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  • 1890: Dr. Henry Aubrey Strode arrives at Clemson from the University of Mississippi.
  • July-August, 1897: Fever epidemic strikes campus, many students withdraw to sickbeds, five die. (The Chronicle, October 1897, V.1, N.1., page 31.)
  • 1946: The revival of TAPS for the first edition since wartime conditions caused its lapse in 1943, is threatened when only 450 cadets sign up for portraits, 35 percent of the enrollment.
  • 1963: Tiger Band drops the cadet uniform for a modified Buckingham Queen's Guardsman-style uniform with big fur Busbee headgear which will be worn through the 1977 season. A purple sash is added to the ensemble, which will prove irresistable to Georgia Tech Rats at Grant Field, Atlanta, leading Tiger Band to always take the long way around the track to their seats, avoiding the Yellowjacket student section.
  • 1966: The new Robert Muldrow Cooper Library opens. The former Agricultural Hall, which burned on April 2, 1925, and was rebuilt as the Library, will sit vacant for a number of years until it is remodelled and occupied by university administration and named Sikes Hall.
  • 1968: Mason Williams' instrumental "Classical Gas", released in February, and performed several times on the Smothers Brothers Show on CBS, reaches number two on the Billboard charts, and receives much airplay at WSBF.
  • 1970: Eight women musicians join the ranks of the players in Tiger Band for the first time. Prior to this, the only females in the marching band were majorettes. (Reel, Jerome V., Jr., "Women & Clemson University: Excellence - Yesterday and Today", Clemson University Digital Press, 2006, ISBN 0-9771263-6-6, page 36.)
  • 1971: "Rat Season" gasps its last when an attempt by Central Spirit Committee and a small cadre of "sadistic upper classmen" (The Tiger, September 3, 1971) fails to revive the hazing practices. In 1970, Rat Pacts were handed out by a small platoon of dedicated traditionalists (freshman variety), and the final Rat Olympics was staged. It will become the Tiger Paw Olympics in 1971. Clemson University ROTC becomes elective and open to women.
  • 1974: Dr. Alan Shaffer takes over as new head of the History Department. Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" reaches position number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This song ranked number one on CMT's 20 Greatest Southern Rock Songs in July 2006.
  • 1974: Tiger Band fields the largest block band in Clemson history, shifting from 120 to 160 members. Hard recruiting was involved in this, I can tell you!
  • 2005: Tiger Band adopts new jumpsuit with reversible tunic uniform. For the first time, the uniform is dyed in proper Northwestern purple, the official shade of the Clemson colors.
  • 2006: Work is completed late in the month on the new WSBF transmission tower, replacing one that failed after a lightning strike in December 2005.

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