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Coach Ted Owens to Appear at Union for Free Event

Former KU men's basketball coach Ted Owens will be appearing in a free event at the Kansas Union on November 3rd. He will be discussing his coaching career and his new book At the Hangup: Seeking Your Purpose, Running the Race, Finishing Strong. KU All-American Bud Stallworth will introduce Owens....

Donors Score Victory for Jayhawk Collection

Thanks to the generosity of James J. Ascher Sr., and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Overland Park, Kan., a 1,000-piece collection of Jayhawks now has a permanent home at the University of Kansas. They will be displayed at the Kansas Union. The Aschers made a financial gift to...

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Thanks for visiting KUHistory.com. Here you'll find over 220 articles on KU history and traditions, the KU Timeline, event calendars, a blog, and This Week in KU History. But don't stop here. We're also on Facebook and Twitter, sending out important dates in KU history as well...

KU’s First Faculty

July 19th marks the 147th anniversary of the selection of the first faculty of the University of Kansas. Three individuals were selected to instruct KU's first student body, a student body that would consist of a total enrollment of 55 students. The three new faculty members were Elial...

Naismith to Kansas Hall of Fame

James Naismith, inventor of basketball and the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas, will be inducted into the Kansas Hall of Fame on June 21st in a ceremony in Topeka, Kansas. This is the third annual induction ceremony for the Kansas Hall of Fame which will be...

Another Banner Year

As KU approaches its 141st Annual Commencement on May 19th, I'd like to remind you of the time-honored traditon of commencement class banners. Each senior class designs their own banner to carry down Campanile hill before commencement; a tradition as old as KU has had commencements (beginning in...

KU Historic District Now on National Register

The National Park Service has announced that KU's Historic District, the oldest portion of campus, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The district was added to the Register of Historic Kansas Places in February. The district comprises the heart of the Lawrence Campus and...

Cunningham Ends Career at Kansas Relays

In January 1940, Glenn Cunningham announced over the radio that the 1940 track season would be his last. He had “continued in competition (for the) past two years,” he asserted, “with the hope of trying for (his) third successive Olympic team” However, the onset of World War II...

The Great Race

APRIL 21, 1923 - As the report of the starter’s gun lost itself in the patter of the competitors’ spikes and the cheers of the 7,000 or so spectators on hand to watch the inaugural Kansas Relays, Dr. John Outland saw a dream he had fostered for more...

CHAMPIONSHIP NO. 3!

April 7, 2008 - The Kansas Jayhawk men's basketball squad was down by nine points with about two minutes left in the NCAA Championship game. It was time to foul and hope that Memphis would struggle at the line. Coach Bill Self's plan worked well enough to get...

Danny & the Miracles

April 4, 1988- In one of the biggest upsets in NCAA history, the Kansas Jayhawks beat conference rival Oklahoma to win the 50th NCAA Championship. Tied 50-50 at half-time, the underdogs held on to defeat OU 83-79, their first win over OU in three outings.  Learn more in...