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Nirvana Comes to KU

October 17, 1991

Grunge rock group Nirvana appears in the Kansas Union Ballroom to promote the group's best-selling album "Nevermind", released just 20 days earlier. By January the album had reached number one on the Billboard charts, eventually selling over 30 million copies worldwide.

No More Hobohemia

November 22, 1939

The University Daily Kansan records the passing of Hobo Day, an often rowdy “annual festival of rags” in which KU students dressed in hobo costumes to show school spirit and cause “a great deal of unnecessary trouble.”

Orange You Just Crushed?

January 1, 1948

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.

Cause For Concern

November 18, 1971

Responding to campus radicalism and slashed state education budgets, a KU group called Students Concerned About Higher Education in Kansas publishes a bold advertisement that asks “WOULD YOU VOTE TO ABOLISH THE UNIVERSITY?”

The Queen Is Dead

November 7, 1969

In what will be the final crowning of a Homecoming Queen, KU awards the tiara to Janet Merrick, a senior from Johnson County.

The Unmentionables

Night Moves

May 20, 1952

Approximately 1,500 undergraduate KU men engage in the largest panty raid in the University’s history.

Mayday Mayhem

May 1, 1891

Male students participate in the first "Maypole Scrap," a rowdy fracas that will be a KU tradition and popular spectator sport for over a dozen years.