The shocking news dispatches started reaching the eastern United States around mid-day on Tuesday, March 31, 1931.
Eight people – including Notre Dame football coach and athletic director Knute Rockne — had lost their lives in the crash of Transcontinental & Western flight 599 in the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas.
Almost immediately, there was an enormous outpouring of reaction. From the halls of academia, the fields of athletics, the boardrooms of business, the seats of government, prominent Americans expressed their shock at the news, and their admiration of Rockne.
His fellow coaches, those he worked with over the years to refine and promote the game of football, were most affected.
“They have taken our leader from our midst,” said Columbia’s Lou Little. “But his work and his memories will always be a monument that will carry us on.”
Author Jim Lefebvre remembers back 85 years to that sad day in Notre Dame History and reminds us why Rockne’s life matters to us today. To read more click here.