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This Week in KU History

  • Construction begins on Kansas Memorial Stadium. Erected as a memorial to the KU casualties during World War I, only the east and west sides of the stadium were built. The north bowl was added in 1927.
  • In an article about the departure of KU Chancellor Deane W. Malott and his replacement by KU Med Center Dean Franklin D. Murphy, Time magazine asserts “In the last twelve years, KU has begun to climb from its place as a solid but unspectacular state university…Under Chancellor Murphy, it hopes to climb even faster.”

  • Former KU student Rick “Tiger” Dowdell, 19, is shot and killed by police in downtown Lawrence, sparking a week of protests, vandalism, and confrontations.

  • KU sophomore-to-be Jim Ryun sets a new world record in the Mile Run with a time of 3:51.3.

  • During a time of extreme drought, the city of Lawrence has shut off water to the KU campus. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the school may have to close due to the water shortage. Potter Lake had been used, but a portion of the water must be kept for fire protection on Mt. Oread.


KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times