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April

Natural Observer

April 1, 1874

The Observer of Nature, KU’s first serious student publication, issues its premiere edition.

“We All Missed Hilden Gibson”

April 1, 1955

Dr. Hilden Gibson, a popular political science professor and strong supporter of KU’s cooperative housing movement, unexpectedly passes away, inspiring the men of 1614 Kentucky Street to name their co-op in his honor.

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.

Pacifist Overtures

April 12, 1935

In a vivid display of 1930s-era pacifism, 700 KU students gather in front of Fowler for a Student Strike Against War Committee protest rally, part of a global antiwar demonstration taking place on 140 campuses across the country and around the world.

The Jayhawk in History and Legend

April 18, 1861

James Lane's Jayhawkers take up residence in the East Room of the White House to protect the President. Lincoln's assistant wrote "The White House has turned into a barracks. Jim Lane marshaled his Kansas Warriors...the western Jayhawkers..." Hay described Lane as a "gaunt, tattered, uncombed and unshorn figure."

Marry On

April 18, 1941

The KU School of Medicine drops its prohibition against marriage for nursing students.

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.

The Great Race

April 21, 1923

At 1:00 in the afternoon, on cinders still soaked by the previous day’s rain, the first events of the inaugural Kansas Relays get underway in the newly completed Memorial Stadium.

Mills’ Moment

April 21, 1984

The University of Kansas inducts Olympic gold medallist Billy Mills into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ryun’s Run

April 23, 1966

KU freshman track star Jim Ryun knocks nearly eight seconds off the Kansas Relays record for the mile run in a race that launches perhaps the greatest three-month stretch of his remarkable career.

“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.

Lorenzo The Magnificent

April 27, 1973

In the first of two stunts that would enter into campus legend, KU art student Dan Wessel, who preferred to be known as “The Great Wesselini” and similar monikers, attempts to fly his homemade glider over Memorial Stadium by rolling down a 32-foot ramp north of the Campanile.

Rising For The Fallen

April 30, 1926

A ceremony complete with military honor guard marks the laying of the cornerstone of the Kansas Memorial Union building.