Clyde Tombaugh, at the Lowell Observatory in Arizona, takes a second exposure of what will soon be known as Pluto.Read More
A writer in the Oread Gazette attacks KU Chancellor John Fraser and Professor Francis Snow for “neglecting their classes,” characterizes the Preparatory Department as being “something of a swindle,” and asserts that KU professors owe their students “an adequate return on their time and money.”
The Lime Of Their Lives
The KU Endowment Association announces acquisition of the house that will become Jolliffe Hall, a building that will serve variously as a residence hall for undergraduate men and women, and be slathered in lime green paint for much of its existence.Read More
This Must Be Belgium
KU’s Spencer Museum of Art opens Les XX and the Belgian Avant-Garde, an exhibition showcasing the oeuvre of a group of late nineteenth century Belgian artists such as James Ensor and Felicien Rops.
$10,000 An Hour
Lawrence residents reportedly raise $30,000 for the KU Memorial Stadium fund in just three hours.
The Truth Hurts
Chancellor Frank Strong paints a dire picture of KU's condition, asserting, “State pride leads us to say that the University of Kansas is one of the great institutions of the country, but it is not so.”
The Day They Almost Abolished Football
J.W. Gleed, a member of the Board of Regents, sparks a campus-wide debate when he proposes abolishing KU’s participation in intercollegiate football.Read More
Coming Into Focus
The third of three corroborating images of Planet X (Pluto) is taken by young Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory. Next step...recognizing the planet in the three photos by using a machine called the blink comparator.Read More
Say You Want An Evolution
KU Chancellor Francis H. Snow announces that he will give a series of University Extension lectures on evolution, a move that provokes much criticism from local religious leaders.Read More
The Ransom Rambler
Nolan Cromwell, former KU defensive back and quarterback, was born in Smith Center. Nicknamed "The Ransom Rambler" after becoming a three-sport standout at Ransom, Kansas High School, he went on to become All-America in both Track and Football while at KU, leading all KU quarterbacks in rushing yards.
Giving Peace A Chance, Sort Of
KU senior Kenneth Pringle returns to Lawrence from his trip to Europe aboard Henry Ford’s “Peace Ship,” an idealistic but ultimately preposterous attempt to end World War I.Read More
Dr. Logan Clendening, a leading medical historian, a newspaper columnist appearing in 383 newspapers, and author of one of the best selling medical books of the 20th Century (The Human Body), dies in Kansas City.Read More
Woman With A Mission
E. Jean Hill takes on the goal of gaining accreditation for the baccalaureate program in nursing at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.Read More
The men of the just established Rochdale Co-op begin their first semester of classes from their new Ohio Street home.Read More
Bonnie Does It All
Multi-genre singer-songwriter and slide guitarist Bonnie Raitt appears in a half-filled Hoch Auditorium. Comedian Martin Mull opened the show for Raitt.
One Day In The Park With George
KU Chancellor Frank Strong asks noted Kansas City landscape architect George Kessler to prepare the University’s first formal campus plan.Read More
Hello, I Must Be Going
Braving below-freezing temperatures, over 4,000 KU students and local residents gather to see President Woodrow Wilson while his train pauses in Lawrence.Read More
Radioactive fuel was removed from the nuclear reactor located on 15th Street, across from Jayhawker Towers. It was shipped to a reprocessing plant in South Carolina.
Bonding with KU
The citizens of Lawrence, by almost a unanimous vote, authorized bonds to the amount of $100,000 for the purpose of erecting (old) Fraser Hall, the second building on campus. The legislature appropriated another $50,000 for its construction.Read More
In his first appearance as KU’s basketball coach, James Naismith watches the men from Lawrence sustain a 16-5 defeat at the hands of the Kansas City YMCA team.
The Rock Chalk Co-op, housing approximately 25 men in a rented Rhode Island Street home, begins its formal existence in time for the start of spring semester 1941 classes.Read More
A women’s advocacy group calling themselves the February Sisters occupy the East Asian Studies building in an effort to win concessions from the University.Read More
On the centenary of his birth, KU receives the last works of author William S. Burroughs from the Burroughs estate. Burroughs, author of "The Naked Lunch," lived in Lawrence the last 15 years of his life.
Knute Knows Football
Notre Dame's Knute Rockne speaks at the first annual football banquet in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Also in attendance...Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Rockne died less than two months later in a plane crash near Bazaar, Kansas
First in War
Alfred C. Alford, the first KU student or alumnus killed in any war, dies near Caloocan, Philippines during the Philippine-American War. He fought in Company B of the Kansas Infantry under the command of another KU man, Colonel (later Major-General) Frederick Funston.
They’ve Come A Long Way, Maybe
Sports-minded females at the University of Kansas organize the Women’s Athletic Association.Read More
Ralph "Lefty" Sproull, a three-year starter from 1913-1915, scores 40 points in a game versus Washington University (St. Louis). This would be the most points scored by a Jayhawk in a game until Clyde Lovellete scored 44 in a 1952 NCAA Tournament game against St. Louis.
Winning at Home
The new men's basketball team plays its first home game at a Lawrence skating rink. The Jayhawkers beat the Topeka YMCA 31-6. About fifty people watched the event.
As the Great Depression reaches its lowest depths, KU officials send over 400 letters to KU faculty members and Lawrence residents pleading for some odd jobs that will help students remain in school.
Former Jayhawk Lynette Woodard, the leading scorer in women's collegiate basketball history, returns to a crowd of 13,000 fans in Allen Fieldhouse as a member of the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. Woodard was the first woman to play for the team.Read More
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, KU Chancellor Frank Strong orchestrates a campus ceremony and banquet for state legislators, capping a major lobbying campaign for increased state funding to the University.
The Topeka Capital-Commonwealth reports a charge by Kansas Representative Daniel W. Poe of Butler County that KU is trying to “run the legislature and the state.”
KU’s New Deal
A KU committee begins finding part-time jobs paying $10 to $20 per month for 350 Depression-era students under the College Students Employment Project (CSEP) of the Federal Relief Administration.
Here’s To Naismith
The night of the KU-K-State game (KU won 52-34) was declared "Naismith Night" to honor Dr. Naismith and his game. Basketball was being introduced as an official Olympic event in Germany for the first time this year, and many such programs were held in the state to solicit funds to send Naismith to Berlin.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a large bob-sled, capable of carrying a dozen people, was traveling down Adams St. (14th St.) and ran into the rear wheel of a horse-drawn cab traveling on Tennessee Street. The KU student in the front, Cecil M. Beardsley, Russell, KS, was severely injured and died shortly after the collision.
“Let Us Raze Historic Halls!”
The Kansas Board of Regents votes funds to replace the original Fraser Hall, claiming it had "outlived its usefulness."Read More
Future KU alumnus Clyde Tombaugh announces his discovery of the planet Pluto.Read More
Rx For Rural Health Care
The “Rural Health Program for Kansas,” a measure conceived by KU School of Medicine Dean Franklin Murphy to provide underserved Sunflower State communities with additional physicians and other medical professionals, is signed into law by Kansas Governor Frank Carlson.Read More
It Could Have Been Kickapoo
Kansas Territorial Governor John W. Geary signs a bill passed by the Territorial Legislature that calls for the establishment of Kansas Territorial University in Kickapoo, Leavenworth County, not Lawrence.
Hail To A Forgotten Hero
The death of soldier-adventurer Frederick Funston, whose failure to graduate did not prevent him from achieving widespread – albeit fleeting – fame.Read More
The University Daily Kansan reports on the formation of what is thought to be the country’s first housing co-op for married students.Read More
The Power Of One
Kansas Governor Thomas Carney signs into law a bill locating the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The bill had passed the state House of Representatives by just one vote.
The Return Of Jarring Jim
More than six years after breaking Jim Thorpe’s decathlon record, James Bausch – KU football, basketball, and track star extraordinaire – makes an unexpected visit to his alma mater.Read More
George Lincoln Rockwell, the leader of the American Nazi Party, speaks in the Kansas Union Ballroom. He was invited to campus by the SUA Minority Opinions Forum.
The Greening Of Gerald Ford
Former US President Gerald Ford heads the list of dignitaries assembled at KU to dedicate new Green Hall, home of the KU School of Law.
First of Many
The KU basketball team, under coach "Phog" Allen, defeats Nebraska to win the first Missouri Valley Conference championship.
Water On The Brain
KU physics and engineering professor, Lucien I. Blake, successfully transmits the first long distance ship-to-shore message using underwater wireless technology.Read More
A Great Debate
The University Debating society held its first formal debate. The debate topics included the establishment of a Parcels Post system and the creation of a uniform divorce law. President Milton Minor and VP Allen Wilbur presided over the 54 members of the group.
The Thrifty Third
The KU Registrar, George O. Foster, releases a report showing that 31 percent of KU students are self-supporting.
Separate But Not Equal
Ernie Fields (pictured) and His Orchestra play for the segregated Negro Varsity dance in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Each of the 128 black KU students were permitted to bring two guests. According to the Daily Kansan, the annual affair was given to Negro students as a “compensation for the regular varsities.”
At the age of 32, Dr. Franklin D. Murphy – a son both of KU and of a Medical School “founding father” – agrees to become dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the youngest man in the nation to hold such an office.Read More
Led by guard Naadir Tharp, who scored 12 points in the last six minutes of the game, the KU Men's Basketball team secures a 10th straight Big 12 conference title by defeating Oklahoma 83 to 75 in Allen Fieldhouse.
“The Place Where Kansas Makes Engineers”
KU dedicates Marvin Hall to house the School of Engineering and Haworth Hall for the Departments of Mineralogy and Geology.Read More
A Game For The Ages
As Missouri prepares to exit the Big 12, the men's basketball team overcomes a 19-point deficit to defeat the third-ranked Tigers 87-86 in overtime, assuring that KU will own a portion of an 8th straight Big 12 title.
Men's basketball head coach Bill Self gets his 500th career victory with a KU win over Iowa State in Ames. The Jayhawks won the heated battle in overtime 108-96. KU guard Elijah Johnson led the Jayhawks with a 39 point performance- the most points scored by a Jayhawk during the Big 12 era.
Byrd Flies South
Polar explorer Admiral Byrd (pictured with Chancellor Lindley) visits campus for a lecture on Little America, which were exploration bases established in the Antarctic.
Manhattan On The Rocks
The Kansas state senate votes down a bill to locate the proposed public university in Manhattan.
A Bit of Phogery
Phog Allen delays the start of the Oklahoma game to 7:30 p.m., purportedly so fans could listen to the end of the K-State/MU game. Actually, Phog delayed the game to give center Bill Johnson time to fly from Oklahoma where he had been attending his father's funeral. Johnson arrived in time and KU won 33-29.
Joshua A. Lippincott, KU’s fourth chancellor, informs the Board of Regents that he will resign to become minister at Topeka’s First Methodist Church.
Phog’s Career On the Line
Confiding in his wife before the season began, Phog Allen states he will quit coaching if KU cannot win a "clear-cut" conference championship. KU goes on to a 16-0 conference record, wins the championship, and is later named the 1923 National Champions by the Helms Foundation for the second year in a row.
Before They Were Stars
SUA brings the National Lampoon's "Lemmings" to campus featuring John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Christopher Guest (Spinal Tap).
From Gold to Bronze
Bernard "Poco" Frazier wins the 2-mile run at the Big 6 indoor track meet while KU placed 3rd overall. Multi-talented Frazier is also known for creating the bas-relief sculptures of engineers at the entrance of Lindley Hall, and the bronze doors of the Memorial Campanile.
Field House of Dreams
Dedication of KU’s Allen Field House takes place on the night of the Jayhawks’ only home conference victory of the 1954-55 season.Read More
Ready When You Are
With American entry into World War I appearing increasingly likely, the KU faculty wires President Woodrow Wilson with an assurance of “their unqualified support in any measure taken to preserve the honor and integrity of the United States.”
The BEST Yet
A new Business, Engineering, Sciences and Technology (BEST) Building opens on the Edwards Campus. The 75,000 sq. foot building cost $25 million to construct.
Ben McLemore scores a freshman record 36 points in a win against West Virginia in Allen Field House. McLemore's total broke the 35 point record set by Danny Manning on the same date in 1985 in a contest with Oklahoma State. (image: Tara Bryant/KANSAN)
Phog’s First Farewell
In the final game of his only season as a Jayhawk basketball player, Forrest “Phog” Allen scores 26 points, a record that will stand for nearly a decade.Read More
Former KU Track star Glen Cunningham sets a new world record in the indoor mile run with a time of 4:04.4.
Citing budget concerns, Athletics Director Bob Frederick announces the elimination of both the men's tennis and men's swimming/diving programs. The last sports eliminated at KU were men's and women's gymnastics in 1980.
KU officials reportedly cancel the women’s fencing drill after the team insists on wearing bloomer suits.
“There Is Too Much Talk Here About Segregation”
Kansas Representative William H. Blount convenes a hearing in Topeka to investigate racial discrimination at the University of Kansas, with particular focus on the Medical School’s exclusionary practices that prevent African American students from completing medical degrees at KU.Read More
Daisy Hill Revival
A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the construction of two new freshman-focused residence halls at 1620 Engel Road. McCollum Hall is to be razed for the project. The new hall was set to accommodate 350 residents.
News that the Legislature has approved major appropriations for KU after years of only moderate support sparks a spontaneous rally in downtown Lawrence at which Chancellor J. A. Lippincott declares that taunts belittling KU for being only a local “Lawrence University” or even just “Lawrence High School” have become a thing of the past.
Hall To The Chief
The University of Kansas signs a lease for a new residence hall that will take the name of a famed Kansa chief – thanks to a set of hand-me-down silverware.Read More
“We Shall Overcome”
The KU Civil Rights Council holds a student sit-in in the office of Chancellor W. Clarke Wescoe, the country’s second largest such demonstration to date.Read More
Snow Hall’s Dance In Hell
H.H. Lane, chairman of the KU Zoology Department, complains that the original Snow Hall is in such a state of disrepair that “careless use of a hotplate or Bunsen burner could start a roaring blaze,” and overall conditions “were probably responsible for the repeated illnesses of the faculty who worked there.”
Fuller’s Brushes With Fame
Ferdinand Fuller, architect of KU’s first building and a member of the original party sent to Kansas by the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society, dies at his home near Lawrence.Read More
The Chateau That Blake Built
The Kansas Legislature authorizes $50,000 for the construction of a new physics and electrical engineering building, a striking structure resembling a French chateau now remembered as “old” Blake Hall.Read More
The KU women's track and field team has a program-best 11 athletes named as first or second team All-Americans. Runner Taylor Washington, senior, earned her fourth All-America award, another first for KU.
The Chancellor Who Never Was, Take 2
The Board of Regents elects Rev. Charles F. Thwing, pastor of the Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota to be University Chancellor, but he declines, paving the way for the appointment of KU Professor Francis Snow.
Out of Line
With the 1966 NCAA Midwest Regional Final contest against Texas Western in a second overtime, Jo Jo White hits what was thought to be the winning basketball as time ran out. But an official ruled White had stepped out of bounds before the shot. Texas Western won, going on to win the National Championship.
Outstanding in Her Field
Andrea Geubelle, long and triple jumper, was named the USA's female field athlete of the year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This is the second-consecutive national indoor honor for the women's team after Diamond Dixon was named the nation's female track athlete of the year in 2012.
The Ideal Jayhawker
From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 14, 1913: "Kansas University Co-eds who are members of the K.U. Y.W.C.A. have outlined a code of ideals to which they would have the young men of Kansas measure up. In a list of nine requirements they have prescribed for his every-day life in such a manner thatRead More
A sit-in at the Lawrence Holiday Inn was held by a group that called itself Concerned White Citizens of Lawrence. The inn came under fire for alleged poor treatment of several black employees. The group took all seats in the restaurant, forcing it to close. The hotel manager was later found guilty of discrimination.
Arranging Dyche’s Chair On Mount Oread
Lewis Lindsay Dyche accepts a KU chair in anatomy, physiology, and taxidermy.Read More
University Chancellor Deane W. Malott recommends that KU accept Japanese-American college students being deported from the West Coast in the wake of Pearl Harbor, suggesting their presence would be “an interesting leaven in our group,” and contending the whole deportation scheme would appear “utterly foolish” in the “light of later years.”
Nearly 4,000 students pack Hoch Auditorium to protest the resignation of KU Chancellor Franklin Murphy following a long-simmering conflict with Kansas Governor George Docking.Read More
Charisma Amidst The Chaos
Senator Robert F. Kennedy launches his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination with twin speeches at K-State and KU.Read More
Take 5 and more
The famous jazz group, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, performs in Hoch Auditorium.
Born to Wander
Naturalist, conservationist, taxidermist and adventurer Lewis Lindsay Dyche was born in Berkeley Springs, W. Va. The KU Museum of Natural History, including Dyche's Panorama of North American Mammals (featured at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago), reside in Dyche Hall.
Twilight At 2
The worst “Dust Bowl” dust storm hits Lawrence, shrouding the town and the KU campus in darkness by 2 p.m.Read More
In the first meeting between the two schools in a quarter century, Wichita State hits a last-second shot to upend KU in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.Read More
The Start of Something Big
At their first meeting, the Kansas Board of Regents elect the Reverend Robert W. Oliver as chancellor of the new University of Kansas.
In one of the most painful losses KU basketball fans have endured, Arizona upsets the No. 1 ranked Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.Read More
Fire destroys KU’s engineering building and heating plant, prompting Kansas City businessman George A. Fowler to donate $18,000 to rebuild the facilities, which became known as the Fowler Shops.Read More
Too Darn Hot
KU alum Lorenzo Fuller is born in Stockton, Ks. He had his own radio program and starred in many musical productions at KU. He went on to perform on Broadway, was popular on the radio in the 1940s, and was the first African-American to host a national TV show in 1947.Read More
Big Game for Big Man
Kansas men's basketball defeat St. Louis in Kansas City to advance to the 1952 NCAA Final Four. Clyde Lovellette scored 44 points in the contest, an NCAA Tournament record.
First Final Four
In the Western Regional final game of the NCAA Tournament (Final Four), KU's Pony Express team, featuring Ralph Miller, Howard Engleman and Dick Harp, defeat the University of Southern California 43-42. KU would lose to Indiana in the final.
Big Game, Big Loss
In the NCAA national championship game in Kansas City, KU men's basketball, featuring Wilt Chamberlain, loses in three overtimes to North Carolina. Final score NC 54, KU 53.
That’s The Way It Was
CBS news correspondent Walter Cronkite delivered the 20th annual William A. White Memorial Lecture in Hoch Auditorium to a capacity crowd.Read More
At a meeting that could be considered the birth of KU Med, KU faculty vote to establish a preparatory or first-year medical course, which is subsequently approved by the Board of Regents.
The “Big Tooter”
The campus power plant steam whistle begins marking the end of each hour’s classes.Read More
KU’s Greatest Team?
The University of Kansas men’s basketball team wins its first NCAA national title.Read More
The University of Kansas gains one of the world’s most impressive Irish political and literary collections when 11 tons of books, pamphlets, periodicals, and other items representing the bulk of Patrick Sarsfield O’Hegarty’s library arrive on Mount Oread.Read More
The Full Monte
Monte Johnson resigns as Athletics Director. Johnson was a former athlete at KU and was responsible for the firing of Don Fambrough in '82 and Ted Owens in '83. He also hired Larry Brown as coach of the men's basketball team, who led the Jayhawks to the NCAA Championship in '88.
Going To Kansas City
KU beats Kansas State in the regional championship game in Pontiac, Michigan and advances to the 1988 Final Four to be held in Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Image of Clint Normore by Gary Mook.
Phog’s 20th Title
The men's basketball team wins the Big Six Conference title by beating Nebraska in Lincoln 43-36. It was Phog Allen's 20th conference championship in twenty-five years.
School’s A Blast
A bomb was placed in a Parking Services jeep in the Joseph R. Pearson Hall parking lot. The bomb was discovered and moved to the hill east of JRP where it exploded less than five minutes later. One student and one former student were arrested.
Chancellor James Marvin leads the first concerted “campus beautification” campaign at KU, a joint student-faculty effort on Arbor Day that culminates in the planting of more than 300 trees on Mount Oread and sets the stage for the development of present-day Marvin Grove.Read More
The Lawrence Jeffersonian, a newspaper generally reflective of Populist opinion, questions the administrative abilities of KU Chancellor Francis Snow and recommends he curtail his popular talks about evolution, which the paper calls “fish lectures.”
KU celebrates Carrie Watson Day, honoring the University’s first and longest-serving professional librarian.Read More
“Plenty Hot, But Not Scorching”
First issue of The Dove, a purportedly “radical” student newspaper generally printed on pink paper, makes its campus debut.Read More
The Observer of Nature, KU’s first serious student publication, issues its premiere edition.Read More
“We All Missed Hilden Gibson”
Dr. Hilden Gibson, a popular political science professor and strong supporter of KU’s cooperative housing movement, unexpectedly passes away, inspiring the men of 1614 Kentucky Street to name their co-op in his honor.Read More
The School of Nursing is established as a co-equal academic unit of the KU Medical CenterRead More
Eight Is Enough
Eight KU professors establish the University’s chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society, the first west of the Mississippi and the 31st nationwide.Read More
Judge J.W. Green, dean of KU’s law school, reportedly hosts a “poverty party” for faculty members and their spouses, with invitations resembling subpoenas regarding the case of Poverty vs. Reduced Salaries and a menu consisting of donuts, coffee, milk, and mush.
“Aspire Nobly, Adventure Daringly, Serve Humbly”
Danforth Chapel is officially dedicated.Read More
KU Women “Do Their Bit”
The first group of KU women "do their bit" to support the country by enrolling in Red Cross classes as America edges closer to war.Read More
Danny And The Miracles
Danny Manning leads the Jayhawk basketball team to its first NCAA championship in 36 years.Read More
Launch Of A Lecture Series
Pierre Rosenberg, chief curator of paintings at the Louvre, delivers a talk titled “Chardin, Symbol of the 18th Century in France and Painter of Modern Life,” the premiere Franklin D. Murphy Lecture at KU’s Spencer Museum of Art.
Chicks’ Picks, Circa 1913
KU co-eds reportedly provide Physical Education Director James Naismith with their measurements of the “ideal” man: 5’ 11”, 159 pounds, and a 30.5-inch waist.
Just Say No To Colonialism
Taking the negative side on the question of whether the US should adopt British-style colonial policy in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Philippines, the KU debate team defeats the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Party Like Its 1988
The 2007-08 men's basketball team defeated the Memphis Tigers in San Antonio to win KU's third NCAA Basketball Championship. After rebounding from a late-game deficit, tournament Most Outstanding Player Mario Chalmers sank a three-point shot to take the game into overtime. The Jayhawks went on to win 75-68.
Seven hundred KU alumni in New York, Lawrence, and San Francisco participate in a transcontinental telephone reunion as part of a demonstration by the Bell Telephone Company that also marks the 50th anniversary of KU’s founding.
Hippie activist Abbie Hoffman speaks at KU’s Allen Field House.Read More
Steel Wool Peignoir, a notable work by feminist artist Mimi Smith, is added to the 20th century collection of KU’s Spencer Museum of Art.
The Kansas Board of Regents elects natural science professor Francis H. Snow the University’s fifth chancellor.Read More
In a vivid display of 1930s-era pacifism, 700 KU students gather in front of Fowler for a Student Strike Against War Committee protest rally, part of a global antiwar demonstration taking place on 140 campuses across the country and around the world.Read More
A Man, A Plan, A Canal – Panama
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.
“It’s Been Quite A Show Tonight, Hasn’t It?”
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.Read More
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.
Attack Of The Killer Bees
To combat the green bug wheat pest that is damaging the state’s wheat fields, KU’s entomology department begins distributing parasitic bees to Kansas farmers to help them contain the plague.
A Fine Victory
The KU Men's Bowling team, coached by Mike Fine, wins the Men's Intercollegiate Bowling Championship in Tulsa, OK. It was KU's first national men's bowling championship since 1963. The team came from behind to defeat Saginaw Valley State. KU's Rhino Page was named the Most Outstanding Performer in the Men's division.
The Jayhawk in History and Legend
James Lane's Jayhawkers take up residence in the East Room of the White House to protect the President. Lincoln's assistant wrote "The White House has turned into a barracks. Jim Lane marshaled his Kansas Warriors...the western Jayhawkers..." Hay described Lane as a "gaunt, tattered, uncombed and unshorn figure."Read More
KU plays its first baseball game against Washburn University. In a high scoring contest, the KU squad lost 22-29.
The Path to Lawrence
Twenty-eight year-old James Naismith graduates from McGill University in Montreal and is licensed as a minister. He was also serving as McGill's Director of Gymnastics and Physical Training, but would soon depart for Springfield, Massachusetts and the YMCA Training Institute where he would invent Basket Ball.
The KU School of Medicine drops its prohibition against marriage for nursing students.Read More
A Streetcar Named The KU Loop
Electric trolleys from the Lawrence city system initiate 23 years of streetcar service to the KU campus.Read More
An Emporia banker doing time at the Kansas State Penitentiary after being convicted of embezzlement tells KU that its correspondence courses give him “more of a thrill from the work than I ever did making money.”
Crossing The Line
The long-term campus hangout known as The Crossing and other names, as well as other businesses at 12th Street and Oread Avenue, are demolished to make way for the new Oread Hotel.
Cunningham Calls It A Career
Glenn Cunningham, the nation’s most popular Depression-era track star, competes in his final race at the Kansas Relays.Read More
Fire And Smoke
A firebomb blasts the Kansas Union, causing nearly $1 million in damages.Read More
Faith And Resolution
The University of Kansas Board of Regents authorizes creation of the four-year KU School of Medicine, accomplished by merging the existing two-year School, based in Lawrence, with three Kansas City-area proprietary medical colleges.Read More
The Great Race
At 1:00 in the afternoon, on cinders still soaked by the previous day’s rain, the first events of the inaugural Kansas Relays get underway in the newly completed Memorial Stadium.Read More
The University of Kansas inducts Olympic gold medallist Billy Mills into its Athletics Hall of Fame.Read More
The 1960s-era counterculture makes a splash on Mount Oread when KU students hold a “Human Be-In” at Potter Lake.
Ryun’s Relays Record
Sophomore Jim Ryun wins the Glen Cunningham Mile at the 42nd Kansas Relays with a new meet record of 3:54:7. His time also topped the National Collegiate record of 3:56.4. He posted quarters of :58.6, :59.8, :60.2 and :56.1. As of 2013, his Relays record still stands.
Not Exactly Flower Power
Approximately 3,400 KU students and faculty members, plus Chancellor Deane Malott and his wife, Eleanor, participate in the University’s first Dandelion Day, a voluntary campus weeding operation that collects 93,000 pounds of dandelion debris in a mere three hours.
KU freshman track star Jim Ryun knocks nearly eight seconds off the Kansas Relays record for the mile run in a race that launches perhaps the greatest three-month stretch of his remarkable career.Read More
The Man Who “Sees Around Corners”
KU bestows its highest award, the Distinguished Service Citation, upon Philip F. Anschutz for his record of philanthropy, community service and support of humanitarian causes.Read More
KU journalism students expose a widespread illicit liquor trade in officially "dry" Lawrence when they take over the reins of the Lawrence Daily Journal as part of a one-day experiment in investigative reporting.Read More
Dole In One
KU announces plans to establish what will become the Dole Institute of Politics that opens in summer 2003.
The Public Dole
Kansas Senator Robert Dole presents a lecture in the Kansas Union Ballroom as part of the Vickers Memorial Lecture Series.
A fire caused $250,000 damage to the Sigma Phi Epsilon house at 1645 Tennesee Street. Fire Chief Jim McSwain the damage could have been much worse if it had occurred at night. No fraternity members were injured.
Lorenzo The Magnificent
In the first of two stunts that would enter into campus legend, KU art student Dan Wessel, who preferred to be known as “The Great Wesselini” and similar monikers, attempts to fly his homemade glider over Memorial Stadium by rolling down a 32-foot ramp north of the Campanile.Read More
Football Gets A Pass
The Board of Regents votes in favor of retaining intercollegiate football, following three months of spirited debate about abolishing the game and replacing it with rugby.
Tank For The Memories
Four thousand KU students and Lawrence residents watch a US Army tank destroy the walls of the East Wing of abandoned Old North College, the University’s original building, as part of a demonstration of firepower in behalf of the Fifth Liberty Loan drive.
A special committee of the Kansas legislature recommends the state take over Bluemont College in Manhattan and make it the basis for the proposed state university.
Rising For The Fallen
A ceremony complete with military honor guard marks the laying of the cornerstone of the Kansas Memorial Union building.Read More
Male students participate in the first "Maypole Scrap," a rowdy fracas that will be a KU tradition and popular spectator sport for over a dozen years.Read More
“Nothing Like It In The World”
The Panorama of North American Mammals, a version of which is now located in the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in Dyche Hall, debuts as the centerpiece of the Kansas pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.Read More
Home For A Homer
The Thayer Art Collection, comprising nearly 7,500 art objects in all media including Cloud Shadows, an 1890 oil painting on canvas by Winslow Homer, is dedicated on Fine Arts Day at the University of Kansas.
Day on the Hill Apex
When Student Union Activities booked Pearl Jam to play at Day on the Hill they were a little known Seattle garage band. Months after the booking, when they finally appeared on Mt. Oread, they had a debut album that was a smash and drew a crowd estimated by some to be 16,000 people.
The Big Blow-Up
One of the first recorded instances of the often-heated rivalry between KU Law students and KU engineering students ends in a draw when KU Chancellor Francis Snow causes dynamiting of a 5,000-pound boulder that had become an object of contention between the two groups.
High School debate teams visit the KU campus to participate in the state debate championships. The championship included Ashland and Burlington teams debating Women's Sufferage, an issue that will be voted upon by eligible Kansans at the next election.
Evangelist Billy Sunday, nationally known for his passionate support of prohibition and revivalist crusades, congratulates Kansans for being the “least illiterate” people in the country in a speech to more than 1,800 KU students and faculty and members of the Kansas Editorial Association at Robinson Gymnasium.Read More
Chancellor Strong’s About-Face
Shortly after the United States formally enters the First World War, KU Chancellor Frank Strong speaks on “Mobilization at the University” before the National Council of Defense in Washington, DC.Read More
They Knew It When They Saw It
A federal grand jury indicts KU professor Raymond A. Schwegler for causing “obscene literature” to be sent through the mails by importing from Germany The History of Erotic Elements in Art by Eduard Fuchs.
Feels Like the First Time
The women's team wins the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship for the first time in the history of the conference. It is the first outdoor track and field conference championship won by KU, men or women, in the last 30 years. The women also won the 2013 Indoor Championship.
KU Economics Professor John Ise provokes a storm of public protest when he calls President Calvin Coolidge a “tool in the hands of the big business interests of the country.”
In an early demonstration of anti-imperialist sentiment on campus, the KU debate team takes the negative side on the question “Should it be the policy of the United States to extend her dominions?” and defeats the University of Nebraska in a meet at Lawrence.
Once More To The Lake
Ernest Van Dyke, an engineering student from Cherryvale, Kansas, drowns in Potter Lake. Another engineering student, Leonard Ritchey, had also died in the lake one year earlier. A total of seven people have died in the lake since its construction in 1911.Read More
The University of Kansas Graduate School approves establishment of a master’s degree in nursing.Read More
Not Exactly A Hoot
The Sour Owl, a KU student publication featuring salacious gossip and bawdy sexual humor, issues the premiere edition of its intermittent 40-year run.Read More
Prelude To Disorder
Student anti-war protestors disrupt and ultimately force the cancellation of the Chancellor’s Review of KU’s ROTC department.Read More
Destroy It And They Will Come
Four thousand KU students and faculty members tear down McCook Field, clearing the way for the construction of present-day Memorial Stadium.Read More
Band Of Brothers And Sisters
The US Army’s 77th Evacuation Hospital Unit, composed of volunteer doctors and nurses primarily from the KU School of Medicine and its Bell Memorial Hospital, is officially activated for duty in World War IIRead More
KU Professor Lucien Blake, an early experimenter with X-rays, photographs a man’s foot with an X-ray camera and discovers a bullet that physicians had been unable to find for three months.
Super Cop Makes Arrests
Anti-war protesters took part in a four-mile march on Mt. Oread overnight. Twenty-seven arrests were made after the group refused to clear the area at 13th Street and Jayhawk Blvd. at the request of Attorney General Vern Miller.
Campaign Kansas, the KU Endowment Association’s largest fundraising effort to date, is publicly announced with the goal of raising $150 million.
William Allen White becomes the first KU alum to win a Pulitzer Prize, which is awarded to him for his Emporia Gazette editorial “To An Anxious Friend” that defends free speech.Read More
Back to the Future
KU grad Bob Frederick becomes the new athletics director. Frederick, previously the AD at Illinois State, replaced the resigning Monte Johnson. His greatest claim to fame was the hiring of North Carolina asst. coach Roy Williams to replace KU Basketball Head Coach Larry Brown.
A Change In Tradition
Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mullaly delivers the address at the 140th commencement ceremony, a role traditionally played by the Chancellor. Also new at the event were honorary degrees presented to Bob Dole, Sheila Bair, Kirke Mechem and Mullaly.
From Tuskegee to KU
At the invitation of Chancellor Strong, educator and author Booker T. Washington visited KU and lectured in KU's chapel. He was considered the most influential spokesman for black Americans at the time.
No Cash In Thrash?
A person upset by the elimination of the Thrash (rock) Show spray paints the words "No Cash In Thrash?" on the side of the KJHK studios. The programming change was made by station manager Jerry Howard who stated that he made the change to make the station more professional.
The End of Joe’s Run
Joe Smith, owner of the popular late-night spot Joe's Bakery, retires from the daily operation of the store after 28 years. His son Ralph re-opens the operation when classes resume in the fall.Read More
Snobs On The Hill
Seeing evidence of snobbery on Mount Oread, the Populist-leaning Lawrence Jeffersonian counsels its readers to stop “toadying” to KU, declaring “Just so long as we toady to the University, just so long we will be a dead University town, nothing more.”
So Here’s To You, Dr. (and Mrs.) Robinson
The Junior Prom becomes the first formal event held in KU’s newly opened Robinson Gymnasium.Read More
Daniel Ricardo "Danny" Manning is born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Danny and the Miracles brought KU its second NCAA Championship in 1988. Danny went on to play in the NBA and Olympics and served as asst. coach at KU before becoming the head men's basketball coach at Tulsa.
A New World Record
Former KU discus thrower Al Oerter sets his first world record when he achieves a toss of 200 ft. 5 inches. He was the first person to break the 200 foot mark.
Another KU First
Madeline Wilcox becomes KU's first female combat arms officer to be commissioned after the Pentagon opened combat arms branches to women in all military services in 2013. Wilcox was a political science major.
A Memorable Drive
The Memorial Committee meets for the first time. This group of campus staff, students and alumni were charged with raising $1 million to construct the Kansas Memorial Union, Memorial Stadium and the Uncle Jimmy Green statue.Read More
Approximately 1,500 undergraduate KU men engage in the largest panty raid in the University’s history.Read More
A Swell Yell
Professor Edgar Henry Summerfield Bailey first proposes the cheer that will evolve into the “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.” yell.Read More
“The Most Gracious Host On Campus”
KU Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy announces the appointment of Frank R. Burge (above) as director of the Kansas Memorial Union, a position he would hold for more than 30 years.Read More
“Just What We Need”
KU speech clinician Dick Schiefelbusch presents preliminary research indicating that children with profound mental retardation can learn.Read More
Kansas Governor Andrew Schoeppel announces that KU will receive a surplus US Army barracks building, a structure that will become the 160-man dormitory known as Oread Hall.Read More
First “May Fete” becomes the official substitute for the banned Maypole Scraps.
“Separating The War From The Warriors”
KU dedicates its Vietnam Memorial in Marvin Grove, becoming the first university in the country to build such a monument.Read More
Is There A Doctor in the House?
Dan Dahlene, a contractor, lost his hand and received numerous injuries due to an explosion of a stick of dynamite while performing construction of the basement of Strong Hall. He was carried to Robinson Gymnasium where Dr. James Naismith and Professor C.H. Root administered first aid until a doctor and an ambulance arrived.
“To Serve, Not to Advertise Self…”
The Kansas Engineer first appears on campus.Read More
Lost And Found
The KU Endowment Association acquires Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence’s first burial ground, after Chancellor Franklin Murphy and his daughters stumble upon the neglected site.Read More
The Bells Of Mt. Oread
The Memorial Carillon and Campanile, a monument to the 277 KU men and women who died in World War II, is formally dedicated atop Mount Oread.Read More
Kansas Governor Charles Robinson, a founder and resident of Lawrence, vetoes a bill calling for the establishment of the proposed state university in Manhattan.
Mrs. Thayer’s Eclectic Collection
KU gains the William B. Thayer art collection, valued at $150,000.Read More
Our Weekly Reader
After nearly twenty years of short-lived niche publications of uneven quality, a student-run newspaper, the Kansas University Weekly, emerges with the “official approval and support of the University.”Read More
KU's Prairie Acre is formally set aside to “preserve Nature’s sweet fashion of making Her own garden.”Read More
Let’s Go Vets!
In an interview with the Kansas City Star, University Chancellor Deane W. Malott praises WWII veterans attending KU on the GI Bill, calling their campus presence “stimulating” and noting that they are “purposeful, willing to work, eager to learn, and patient under the crowded and sometimes ineffectual facilities of present-day university life.”
“And The Past Is Such A Bore…”
Shortly before the demolition of Old Fraser Hall is scheduled to take place, The Kansas City Star prints a poem in defense of the doomed building that includes the lines: “Sound the bars! Ring the axes! It’s no longer worth the taxes, And our Kansas is so poor, And the past is such a bore.”
A Lake’s Progress
A Commencement regatta and other aquatic athletic events mark the completion of Potter Lake.Read More
KU’s Spencer Museum of Art acquires Ballad of the Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley, a 1934 work by Thomas Hart Benton.
Thanks for Nothing
The scourge of Lawrence, William Clarke Quantrill, former leader of the bushwhackers that burned Lawrence in 1863, killing as many as 200 men and boys of the city, dies at age 27 in Louisville, Kentucky.Read More
“The Best That Could Then Be Had”
The Fort Scott Daily Monitor glowingly describes KU's new University Hall (later Fraser Hall), asserting "There is no structure on the American continent … equal to this in size or surpassing it in adaptness for the purposes of higher education."Read More
Women Of The (Early) Years
Mildred Curtis and Melvia Avery (above) become the first of twelve women to be graduated from the KU School of Medicine between 1906-1920.Read More
The Commencement Speech That Almost Wasn’t
After months of indecision and a flurry of correspondence, pacifist ex-Secretary of State and perennial Democratic presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan delivers the KU commencement address.
Rock Chalk EcoHawks
The new Hill Engineering Research and Development Center is dedicated on the west Lawrence campus. The building was designed by graduate students in Studio 84, a design-build class offered by the School of Architecture. The center will house KU EcoHawks with the focus on resource and energy conservation and sustainability.
Present-day Snow Hall is dedicated, replacing the original Snow Hall that had fallen into disrepair.Read More
It’s A Gift
Hollywood movie director George Cukor gives Near Sundown, a small 1933 oil painting on canvas by Grant Wood, to KU’s Spencer Museum of Art.
A KU First
The KU women's track and field team win the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, the first time in KU history.
“A Marvel Of Perfection”
The first four graduates of KU’s Training School for Nurses receive their diplomas.Read More
KU unveils a full-length bronze statue of Law School Dean James W. “Uncle Jimmy” Green sculpted by Daniel Chester French.Read More
Templin On The Mount
University Chancellor Deane W. Malott announces that a recently acquired mansion being transformed into a men’s scholarship hall will be named in honor of Olin Templin, longtime KU administrator and professor.Read More
Ad Astra Per Aspera
In the midst of a ticket office scandal and realignment of the Big 12 Conference, Athletics Director Lew Perkins announces his retirement. Although he said the retirement would be effective Sept. 4, 2011, his last day was actually Sept. 7, 2010.
Twenty-three year old Flora Richardson delivers KU's first valedictory address on her way to becoming the University's first female graduate.Read More
Go With The Overflow
The Summer Session Kansan reports that a wood-frame house at 1115 Louisiana Street, recently acquired by the University of Kansas for use as a women’s dormitory, will be named in honor of the late Frank Hodder, a longtime KU history professor and the original owner of the home.Read More
Over Their Dead Bodies
KU Chancellor Francis Snow receives an honorary degree from Princeton University for his work in combating insects that plagued Great Plains farmers, an achievement that makes him “the only man who ever acquired that degree over the dead body of chinch bug,” according to the Wichita Eagle.
Not Exactly A KU Fan
Solomon Miller, editor of the Kansas Chief and a longtime opponent of KU, blasts the University for “assuming the airs of an aristocratic dictator, independent of the people, above them, aspiring to rule them.”
Thanks For The Championship!
Head men's basketball coach Larry Brown announces that he will resign to become the coach of the San Antonio Spurs, signing a five-year contract worth $3.5 million. According to the Lawrence Journal-World, Brown would have received a salary of $85,000 if he had stayed at Kansas.
Another Fine Kress
John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Mrs. Daniel Sargent Curtis, an 1882 oil painting on canvas, is presented to KU’s Spencer Museum of Art as part of the Samuel H. Kress Study Collection.
Lightning strikes Hoch Auditorium, causing a fire that reduces the 64-year-old campus landmark to ruins in less than four hours.Read More
Go Your Own Way
KU Chancellor James Marvin gives his inaugural address, urging American universities to chart a different educational course from their European counterparts.Read More
Harry Kemp, a former KU student who became celebrated as a “tramp poet,” announces a dinner party to be held in Lawrence where all of his creditors can present their unpaid bills.
Free-Form No More?
Mike Kautsch, Dean of Journalism, announces faculty-mandated changes at KJHK Radio during the board of directors meeting of the station. The mandate, which the students resisted, was instituted to improve the station's compliance with federal regulations. The oversight of the station moved to the KU Memorial Unions in 2003.Read More
The building known as the Fowler Shops is re-named Flint Hall in honor of longtime journalism professor Leon “Daddy” Flint. The building will be renamed Stauffer-Flint Hall on this day in 1983 to honor Oscar Stauffer, a KU grad who worked for Wm. Allen White and founded Stauffer Communications.
It’s A Wrap (in Kansas)
The on-location filming in Kansas for the film "Picnic" was completed. The movie was based on KU alum William Inge's play.
“We Can’t Lose The Medical School”
In a special referendum, Rosedale voters approve a $30,000 bond issue, enabling acquisition of today’s KU Medical Center campus site and convincing state legislators to approve $435,000 for a new hospital and other Medical School additions.Read More
A 10-kilowatt nuclear reactor on the KU campus, supervised by chemical engineering professor Russell Mesler, becomes operational.
Three Keys To Success
Three men from Lawrence placed 1, 2, 3 in the Decathalon at the Olympic Trials. KU's Clyde Coffman (above) place 3rd, Wilson Charles from Haskell University placed 2nd, and KU great James Bausch won first. Bausch would go on to win the gold medal at the 1932 Summer Olympics.
“An Old Friend”
KU begins renovations that will transform the former official chancellor’s residence at 1345 Louisiana Street into a men’s scholarship dormitory known as Carruth Hall.Read More
Hollow Be Thy Name
The Summer Session Kansan reports that the Sleepy Hollow women's residence hall will become the new home of the Don Henry Co-op.Read More
After leading the University through difficult times during the depression, Chancellor Lindley stepped down from the University's top position and embarked on a much-needed vacation to the Far East. He never made it home alive. He died on August 21, 1940 and was buried at sea.Read More
For “The Girls Who Must Travel Up-hill”
The Kansas Board of Regents votes to accept a $75,000 gift from Elizabeth M. Watkins for the construction of the first KU residence hall for self-supporting women undergraduates.Read More
“The Country And Our State Are Looking To Us”
Pharmacology professor Dr. W. Clarke Wescoe becomes dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and director of the KU Medical Center, ushering in a period of “momentous change and daring innovation” at 39th and Rainbow Boulevard.Read More
The Spencer Research Library's African American Experience Collection gets its real beginning as a federal grant enables the library to assemble the often overlooked documentary record left behind by Kansas’ African American population in a more focused fashion than ever before.Read More
Andrew H. Reeder, first territorial governor of Kansas, speaks before the first session of the territorial legislature and calls for the establishment of a system of public education.
“A Force For Good Design”
Architect John G. Haskell, the prolific designer of scores of Kansas buildings, including five KU structures – two of which still remain – first arrives in Lawrence.Read More
The Doctor Prescribes Safe Swimming
Dr. James Naismith recommends to the Board of Regents that items be obtained for Potter Lake to make it safer for swimming. Items include a flat bottom boat, two oars, a strong paddle, an anchor, a pipe pole, an artificial resuscitator, and the presence of a staff person when swimming is permitted.
KU’s Lewis Lindsay Dyche leaves New York as official naturalist on the ill-starred Cook expedition to the North Pole.Read More
KU’s Greatest Grappler
KU football and wrestling star Pete Mehringer qualifies for the 1932 Olympics.Read More
“Goodness Knows, We’ve Worked Like Demons”
The last major contingent of KU nurses and physicians in the US Army’s 77th Evacuation Hospital Unit departs for the States following the end of the Second World War in Europe.Read More
Williams Era Begins
After serving as Asst. Coach to Dean Smith at North Carolina for ten years, Roy Williams is introduced as the Jayhawks' new men's basketball coach.
Just Wingin’ It
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the second wing of the administration building (later named Strong Hall) will be built soon. The building will eventually expand to three wings. The new second wing will be constructed west of the existing wing (above). The two wings will then be connected by a middle wing.
Add New AD
Clyde Walker becomes the new KU Athletics Director replacing Wade Stinson. Stinson had announced his retirement the previous November and had left the department in mid-January.
Leading The Way
After an eight year process, the University of Kansas announces that the KU Cancer Center has achieved National Cancer Institute accreditation. The KU Cancer Center's Director, Roy A. Jensen, M.D. (above), led the effort to gain the coveted designation.
The Chancellor Who Never Was, Take 1
KU Board of Regents elects Professor S.H. Carpenter of the University of Wisconsin as chancellor, but after Carpenter endures Lawrence’s 100-degree heat and swarms of invading grasshoppers, he departs for Madison and declines the job.
A Little Off The Top
The top 170 feet of the 265-foot-tall smokestack was removed today. The smokestack has been on campus since 1921.
Construction begins on Kansas Memorial Stadium. Erected as a memorial to the KU casualties during World War I, only the east and west sides of the stadium were built. The north bowl was added in 1927.Read More
In an article about the departure of KU Chancellor Deane W. Malott and his replacement by KU Med Center Dean Franklin D. Murphy, Time magazine asserts “In the last twelve years, KU has begun to climb from its place as a solid but unspectacular state university…Under Chancellor Murphy, it hopes to climb even faster.”
A Long Weekend In A Long Hot Summer
Former KU student Rick “Tiger” Dowdell, 19, is shot and killed by police in downtown Lawrence, sparking a week of protests, vandalism, and confrontations.Read More
Running Up the Records
KU sophomore-to-be Jim Ryun sets a new world record in the Mile Run with a time of 3:51.3.
During a time of extreme drought, the city of Lawrence has shut off water to the KU campus. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the school may have to close due to the water shortage. Potter Lake had been used, but a portion of the water must be kept for fire protection on Mt. Oread.
Taking Care Of, Uh, Business
Economics Professor John Ise recommends against the creation of a business school, noting that “a science that devotes itself to the problem of how to get the dollar out of one man’s pocket and into another’s is hardly in the same position as one which aims at the creation of new wealth.”
Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad
The Board of Regents elects KU’s first three faculty members.Read More
The official souvenir of the National Cornhusking Contest went on sale today. The item is a plaster Jayhawk atop an ear of corn. The contest will be held on Nov. 3, 1939, and the item will be sold by local merchants. Jayhawker Enterprises at 545 Indiana St. will produce 15,000 of the item.
No One Was Charged
After days of sniper fire and fire bombings near campus, Lawrence police moved toward a crowd on Oread Avenue, firing tear gas. A few officers also fired their weapons. A bullet struck fleeing 18-year-old KU freshman Harry Nicholas “Nick” Rice in the base of the skull and he would die at the scene.
Better Late Than Never
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the all-male tradition of the KU Marching Band was to come to an end this fall when the 100-plus member group would add women to the ranks. Funding to the band had been denied by Student Senate due to the lack of female participation.
Go West Young Man
Charles Robinson is born in Hardwick, Massachusetts. He was an original Free-Stater, City of Lawrence founder and a leading figure in the establishment of the University of Kansas. He became the first governor of the State of Kansas in 1861.
What More Do You Want?
The Kansas Tribune notes the election of KU’s first faculty and contends this development means “the people of Kansas may be reminded that it is quite unnecessary to send their children abroad to obtain superior culture.”
Swimming will again be allowed in Potter Lake after a Potter Lake Fund was established to pay for a lifeguard to watch swimmers. Lefty Sproull, KU basketball star, would serve as lifeguard.
Birth of the Regents
In a case involving cronyism by Governor Davis, Building Superintendent John M. Shea and Dean Mervin T. Sudler of the Med Center are relieved of their duties against the wishes of Chancellor Lindley. A few months later Lindley was the target, and he was dismissed by lame-duck Gov. Davis, only to be reinstated by newRead More
KU alum William Allen White, nationally renowned editor and publisher of the Emporia Gazette, pens his Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial in defense of free speech titled “To An Anxious Friend.”Read More
26 Rooms Riv Vu
The Summer Session Kansan announces that renovations are nearly complete on “The Outlook,” the new official KU chancellor’s residence – a willed gift from the recently deceased University benefactress Elizabeth Watkins.Read More
The University announces that the “Men of 1011,” founders of the first semi-organized house for KU students, will move from their Indiana Street home into the original chancellor’s residence at 1345 Louisiana.Read More
A group of twenty-nine free-state settlers, organized by the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company, arrives at what will become Lawrence, Kansas. The company was the brainchild of Eli Thayer (above) with financial backing from Amos Lawrence.
Budig At The Bat
Team owners of Major League Baseball announce that they have chosen KU Chancellor Gene A. Budig to become the seventh president of the American League.Read More
He Is Iron Man
"The Iron Horse of Kansas", long distance runner Glenn Cunningham, is born in Atlanta, Kansas. Cunningham set many records in the one-mile run during the 1930s and won the Sullivan Award in 1933 for being the top U.S. amateur athlete.Read More
KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway adds the final touches to the University’s campus plan.Read More
Under pressure from civil rights leaders and Kansas Governor Walter Huxman, the Kansas Board of Regents votes to prohibit the de facto practices that had prevented African American students from completing their medical education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.Read More
Wahl On The Fly
With no other candidates willing to take the job, Dr. Harry R. Wahl, professor and department chairman of pathology, is named acting dean of the KU School of Medicine, inaugurating a 24-year period that will become known as “The Wahl Years.”Read More
One of the greatest women's basketball players of all time, Lynette Woodard, was born in Wichita, Kansas. Woodard still holds the career scoring record for women's major college basketball with 3,649 points.Read More
“The House With Five Roofs”
The University of Kansas announces that demolition of Locksley Hall, one of the most unusual living arrangements on the KU campus, will be completed by September 1, 1959.Read More
The University of Kansas purchases the residence located at 1043 Indiana Street, which will become known as “Varsity House” and serve as a dormitory principally for KU football players during the 1950s.Read More
Resigned to Resign
The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Chancellor Laurence Chalmers verbally resigned to a member of the Board of Regents. Chalmers had taken KU through some difficult days including protests, the Union bombing and shootings on and near the KU campus in 1970.
Another KU First
Bernadette Gray-Little became the 17th Chancellor of the University, replacing former Chancellor Robert Hemenway. She is the first woman and African American to serve in the position.
A Short Stay for Tipperary
KU formally announces that the Kappa Sigma fraternity house will cease its temporary wartime function as a women’s dormitory known as Tipperary Hall.Read More
The Case of the Gallant Professor
Mathmatics and astronomy professor F. W. Bardwell dies at 46. During the Civil War, Bardwell a white officer with the 3rd United States Colored Infantry Regiment.Read More
A Free Stater Dies
Dr. Charles Robinson, former state governor, an illegally-elected territorial governor, KU Board of Regents member, state senator, agent of the New England Emigrant Aid Company and free state leader, dies in Lawrence. He played many roles in the establishment of KU.
And Now For Something Completely Different
The Daily Kansan notes “Nearly every class that has attended the University of Kansas since the 1920s will have a different memory of the Kansas Union. Since its placement at its present site in 1924, the building has been under constant change and remodeling.”
Down, But Not Out
Confederate guerrilla leader William Clarke Quantrill perpetrates his infamous Civil War raid on Lawrence, virtually destroying the town and leaving its surviving residents without financial resources to help support the establishment of KU.Read More
KU and NBA basketball great Wilt Chamberlain is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.Read More
The fossils of two spectacularly preserved 150-million-year-old Camarasaur dinosaurs, excavated during a summer-long dig in the Black Hills of Wyoming, arrive on a flatbed truck at the Jayhawk Boulevard entrance to the Natural History Museum in Dyche Hall.
New Home for Rules
KU officials announce plans to build a two-story student center next to the northeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse. The center will also serve as the new home for James Naismith’s original rules of basketball.
A “Stupendous Windfall”
Dr. Simeon Bishop Bell, a Wyandotte County physician and real estate speculator, offers KU $75,000 in land and money to build a new hospital and medical college in present-day Kansas City, Kansas.Read More
From The Mountains, To The Prairies
Gene Budig, president of West Virginia University, is inaugurated as the 14th chancellor of the University of Kansas.
Major General Joe Engle, future astronaut and KU graduate, is born in Chapman, Kansas.
Decline of Western Civilization
The KU Core is adopted for the first time, replacing some general education requirements (e.g. Western Civ) that had been adopted in the 1940s. The Core's goal is to increase students’ knowledge across many disciplines. Chris Haufler (above), chair of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, led the KU Core committee.
After a series of controversies, the Board of Regents accepts the resignation of KU Chancellor James Marvin and elects Joshua A. Lippincott as his replacement.
Feels Like The First Time
Steven Hawley, KU alum and future KU professor, blasts off on his first of five space shuttle missions. He goes on to log over 770 hours in space.
KU names Dr. James Naismith university chaplain and director of physical culture.
Dr. Ralph H. Major joins the KU School of Medicine faculty, becoming both professor and chairman of the Department of Pathology, and launching a career “that can never be measured in terms any more precise than immense or profound.”Read More
Bacteriology To The Future
Bacteriologist Marshall A. Barber, whose invention of the micropipette will enable him to conclusively prove the germ theory of disease, begins his 17-year teaching career at the University of Kansas and the KU School of Medicine.Read More
Memorial Stadium sets its all-time attendance record when 52,530 football fans watch KU defeat Northern Colorado.
Present At The Creation
The new four-year KU School of Medicine begins its first day of classes with a faculty complement that includes several physician-educators with outstanding reputations.Read More
A Death In France
Lt. William T. Fitzsimons, a KU alum and US Army doctor serving in France, becomes the first American casualty of World War I.Read More
One Year At A Time
The first six students enrolled in KU’s one-year “Preparatory Medical Course” begin classes on Mount Oread.Read More
Installation of the "Salina Piece," a forty-ton sculpture by Dale Eldred, begins on the triangular field between Indiana Street, Sunflower Road and Sunnyside Avenue, sparking several years of complaints and controversy before the piece is finally removed to West Campus.
Breaking With The Past
Carl L. Becker, author of the much-reprinted essay “Kansas” and one of the central figures in the development of the nature of historical inquiry, begins teaching his first European history class at the University of Kansas.Read More
The Library That Became A Labyrinth
Watson Library opens for student use.Read More
First Day of Classes
Opening day of classes at the University of Kansas. Tuition for college classes was $30 per year. $10 per year for college prep classes. The first commencement was not held until 1873.
Wheel Of Fortune
KU Chancellor Ernest H. Lindley writes a letter to parents requesting they discourage their children from bringing cars to campus, since the automobile, as he notes, "is a menace to the democratic spirit of the school."
A parade is held in honor of Harold “Hal” Sandy, creator of the smiling Jayhawk, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of his version of the Jayhawk, which has served as the University’s mascot since 1946.Read More
KU’s “Fairy Godmother”
Elizabeth M. Watkins begins building her philanthropic legacy to the University of Kansas with the opening of Watkins Scholarship Hall, named in honor of her late husband.Read More
“A Time For Everything, And Everything On Time”
Chancellor Marvin at Opening Convocation: “A time for everything and everything on time is the only rule whereby students may be saved… Sleep enough, exercise enough, and by that means and that alone will you be enabled to study enough.”
Education By Radio
Public radio station KANU 91.5 begins broadcasting at 1:45 p.m. (Station Manager, and a founder, R. Edwin Browne, pictured.) Four days later the station began airing "Opera Is My Hobby," with host Dr. James Seaver. Seaver's program aired for over 58 years, ending upon the death of Seaver in 2011.
Over 2,500 men line up outside Green Hall (present-day Lippincott Hall) to register for the Student Army Training Corps as the University of Kansas attempts transforming itself into a “war institution.”
1st & 2nd Amendments Collide
Journalism professor David Guth posts a tweet directed at members of the National Rifle Association concerning the mass murder committed at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. Gun rights advocates voice displeasure and a firestorm ensues, with some legislators calling for his firing or funds would be pulled from KU.
Rock Chalk Birthday Hawk
Professor E.H.S. Bailey, who led the effort to draft the first Pure Food and Drug Laws in Kansas and created the "Rock Chalk Chant" for the KU Science Club, is born in Baileyville, Connecticut.Read More
The First Kansan
The Semi-Weekly Kansan, forerunner of today’s University Daily Kansan, makes its debut on campus with the support of faculty, administration, and students alike.Read More
Advancing By Degrees
The Department of Nursing Education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine begins offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.Read More
A Campus Grows In Wichita
The Kansas Board of Regents approves establishment of a clinical training campus of the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.Read More
Hillcrest House, located less than a block from KU’s campus, formally begins its run as an “organized house” for independent students.
The Pines Of Mount Oread
The Twin Pines Co-op, housing 25 men in a rented Ohio Street home, begins its formal existence in time for the start of the fall 1950 semester.Read More
Of The Students, By The Students, For The Students …
The KU Student Senate meets for the first time.Read More
“No One Will Ever Tire Of Viewing It”
Strong Hall becomes the fourth KU building to merit a listing on the National Register of Historic Places.Read More
KU's discus thrower Al Oerter, the first man to win the gold medal in the same event in four consecutive summer Olympics, is born in Astoria, New York.Read More
Four For Moore
1121 Ohio Street becomes the first of four Mount Oread-area men’s housing cooperatives that will bear the name of John Moore.Read More
Kanza Hall opens as one of the last of the small makeshift dormitories for women at the University of Kansas
The Kansas Sunflower Returns
Alf Landon, former republican presidential candidate, Kansas governor and KU alum, attended the KU football game in Memorial Stadium today where he received a standing ovation. Landon, who had just turned 100, died twenty-two days later. Running against Roosevelt in 1936, Landon received only 8 electoral votes to FDR's 523.
Francis H. Snow, KU's fifth chancellor and original faculty member, dies after serving the institution for 41 years. The College of Arts, the Graduate School and the schools of Fine Arts, Engineering and Pharmacy were all founded under his watch.Read More
Working Well With Others
Charter members of the Jayhawk Co-op formally adopt a constitution, establishing their Kentucky Street residence as the first independent cooperative housing arrangement at KU.Read More
Nightshirt on Mass. Street
The first Nightshirt Parade in downtown Lawrence was held before the first football game of the season. The tradition continued for over 50 years. Read More
“It’ll Be A Beautiful Sight”
Genevieve Harman, whose undergraduate efforts on behalf of housing cooperatives will result in a KU women’s co-op residence being named in her honor, albeit with the occasional misspelling, begins her first day of classes.Read More
The Chancellor Of Firsts
Deane W. Malott is inaugurated as KU’s eighth chancellor, becoming the first alumnus and native Kansan to lead the University.Read More
President William Howard Taft stops on the KU campus for about one hour and speaks to a welcoming crowd in old Robinson Gymnasium.Read More
Ladies Of The Clubhouse
A portion of the Lawrence Women’s Club becomes a temporary student residence hall during KU’s post-World War II housing crunch.Read More
Rock Chalk Colombian Hawk
Juan Manuel Santos, KU Alum and President of the Republic of Colombia, returned to campus 39 years after he graduated with degrees in economics and business. He was awarded the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, the most prestigious award given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
KU’s art collection acquires La Pia de Tolommei, the last major canvas completed by Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
The Nature Of The Nineteenth Century
In the course of his inaugural address, KU Chancellor Joshua A. Lippincott observes, “nothing so grandly inspires the human soul as the forcing of nature’s secrets from her willing but reluctant hands.”
Following more than two months of heavy labor spent converting a former horse barn into a livable student residence, a dozen KU men move into what will become known as the Hill Co-op.Read More
President Rutherford B. Hayes becomes the second sitting US president to visit KU and first to deliver an on-campus address, a rather short one since he was apparently winded by climbing the stairs to see the view from the north cupola of University Hall, the building now remembered as “old” Fraser.Read More
The University of Kansas football team dons crimson and blue uniforms for the first time.Read More
Nighty Night For The Nightshirt Parades
700 KU students participate in what will be the final Nightshirt Parade, putting to bed a University tradition that stretches back more than half a century.Read More
Hillcrest House, located less than a block from KU’s campus, formally begins its run as an “organized house” for independent women students.Read More
KU's performance art center, The Lied Center, opens to the public with a six-day run of "The Secret Garden." The $14.3 million center was a gift of the Lied Foundation Trust. It is dedicated to former KU student Ernst Lied's parents Ernst M. and Ida K. Lied.
Cut The Caps
Forty World War II veterans, enrolled as freshmen at KU, refuse to don “freshman caps,” thus marking the beginning of the end of this controversial, decades-old tradition.Read More
Music Men (And Ultimately Women)
Two dozen male KU students gather on Mount Oread to form what will become the KU Marching Jayhawks.Read More
KU’s Lewis Lindsay Dyche returns from an Arctic expedition with Robert E. Peary, bringing back some 4,000 specimens that are given to KU and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
The forerunner of the University of Kansas School of Nursing begins its first day of classes under the direction of Pearl Laptad, the first of three early and influential nursing education leaders at KU.Read More
The University announces that a newly acquired residence hall at 1011 Indiana Street has been named in honor of former longtime KU English professor Dr. Edwin M. Hopkins.Read More
Back In Power
KU announces that its 1887 powerhouse building will be transformed into a new home for the Hall Center for the Humanities.Read More
The University Daily Kansan reports the death of KU sophomore Don Henry, a volunteer fighting for the Loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War, initiating investigations into radicalism and “communistic activity” at KU and sparking fears of a “Red Scare” on Mt. Oread.Read More
The University Daily Kansan reports that a Vermont Street church has become a temporary men’s student residence.Read More
Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages, opens at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, with Virgin and Child, a major holding of KU’s Spencer Museum of Art, as one of the featured works.
Rooms With A View
Campus House becomes a formally recognized independent women’s residence hall approved by the University.Read More
Getting Down To Business
Capitol Federal Foundation of Topeka committed a $20 million lead gift toward construction of a new School of Business building. The gift is the largest in the business school’s history. “An outstanding School of Business is an integral part of every university,” said John B. Dicus (above), chairman, president and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings.
No To Yankeetown
Settlers choose the name of their new Free-State city by selecting the name "Lawrence" in honor of founder and financial backer of the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Company. Rejected names included New Boston, Yankeetown and Wakarusa.
Seeds Of Construction
Nearly 1,000 women attend a rally at the original Robinson Gymnasium to call for the construction of a women’s dormitory that ultimately will become Corbin Hall.Read More
President Lyndon Johnson signs the Regional Medical Program Act into law, enabling the KU Department of Nursing to institute the first continuing education program in its history.Read More
The Presbyterian Church celebrates a Dedicatory Service for Westminster Hall, a new religious center for University of Kansas students that will end up serving as a women’s dormitory from 1933 to 1946.Read More
Responding to criticism by University Athletic Director Phog Allen about the student body’s tepid support for the KU football team, the Daily Kansan calls Allen “foolish” and the football coaches “archaic,” launching a semester-long controversy that almost results in Allen’s dismissal.
Honor Thy Father And Mother
KU dedicates the $13.9 million Marian and Fred Anschutz Science Library.Read More
The Grim Reaper Closes Campus
The worldwide outbreak of influenza, a devastating epidemic known as the “Spanish Flu”, shuts down KU for a month.Read More
A Bunch Of SOBs
The University announces that a recently acquired Louisiana Street home will be called Oliver Hall, in honor of KU’s first chancellor, paving the way for it to become part of a two-house complex known as Sterling-Oliver that will join KU’s scholarship hall system.Read More
“An Advanced Case of Bibliomania”
KU comes into uncontested control of one of the world’s foremost ornithological libraries—its first major acquisition of rare books—when the Kansas Supreme Court rules that an agreement signed more than four years earlier by Ralph Ellis, Jr. is valid as a will.Read More
“We Were Out to Save the World”
The University Daily Kansan reports the opening of a new cooperative living residence on Massachusetts Street named after KU student Don Henry, who had been killed while serving with the Loyalist side in the Spanish Civil War.Read More
Here’s To Spooner
Spooner Library, now Spooner Hall or The Commons, is dedicated. This oldest remaining structure still in use by KU was a gift of William B. Spooner, uncle of Chancellor Francis H. Snow.Read More
Music To Our Ears
KU’s Dane and Polly Bales Organ Recital Hall is officially dedicated.
1,400 students pack the Kansas Union Ballroom to dance to the Tommy Dorsey Band at the Freshman Frolic. Members of the band included Tommy Dorsey, Buddy Rich, Connie Haines, the Pied Pipers, and Frank Sinatra (above, middle).
“The City ABC Blew Up”
Over 2,000 students and local residents pack KU’s Woodruff Auditorium for a special screening of The Day After, ABC’s controversial TV-movie filmed in Lawrence that depicts the effects of a nuclear holocaust on a typical American town.Read More
Thanks For The Memories
KU and NBA basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain, 63, passes away due to heart failure.Read More
All I Ever Need is Blue
SUA brings pop duo Sonny and Cher to Allen Fieldhouse for a Homecoming Concert. The duo was reportedly paid $45,300 for the show.
Here Comes Mills!
Flying under the expert's radar in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Billy Mills crossed the finish line in the10,000 meter run, thrust his arms into the air, and, as one sportswriter described it, wore “an expression of rapture on his face.” He had won Olympic gold and set a new Olympic record.Read More
Four For Four
Former Jayhawk Al Oerter uncorks a toss of 212 feet, 6.5 inches in the discus finals at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City, becoming the first person to win a gold medal for the same event at four consecutive Olympics.Read More
Student-run radio station KJHK-FM goes on the air with DJ Steve Doocy, bringing jazz, progressive and "alternative" rock to Mount Oread, along with a fair share of controversy.Read More
Zero Hour For A Generation Of Manhood
The first peacetime draft in American history comes to Mount Oread as KU registers 1,083 men in the Kansas Union.Read More
It’s All In The Delivery
More than 200 “internationally known scientists from Europe, Japan and the U.S” descend on the Lawrence Holiday Inn Holidome for a symposium on “Directed Drug Delivery” held in honor of KU professor Takeru Higuchi, the “father of physical pharmacy.”Read More
Nirvana Comes to KU
Grunge rock group Nirvana appears in the Kansas Union Ballroom to promote the group's best-selling album "Nevermind", released just 20 days earlier. By January the album had reached number one on the Billboard charts, eventually selling over 30 million copies worldwide.Read More
At a time when student newspapers on campus are referring to KU as the “Harvard of the West,” the KU athletic board chooses crimson as the football team’s official color, a decision that stands until blue is added in 1896.
Raymond Nichols was officially made the 12th chancellor of the University today by the Board of Regents. Nichols had been referred to as the acting chancellor since the resignation of Laurence Chalmers. Regent Henry Bubb made the motion to make the title permanent.
Bailey Hall, one of the University’s oldest buildings, is entered on the National Register of Historic Places.Read More
Buddy and Don Return
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.
Sad Day on the Hill
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.
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.”
Sophomore tailback Gale Sayers sets a new KU and Big Eight Conference record by rushing for 283 yards against a porous Oklahoma State defense.Read More
Spooner Or Later
Spooner Hall, the oldest continuously used academic building on the campus of the University of Kansas, marks its one-hundredth anniversary.Read More
Big Fish Tale
The Lawrence Journal-World reported "Kansas formally took possession of the largest fish hatchery in the world at 10 o'clock this morning when a stream of water released by Chancellor Frank Strong leaped into a breeding pond at Pratt." The hatchery was devised by Lewis Lindsay Dyche, professor at KU and State Fish and Game Warden.
A Rivalry Is Born
The flagship universities of Kansas and Missouri initiate what will become one of the oldest rivalries in NCAA Division IA football. Unfortunately, with MU's seceding from the Big 12 in 2011, the rivalry is on hold.Read More
Launching the Satellite Union
Ground is broken for the construction of the Satellite Student Union, now known as the Burge Student Union that was named in honor of Frank Burge, longtime director of the Kansas Union.Read More
Waking Up To A Masterpiece
KU announces the discovery of an 1867 masterpiece painting by Sanford Robinson Gifford entitled “Morning in the Adirondacks” in a collection of art works donated to the University in the 1950s for use as decorations in the residence halls.
Music To Watch Hawks By
Crooner Andy Williams, with Roger Miller, performed at the 1968 Homecoming Concert. Williams was also in Lawrence in 1939... for a cornhusking contest.
KU’s Spencer Museum of Art holds a symposium on William S. Burroughs, a leading figure of the Beat literary movement, drawing an international audience that includes Burroughs himself, then a Lawrence resident, and poet Alan Ginsburg.
KU formally dedicates the original Green Hall, home of the School of Law.Read More
One of the most admired persons in KU history, James "Uncle Jimmy" Green dies. He was originally hired as the head of the "Law Department" in 1878, and guided the department as it became the School of Law in 1889. He continued to lead the school until his death.
The Kenneth Spencer Research Library marks the fortieth anniversary of the founding of the Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements, which takes as its mission the preservation of materials from America's radical political fringe.Read More
Bouncing Baby Boy
The inventor of the game of basketball, James Naismith, was born in Almonte, Ontario, Canada. He was the oldest son of Scottish immigrants who had arrived in the area in 1851 and worked in the mining industry.
Touchdowns And Tragedy
Quarterback Tommy Johnson runs his way into Jayhawk immortality with a 70-yard punt return for the only score in a KU gridiron victory over Nebraska.Read More
It Ain’t Over ‘Til Its Over
After trailing Colorado 45-17 with 14 minutes to play, the KU football team mounts the largest comeback in school history to defeat the Buffaloes 52-45.
Custer’s Last Standard Bearer
Death of the US Cavalry horse Comanche, once considered the sole American survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn, whose preserved remains are now on display at the KU Museum of Natural History in Dyche Hall.Read More
The Queen Is Dead
In what will be the final crowning of a Homecoming Queen, KU awards the tiara to Janet Merrick, a senior from Johnson County.Read More
Carnegie Foundation researcher Abraham Flexner visits the KU School of Medicine, compiling data and making observations for his influential expose entitled "Medical Education in the United States and Canada."Read More
Stanislaus Frank Marie Van Meensel, an animal caretaker for the KU departments of physiology and psychology and better known as “Van the Animal Man,” dies at his home in Lawrence.Read More
KU Chancellor Franklin Murphy, a Republican Party activist, sends a peace feeler to newly elected Kansas Governor George Docking (pictured), a Democrat, but the attempt fails to achieve its intended effect and the Chancellor and Governor begin a three-year feud that culminates in Murphy’s resignation.
“…Kansas Must Have A Stadium!”
The University celebrates Armistice Day by formally dedicating Memorial Stadium, built to honor the 130 KU students and alumni who gave their lives in World War I.Read More
Prints Of A Man
The Max Kade Foundation donates 94 Old Master Prints, including Albrecht Durer’s 1513 engraving, Knight, Death, and the Devil, to KU’s Spencer Museum of Art.
Three In A Row
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.
A Football Fatality
With less than a minute to go in a football game at McCook Field between Nebraska’s 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.Read More
Topeka 1, Lawrence 0
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.Read More
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.
Mixing It Up
Dick Gregory, a comedian and civil rights advocate, appeared at Hoch Auditorium in a SUA concert. Vince Guaraldi, a jazz pianist, was also on the bill. Guaraldi is known by many for his musical scores for the Peanuts' television specials.
Hawks Send Shaq A-packin’
Coming off a year of NCAA probation, the Jayhawks beat Shaquille O'Neal and the 2nd-ranked LSU Tigers in the N.I.T. pre-season tournament by the score of 89-83. Pictured is Pekka Markkanen.
Be Aware of the Phog
Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen, the future "Father of Basketball Coaching", is born in Jamesport, Missouri.
Year Of The Pigskin
“Pepper” Rodgers, KU’s head football coach, announces via telephone to a crowd of 1,000 students gathered in front of Strong Hall that the Jayhawks are bound for their second Orange Bowl appearance.Read More
Cause For Concern
Responding to campus radicalism and slashed state education budgets, a KU group called Students Concerned About Higher Education in Kansas publishes a bold advertisement that asks “WOULD YOU VOTE TO ABOLISH THE UNIVERSITY?”Read More
Get the Red Out
Starting his first game as the Jayhawks' point guard, Mark Turgeon provides a second-half spark by scoring 15 of his 17 points as the Jayhawks beat the Olympian-laden Soviet Union team in an exhibition game 84-78.
From Sky-soar To Eyesore
KU unveils preliminary architectural plans for its new humanities building, later named Wescoe Hall, a 25-story skyscraper that would have been the tallest building in Kansas.Read More
This Is Lawrence, Kansas. Is Anybody Out There?
People in Lawrence were glued to their sets for the television premiere of "The Day After." The three-hour movie, with many scenes filmed in Lawrence and at KU, depicted the aftermath of a nuclear blast on northeast Kansas. The film starred Jason Robards, John Lithgow and Steve Guttenberg.
Lawrence widow Leonora Ricker Hollingbery dies, leaving a last will and testment that calls for the establishment of a low-cost residence for women that will become an ad-hoc addition to KU's student housing stock for more than two decades.Read More
KU History Professor Frank H. Hodder tells the University Women’s Forum that former US President Theodore Roosevelt (below) is “a typical Prussian and militarist in every sense of the word,” prompting the Lawrence post of the Grand Army of the Republic to brand the historian “unfitted to teach the youth of Kansas in our State
No More Hobohemia
The University Daily Kansan records the passing of Hobo Day, an often rowdy “annual festival of rags” in which KU students dressed in hobo costumes to show school spirit and cause “a great deal of unnecessary trouble.”Read More
Runnin’ Over the Rebels
After beating the country's No. 2 ranked LSU Tigers just five days earlier, the Jayhawks take on no. 1 ranked UNLV Runnin' Rebels in the finals of the pre-season N.I.T. The Jayhawks proved the LSU victory was no fluke, beating the Rebels 91-77.
The First Homecoming
The alumni were all invited back for today's first Homecoming at the University. The Jayhawk football team met Missouri on the gridiron of McCook Field and defeated the Tigers 12-3.
All That Jazz
Richard “Dick” Wright, a music professor at KU, KANU radio personality and one of the two founders of KU’s Archive of Recorded Sound, passes away.Read More
Death of a Legend
Tommy Johnson, the "Original KU Legend" and KU's first Basketball All-American, dies of kidney failure. As a quarterback on the football team, Johnson led his teams to a 23-2-1 record. He received a blow in the kidney in the 1910 Missouri gridiron contest and never fully recovered.Read More
Turner Gill was removed from the KU Football head coaching position at the end of his second year at the helm of the Jayhawks. His record at KU was 5-19, with one Big 12 conference win.
A Legend Passes
James Naismith, educator, physician, minister and inventor, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 78. He was buried alongside his first wife Maude in Lawrence, KS, his home for over 40 years.
Tiger By The Tail
KU’s football squad squares off against its bitter rivals from the University of Missouri in the first Thanksgiving Day game between the two schools, inaugurating an 18-year tradition in which the Jayhawkers would dominate the Tigers.Read More
Finger In The Dyche
After the state architect declares Dyche Hall structurally unsound, the Board of Regents closes of KU’s Natural History Museum for a period that will end up lasting nine years.Read More
Not Yet Ready For Prime Time
University Hall, once known as “the New Building,” later known as Fraser Hall, and now remembered as “Old Fraser,” has its official public opening although the structure remains uncompleted.
Center Of Attention
Wilt Chamberlain, arguably the most dominant player in the history of basketball, makes his spectacular KU debut by scoring 52 points as the Jayhawks crush Northwestern in Allen Field House.Read More
Goin’ To Johnson County
KU dedicates the new Regents Center, the first building on the University’s Edwards Campus in Johnson County.Read More
Fraser Takes Command
General John Fraser elected second KU Chancellor.
After serving as “temporary” women’s housing for 12 years, Foster Hall finally becomes a men’s scholarship residence as originally intended.Read More
High On Helium
In KU’s Bailey Hall, chemistry professors Hamilton P. Cady and David F. McFarland discover that helium can be extracted from natural gas.Read More
Fly Us To The Moon
Commander Ronald E. Evans becomes the first KU alumnus in space when he and two other astronauts of Apollo 17 blast off from Cape Kennedy on NASA’s sixth and final 20th century manned mission to the moon.Read More
Jumping for Joy
The KU volleyball team defeats Creighton in four sets in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the first time in the University's history. Image by Jeff Jacobsen/Kansas Athletics
End of an Era
Chancellor Robert E. Hemenway, who led the University of Kansas through a period of progress and expansion, announced today that he will step down from the university's top position effective June 30, 2009. In the position since 1995, Hemenway's term was the third longest of any KU chancellor.
A Weis Choice
Charlie Weis, the 2005 National College Coach of the Year while at Notre Dame, is named KU's head football coach. Weis came to KU with 34 years of coaching experience including 16 years in the National Football League.
“Who Would Command Greater Respect?”
The University of Kansas Board of Regents chooses acclaimed state public health advocate Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine to become dean of the KU School of Medicine.Read More
KU would run, Kentucky would shoot 3-point shots. In the end, KU beat the Wildcats by the unbelievable score of 150-95. Terry Brown (pictured) led the Jayhawks, scoring 31 points in only 19 minutes of play. No KU starter played more than 28 minutes in the contest.
A Glass Act
A glass sculpture by artist Dale Chihuly, one of a group of artists who revolutionized the concept of glass art in the second half of the twentieth century, is given to the Spencer Museum of Art by KU alums Larry and Barbara Marshall and installed in the museum’s Central Court.
The University Daily Kansan responds to Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor with a scathing editorial titled, “An Open Letter to Hirohito.”Read More
Rules to Live By
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.
“This Is No Joke”
Three KU students are injured when a bomb tears through the University’s Computation Center.Read More
No Time For Sergeants
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."
Rally At Robinson
KU students hold a rally at Robinson Gymnasium to show their support for building a new football stadium and a student union.
After obtaining a federal priority rating by agreeing that Lindley Hall would “assume defense tasks” for the duration of World War II, KU begins work on the construction of its new mineral industries building.Read More
Phog Rolls In
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.
Moving on Up
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.
KFKU, the University’s first radio station, makes its inaugural broadcast.Read More
Making The Grade
The National League for Nursing grants full accreditation to KU's nursing baccalaureate degree program.Read More
Blackmar’s Origin Of The Jayhawk
Dr. F.W. Blackmar, the first Dean of the Graduate School from 1889-1929, attempts to explain the origin of the Kansas Jayhawk during KU's Radio Nite program.Read More
Slow Down, You Move Too Fast
In a protest against the change to a 16-week trimester schedule during WWII, which reduced the number of days for breaks, 1,000 students hold a “Vacation Starts Tonight” rally in front of Chancellor Deane W. Malott’s office in Strong Hall.
Time To Say Goodbye
Dissident professors comprising a majority of the KU faculty vote to demand the resignation of Chancellor John Fraser.
Welcome To Civilization
KU faculty votes to make an introductory course on Western Civilization a requirement for all undergraduates for a five-year trial period.
“A Just Recognition Of Her Sex”
Cora M. Downs of Wyandotte accepts an offer from Kansas Governor John P. St. John to become the first woman member of the KU Board of Regents.Read More
Lawrence boosters sponsor a hastily called mass meeting in an attempt to stampede Kansas Territory into selecting the free-state stronghold as the location for the proposed public university.
Out, But Not Down
Following months of serious controversy, outgoing Kansas Governor Jonathan M. Davis announces the termination of Dr. Ernest H. Lindley as KU chancellor, a decision that will be reversed within weeks following the inauguration of newly elected state Governor Ben S. Paulen.
Three out of Four
The Kansas Football team gains their third bowl victory in four years as they defeat Minnesota in the 20th Insight Bowl. With Todd Reesing's 313 passing yards and Dezmon Briscoe's 201 receiving yards, the Jayhawks won by a score of 42-21.
From the Blog
Steve Doocy, the first DJ on the student-run radio station KJHK 90.7 FM, has been named "Distinguished Kansan of the Year."...
Dean Smith, a member of the KU men's basketball team between 1949-1953, and an assistant coach for the team during...
Former KU Journalism Professor Calder Pickett died on October 29, 2013. He was 92. Pickett retired from KU in 1988...
The National Park Service has announced that KU's Historic District, the oldest portion of campus, has been listed in the...