Building Community through Shared History - A KU Memorial Union Program

This Week in KU History

  • 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.

  • Madeline 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.
  • Professor Edgar Henry Summerfield Bailey first proposes the cheer that will evolve into the “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.” yell.

  • 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.

  • KU speech clinician Dick Schiefelbusch presents preliminary research indicating that children with profound mental retardation can learn.

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