October 17 in Clemson History
- 1902: Coach John Heisman perpetrates the great football team hoax on Georgia Tech. A train-load of apparent Clemson players arrive in Atlanta and are observed making a late night of it in the big city. The pay-off comes on October 18.
- 1903: Clemson shuts out Georgia Tech in Atlanta, 73-0, and leads series, 4-0.
- 1908: Vanderbilt spanks the Tigers, 0-41, in a road game. Vandy leads series 0-2.
- 1914: In road game at Auburn, Clemson is blanked, 0-28. Auburn leads the series, 3-7.
- 1919: Second road game of the season in a row results in second loss as Auburn defeats Clemson, 0-7.
- 1930: The Tigers blow out the Newberry Indians, 75-0, on Riggs Field. Winless Newberry will finish the season 0-5-3. Ladies' Dance held, sponsored by the Winthrop Daughters and the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. "Charlie Pace and his Clemson College Jungaleer Orchestra will fill the 'new gym' with their usual brand of popular music," reports "The Tiger" on page 1 of the October 8, 1930 issue (Volume XXVI, Number 4). Tickets will be handled as usual in the barracks. Cadet J.D. Gibson will be in charge of the sale of tickets.
- October 16, 1942-October 17, 1942: Due to a lack of transportation facilities, the South Carolina Synod Conference scheduled for these dates is cancelled. The conference was to have been sponsored by Clemson's Presbyterian Student Association. (The Tiger, "Synod Conference Is Called Off", Thursday 15 October 1942, page 1.)
- 1969: Tigerama held in Death Valley. Controversy followed proposed dialogue by a white student in black face portraying Clemson athletic trainer Herman McGee, saying "Here come de fans! Here come de fans! Everybody knows dem is de fans!" according to a United Press International report. "The lines were never said, at least in the way they were planned. A Negro student saw a taped advertisement for the 'Tigerama' show and threatened a court injunction if the lines were not cut out. In the final program, the lines were spoken by a white student with a clean face who carefully pronounced 'the' and 'them.' But the presentation still angered blacks," said the UPI report. Central Dance Association presents Smokey Robinson and the Miracles in Littlejohn Coliseum, 9:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., a "blanket concert", tickets are $3.50 per person, casual dress. (The Tiger, display advert, Friday 10 October 1969, Volume LXIII, Number 8, page 10.)
- 1974: Royal Uppsala University Chorus of Sweden performs in Littlejohn Coliseum, presented by the University Concert Series.
- 1992: Nineteenth-ranked Clemson defeats Duke, 21-6, in Memorial Stadium. Prior to the game, an imposter, dressed in a Clemson helmet and uniform, tries to run down the hill with the team, but Ron Howell, an alert assistant equipment supervisor, spots the hoax and chases the man down the hill and onto the field, when he notices the slightly different color jersey and black sneakers. After being ejected from the stadium, fans take pictures with the ersatz "No. 31". (Trubiano, Ernie, "31 is an unlisted number", "Game Notes", The State, Columbia, South Carolina, Sunday 18 October 1992, page 6C.)
- 2006: The United States population tops 300 million for the first time at 7:46 a.m., EDT, according to the Census Bureau. Free concert in the Utsey Chamber Series Endowment schedule, at 8 p.m. in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. Founded in 1991 and led by Mischa Rachlevsky, it is one of Russia's leading ensembles, seventeen members strong.
- 2007: The 8th annual Pickens County Health & Fitness Fair will be held at the Central/Clemson Recreation Center, located behind Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home on Highway 93 in Central, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., sponsored by Cannon Memorial Hospital Wellness Center, Central, the Clemson Recreation Center in Central, the Central Recreation Department, and the City of Clemson Recreation Department.
- 2008: Kick-off Clemson's basketball season at "Rock the John" in Littlejohn Coliseum. Gates open at 7:30 p.m., events begin at 8 p.m.
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