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.
Week of 02/20 - 02/27
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.
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.
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.
The KU basketball team, under coach "Phog" Allen, defeats Nebraska to win the first Missouri Valley Conference championship.
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 KU Registrar, George O. Foster, releases a report showing that 31 percent of KU students are self-supporting.
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.”
KU physics and engineering professor, Lucien I. Blake, successfully transmits the first long distance ship-to-shore message using underwater wireless technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KU dedicates Marvin Hall to house the School of Engineering and Haworth Hall for the Departments of Mineralogy and Geology.
Polar explorer Admiral Byrd (pictured with Chancellor Lindley) visits campus for a lecture on Little America, which were exploration bases established in the Antarctic.
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.
The Kansas state senate votes down a bill to locate the proposed public university in Manhattan.
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.
The men's basketball team clinches a tie for their 12th consecutive Big 12 title by beating Texas Tech 67-58.