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Theodore Roosevelt

Presidential Visits

September 24, 1911

President William Howard Taft stops on the KU campus for about one hour and speaks to a welcoming crowd in old Robinson Gymnasium.

Dr. William T. Fitzsimons

A Death In France

September 7, 1917

Lt. William T. Fitzsimons, a KU alum and US Army doctor serving in France, becomes the first American casualty of World War I.

A Swell Yell

May 21, 1886

Professor Edgar Henry Summerfield Bailey first proposes the cheer that will evolve into the “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.” yell.

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.