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Week of 03/21 - 03/28

March Sadness

March 21, 1997

In one of the most painful losses KU basketball fans have endured, Arizona upsets the No. 1 ranked Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

The Start of Something Big

March 21, 1865

At their first meeting, the Kansas Board of Regents elect the Reverend Robert W. Oliver as chancellor of the new University of Kansas.

Lightning Strikes…Twice

March 22, 1898

Fire destroys KU’s engineering building and heating plant, prompting Kansas City businessman George A. Fowler to donate $18,000 to rebuild the facilities, which became known as the Fowler Shops.

Big Game for Big Man

March 22, 1952

Kansas men's basketball defeat St. Louis in Kansas City to advance to the 1952 NCAA Final Four. Clyde Lovellette scored 44 points in the contest, an NCAA Tournament record.

Too Darn Hot

March 22, 1919

KU alum Lorenzo Fuller is born in Stockton, Ks. He had his own radio program and starred in many musical productions at KU. He went on to perform on Broadway, was popular on the radio in the 1940s, and was the first African-American to host a national TV show in 1947.

Big Game, Big Loss

March 23, 1957

In the NCAA national championship game in Kansas City, KU men's basketball, featuring Wilt Chamberlain, loses in three overtimes to North Carolina. Final score NC 54, KU 53.

First Final Four

March 23, 1940

In the Western Regional final game of the NCAA Tournament (Final Four), KU's Pony Express team, featuring Ralph Miller, Howard Engleman and Dick Harp, defeat the University of Southern California 43-42. KU would lose to Indiana in the final.

That’s The Way It Was

March 24, 1969

CBS news correspondent Walter Cronkite delivered the 20th annual William A. White Memorial Lecture in Hoch Auditorium to a capacity crowd.

Doctor’s Orders

March 25, 1880

At a meeting that could be considered the birth of KU Med, KU faculty vote to establish a preparatory or first-year medical course, which is subsequently approved by the Board of Regents.

Irish Sweepstakes

March 26, 1959

The University of Kansas gains one of the world’s most impressive Irish political and literary collections when 11 tons of books, pamphlets, periodicals, and other items representing the bulk of Patrick Sarsfield O’Hegarty’s library arrive on Mount Oread.

Going To Kansas City

March 27, 1988

KU beats Kansas State in the regional championship game in Pontiac, Michigan and advances to the 1988 Final Four to be held in Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Image of Clint Normore by Gary Mook.

The Full Monte

March 27, 1987

Monte Johnson resigns as Athletics Director. Johnson was a former athlete at KU and was responsible for the firing of Don Fambrough in '82 and Ted Owens in '83. He also hired Larry Brown as coach of the men's basketball team, who led the Jayhawks to the NCAA Championship in '88.

School’s A Blast

March 28, 1991

A bomb was placed in a Parking Services jeep in the Joseph R. Pearson Hall parking lot. The bomb was discovered and moved to the hill east of JRP where it exploded less than five minutes later. One student and one former student were arrested.

Phog’s 20th Title

March 28, 1936

The men's basketball team wins the Big Six Conference title by beating Nebraska in Lincoln 43-36. It was Phog Allen's 20th conference championship in twenty-five years.