President William Howard Taft stops on the KU campus for about one hour and speaks to a welcoming crowd in old Robinson Gymnasium.
Dr. F.W. Blackmar, the first Dean of the Graduate School from 1889-1929, attempts to explain the origin of the Kansas Jayhawk during KU's Radio Nite program.
The Observer of Nature, KU’s first serious student publication, issues its premiere edition.
Electric trolleys from the Lawrence city system initiate 23 years of streetcar service to the KU campus.
Carl L. Becker, author of the much-reprinted essay “Kansas” and one of the central figures in the development of the nature of historical inquiry, begins teaching his first European history class at the University of Kansas.
The football Jayhawkers become the first college team from the state of Kansas to play in a bowl game, squaring off against Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
KFKU, the University’s first radio station, makes its inaugural broadcast.
The University Daily Kansan becomes the first college daily newspaper in the Sunflower State.
In KU’s Bailey Hall, chemistry professors Hamilton P. Cady and David F. McFarland discover that helium can be extracted from natural gas.
Future KU alumnus Clyde Tombaugh announces his discovery of the planet Pluto.
Bacteriologist Marshall A. Barber, whose invention of the micropipette will enable him to conclusively prove the germ theory of disease, begins his 17-year teaching career at the University of Kansas and the KU School of Medicine.
KU dedicates its Vietnam Memorial in Marvin Grove, becoming the first university in the country to build such a monument.
Student-run radio station KJHK-FM goes on the air with DJ Steve Doocy, bringing jazz, progressive and "alternative" rock to Mount Oread, along with a fair share of controversy.
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.