Building Community through Shared History - A KU Memorial Union Program

This Week in KU History

  • Kay Kyser & his Orchestra entertain at the Senior Cakewalk in Hoch Auditorium. The crowd danced to "Three Little Fishes" and "The Rag Man."

  • Joe Smith, owner of the popular late-night spot Joe's Bakery, retires from the daily operation of the store after 28 years. His son Ralph re-opens the operation when classes resume in the fall.

  • Seeing evidence of snobbery on Mount Oread, the Populist-leaning Lawrence Jeffersonian counsels its readers to stop “toadying” to KU, declaring “Just so long as we toady to the University, just so long we will be a dead University town, nothing more.”

  • The Junior Prom becomes the first formal event held in KU’s newly opened Robinson Gymnasium.

  • Daniel Ricardo "Danny" Manning is born in Hattiesburg, MS. Danny and the Miracles brought KU its second NCAA Championship in 1988. He went on to play in the Olympics and the NBA, and served as asst. coach at KU before becoming the head men's basketball coach at Tulsa in 2012, followed by Wake Forest in 2014.


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