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This Week in KU History

  • With no other candidates willing to take the job, Dr. Harry R. Wahl, professor and department chairman of pathology, is named acting dean of the KU School of Medicine, inaugurating a 24-year period that will become known as “The Wahl Years.”

  • One of the greatest women's basketball players of all time, Lynette Woodard, was born in Wichita, Kansas. Woodard still holds the career scoring record for women's major college basketball with 3,649 points.
  • August 12, 2014- Kansas Athletics has announced that the last four KU Men's Basketball coaches will return to Allen Fieldhouse for a celebration of the building's 60th anniversary. Ted Owens, Larry Brown Roy Williams and Bill Self will reminisce about their times in what most consider the best college basketball venue in the nation.
  • The University of Kansas announces that demolition of Locksley Hall, one of the most unusual living arrangements on the KU campus, will be completed by September 1, 1959.

  • The four current and former KU athletes who competed in the Olympics this year had mixed success, but represented their countries and KU in great fashion. The standout for KU was Diamond Dixon (left), a member of the USA's 4 x 400 meters women's relay team.


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