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Week of 10/19 - 10/26


Crimson Pride

October 19, 1891

At a time when student newspapers on campus are referring to KU as the “Harvard of the West,” the KU athletic board chooses crimson as the football team’s official color, a decision that stands until blue is added in 1896.


Acting Out

October 20, 1972

Raymond Nichols was officially made the 12th chancellor of the University today by the Board of Regents. Nichols had been referred to as the acting chancellor since the resignation of Laurence Chalmers. Regent Henry Bubb made the motion to make the title permanent.


Bailey’s Barn

October 22, 2001

Bailey Hall, one of the University’s oldest buildings, is entered on the National Register of Historic Places.


Buddy and Don Return

October 24, 1987

Actor Buddy Rogers returns to KU to present the first "Buddy" award to actor Don Johnson. Rogers starred in "Wings", the first movie to win an Academy Award for Best Picture. Johnson starred in TV's "Miami Vice". Pictured is Don Johnson.


Sad Day on the Hill

October 25, 1960

The NCAA bans the '61 basketball and '60 football teams from post-season play and national TV appearances, and places the basketball team on a 2-year probation. Cited reasons were that halfback Bert Coan received a paid trip to an All-Star game from an alum, and that Wilt Chamberlain received a car.


Convicts Visit KU

October 26, 1922

M. F. Amrine, warden of the Kansas State Penitentiary at Lansing, brought his thirty-piece prison band to Mount Oread for a convocation. The band played several classical numbers and then Amrine gave a short talk, explaining the Kansas prison system and the attitude of prisoners toward it.