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October 14 in Clemson History

  • 1900: The Tigers defeat Davidson in the first meeting with that school, 10-0, in a match played in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
  • 1905: In home opener on Bowman Field, Clemson ties Tennessee. 5-5, to leave series record at 2-0-2 in the Tigers' favor.
  • 1911: Clemson loses home opener on Bowman Field to Auburn, 0-29. The Alabama-based Tigers now lead their South Carolina cousins in the series, 3-4.
  • October 12, 1915-October 14, 1915: The Centennial Celebration of the Pendleton Farmers' Society is held, with events the first two days in Pendleton and on the third at Clemson College. (The Tiger, "Pendleton Farmers' Society", Tuesday 28 September 1915, Volume XI, Number 2.)
  • 1921: Clemson is shut-out by Alabama Polytechnic College (later Auburn), 0-56, in roadtrip to Alabama.
  • October 11, 1924-October 14, 1924: The last and largest student walk-out in Clemson history, and the greatest challenge of acting President Samuel Broadus Earle's tenure. Student gripes about the quality of food in the mess spiral out of control when the cadet emissary sent to the commandant, Colonel Otis R. Cole, to ask permission for a student meeting is accused of having "liquor on his breath". He is hauled immediately before the discipline committee and suspended for a year. Outraged cadets are refused permission to meet regarding the expelled, a popular student who is senior class president and captain of the football team, but they meet on Riggs Field anyway and draft a petition demanding better food, the dismissal of mess officer J. D. Harcombe, and reinstatement of their dismissed classmate. When Earle refuses their demands, promising only to continue investigating the mess allegations, 500 cadets leave campus on the evening of October 14 in protest. The walk-out results in twenty-three dismissals and 112 suspensions, as well as sixty-five honorable discharges from various classes, and the withdrawal from school of thirty-six students who are unwilling to face the punishments awaiting them when they return to campus. Although the board of trustees commends Earle for not relinquishing his authority to student demands, the toll on the school is a lingering discontent and unwanted bad publicity.
  • 1930: Phi Psi meeting held Tuesday night - first stage initiation of new members.
  • 1966: The new Robert Muldrow Cooper Library is dedicated. New York attorney James O. Wynn, vice president and general counsel of the Olin Foundation, Inc., delivers address. Others present include R. H. Yeargin, the building contractor; Mrs. Cooper, widow of the long-time Clemson trustee for whom the structure is named; former governor and trustee James F. Byrnes, whose papers will be housed in a James F. Byrnes Room in the library; and Clemson President Dr. R. C. Edwards. State Senator Edgar A. Brown presents the library to President Edwards. As originally constructed, the building has three levels and will house 450,000 volumes. (Greenville News, "Paramount Moment for Clemson", Greenville, South Carolina, Volume 92, Number 288, page 14.) The Cheerleaders and Tiger Band begin the Homecoming events with a giant bonfire. Festivities then move to Death Valley for the tenth annual Tigerama presented before a crowd of over 10,000. Intermission entertainment is provided by the Sentimental Jazzmen. Freshman Marty Jones of Columbia is crowned Miss Clemson 1967 by Dr. R. C. Edwards. A twenty-minute, $1,500 fireworks display caps the event. (TAPS 1967, "Fun and Fireworks, Miss Clemson Crowned", Volume 57, pages 88-89.) Central Dance Association sponsors Friday night dance in the dining hall (Harcombe Commons) with ABC-Paramount recording stars, the Swinging Tams, out of Atlanta, performing hits including "What Kind of Fool", "Laugh It Off", and "Riding For A Fall" which the band dedicates to the Blue Devils. (TAPS 1967, "Football, Dances, Girls, Parties, Mark Homecoming", Volume 57, page 91.)
  • 1967: Clemson loses at Auburn, 21-43.
  • 1969: The South Carolina National Bank on College Avenue is robbed at about noon for the second time since August. The lone gunman makes off with over $3,000 in cash. Roland Trent, head of the Columbia FBI office, said that a warrant was issued for twenty-eight year old John Schwartz Cromer of Baily Courts Apartments in Anderson, and according to Trent, Cromer is to be considered "armed and dangerous." (The Tiger, "Cromer Sought By Police After Clemson Robbery", Friday 17 October 1969, Volume LXIII, Number 9, page 3.)
  • 1970: The University Concert Series presents Ciro, one of Spain's foremost dancers, in Littlejohn Coliseum.
  • 1974: The National Marionette Theatre performs in Daniel Auditorium.
  • 1975: The Clemson University Concert Series presents the Garde Republicaine Band of Paris, directed by Roger Boutry, touring in honor of the American Bicentennial, in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m., tour managed by Columbia Artists.
  • 1985: The Board of Trustees announce that Max Lennon will be the eleventh president of Clemson University. Lennon, a North Carolina native, is currently vice president for agriculture administration at The Ohio State University. (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 258, citing board minutes, 14 October 1985, page 46.)
  • 2006: Dean Kenneth Notley Vickery dies at his home in Clemson, age 89. He retired from the university in 1982 as Dean of Admissions and Registration and as Vice President for Student Affairs. Vickery Hall is named for him.
  • 2007: The Clemson Wiki project Main Page tallies its 34,000th hit.
  • 2008: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 60,000.
  • 2009: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 84,000.


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