Building Community through Shared History - A KU Memorial Union Program

This Week in KU History

  • First “May Fete” becomes the official substitute for the banned Maypole Scraps.

  • On this Memorial Day weekend we recall the students & alumni who died for our country. KU's campus war memorials date back to the 1920s when the Memorial Corporation was formed to construct Memorial Stadium and the Memorial Union in tribute to Jayhawks who died during WWI.

  • KU dedicates its Vietnam Memorial in Marvin Grove, becoming the first university in the country to build such a monument.

  • The Kansas Board of Regents announces the appointment of Dr. Douglas A. Girod as the 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas. Girod was previously executive vice chancellor of the University of Kansas Medical Center.

  • Dan Dahlene, a contractor, lost his hand and received numerous injuries due to an explosion of a stick of dynamite while performing construction of the basement of Strong Hall. He was carried to Robinson Gymnasium where Dr. James Naismith and Professor C.H. Root administered first aid until a doctor and an ambulance arrived.


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