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  • 1953: The final day that steam locomotives are operated in regular duty by the Southern Railway. Last steam-powered freight run arrives in Chattanooga, Tennessee behind Heavy Mikado No. 6330 and the fires are dropped for the final time since Christmas Day, 1830, when the "Best Friend of Charleston" made its first run on the South Carolina Canal & Railroad Company.
  • 1956: Clemson Trustee T. Wilbur Thornhill presents a strong resolution to the board condemning the Hartwell Dam project. State Senator Edgar A. Brown uses his position and connections with parties on both sides of the issue to broker an agreement satisfactory to both and the trustees postpone action on Thornhill's resolution.
  • 1961: Former Clemson head football and basketball coach Josh Cody dies in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, age 69.
  • 1972: Five men are arrested for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Office complex in Washington, D.C.. Investigations conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and later by the Senate Watergate Committee, House Judiciary Committee and the press reveal that this burglary was one of many illegal activities authorized and carried out by Nixon's staff. They also reveal the immense scope of crimes and abuses, which included campaign fraud, political espionage and sabotage, illegal break-ins, improper tax audits, illegal wiretapping on a massive scale, and a secret slush fund laundered in Mexico to pay those who conducted these operations. This secret fund was also used as hush money to buy the silence of the seven men who were indicted for the June 17 break-in.
  • 1979: Dr. Claude Bethune Green, dean of undergraduate studies since 1970, dies in Toccoa, Georgia, four weeks after undergoing heart surgery.
  • 2002: The two-mile portion of South Carolina Highway 93 that runs though the Clemson University campus is being named to honor a man who has been described as "the epitome of what love and loyalty for Clemson University are all about." "Walter T. Cox Boulevard" honors the university's 10th president and former dean of students. The boulevard will extend from the SC 93 intersection with U.S. Highway 76 through campus to the Pickens-Oconee county line at the Lake Hartwell Seneca River bridge. A resolution, introduced in the S.C. House of Representatives by representatives Bud Webb, Rex Rice and Teddy Trotter, requested the state department of transportation name the stretch of highway for "Dean Cox," as he was known to generations of Clemson students. Senators Thomas Alexander and Larry Martin gained the concurrence of the state Senate for the resolution. Cox was informed of the resolution during a Clemson Reunion 2002 alumni luncheon this past weekend. "It's really a shocker, but one of the greatest honors one can have," the president emeritus said. "To have that highway that I travel every day called 'Cox Boulevard' --- I can't explain it." "I can't imagine a more appropriate name for the road that ties the Clemson campus together than the name of the man who has tied the Clemson community together for so many years," said Clemson University President James F. Barker. "I am grateful to the state for honoring Walter Cox in this way." "It's really important to recognize a community's icons, and think Walter Cox certainly qualifies as one," added Clemson Mayor Larry Abernathy. "He has worked tirelessly for every aspect of this community." Webb said naming SC 93 through campus after Cox is a fitting tribute to the former dean. "It's appropriate that the main entrances to the campus --- whether you come in from the east or west --- will bring up the fond memories that thousands of alumni have of Dean Cox," Webb said.
  • 2007: ESPNU rebroadcasts the Clemson-Florida State game from Saturday, September 16, 2006, in which the Tigers score with seven seconds left to win, 27-20, their first victory in Tallahassee since 1989. Seen in the stands are former Tiger Band Commander Tony R. Stapleton and his wife Debbie Lucas Stapleton, of CUTBA. June 15, 2007-June 17, 2007, the Brooks Center presents WordBRIDGE in the Bellamy Theatre at 8 p.m. Adults $10, Students $5.

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