Building Community through Shared History - A KU Memorial Union Program

This Week in KU History

  • Electric trolleys from the Lawrence city system initiate 23 years of streetcar service to the KU campus.

  • The long-term campus hangout known as The Crossing and other names, as well as other businesses at 12th Street and Oread Avenue, are demolished to make way for the new Oread Hotel.

  • Glenn Cunningham, the nation’s most popular Depression-era track star, competes in his final race at the Kansas Relays.


  • A firebomb blasts the Kansas Union, causing nearly $1 million in damages.

  • KU Athletics announced the hiring of Brandon Schneider to lead the KU Women's basketball program. Schneider had previously worked at Stephen F. Austin and Emporia State.


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