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November 19 in Clemson History

Events on November 19 in Clemson's History[edit]

  • 1903: First stone laid on foundation of Agricultural Hall.
  • 1906: The Tigers defeat Tennessee in Clemson, 16-0, moving series record to 4-0-1 in the home team's favor.
  • 1930: The Tiger, on November 5, promises "A Columbia Picture" as the YMCA picture for this date (page 3).
  • 1935: Two floodlights are installed on the practice field. Extra drills will not prove successful, however, when the Tigers lose to Furman in Greenville, 6-8, on November 28.
  • 1956: Clemson begins to fight the campus flooding issue in earnest when the Board of Trustees invite Congressmen and other leaders to tour the threatened areas of the school. Much publicity is received over the event.
  • 1971: David Ezell, a folk singer from Spartanburg, performs in The Gutter under the YMCA at 9 p.m., 25 cent admission.
  • 1973: The new Jervey Athletic Center is dedicated, named for "Captain Jervey", Frank Johnstone Jervey, a former vice president for development, and Life Member of the Board of Trustees.
  • 1974: Hot air balloon inflated and launched on a tether on Bowman Field. George Bernard Shaw's play "Don Juan in Hell" is performed in Littlejohn Coliseum as part of the University Concert Series. Cast includes Ricardo Montalban, Edward Mulhare, Kurt Kasznar and Myrna Loy. Reviews are lukewarm. The Clemson Players present Henrik Ibsen's play "Ghosts" in Daniel Auditorium.
  • 1976: Flautist Tim Weisberg and his band appear in Tillman Auditorium to crowd of 1,300. Admission is a buck!
  • 1977: The Tigers defeat the Gamecocks in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, 31-27, with Jerry Butler making "The Catch" of Steve Fuller's endzone pass in the last quarter.
  • 1979: The Prague Chamber Orchestra performs in Littlejohn Coliseum with pianist Hans Richter-Haaser.
  • 1983: The Gamecocks lose to the Tigers in Columbia, 22-13, as Clemson finishes season with a 9-1-1 record, but ineligible for the ACC title. The Tigers are ineligible for post-season play.
  • 1988: Clemson defeats the University of South Carolina in Death Valley, 26-10, in front of record crowd of 84,876, which will not be topped until the same match-up on November 19, 1994.
  • 1994: Clemson loses home game to the University of South Carolina, 7-33. Death Valley sets a an attendence record of 85,872. It will be surpassed by by Bowden Bowl I on October 23, 1999.
  • 2005 Football regular season ends, Clemson at Carolina, with a 13-9 Tiger win. Regular season record is 7-4. Clemson creeps back into Top 25 in one poll, knocking on the door at 26th in several others. By bowl bid week, Clemson stabilizes at 23rd in all three major polls.
  • November 17, 2006 - November 19, 2006: The Clemson Players perform Shakespeare's fabulous Henry V in the Bellamy Theatre at the Brooks Center at 8 p.m. on the 17th and 18th, and at 3 p.m. on the 18th and 19th. $10 adults, $5 students, general seating.
  • 2006: Although idle this week, the Tigers rise one slot in the Associated Press and USA Today/CNN Coaches polls, to 24th. Sugarland, now a duo after the departure of songwriter Kristen Hall, with opening act Lost Trailers, in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 and $29, with a $5 discount for students. Pre-concert activities during the first-ever Clemson Round-Up, starting at 5 p.m., include country western fun - mechanical bull riding, roping demonstrations, a chili cook-off, line-dancing lessons, and a belt buckle contest. Sponsored by ClemsonLive, WESC 92.5 FM, WSSL 100.5 FM, and Tiger Paw Productions.
  • 2008: Dear Students,
Dr. R.C. Edwards, Clemson's eighth president, is ill and would benefit from your thoughts and prayers. Within the past few days he has been taken to hospice care.
Some of you may have heard about Clemson's beloved Dr. Edwards from parents or grandparents. Some of you may have read about him while learning Clemson's history. And a few of you likely attended the local school named for him, R.C. Edwards Middle School. Dr. Edwards cared deeply about students and his character embodied our Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, and Respect. Here are some highlights of his presidency that might be of interest to you:
1963 – Clemson becomes first public university in South Carolina to desegregate with the enrollment of Harvey Gantt
1963 – first women's residence hall occupied
1964 – Governor signs the state law changing the name of Clemson Agricultural College to Clemson University
1965 – Clemson awards the first Ph.D. degrees in engineering in South Carolina
1974 -- Clemson's total enrollment tops 10,000 students for the first time
Many student life, academic and residence buildings were constructed or completed during his presidency:
R.M. Cooper Library
Daniel Hall
Jordan Hall
Edwards Hall
Barre Hall
Rhodes Engineering Research Center
Cook Engineering Laboratory
Barnett, Cope, Geer, Sanders, Manning, Lever, Byrnes, Smith residence halls
Schilletter Dining Hall
Redfern Health Center
Strode Tower
Alumni Center
Littlejohn Coliseum
Jervey Athletic Center
Edgar A. Brown University Union
As you can see, former President R.C. Edwards' legacy has had a lasting impact that has directly enhanced the quality of the student experience today. He was a forward thinker, a visionary and yet preserved tradition. It was through enhancing the vision and protecting tradition that Clemson has become the great place that it is today. We have much for which to thank Dr. Edwards. Please keep him, as well as his family, in your thoughts and prayers.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Travel safely and enjoy the break!
Gail A. DiSabatino
Vice President for Student Affairs
Clemson University

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