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.