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February 16 in Clemson History

Events on February 16 in Clemson's History[edit]

  • 1864: The Confederate submersible H.L. Hunley successfully attacks the U.S.S. Housatonic which is blockading Charleston Harbor, using a spar torpedo to sink the vessel. Unfortunately, the Hunley is lost with all hands. Clemson Agricultural College industrial education students fabricate a replica of the sub in 1961 which is now on display at the State Museum in Columbia. The Hunley is discovered and raised from the bottom of the harbor on August 8, 2000. It is now undergoing stabilization and preservation in Charleston.
  • 1932: Bill Lee Atchley, futures Clemson president, is born.
  • 1972: The University Concert Series presents Jack and Sally Jenkins in I Do! I Do! in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children and date tickets, students free.
  • February 14, 1973-February 17, 1973: The Clemson Little Theatre presents Howard Richardson's Dark of the Moon, based on the legend of Barbara Allen and dealing with the superstitions of mountain people, in the Food Industries Auditorium at 8 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, 50 cents for students, but free with a student i.d. for the Thursday night performance. (Walser, Marilyn, Strange theatrical experience, The Tiger, Friday 16 February 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 19, page 7.)
  • 1973: Speakers Bureau presents Ellen Peck, author of The Baby Trap, in a presentation on "To Bear or not to Bear", at 2 p.m. in Tillman Auditorium.
  • February 16, 1973,-February 17, 1973: The Clemson Players present See How They Run in the Daniel Hall theatre at 8 p.m., directed by Corinne Sawyer. (Qualls, Nancy, Players present farce, The Tiger, Friday 16 February 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 19, page 6.)
  • 1979: The Union Cultural Committee presents The Hobbit, a unique puppet show by the Hutsah Puppet Theatre, in Tillman Auditorium.
  • February 16, 1984-February 18, 1984: The All Western Region Band Festival is held on campus. Two bands of approximately 90 students, chosen by audition from the high schools from the counties of the western region of South Carolina, perform, culminating with a concert in Tillman Auditorium on February 18 at 8 p.m.
  • 1985: President Bill Atchley announces that he has approved director of athletics Bill McLellan's request for indefinite leave with pay pending the SLED investigation into the drugs and coaching scandal uncovered in the fall of 1984. Bobby Robinson becomes acting athletic director. (Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, 16 February 1985.) "McLellan asked [Dean Walter T.] Cox for the leave as the two drove home from Columbia after attending a meeting of the trustees. Cox approved of the idea, took it to Atchley, and then called W.G. DesChamps, a trustee and chairman of the board's subcommittee on athletics. DesChamps told The State reporter that McLellan's leave had resulted from the latter's exhaustion caused by the upstate newspapers and Clemson's faculty." (The State, Columbia, South Carolina, 16 February 1985.) "Cox publicly announced that McLellan's leave 'was not a prelude to termination, and I hope that is clear...If I thought that this would jeopardize his position, I would have never recommended it.' " (Greenville News, 16 February 1985.) "Faculty Senate President David Senn said the decision was good for the university." (Greenville News, 16 February 1985.) ((Wunder, John R., "A Good Sport: Walter Thompson Cox, 1985-1986", McKale, Donald M., editor, "Tradition: A History of the Presidency of Clemson University", Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 1988, ISBN 0-86554-296-1, page 254, citing articles in The State and The Greenville News listed above.)
  • 2009: The Men's basketball team is ranked 13th in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, with a record of 20-4.


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