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This Week in KU History

  • 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."

  • Professor E.H.S. Bailey, who led the effort to draft the first Pure Food and Drug Laws in Kansas and created the "Rock Chalk Chant" for the KU Science Club, is born in Baileyville, Connecticut.

  • The Semi-Weekly Kansan, forerunner of today’s University Daily Kansan, makes its debut on campus with the support of faculty, administration, and students alike.

  • The Department of Nursing Education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine begins offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

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KU Today
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44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times