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Eight Is Enough

April 2, 1890

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.

Driven Snow

April 11, 1890

The Kansas Board of Regents elects natural science professor Francis H. Snow the University’s fifth chancellor.

Mayday Mayhem

May 1, 1891

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.

A Rivalry Is Born

October 31, 1891

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.

Custer’s Last Standard Bearer

November 7, 1891

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.

The Chateau That Blake Built

March 11, 1893

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.

“Nothing Like It In The World”

May 1, 1893

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.

Tiger By The Tail

November 30, 1893

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.

Say You Want An Evolution

January 30, 1894

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.

Northern Exposure

July 7, 1894

KU’s Lewis Lindsay Dyche leaves New York as official naturalist on the ill-starred Cook expedition to the North Pole.