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This Week in KU History

  • Flying under the expert's radar in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Billy Mills crossed the finish line in the 10,000 meter run, thrust his arms into the air, and, as one sportswriter described it, wore “an expression of rapture on his face.” He had won Olympic gold and set a new Olympic record.

  • Former Jayhawk Al Oerter uncorks a toss of 212 feet, 6.5 inches in the discus finals at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City, becoming the first person to win a gold medal for the same event at four consecutive Olympics.

  • Student-run radio station KJHK-FM goes on the air with DJ Steve Doocy, bringing jazz, progressive and "alternative" rock to Mount Oread, along with a fair share of controversy.

  • The first peacetime draft in American history comes to Mount Oread as KU registers 1,083 men in the Kansas Union.

  • 1936 University of Kansas graduate John B. McLendon was enshrined for a second time into the Naismith Hall of Fame on Friday evening, September 9, 2016. Originally enshrined as a conributor, McLendon was inducted as a coach along with 9 other inductees into the class of 2016.


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