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.