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December

Center Of Attention

December 3, 1956

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.

Foster Care

December 4, 1955

After serving as “temporary” women’s housing for 12 years, Foster Hall finally becomes a men’s scholarship residence as originally intended.

Fly Us To The Moon

December 7, 1972

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.

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.

Sayonara, Baby

December 10, 1941

The University Daily Kansan responds to Japan’s bombing of Pearl Harbor with a scathing editorial titled, “An Open Letter to Hirohito.”

Priority Won

December 12, 1941

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.

Radio Days

December 15, 1924

KFKU, the University’s first radio station, makes its inaugural broadcast.

Making The Grade

December 16, 1959

The National League for Nursing grants full accreditation to KU's nursing baccalaureate degree program.