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This Week in KU History

  • Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen, the future "Father of Basketball Coaching", is born in Jamesport, Missouri.

  • “Pepper” Rodgers, KU’s head football coach, announces via telephone to a crowd of 1,000 students gathered in front of Strong Hall that the Jayhawks are bound for their second Orange Bowl appearance.

  • Responding to campus radicalism and slashed state education budgets, a KU group called Students Concerned About Higher Education in Kansas publishes a bold advertisement that asks “WOULD YOU VOTE TO ABOLISH THE UNIVERSITY?”

  • Starting his first game as the Jayhawks' point guard, Mark Turgeon provides a second-half spark by scoring 15 of his 17 points as the Jayhawks beat the Olympian-laden Soviet Union team in an exhibition game 84-78.
  • KU unveils preliminary architectural plans for its new humanities building, later named Wescoe Hall, a 25-story skyscraper that would have been the tallest building in Kansas.


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