SLU's golden Billiken sculpture returns to its home in the West Pine Gym after a four-year
disappearance. SLU President Paul Reinert, S.J., was told of the statue's whereabouts
at an alumni gathering and negotiated its return. Men's basketball coach Charlie Spoonhour
says, "It appears to be a great omen, and we're willing to take all the luck we can
August 19, 2005
The University News reports that SLU history professor Thomas Finan, Ph.D., has led
a research team to western Ireland to survey church ruins. "We merely scratched the
surface," he said. "The results of this summer's project were so positive that it
would appear we will be digging and surveying at the site for several years to come."
August 18, 1975
SLU announces that Norman Mailer, acclaimed for his World War II novel, "The Naked
and the Dead," will be the final speaker of this year’s Great Issues Series. Mailers
iconoclastic political journalism and insightful personal essays indicate that he
will be a dynamic and valuable speaker.
August 17, 1860
Students studying meteorological activity at SLU's College Farm record an earthquake
at 9:17 a.m.
August 16, 2017
Billikens make up the largest team walking in St. Louis's annual Sista Strut breast
cancer awareness walk.
August 15, 1821
Seven Belgian men set sail for America to become Jesuit missionaries, eventually coming
to Saint Louis University.
August 14, 1945
Former SLU faculty member Chaplain Joseph Boggins, S.J., gives the final radio prayer
to the nation, on the surrender of the Japanese military forces to the United States:
"May God grant that in the days that follow this peace all of us may march together
in the same spirit and make these United States even greater in the sight of God and
August 13, 2009
Newslink reports that musicians from SLU and the St. Louis Symphony have formed the
"No Strings Attached" ensemble, with its first rehearsal planned later that month.
August 12, 2015
SLU reports that thanks to all of those who participated in the #IceBucketChallenge,
the St. Louis Chapter of the ALS Association was able to double its contributions
to Saint Louis University's ALS Clinic, one of only 40 certified centers of excellence
in the country.
August 11, 1857
A fire breaks out in SLU's carpenter's shop and sets fire to the roof of the study
hall. Furniture is saved, but the buildings are damaged by water.
August 10, 1946
Jerry Ahrens, slugging pitcher on the Saint Louis University High baseball squad,
is selected as St. Louis’ representative on the All-American Boys’ baseball team.
Ahrens, hitting at a .380 clip, will be either in the outfield or on the mound as
his manager, Ty Cobb, deems necessary.
August 9, 1970
The Grateful Dead plays at Saint Louis University’s Homecoming.
August 8, 1871
Joseph Zealand, S.J., is appointed the 10th president of Saint Louis University.
August 7, 2015
SLU's men's basketball Billikens depart for Nassau, Bahamas, to embark on a three-game
exhibition stint and community service project in the Caribbean nation.
August 6, 2010
Christy Connoyer becomes the 10th head coach in Billikens softball history. In the
2017-2018 season, she tallied her 200th win leading the Billikens.
August 5, 2009
SLU opens a new, inclusive garden to serve as a test model for special needs gardens
at local schools.
August 4, 2011
SLU's Live Well STL forum brings together more than 100 civic leaders for a forum
on community health initiatives hosted by SLU's Center for Outcomes Research (SLUCOR).
August 3, 2017
SLU announces that a record number of SLU athletic teams — seven in all — have received
the NCAA's award honoring their student-athletes' academic progress and performance.
August 2, 1877
Joseph E. Keller, S.J., is appointed the 12th president of Saint Louis University.
August 1, 2013
Workers assess the restoration needs of St. Francis Xavier College Church after a
lightning strike earlier in the summer
July 31, 1888
DuBourg Hall opens on the Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola. Though now home to SLU's administration,
the building at its opening contained the whole of the University's operations, including
classrooms, laboratories, a museum and library, and dormitories for both students
and the Jesuit faculty.
July 30, 2015
SLU announces that SLU Dance Marathon has received the national Ryan White Award for
July 29, 2016
Mardell Wilson, Ed.D., dean of Doisy College of Health Sciences, records running between
Kentucky and Illinois on her trek from Memphis to Peoria on behalf of St. Jude's Children's
Hospital. By the end of her four-day journey, she and her family had raised $10,000
for the children's cancer research hospital.
July 28, 1838
The classical course begins at SLU. The course includes a competent knowledge of Greek,
Latin and English languages, of geography, use of globes, ancient and modern history,
logic and principles of moral philosophy, including ethics and metaphysics; rhetoric
and mathematics, including arithmetic, algebra, plane and solid geometry, trigonometry,
surveying, measuring conic sections; and the principles of natural philosophy.
July 27, 2012
Comedian Steve Harvey performs at Chaifetz Arena.
July 26, 2013
SLU announces a new partnership between the Department of Chemistry and Jost Chemical,
which offers training and internship opportunities for area high school students,
aimed at increasing diversity in science.
July 25, 1956
Italian ocean liner Andrea Doria collides with a Swedish ship off the coast of Cape
Cod. Among the cargo of the Andrea Doria lost at sea are hundreds of thousands of
microfilmed manuscripts en route from the Vatican to SLU for the Vatican Film Library.
July 24, 2013
Participants in SLU's Sports Business Summer Academy take a VIP tour of Busch Stadium,
courtesy of the business school and the St. Louis Cardinals.
July 23, 2012
SLU announces that Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner will receive the
Saint Louis Literary Award. Kushner is known for his play, Angels in America, among
July 22, 1952
Billikens take a dip at a picnic in Forest Park during the Club 1951 picnic.
July 21, 1868
Peter J. Verhaegen, S.J., the first president of Saint Louis University, dies.
July 20, 2015
SLU shares renderings of Spring Hall, one of two new residence halls to be built on
campus, with the University community.
July 19, 2017
Four members of Saint Louis University's Department of Public Safety are honored by
the Department of Defense's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for their efforts
in helping a deployed colleague and his family.
July 18, 2012
Newslink reports on the Healthy Eating with Local Produce program that gets students
into the kitchen to learn more about local foods and the value they bring to the community.
July 17, 2014
Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space, visits campus to meet
with middle school students participating in a SLU summer camp.
July 16, 1862
Thomas O'Neil, SJ, is appointed the 8th president of Saint Louis University.
July 15, 1960
SLU shutterbug Boleslaus "Father Luke" Lukaszewski, captures students making the most
of their summer by getting ahead on some reading in the Pius XII Memorial Library.
July 14, 2009
SLU joins the Yellow Ribbon program helping veterans.
July 13, 2009
Former Billiken basketball standout Cody Ellis helps Australia beat France to advance
in the FIBA World Championships.
July 12, 2012
John Pruellage, former chairman of SLU's board of trustees, leaves a $1.1 million
gift to the School of Law. The school's John K. Pruellage Courtroom is named in his
July 11, 2013
The School of Law partners with businesses in downtown St. Louis to create the "SLU
Zone," an area where students, faculty and staff can receive discounts at participating
businesses while supporting the city's downtown community.
July 10, 1993
SLU's Black Alumni Association hosts St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. at its third
annual prayer breakfast. Freeman delivered the event's keynote address.
July 9, 2014
Newslink announces that SLU high jumper Naya Owusu will represent Ghana at the Commonwealth
Games and African National Championships.
July 8, 2017
SLUCare and Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital (now SSM Health Cardinal Glennon
Children's Hospital) team up to open a new institute dedicated to fetal health, which
will offer lifesaving therapies for series fetal problems.
July 6, 2009
Newslink reports that SLU's College of Public Health (now the College for Public Health
and Social Justice) will collaborate on disaster planning preparations for the year's
All-Star Game at Busch Stadium.
July 5, 2014
The Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America Convention enters its second day
at Chaifetz Arena. The convention brings together Indian Americans from throughout
the country to celebrate the Tamil language.
July 4, 2017
SLU-Madrid hosts a barbecue to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday for global Billikens.
July 3, 1940
The 70th General Hospital is formed in Europe, staffed by SLU faculty and nurses during
World War II.
July 2, 1993
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that SLU will purchase the Mercantile Bank on
the corner of Grand and Lindell boulevards, in an effort to extend the University's
July 1, 2014
Fred Pestello, Ph.D., officially begins his tenure as SLU's 33rd University president.
June 30, 2010
SLU's Museum of Contemporary Religious Art launches its new "MOCRA Voices" podcast.
The podcast is a series of conversations with thinkers and practitioners of contemporary
art, religion and spirituality.
June 29, 2009
SLU-Madrid is featured on Spanish TV in a pregame show before the USA-Spain World
Cup soccer match, reaching millions of viewers.
June 28, 2006
SLU announces the patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church, Nasrallah Peter Cardinal
Sfeir, will receive SLU's highest honor as part of his pastoral visit to the U.S.
Sfeir's visit was noted as the most significant visit by a religious visit to St.
Louis since Pope John Paul II's 1999 tour of the city.
June 27, 1990
"Post-Minimalism and the Spiritual," an exhibition examining spirituality through
the work of four Chicago artists, closes at SLU's Museum of Contemporary Religious
June 26, 2013
SLU collects more than 7,000 pounds of shoes during the year's "Battle for the Boot,"
winning the second annual show drive competition to benefit Shoeman Water Projects.
June 25, 2012
SLU researcher M.N. Frances Yap, Ph.D., becomes the University's first Pew Scholar.
The Pew Scholars program recognizes significant scientific promise.
June 24, 1990
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology — then located in Cahokia, Illinois
— holds an open house featuring displays of antique and experimental aircraft and
concerts by the St. Louis German Band and "Volition."
June 23, 2016
Day one of the Olympic men's gymnastic trials begin at Chaifetz Arena.
June 23, 2016
Day one of the Olympic men's gymnastic trials begin at Chaifetz Arena.
June 22, 2011
27 high school students from across the United States and Puerto Rico are participating
in a summer academy at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology geared
toward long term sustainability.
June 21, 2010
SLU researchers including Enrico di Cera, Ph.D., have perfected a new version of the
blood-regulating enzyme thrombin and have harnessed its anti-blood clotting abilities.
June 20, 2012
Newslink reports that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hosted a reception
for more than 225 School of Law faculty, staff, alumni and students in Washington,
D.C., in honor of the Center of Health Law Studies' 30th anniversary.
June 19, 2013
Newslink features Parks College students loading a trebuchet — a type of catapult
— for a demonstration as part of a symposium hosted by the Center for Medieval and
June 18, 2010
SLU's softball team shatters the school record for wins in a season with 30 wins to
make its fourth straight trip to the Atlantic 10 softball championships.
June 17, 2004
The Olympic torch passes through campus on its way to the Summer Games in Athens,
June 16, 2011
Ellen Harshman, Ph.D., J.D., receives the 2011 Coro Leadership Award for her work
exemplifying the organization's mission to prepare engaged, responsible and effective
leaders who make significant, positive impacts on their communities.
June 15, 2010
29 SLU-Madrid students begin taking part in the campus' six-week summer law program,
immersing themselves in Spanish legal culture.
June 14, 2013
Newslink reports on the "ReSpectacle Program," an initiative by SLU ophthalmology
residents to use technology to match unused glasses with those in need of prescription
June 12, 2009
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visits SLU for an international business event
discussing world food shortages and food insecurity.
June 11, 2009
Newslink features a story about Brittany Cloudy, a SLU track star who survived being
dropped from a burning building as a child, going on to find success on and off the
field at the University.
June 10, 2010
Newslink reports that first-year SLU medical student George Hanna has received a "star-studded"
scholarship from the Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program
June 9, 1884
The cornerstone is laid for St. Francis Xavier College Church at Grand and Lindell,
beginning construction of the foundation of the church.
June 8, 2016
Former @SaintLouisMBB standout Rob Loe joins the New Zealand men's national team as
it prepares to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
June 7, 2015
SLU alum Mike Isaacson (A&S '69, Chaifetz Grad '96), artistic director and executive
producer of the Muny, wins a Tony Award for producing Fun Home.
June 6, 2014
Chaifetz Arena ends up a successful graduation season with more than 85,000 people
visiting the arena to attend a record number of commencement ceremonies in a three-week
June 5, 1917
Leonard Wood, who served as the chief of staff of the U.S. Army from 1910-1914, receives
an honorary degree from Saint Louis University.
June 4, 2013
The National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA) Conference takes place
on campus. The conference's events highlight SLU's achievements in the field of international
June 3, 2014
Newslink reports that Vedad Ibisevic, former Billikens men's soccer player, and his
teammates on the Bosnia-Herzegovina Men's National Team took to the field at Robert
R. Hermann Stadium for practice before a match against the Ivory Coast.
June 2, 2011
Campus Ministry re-creates the famed Chartes Cathedral labyrinth, allowing SLU students,
faculty and staff members to experience a tradition of interactive prayer dating back
June 1, 2012
Saint Louis University Museum of Art (SLUMA) hosts a factory party to celebrate its
exhibit, Warhol's Polaroids: A Method, giving guests a chance to dress in costumes
while reliving the swinging '60s.
May 31, 2011
SLU is named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the
highest federal recognition a school can receive for its commitment to service-learning
and civic engagement.
May 30, 2017
Newslink reports that the SLU community donated almost 9 tons of items to Campus Kitchens,
Goodwill Industries and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul through its annual Trash
to Treasure drive.
May 29, 2015
SLU alumni John Moriarty, Eric Koettker, Greg Ortyl and Andy Vitale participate in
the Guiness Book of World Records' "Longest Marathon Playing Baseball." The epic game
clocks in at 70 hours, nine minutes and 24 seconds.
May 27, 2009
A $3 million donation to the School of Law by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation receives
wide media attention, including from the Associated Press and MSN Money.
May 26, 2011
Newslink reports that SLU's role in the U.S. historic World Cup upset over England
will be featured in a documentary. Harry Keogh, the most successful soccer coach in
Billiken history, played on the 1950 national team
May 25, 2011
Newslink reports that soccer standout Tim Ream has been named to the Gold Cup roster.
The former Billiken All-American has played fo the United States national team among
other international appearances.
May 24, 1866
Property earmarked for DuBourg Hall is purchased.
May 23, 2013
Newslink reports that sophomore baseball player Mike Vigliarolo has become the first
Billiken to receive Player of the Year honors from the Atlantic 10 Conference.
May 22, 2010
Newslink reports that 78-year-old Charles Dahm, M.D., a longtime School of Medicine
faculty member, was among graduates at the University's commencement ceremony, earning
his fourth SLU degree.
May 21, 1971
The U News reports that SLU has approved plans for its first co-ed dorm, which will
be known as the Center for Educational Living. The center, lead by a married couple
of co-coordinators, will house 240 upperclassmen men and women in Marguerite Hall.
May 20, 2014
Saint Louis University's baseball team wins their third consecutive Atlantic 10 regular
season championship, according to reports.
May 19, 2009
Newslink reports that Saint Louis University Hospital, now SSM Health Saint Louis
University Hospital, is the only local hospital and one of 13 nationwide to receive
the American Heart Association's Triple Gold Achievement Hospital honor.
May 18, 1959
Saint Louis University's newly erected Pius XII Memorial Library opens to patrons.
May 17, 2008
Saint Louis University held its first commencement ceremony on campus in 60 years.
Fox Sports personality and native St. Louisan Joe Buck delivers the commencement address.
May 16, 1969
The University News reports that the Association of Black Collegians is hosting Black
Culture Day, featuring exhibits of black art, literature, craft and fashion, and an
address by sociologist Nathan Hare, Ph.D.
May 14, 1948
The University News reports that Dr. Kurt von Schuschnigg, former cabinet minister
and later chancellor of pre-Hitler Austria is to speak at the University's commencement
address. It will be the first time since 1942 that all schools of the University will
be represented among the graduates at the commencement exercise to be held on June
May 13, 1967
The "Flying Billikens" of Parks College surpass the nation's thirty-four best clubs,
to win the Bendix Trophy as the outstanding team at the 19th annual National Air Meet.
May 12, 1855
The College Church on the Ninth and Washington campus catches fire.
May 11, 1966
Leading British philosopher Rev. Frederick Copleston, S.J., famous for his BBC addresses
and for his debates with Lord Bertrand Russell and others, speaks on "The Scandal
of Philosophy" in the Kelley Auditorium.
May 9, 2011
Newslink announces that SLU's Center for Entrepreneurship will create a new institute
for private business to encourage the growth and vitality of family and other closely
May 8, 1843
The Sisters of Charity of Maryland come west to open the first parochial school for
girls in St. Louis, attached to St. Francis Xavier College Church.
May 7, 1971
Paul Reinert, S.J., responds to a letter where he was satirized by the "concerned
members of the Christian community of Saint Louis" both for supporting United States
militarist policies in Indochina and for heading an institution that is failing to
relate to the black community. He acknowledges the validity of what he calls a minority
opinion on the University's policies and cautions against making a scapegoat of the
University by tearing it down "physically or symbolically."
May 6, 1988
The University News announces "those who are tired of the tedious system of getting
information from Pius XII library, put your pencils down and take note - a computerized
card catalogue and check-out system will be in operation by the fall semester."
May 5, 1923
Saint Louis University celebrates the 100th anniversary of the coming of the Jesuits
to the Midwest.
May 4, 2013
Newslink reports that Eleonore Stump, Ph.D., and John Greco, Ph.D., have received
a $3 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to support their research intellectual
humility. It's one of the largest grants ever received for a humanities project in
May 3, 1887
Twelve laymen meet with SLU's president to solidify and enlarge the graduate lecture
program, and form the Post-graduate Society, which furthers post-graduate courses
throughout the University.
May 2, 1951
The Billikenews reports that Paul Reinert, S.J., is traveling to Washington D.C. to
attend a meeting at the American Council on Education. Reinert is a member of the
council's Committee on Accrediting Procedures in Higher Education.
May 1, 1998
Margaret Thatcher visits campus and presents a lecture titled "Reflections on Freedom"
at the former West Pine Gym as part of the Great Issues Speaker Series.
April 30, 2015
Newslink announces that chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov will deliver the University's
May 2015 commencement address.
April 29, 1903
University President William Banks Rogers, S.J., welcomes President Theodore Roosevelt
to Saint Louis University. The University Cadets serve as guard of honor for the presidential
party. Later, Rogers hosts President Roosevelt during a display of $50,000 worth of
combustible fireworks that announce the dedication of the World's Fair.
April 28, 1926
SLU's Varsity Breeze (predecessor to The University News) floats the idea of a student-aid
fund, owing to the fact that 60 percent of students pay for their own education. The
board claims that the effort involved in earning money for their tuition affects their
April 27, 2017
200 guests attend the unveiling of a portrait of President Emeritus Lawrence Biondi,
S.J. “He sought to make SLU more than a collection of buildings. He made it a home,”
said University President Fred Pestello.
April 26, 1921
Saint Louis University's radio station, WEW ("We Enlighten the World") hits the airwaves
for the first time. It is only the second radio station in the United States.
April 25, 1944
The St. Louis Globe-Democrat announces that SLU will admit African-American students
for the University's summer session.
April 24, 1946
A new Union House for students is planned with the purchase of the Cupples House,
then occupied by the Order of Railroad Telegraphers.
April 23, 1998
The University News reports that the Archdiocese of St. Louis has invited Pope John
Paul II to visit the city. The pope's visit took place in January 1999
April 22, 2004
Janet Reno, former U.S. attorney general under President Bill Clinton and the first
woman to hold that office, speaks at SLU about career and justice. "We need to take
affirmative action for kids. We need to open up the door and excite them about learning,"
she says before receiving two standing ovations.
April 21, 1921
The Junior Prom is held at the Moolah Temple. It's the first St. Louis junior prom,
and juniors — who decided on an informal dress code — dance the night away to Kennedy's
April 20, 1979
Playwright Arthur Miller visits campus to receive the Wilma and Roswell Messing Jr.
Award from the University Library Associates. The award will later be known as the
St. Louis Literary Award.
April 19, 2012
Newslink announces that history professor Thomas Madden, PhD, has been named a Guggenheim
Fellow for his work studying Venice during the Crusades.
April 18, 1975
It is announced that Norman Mailer, acclaimed for his World War II novel, The Naked
and the Dead, will be the final speaker of this year's Great Issues Series at Saint
Louis University. Mailers iconoclastic political journalism and his insightful personal
essays indicate that he will be a dynamic and valuable speaker.
April 17, 2004
Saint Louis University hosts its third annual Showers of Service. Nearly 600 SLU community
members take part.
April 15, 1921
The University radio station begins to send out weather reports. It's the first station
west of the Mississippi to do so.
April 14, 1969
Aviator Robert Hage speaks at the Parks Commencement ceremony. Hage is the author
of a popular aviation textbook and worked on the design for the DC-10
April 13, 1954
Members of SLU's Judo Team demonstrate a throw during team practice.
April 12, 1840
Bishop Joseph Rosati lays the cornerstone for the new Saint Francis Xavier Church
on the northeast corner of the University grounds, at Ninth Street and Christy Avenue.
President John Elet, S.J., addresses a crowd from the east balcony of the main building
of the University.
April 11, 1969
The University News announces the go-ahead of this fall's initiation of Saint Louis
University in Spain, at its newly founded Madrid campus. An estimate of 35 participating
students has increased to 45. "Of this number," comments Father Sullivan, "the great
majority are from St. Louis area schools."
April 10, 2008
Chaifetz Arena is dedicated.
April 9, 1961
Students in Marguerite Hall host an open house where they show off their living quarters.
April 8, 2008
Alternative band Bon Iver plays at the Billiken Club in Busch Student Center, years
before winning the 2011 Grammy for Best New Artist.
April 7, 2011
SLU's "Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit" makes its national debut at the
American College Personnel Association College Student Educators International convention
April 6, 2016
Newslink announces that theatre students participate in a production of Mukashi, Mukashi,
featuring audience participation and puppets in its interpretation of classic Asian
tales. The play is co-written and directed by SLU alumna Louise Hung.
April 5, 2011
The University unveils Hotel Ignacio, a new boutique hotel, as a sign of its commitment
to the revitalization of the St. Louis's Midtown arts district.
April 4, 2012
Newslink announces that Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee will speak on campus
at a sports business symposium.
April 3, 1964
Students protest University plans to raze Choteau House, now called the Cupples House.
Sophomore Tom Grady is quoted as saying, "Choteau House is one of the soundest structures
architecturally as well as aesthetically, on this campus."
April 2, 2014
Senior guard Jordair Jett is named Associated Press' All-America Honorable Mention.
He's the first Billiken to receive the honor since Larry Hughes, who played in the
1997-1998 season, and the sixth Billiken overall.
April 1, 1960
Students participate in an egg throwing contest in front of Samual Cupples House.
March 31, 1921
SLU’s Centennial Endowment Fund meets much enthusiasm after being endorsed by the
Vatican: “There is no cause more worthy of praise and support than that which concerns
the instruction and the moral formation of youth."
March 30, 1958
Walter Ong, S.J., speaks at the training school for Catholic leaders. Ong was a professor
of English for more than 35 years at SLU.
March 29, 1917
A group of alumni and St. Louis businessmen meet with a Saint Louis University committee
of Jesuit and lay faculty members to plan for celebrating the centennial of “the old
March 28, 1842
Professor Josephus Wells Hall gives the first medical lecture to SLU students and
a large audience of the general public. Instruction in medicine at SLU begins in a
small house adjoining the University buildings, on the north side of Washington Avenue,
between Tenth and Eleventh streets. The building is the personal property of the first
dean, Dr. James V. Prather. At the time, only eight universities and one college have
functioning medical departments.
March 27, 1960
The Saint Louis University chapter of the Benjamin Franklin Kite-Flying Society sponsors
a “Kite Kontest” in Forest Park. Prizes are awarded for the most unusual and highest-flying
March 26, 1969
Grover Loening, a German-American aircraft manufacturer who received the world's first
degree in aeronautical engineering, visits Parks College and receives the Parks Pioneer
March 25, 1994
In honor of Women’s History Month, SLU’s Women’s Studies Program encases a poster
of “Christa,” a four-feet-tall bronze by sculptor Edwina Sandys that depicts Christ
as a woman, for display in the lobby of Ritter Hall.
March 24, 1836
Peter Verhaegen, S.J., is named superior of the Jesuit mission in Missouri. He makes
Saint Louis University his home.
March 23, 1973
Saint Louis University’s first recycling center is established by the Environmental
Corps at the Busch Memorial Center, where a container for used newspapers is placed
on the loading dock.
March 22, 2004
Former Saint Louis University President Thomas R. Fitzgerald, S.J., dies at the Wolfington
Jesuit Residence at Georgetown University. He was 82.
March 21, 1944
The world-famous von Trapp family sings outstanding examples of early Catholic liturgical
music and Gregorian chants, among other offerings, at the University Auditorium.
March 20, 1941
Archduke Otto von Hapsburg, heir to the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, speaks at
Saint Louis University, drawing upon the long and tragic history of the Hapsburg dynasty
to discuss current European problems and to advance his plans for the restoration
of his empire.
March 18, 1949
The Faculty Women’s Club of the University issues 9,000 invitations to clergy, alumni,
faculty and friends in honor of the inauguration of incoming University President
Paul C. Reinert, S.J., to be held in the West Pine Gymnasium.
March 17, 1949
A free St. Patrick’s Day party for all SLU freshman women is held in the Chouteau
House at 8 p.m. The dress code is informal, but attendees are encouraged to wear green.
March 16, 1944
Sigma Xi is installed at Saint Louis University. It's the only chapter of the fraternity
in the United States at the time.
March 15, 1921
Frances McMenamy, S.J., father provincial of the Jesuits of Missouri, returns to SLU
after a tour of Central America where he visited St. John's College in Belize, a school
run by SLU faculty members. He declares that students in Belize are eager to come
to St. Louis to further their educations.
March 14, 1839
SLU's trustees recommend that an honorary medical degree be given to Benjamin Brown,
who would later be the first person to receive a medical doctorate west of the Mississippi.
March 13, 1840
Catholic residents meet to discuss the possibility of erecting a new church, which
will become Saint Francis Xavier Church at Ninth Street and Christy (Lucas) Avenue
and will be known more widely as “the College Church.”
March 12, 1971
The University News reports on the Ice Bills completing their first hockey season
on a joyful note as they meet the Bowling Green State University Falcons. The Bills
fight to an overtime 4-4 tie in their last game of the 1970-71 season.
March 11, 1966
Bob Dylan performs at the Kiel Opera House in downtown St. Louis. Tickets are available
for students to purchase for between $2.50 and $4.50 through a mail order form that
required a self-addressed stamped envelope.
March 10, 1820
Jeremiah Connor, a former sheriff of St. Louis and designer of the city's Washington
Avenue, donates the land for Saint Louis University to Bishop DuBourg.
March 9, 1962
A space vehicle exhibition, sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
is held in the University auditorium. A SLU alum has been involved in every NASA launch.
March 8, 1935
The University News reports that a nationwide strike of students will take place on
April 12, 1935, to oppose fascism and war.
March 7, 2017
Dr. Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury who officiated at the wedding
of Prince William and Kate Middleton, visits SLU to deliver the theology department’s
Henry de Lubac Lecture, “Christ, Creator and Creature: Reflections on Christology
and the Nature of Created Being,” at the Center for Global Citizenship.
March 6, 2016
Bruce Springsteen performs to the largest sold-out crowd in Chaifetz Arena history.
More than 10,240 tickets were sold.
March 5, 1962
Brewery heir Joseph Griesedieck turns over the first spadeful of dirt in the groundbreaking
ceremony for Griesedieck Hall, marking the start of construction on Saint Louis University’s
17-story “residence for men.”
March 4, 1896
Archbishop Peter Kenrick dies. At his funeral, University Cadets will form the guard
of honor around his coffin.
March 3, 1901
Saint Louis University hosts its first annual indoor track meet at the St. Louis Coliseum.
Fifteen universities and track clubs participate.
March 2, 1962
Saint Louis University’s first Mardi Gras weekend begins with a parade on West Pine
Boulevard at noon. That night, a dance is hosted at the Chase Hotel at which dancing
the Twist has been banned.
March 1, 2001
Napster representatives arrive at SLU. A discussion is held with keynote speakers
Chuck D, from Public Enemy, and Ted Meyers, an executive from Rhino Records.
February 28, 1957
The Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) is founded. Each year, a number of graduating Billikens
commit to a year of service with the JVC and similar ventures.
February 27, 1830
The first of many Louisiana students begins studying at Saint Louis College. At the
time, the territory beyond the Mississippi River includes only two states: Louisiana
February 26, 1929
The Saint Louis University Billiken basketball team beats their archrival, Washington
University, winning the City Championship for the first time.
February 25, 1844
Anti-Catholic rioters attack the medical school; they are driven back, but return
later and destroy the building and its contents.
February 24, 1933
Jazz great Dewey Jackson and his orchestra perform at a dance at Saint Louis University
at an interracial dance held at SLU in the gym, sponsored by the Catholic magazine
February 23, 2017
Newslink reports that renderings of the new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
have been unveiled. University President Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., SSM officials and
St. Louis leaders— including Mayor Lyda Krewson — turn over the first shovels of the
dirt on the project later that year
February 22, 1963
Today at SLU in 1963: Walter Ong, S.J., receives the Ordre des Palmes académiques,
the national order in France that honors distinguished academics and scholars, for
his work on French logician and educational reformer Peter Ramus.
February 21, 1973
Today at SLU in 1973: A SLU fraternity raffles off 100 gallons of free gas. Eight
months later, the 1973 oil crisis begins.
February 20, 2005
Renowned civil rights activist Dr. Angela Davis shares her experiences with the Saint
Louis University community as part of Black History Month. The event attracts 1,600
students from across the nation.
February 19, 1967
W. H. Auden, perhaps the greatest living poet of the day, speaks at Saint Louis University
in the West Pine Gymnasium as part of the Great Issues series. In 1970, Auden will
receive the Messing Award at SLU for his literary achievement.
February 18, 2017
Playwright Tennessee Williams captivates an audience of nearly 600 at Pius XII Memorial
Library as he receives the Wilma and Roswell Messing Jr. Award. The award will later
be known as the St. Louis Literary Award and given to John Updike, Joan Didion and
Margaret Atwood, among many other acclaimed authors.
February 17, 1994
Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center speaks before a packed Busch Memorial
Center audience. His presentation, “Why Can’t We All Get Along?” is part of the Student
Government Association’s Great Issues series.
February 15, 1946
SLU faculty Dr. Donald Greiff and Dr. Henry Pinkerton have discovered a cure for typhus
fever, according to The University News. The research team includes Dr. Vicente Moragues.
February 14, 1964
Today at SLU in 1964: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson visits SLU in one of his 1st public
appearances after the assassination of President Kennedy. He speaks at the future
site of the Busch Memorial Center and plants a tree to symbolize the growth of St.
February 13, 1924
Today at SLU in 1924: William F. Robinson SJ, president of Saint Louis University,
and Reverend Mother Concordia of the Sisters of Mary sign a document giving the University
charge of St. Mary's Infirmary.
February 12, 2014
Today at SLU in 2014: SLU announces the digitization of 19th-century diaries that
include some of the earliest first-hand accounts of the daily lives of students and
February 10, 1908
Today at SLU in 1908: John P. Frieden, SJ, is appointed the 19th president of Saint
February 9, 1964
The Saint Louis University men's soccer team joins members of the United States Olympic
soccer team for an exhibition game against the St. Ambrose Fighting Bees. Half of
the Olympic team that year is made up of players from St. Louis.
February 8, 1946
Today at SLU in 1946: Enrollment at Saint Louis University sets a record: 6,118 total.
Many are veterans home from World War II. #SLU200 slu.edu/200years
February 7, 1923
Today at SLU in 1923: Magician Harry Houdini makes a stop at SLU to lecture against
"mediums." @sciam's Committee on Psychic Research reveals that so far, these so-called
mediums have been found to be 100 percent fraudulent. #SLU200 slu.edu/200years
February 6, 2013
Today at SLU in 2013: The new Magis Faculty Society meets for the first time at Il
Monastero. The society was created to foster connections among SLU's retired and emeritus
faculty members. #SLU200 slu.edu/200years
February 5, 1953
Today at SLU in 1953: Billikenews reports that the Knights of Columbus Foundation
at SLU received the first shipments of microfilm of the Vatican Library's priceless
manuscript collection. #SLU200 slu.edu/200years
February 4, 1912
Today at SLU in 1912: The St. Louis Times describes the newly appointed president
of SLU, Alexander Burrowes, SJ: "On his full face and even features is an expression
inviting confidence and bespeaking kindness." #SLU200 slu.edu/200years
February 3, 1933
Today at SLU in 1933: Saint Louis University and the Sisters of St. Mary open Firmin
Desloge Hospital, which would later become @SLUHospital. #SLU200 slu.edu/200years
February 2, 1958
Today at SLU in 1958: The cornerstone of @piuslibrary is put in place. Before that,
the University's library collection was housed in the Pere Marquette Gallery, located
on the 2nd floor of DuBourg Hall. #SLU200 slu.edu/200years
February 1, 2013
Today at SLU in 2013: SLU announces the 2005 @SLUWsoccer will be inducted to the Billiken
Hall of Fame. The team was the 1st SLU women's team to earn an NCAA Tournament berth.
January 31, 2002
Today at SLU in 2002: @TheUNews reports that @KSLUradio goes global with its first
internet broadcast. The stream is limited to 4 hours because it drains resources from
University's servers. #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 30, 1836
Today at SLU in 1836: Mississippi Sen. Robert Walker, chairman of the Committee on
Public Lands, reports a bill which calls for a grant of land to the "French University
of Saint Louis." #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 29, 2009
Today at SLU in 2009: Sources, a poetry collection by SLU professor Devin Johnston,
is selected as a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle 2008 award for poetry,
according to @TheUNews. #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 28, 1944
Today at SLU in 1944: Claude Heithaus, SJ, eulogizes Otto J. Kuhnmuench, SJ, as, "a
living edition of the Ratio Studiorum." Kuhnmuench taught Latin at SLU for 30 years,
earning the nickname "The Old Roman." #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 27, 2017
Today at SLU in 2017: The College for Public Health and Social Justice announces its
REACH initiative, which aims to address problems that undermine the health of children
and mothers. #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 26, 1999
Today at SLU in 1999: Classes are cancelled so that SLU students and faculty can attend
papal events during Pope John Paul II's visit to St. Louis. #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 25, 2012
Saint Louis University announces that @SLULAW will move downtown to a new building
donated by Joe and Loretta Scott. #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 24, 2013
Today at SLU in 2013: SLU researchers and their collaborators at @Mizzou and @PittTweet
report a breakthrough in the pursuit of new hepatitis B drugs that could help cure
the virus. #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 23, 1976
Today at SLU in 1976: @SLU_SGA's Popular Film Series offers students the chance to
view a screening of American Graffiti for only 50 cents with a SLU ID. #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 22, 1911
Today at SLU in 1911: SLU is named a Collegium Maximum, an official Jesuit term for
the "premier college" of a province, by the Father General in Rome. #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 21, 1855
George Hood, a Saint Louis University senior, records in his diary that due to heavy
snow, the school authorities declare a winter sports day.
January 20, 2005
Today at SLU in 2005: Saint Louis University starts its official Facebook page. @theunews
offers full coverage of "SLU's new fad." #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 19, 2016
Hoverboards and electronic skateboards — which have grown in popularity by the middle
of the decade — are temporarily banned at SLU's campuses due to safety concerns.
January 18, 1982
Today at SLU in 1982: Longtime SLU professor John Kavanaugh, SJ, lectures at the College
Church on "Following Christ in a Consumer Society." His best-selling book by the same
title was published the year before. #SLU200 http://www.slu.edu/200years/index.php
January 17, 1898
St. Louis Republic lauds the previous day's dedication of the College Church, calling
it a "day of unhoped-for splendor." Archbishop John Joseph Kain, along with four bishops,
60 Jesuit scholastics, 65 priests and 40 acolytes, blessed the new church.
January 16, 1898
St. Francis Xavier College Church is formally dedicated at Saint Louis University.
January 15, 1865
Francis Stuntebeck, S.J., the director of SLU's weather station, reports: "This morning
at six o'clock, four rings were seen around the moon: the nearest white, the second
blue, the third yellow, and the fourth light green. These lasted for some six to eight
minutes and then gradually disappeared."
January 14, 1929
In their best game of the 1929 season, the Billiken men's basketball team beat the
Washington Bears 29-18. After three minutes of scoreless play, "Moose" Meyers drops
in a long shot, and the Billikens control the game from that point on.
January 13, 1833
Pope Gregory XVI grants a dispensation allowing the Society of Jesus to charge tuition
to meet the costs of education and board. The Jesuits at SLU actively sought this
dispensation. It is one of the most significant changes in the Jesuit way of operating
schools since the founding of the order.
January 12, 1898
U.S. President Grover Cleveland orders the creation of the Corps of Cadets, a student
military organization, at Saint Louis University.
January 11, 1984
The winter 1984 issue of Universitas publishes a story about Patrick Gaffney, SMM,
and his innovative computer course titled "Who is Jesus?"
January 10, 1898
DuBourg Hall is dedicated.
January 9, 2006
Tom Kavanaugh (AS '01) wins his final round of the popular game show Jeopardy, making
him an eight-time champion with winnings of more than $144,000.
January 8, 1818
In the same year as SLU's founding, Henry Clay, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives,
presents the first petition to Congress from Missouri requesting statehood.
January 7, 1824
Bishop Louis William DuBourg offers the Jesuits his college, which will become Saint
January 6, 1949
Father Reinert begins his 25-year tenure as president of Saint Louis University.
January 5, 1818
Bishop Louis William DuBourg arrives in St. Louis. Later this year, he will establish
Saint Louis Academy, which will become Saint Louis University.
January 4, 2013
The men's basketball team defeats Savannah State 67-59, earning their eighth consecutive
win at home. The Billikens would go on to compete in the NCAA men's basketball championship.
January 3, 1952
SLU President Paul Reinert, S.J., participates in the Western Province Educational
Meeting of the Vincentian Fathers to discuss ways to improve seminary education.
January 2, 1953
Pope Pius XII gives Saint Louis University permission to name its new library in his
honor, writing to SLU President Paul Reinert, S.J.: "Willingly then do we accede to
your filial request that this new library be designated the Pius XII Memorial Library."
January 1, 1860
The first weather bureau in St. Louis is set up at Saint Louis University.