January 28

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January 28 in Clemson History

Events on January 28 in Clemson's History

  • Wednesday, January 28, 1903: Second term (third quarter) begins.
  • 1963: Harvey Gantt becomes the first African-American student at Clemson as the college integrates without the friction seen on other Southern campuses. Gantt will later serve two terms as mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. He also marries the first black Clemson coed - Lucinda Brawley.
  • January 27, 1975-January 29, 1975: The U.S. Navy recruiting office from Columbia, South Carolina flies into the Oconee-Clemson Airport with their Beech T-34B Mentor trainer, BuNo 143996, side number 016, to give demonstration rides to potential Navy cadets. The set up a booth in the Loggia.
  • January 27,1982-January 28, 1982: A blast of Arctic weather covers the southeast and Atlantic seaboard. Heavy snow falls in the Carolinas and Georgia and Alabama and stays on the ground for several days.
  • 1986: On Mission STS-51, the shuttle Challenger launch package explodes 73 seconds into the flight, killing all astronauts on board. The $1.2 billion dollar craft was done in by a $900 synthetic rubber O-ring. President Ronald Reagan cancels his State of the Union address to instead speak to the grief-stricken nation, especially the children. Subsequently, 1972 Clemson graduate U. S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Deborah Burnette, Director of the Navy's Southeast Office of Information in Atlanta, becomes the public information officer for the Navy's salvage mission. (McKenzie, Jack A., "Picking Up The Pieces", Clemson World, February 1987, Volume 40, Number 1, page 18.)
  • 1987: Number-one-ranked North Carolina Tarheels defeat the 14th-ranked Tigers, 99-108, in Littlejohn Coliseum. "No, he didn't! No, Kenny Smith didn't score 41 points," Clemson player Horace Grant said in disbelief, quoted in The Tiger. But Tarheel Smith had scored a career-high as he led UNC on a 70-point second half to defeat the Tigers at home. (Senn, Foster, staff writer, "Heels hand Tigers second loss", The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 15.)
  • 1996: Legendary football Coach Frank Howard dies in Clemson. He is buried on Cemetary Hill next to Death Valley.
  • 2007: The Men's basketball team hosts Virginia in Littlejohn Coliseum at 1 p.m. - coverage by SC, R/LF networks. The Tigers go cold for last five minutes of play, lose fifteen point lead, and lose to the Cavaliers, 63-64. Women's basketball team plays at Miami at 2 p.m., winning 79-69. Men's tennis at Texas Christian University, and versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Fort Worth, Texas.
  • January 28-February 1, 2007: The 16th annual Shakespeare Festival examines the theme "Shakespeare and Tourism" with a variety of performances, lectures, workshops, and films. Aquila Theatre Company will serve as resident company and present their production of Romeo and Juliet.
  • 2007: Shakespeare Behind Bars, a 2005 documentary about Kentucky prison inmates who stage a production of The Tempest, is shown in the McKissick Theatre in the Hendrix Student Center at 3 p.m.


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