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This Week in KU History

  • Elizabeth M. Watkins begins building her philanthropic legacy to the University of Kansas with the opening of Watkins Scholarship Hall, named in honor of her late husband.

  • Chancellor Marvin at Opening Convocation: “A time for everything and everything on time is the only rule whereby students may be saved… Sleep enough, exercise enough, and by that means and that alone will you be enabled to study enough.”

  • Public radio station KANU 91.5 begins broadcasting at 1:45 p.m. (Station Manager, and a founder, R. Edwin Browne, pictured.) Four days later the station began airing "Opera Is My Hobby," with host Dr. James Seaver. Seaver's program aired for over 58 years, ending upon the death of Seaver in 2011.
  • Over 2,500 men line up outside Green Hall (present-day Lippincott Hall) to register for the Student Army Training Corps as the University of Kansas attempts transforming itself into a “war institution.”

  • Forrest C. "Phog" Allen, 88, dies at his home in Lawrence. Coach Allen coached basketball at KU for 39 years and compiled a record of 691-219. He also served KU in other roles including Athletics Director and football coach. James Naismith, inventor of the basketball, called Allen "The Father of Basketball Coaching."


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