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1934 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 1934:

  • The Blue Key Directory is begun. (TAPS 1957, Volume LXVII, page 273.)
  • April 23: Jim Phillips, future voice of the Tigers, is born at 1:30 a.m. at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio to Eleanor and James Phillips, Sr. (Phillips, Jim and Tysiac, Ken, "Still Roaring - Jim Phillip's Life in Broadcasting", Sports Publishing L.L.C., Champaign, Illinois, ISBN 1-58261-946-8, pages 1-3.)
  • May 23: Renowned outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are ambushed and killed on a rural road in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, ending two years of criminal activity by their gang.
  • July 22: Public enemy number one, John Dillinger, is shot and killed in Chicago by FBI agents led by Timmonsville, South Carolina native and former Florence lawyer Melvin Purvis.
  • August 18: Alan McCrary Johnstone marries Benetta Dorrity.
  • August 20: In a meeting at the home of Rupert H. Fike, M.D., nine Clemson boosters form IPTAY, a now-classic alumni and fan sports support organization template that has been widely copied at other schools. The name stands for "I Pay Ten A Year" for the original donation requested from the members during the Depression era. Originally it takes on some of the "secret society" aspects of organizations such as Yale's Skull & Bones fraternity, (which "they" still deny exists, in 2007), but IPTAY abandoned the secrecy aspect in 1939.
  • September 4: WFBC-AM radio in Greenville boosts transmission signal strength from 250 Watts to 1000 Watts daytime, changes frequency from 1200 Kilocycles to 1530 Kilocycles. (Ellison, Vernon, News Staff Writer, "Old Landmark On Outskirts Of Greenville Disappearing", The Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, Sunday, 23 October 1966, Volume 92, Number 296, Section 2, Page 14.)
  • September 6: During the General Textile Strike, a 22-day work stoppage in which some 400,000 textile workers from New England to the Deep South walked out to protest low wages and poor working conditions, violence breaks out this date at the Chiquola Mill in Honea Path, South Carolina, when, at approximately 7:45 p.m., non-union workers and special deputies open fire with pistols and shotguns on some 300 unionized workers from Honea Path and Belton who had formed a long line at the mill. Six people are killed immediately, most shot in the back as they attempted to flee, and one dies later in the Anderson County Hospital (now AnMed Health). More than 20 others are wounded. The national strike ultimately fails, and sets the anti-union attitude in the South for the next fifty years. A commemorative plaque was dedicated in Honea Path to the victims on May 29, 1995. The mill closed on January 31, 2003, and is being razed after the Town of Honea Path opted not to purchase the site from current owners, Blair Mills.
  • September 22: Coach Jess Neely is inducted into the newly-formed IPTAY order in the Clemson office of J.H. "Uncle Jake" Woodward. The Tigers defeat Presbyterian, 6-0, on Riggs Field.
  • September 29: Georgia Tech gets only win of its season, when the Tigers travel to Atlanta, losing, 7-12.
  • October 6: Clemson loses at Duke, 6-20.
  • October 13: The Tigers roadtrip to Kentucky, lose, 0-7.
  • October 25: The Tigers spank the Gamecocks, 19-0, in the first Big Thursday game played in the brand new stadium at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia.
  • November 3: Clemson defeats N.C. State, 12-6, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
  • November 10: Alabama blanks the Tigers, 0-40, in a roadgame.
  • November 17: In a match played in Savannah, Georgia, Clemson shuts out Mercer, 32-0.
  • November 29: The Tigers defeat Furman, 7-0, on Riggs Field to conclude a 5-4 season.

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