This Week in KU History
Friday, May 18, 1962
Former KU discus thrower Al Oerter sets his first world record when he achieves a toss of 200 ft. 5 inches. He was the first person to break the 200 foot mark.
Monday, May 19, 2014Madeline Wilcox becomes KU's first female combat arms officer to be commissioned after the Pentagon opened combat arms branches to women in all military services in 2013. Wilcox was a political science major.
Friday, May 21, 1886
Professor Edgar Henry Summerfield Bailey first proposes the cheer that will evolve into the “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.” yell.
Wednesday, May 21, 1952
KU Chancellor Franklin D. Murphy announces the appointment of Frank R. Burge as director of the Kansas Memorial Union, a position he would hold for more than 30 years.
Thursday, May 21, 1959
KU speech clinician Dick Schiefelbusch presents preliminary research indicating that children with profound mental retardation can learn.