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1951 in Clemson History
Events in 1951
- Brackett Hall is completed, named after Richard Newman Brackett, a professor of Chemistry at Clemson Agricultural College from 1891-1937.
- Walter L. Lowry, Jr. becomes head of the Civil Engineering department, a position he will hold until 1960.
- January 1: Clemson's football team defeats the Miami Hurricanes, 15-14, in the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida for a 9-0-1 season. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_Rwb6Tofws
- January 12: The Robert Shaw Chorale makes a repeat appearance at Clemson (TAPS 1951, page 246.)
- February 16: The Houston Symphony Orchestra, with pianist Miss Ania Dorfman, perform at Clemson. (TAPS 1951, page 246)
- March 14: Pianist Oscar Levant performs at Clemson (TAPS 1951, page 246.)
- March 30: Life Trustee and President of the Board of Trustees, Christie Benet dies, age 71.
- April 8: Future Clemson head basketball coach Larry Shyatt is born.
- May 10: The Tiger reports that Mrs. J. G. Lindsay has been named Clemson's Mother of the Year by Tiger Brotherhood. Three-man committee of the Clemson Alumni Association delivers report to the Board of Trustees and the District Engineer, Army Corps of Engineers, condemning the Hartwell Dam project for the potential damage to the college that it represents.
- July 1: The Southern Railway leases out the Blue Ridge Railway, a later name for the Blue Ridge Railroad, to its subsidiary, the Carolina and Northwestern Railway.
- July 16: J. D. Salinger's novel "Catcher in the Rye" is published.
- August 13-August 18: Farmers' Week Exhibition held on Bowman Field.
- September 22: As usual, Clemson waxes Presbyterian, 53-6, in a night game in Memorial Stadium.
- September 29: The Tigers play night game away at Rice, winning, 20-14.
- October 6: The eighteenth-ranked Tigers defeat N.C. State in a night game played in Raleigh, 6-0.
- October 13: Sixteenth-ranked Clemson road trips (an eight-hour flight on a Douglas DC-4) to Pacific in Stockton, California, loses night game, 7-21.
- October 25: The Gamecocks blank the Tigers, 0-20, in Columbia.
- November 3: Clemson hosts Wake Forest, wins, 21-6.
- November 10: The Tigers defeat Boston College in Memorial Stadium, 21-2.
- November 17: Clemson defeats Furman in Sirrine Stadium in Greenville, 34-14.
- November 24: Clemson shuts out Auburn in Memorial Stadium, 34-0, concluding 7-3 season, 3-1 in conference, for fifth place in the Southern Conference. This will be Clemson's last win over Auburn until September 17, 2011.
- Clemson ends the 1951 football season ranked 20th in the Associated Press poll, but not ranked in the United Press International top twenty.
- December 5: Former baseball player "Shoeless Joe" Jackson dies in Greenville, where he operated a liquor store. He was 63. His funeral is held in the Baptist Church in Brandon where he had lived as a young man. (Huff, Jr., Archie Vernon, "Greenville: The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont", University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, South Carolina, 1995, Library of Congress card number 95-4363, ISBN 1-57003-045-6, page 300.)