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The First Kansan

September 17, 1904

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.

Faith And Resolution

April 21, 1905

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.

Present At The Creation

September 6, 1905

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.

High On Helium

December 7, 1905

In KU’s Bailey Hall, chemistry professors Hamilton P. Cady and David F. McFarland discover that helium can be extracted from natural gas.

Phog’s First Farewell

March 3, 1906

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.

Women Of The (Early) Years

June 6, 1906

Mildred Curtis and Melvia Avery (above) become the first of twelve women to be graduated from the KU School of Medicine between 1906-1920.

Principal Women

October 1, 1906

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.

“Joint” Ventures

April 25, 1908

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.