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March

Field House of Dreams

March 1, 1955

Dedication of KU’s Allen Field House takes place on the night of the Jayhawks’ only home conference victory of the 1954-55 season.

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.

“There Is Too Much Talk Here About Segregation”

March 5, 1934

Kansas Representative William H. Blount convenes a hearing in Topeka to investigate racial discrimination at the University of Kansas, with particular focus on the Medical School’s exclusionary practices that prevent African American students from completing medical degrees at KU.

Hall To The Chief

March 6, 1947

The University of Kansas signs a lease for a new residence hall that will take the name of a famed Kansa chief – thanks to a set of hand-me-down silverware.

“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.

Fuller’s Brushes With Fame

March 11, 1886

Ferdinand Fuller, architect of KU’s first building and a member of the original party sent to Kansas by the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society, dies at his home near Lawrence.

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.

The Ideal Jayhawker

March 14, 1913

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 14, 1913: "Kansas University Co-eds who are members of the K.U. Y.W.C.A. have outlined a code of ideals to which they would have the young men of Kansas measure up. In a list of nine requirements they have prescribed for his every-day life...

Murphy’s Loss

March 18, 1960

Nearly 4,000 students pack Hoch Auditorium to protest the resignation of KU Chancellor Franklin Murphy following a long-simmering conflict with Kansas Governor George Docking.

Twilight At 2

March 20, 1935

The worst “Dust Bowl” dust storm hits Lawrence, shrouding the town and the KU campus in darkness by 2 p.m.

Shocked!

March 20, 1981

In the first meeting between the two schools in a quarter century, Wichita State hits a last-second shot to upend KU in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

March Sadness

March 21, 1997

In one of the most painful losses KU basketball fans have endured, Arizona upsets the No. 1 ranked Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

Lightning Strikes…Twice

March 22, 1898

Fire destroys KU’s engineering building and heating plant, prompting Kansas City businessman George A. Fowler to donate $18,000 to rebuild the facilities, which became known as the Fowler Shops.

Irish Sweepstakes

March 26, 1959

The University of Kansas gains one of the world’s most impressive Irish political and literary collections when 11 tons of books, pamphlets, periodicals, and other items representing the bulk of Patrick Sarsfield O’Hegarty’s library arrive on Mount Oread.

Marvin’s Gardens

March 29, 1878

Chancellor James Marvin leads the first concerted “campus beautification” campaign at KU, a joint student-faculty effort on Arbor Day that culminates in the planting of more than 300 trees on Mount Oread and sets the stage for the development of present-day Marvin Grove.

Carrie Watson

Madam Librarian

March 29, 1972

KU celebrates Carrie Watson Day, honoring the University’s first and longest-serving professional librarian.