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This Week in KU History

  • The 1960s-era counterculture makes a splash on Mount Oread when KU students hold a “Human Be-In” at Potter Lake.

  • Sophomore Jim Ryun wins the Glen Cunningham Mile at the 42nd Kansas Relays with a new meet record of 3:54:7. His time also topped the National Collegiate record of 3:56.4. He posted quarters of :58.6, :59.8, :60.2 and :56.1. As of 2013, his Relays record still stands.
  • Approximately 3,400 KU students and faculty members, plus Chancellor Deane Malott and his wife, Eleanor, participate in the University’s first Dandelion Day, a voluntary campus weeding operation that collects 93,000 pounds of dandelion debris in a mere three hours.

  • KU freshman track star Jim Ryun knocks nearly eight seconds off the Kansas Relays record for the mile run in a race that launches perhaps the greatest three-month stretch of his remarkable career.

  • LAWRENCE, Kan. – The University of Kansas and the City of Lawrence will rename stretches of two streets after former KU football coach and player Don Fambrough at a ceremony on Saturday, April 28.


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
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times