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Sayers Soars

October 27, 1962

Sophomore tailback Gale Sayers sets a new KU and Big Eight Conference record by rushing for 283 yards against a porous Oklahoma State defense.

“We Shall Overcome”

March 8, 1965

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.

Learn More

October 6, 1965

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.

Ryun’s Run

April 23, 1966

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.

Upward Mobility

May 8, 1967

The University of Kansas Graduate School approves establishment of a master’s degree in nursing.

From Sky-soar To Eyesore

November 20, 1967

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.

Four For Four

October 15, 1968

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.

Year Of The Pigskin

November 18, 1968

“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.