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Week of 02/20 - 02/27

Kansas Governor Thomas Carney

The Power Of One

February 20, 1863

Kansas Governor Thomas Carney signs into law a bill locating the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The bill had passed the state House of Representatives by just one vote.

The Return Of Jarring Jim

February 20, 1939

More than six years after breaking Jim Thorpe’s decathlon record, James Bausch – KU football, basketball, and track star extraordinaire – makes an unexpected visit to his alma mater.

Minority Opinion

February 20, 1964

George Lincoln Rockwell, the leader of the American Nazi Party, speaks in the Kansas Union Ballroom. He was invited to campus by the SUA Minority Opinions Forum.

The Greening Of Gerald Ford

February 21, 1978

Former US President Gerald Ford heads the list of dignitaries assembled at KU to dedicate new Green Hall, home of the KU School of Law.

First of Many

February 22, 1908

The KU basketball team, under coach "Phog" Allen, defeats Nebraska to win the first Missouri Valley Conference championship.

Lucky 13

February 22, 2017

The men's Jayhawk Basketball team beats TCU 87-68 for a share of the Big 12 Conference championship. With their 13th title win they tie UCLA for the most consecutive conference championships in NCAA history.

The Thrifty Third

February 23, 1921

The KU Registrar, George O. Foster, releases a report showing that 31 percent of KU students are self-supporting.

Separate But Not Equal

February 23, 1940

Ernie Fields (pictured) and His Orchestra play for the segregated Negro Varsity dance in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Each of the 128 black KU students were permitted to bring two guests. According to the Daily Kansan, the annual affair was given to Negro students as a “compensation for the regular varsities.”

Water On The Brain

February 23, 1895

KU physics and engineering professor, Lucien I. Blake, successfully transmits the first long distance ship-to-shore message using underwater wireless technology.

Debate Society President and Vice President- 1912

A Great Debate

February 23, 1912

The University Debating society held its first formal debate. The debate topics included the establishment of a Parcels Post system and the creation of a uniform divorce law. President Milton Minor and VP Allen Wilbur presided over the 54 members of the group.

Rising Son

February 23, 1948

At the age of 32, Dr. Franklin D. Murphy – a son both of KU and of a Medical School “founding father” – agrees to become dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the youngest man in the nation to hold such an office.

Law and Survival

February 24, 1965

Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas speaks to 2,000 in Hoch Auditorium. Speaking on the "The Role of Law and Survival," Douglas stated that the world of the future will not be East vs. West, but the "Haves" vs. the "Have-Nots", and the USA would have to spend more money on people in the future and less on weapons.

He’s No. 1

February 24, 1988

Danny Manning moves into first place in Big 8 career scoring as he reaches 2,663 points in a game against the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman. The previous record was held by OU's Wayman Tisdale.

Birth of the Campanile

February 24, 1946

In a meeting with the Faculty, Chancellor Malott charges the Alumni Association with the responsibility of formulating plans toward the building of a proper memorial to the Jayhawkers who had made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II.

Ten Straight

February 24, 2014

Led by guard Naadir Tharp, who scored 12 points in the last six minutes of the game, the KU Men's Basketball team secures a 10th straight Big 12 conference title by defeating Oklahoma 83 to 75 in Allen Fieldhouse.

University Daily Kansan 2-25-12

A Game For The Ages

February 25, 2012

As Missouri prepares to exit the Big 12, the men's basketball team overcomes a 19-point deficit to defeat the third-ranked Tigers 87-86 in overtime, assuring that KU will own a portion of an 8th straight Big 12 title.

500th Win

February 25, 2013

Men's basketball head coach Bill Self gets his 500th career victory with a KU win over Iowa State in Ames. The Jayhawks won the heated battle in overtime 108-96. KU guard Elijah Johnson led the Jayhawks with a 39 point performance- the most points scored by a Jayhawk during the Big 12 era.

Byrd Flies South

February 26, 1936

Polar explorer Admiral Byrd (pictured with Chancellor Lindley) visits campus for a lecture on Little America, which were exploration bases established in the Antarctic.

30 Years Later

February 26, 1895

The Women's Relief Corp holds their annual 3-day convention in old Fraser Hall. The W.R.C. assisted veterans of the Civil War.

Manhattan On The Rocks

February 27, 1862

The Kansas state senate votes down a bill to locate the proposed public university in Manhattan.

A Bit of Phogery

February 27, 1932

Phog Allen delays the start of the Oklahoma game to 7:30 p.m., purportedly so fans could listen to the end of the K-State/MU game. Actually, Phog delayed the game to give center Bill Johnson time to fly from Oklahoma where he had been attending his father's funeral. Johnson arrived in time and KU won 33-29.

12th Consecutive Clinched

February 27, 2016

The men's basketball team clinches a tie for their 12th consecutive Big 12 title by beating Texas Tech 67-58.