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This Week in KU History

  • One of the first recorded instances of the often-heated rivalry between KU Law students and KU engineering students ends in a draw when KU Chancellor Francis Snow causes dynamiting of a 5,000-pound boulder that had become an object of contention between the two groups.
    [Francis Snow pictured.]

  • High School debate teams visit the KU campus to participate in the state debate championships. The championship included Ashland and Burlington teams debating Women's Sufferage, an issue that will be voted upon by eligible Kansans at the next election.

  • Evangelist Billy Sunday, nationally known for his passionate support of prohibition and revivalist crusades, congratulates Kansans for being the “least illiterate” people in the country in a speech to more than 1,800 KU students and faculty and members of the Kansas Editorial Association at Robinson Gymnasium.

  • Shortly after the United States formally enters the First World War, KU Chancellor Frank Strong speaks on “Mobilization at the University” before the National Council of Defense in Washington, DC.

  • A federal grand jury indicts KU professor Raymond A. Schwegler for causing “obscene literature” to be sent through the mails by importing from Germany The History of Erotic Elements in Art by Eduard Fuchs. The Federal District Attorney refused to prosecute the case and it was dismissed.

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