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Town And Gown

State Of Confusion

January 13, 1925

After having been fired less than 3 weeks earlier by outgoing Kansas Gov. Jonathan Davis, Chancellor Lindley is formally reinstated at the behest of new governor, Ben Paulen.

“The City ABC Blew Up”

October 12, 1983

Over 2,000 students and local residents pack KU’s Woodruff Auditorium for a special screening of The Day After, ABC’s controversial TV-movie filmed in Lawrence that depicts the effects of a nuclear holocaust on a typical American town.

Murphy’s Loss

March 18, 1960

Nearly 4,000 students pack Hoch Auditorium to protest the resignation of KU Chancellor Franklin Murphy following a long-simmering conflict with Kansas Governor George Docking.

“Joint” Ventures

April 25, 1908

KU journalism students expose a widespread illicit liquor trade in officially "dry" Lawrence when they take over the reins of the Lawrence Daily Journal as part of a one-day experiment in investigative reporting.

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.

Say You Want An Evolution

January 30, 1894

KU Chancellor Francis H. Snow announces that he will give a series of University Extension lectures on evolution, a move that provokes much criticism from local religious leaders.

Down, But Not Out

August 21, 1863

Confederate guerrilla leader William Clarke Quantrill perpetrates his infamous Civil War raid on Lawrence, virtually destroying the town and leaving its surviving residents without financial resources to help support the establishment of KU.