years of memorable moments
Above: A group of members of the Creighton ROTC pose in
on the football feld in 1924.
Below: The Rev. William Rigge, S.J., was known at
Creighton and worldwide for his advances in science,
including his work with the observatory.
Photos courtesy of Creighton Archives
After a two-month hiatus from the ranking of the 125 most
important events in the 125 years of Creighton, I am returning
with the final 25. Many people may be wondering why it
took so long to finalize the list, which I am sure you
have anxiously been waiting for. Well, the answer is simple:
I wanted to build anticipation for the finale of the greatest
Creightonian series in its 76-year history. Be reminded,
these dates are dependent on old Creightonians and other
sources and are subject to inaccuracies. Now, without further
ado, here are the final dates:
Although this is a short list, and I am sure that some
tragic event that affected the campus is being overlooked,
these tragedies are notable:
101. Nov. 11, 1874: Edward Creighton died.
102. July 13, 1877: Construction collapsed during the building
of the Administration building. There was a near fatality
but the victim was rescued.
103. Feb. 8, 1907: John A. Creighton died.
104. Oct. 8, 1911: A fire at the university caused heavy
105. Oct. 1918: The influenza pandemic spread across the
United States, forcing the closure of all schools at this
106. 1945: Following World War II, Creighton faced dire
financial problems and was on the verge of closing the
doors of all the professional schools.
107. Nov. 1979: Peter Kiewit, considered the wealthiest
Omahan at the time, died. In 1976, Kiewit donated $4 million
and served on the Creighton University Board of Directors.
108. Feb. 6, 1981: Two students were struck and killed
by a drunken driver at a party south of Lincoln, Neb.
109. March 15, 1981: Four students were killed on Interstate
480 during their return from South Padre, Texas. Combined
with the two student deaths from a month before, the campus
was sent into shock.
110. Nov. 16, 1989: Six Jesuits, their housekeeper
and her daughter were killed at their home in war-torn
Although the tragedy took place in Latin America, Creighton’s
Jesuit affiliation made the misfortune hit home.
111. Sept. 11, 2001: The tragedy impacted the entire world,
and Creighton was no different. Students attended Mass,
candlelight vigils and watched the tragedy unfold at home
or in the classroom.
Here are some random important events in Creighton history:
112. June 8, 1906: Eugene Noonan won a gold medal in a
113. Feb. 4, 1911: In a court case, the Rev. William Rigge,
S.J., proved a man was innocent of a crime by analyzing
the shadows in a picture.
114. Jan. 27, 1919: The Reserve Officers Training Corps
formed at Creighton University.
115. Dec. 18, 1921: Alpha Sigma Nu, a student honors society,
116. 1946 – 47: The DePorres Club
was formed by the Rev. John Markoe, S.J. The club’s
mission was to improve interracial relations on campus.
117. 1974: Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns graduated from Creighton
118. April 1974: Henry Cabot Lodge received an honorary
doctorate from the law school.
119. Oct. 14, 1988: The current baseball stadium was dedicated
with a 1,600-foot sandwich that set the Nebraska State
120. Feb. 10, 1989: A student attempted
to protest the closing of KOCU, Creighton’s radio
station. The protest lasted 30 minutes, when a student
attempted to lock himself
in the radio booth.
121. May 1989: KOCU closed after the spring semester.
122. Nov. 14, 1995: Shannen Doherty was
on campus to film the made-for-TV movie “Gone in
123. Sept. 7, 2001: Creighton fell from
the top spot in the U.S. News and World Report’s
annual ranking. Creighton returned to the top in 2004.
124. August 2002: The Creightonian celebrated its 75th
125. 2003 – 2004: Creighton University celebrated
125 years of sports, buildings, scandal, tragedy and so