Building Community through Shared History - A KU Memorial Union Program

This Week in KU History

  • The Memorial Committee meets for the first time. This group of campus staff, students and alumni were charged with raising $1 million to construct the Kansas Memorial Union, Memorial Stadium and the Uncle Jimmy Green statue.
  • Four thousand KU students and faculty members tear down McCook Field, clearing the way for the construction of present-day Memorial Stadium.

  • The US Army’s 77th Evacuation Hospital Unit, composed of volunteer doctors and nurses primarily from the KU School of Medicine and its Bell Memorial Hospital, is officially activated for duty in World War II

  • KU Professor Lucien Blake, an early experimenter with X-rays, photographs a man’s foot with an X-ray camera and discovers a bullet that physicians had been unable to find for three months.

  • Anti-war protesters took part in a four-mile march on Mt. Oread overnight. Twenty-seven arrests were made after the group refused to clear the area at 13th Street and Jayhawk Blvd. at the request of Attorney General Vern Miller.


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