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1950 in Clemson history

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Events in 1950
  • McAdams Hall is completed.
  • The University Lutheran Church on Sloan Street in downtown Clemson is founded as a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • The Clemson Alumni Corporation creates a three member committee to report on the possible impact of the proposed Hartwell Dam project on Clemson College. Committee Chairman, Dr. Cecil Latta Reid (Class of 1902), publishes the softcover report under his own name, The TRUTH About Hartwell, criticizing the project, which he feels represents larger issues of the era.
  • Douthit Hills university family housing complex is constructed.
  • The United Press International Coaches poll debuts.
  • May 11: The Tiger newspaper reported that Tiger Brotherhood had named Mrs. M. E. Dyess as Clemson's Mother of the Year. Mrs. Dyess is the mother of Medal of Honor recipient, LTC Jimmie Dyess, Clemson Class of '31.
  • June 25: The Korean War begins.
  • September 23: Home opener, night game. Clemson 54, Presbyterian 0.
  • September 30: Road trip to Missouri, Clemson rules, 34-0.
  • October 2: The first "Peanuts" cartoon by Charles M. Schulz runs in newspapers.
  • October 5: The United States Air Force Band, under the direction of Lt. Col. George Howard, performs at Clemson. (TAPS 1951, page 246.)
  • October 7: The eighteenth-ranked Tigers host the Wolf Pack in a night game, third shut-out in a row, 27-0.
  • October 19: Twelfth-ranked Tigers wrassle unranked Gamecocks to a 14-14 tie in the Old Same Place. Intermittent rain falls on the first half, which ends with teams tied at 7-7. Sun comes out during the second half, but South Carolina takes lead on opening play when Steve Wadiak breaks through and goes 73 yards. With 1:50 left in the game, Fred Cone bursts over the right guard for the final inches on a 70-yard Tiger drive, and Charles Radcliff completes PAT, giving the Tigers a tie. Said Frank Howard, "We lost a game..." (TAPS 1951, page 269.)
  • October 28: Sixteenth-ranked Tigers take on the seventeenth-ranked Demon Deacons up yonder, ekeing out a one-point win, 13-12. Demon Deacons score second touchdown as time runs out, but Clemson player Bobby Patton blocks Wake's attempted extra point kick.
  • November 1: The Clemson House hotel opens for business.
  • November 4: Fourteenth-ranked Tigers host Duquesne. It's ugly - 53-20. Duquesne will have a 2-6-1 season.
  • November 6: The London Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Sir Thomas Beecham, performs at Clemson (TAPS 1951, page 246.)
  • November 11: Clemson, ranked thirteenth, meets Boston College on Braves Field, and wins, 35-14. BC suffers indignity of 0-9-1 season record. A Fairchild C-82A-FA Packet, 45-57739, c/n 10109, en route from Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and due to land at Greenville AFB, South Carolina, at 2230 hrs., crashes near Pickens, South Carolina, shortly after 2200 hrs. this date. http://www.c82packet.com/histories3.html On approach to Greenville, the aircraft strikes Bully Mountain in northern Pickens County, killing three crew and one passenger. KWF are Capt. John Miles Stuckrath, pilot; 1st Lt. Robert P. Schmitt, co-pilot; and S/Sgt. John Davis Bloomer; all were attached to Greenville AFB and were part of a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania reserve wing called to active duty the month before. The passenger was S/Sgt. Walter O. Lott, of Pensacola, Florida. He was a member of a Maxwell AFB unit. "The plane apparently began to plunge after it sheared off tree tops. It cut a cyclonic gap through the immense trees for about 100 yards and plowed into the 2,500-foot mountain near its peak. The impact of the crash sent one motor hurling 800 feet down one side of the mountain, and the other motor landed 500 feet down the opposite side." A post-crash fire burned two acres of forest land. Pendleton, South Carolina, "Four servicemen lost their lives in 1950 Jocassee Gorges crash", Jocassee Journal, Spring/Summer 2004, Volume 5, Number 1, pages 6-7.http://www.dnr.sc.gov/managed/wild/jocassee/newsletters/jocvol5no1.pdf
  • November 12: Charles Laughton and his books are presented on campus by the Concert Committee in an afternoon performance/appearance. (TAPS 1951, page 246)
  • November 16: Leonard Warren, Metropolitan Opera Baritone, performs famous arias for the campus. (TAPS 1951, page 246)
  • November 18: Eleventh-ranked Clemson squad dominates Furman, 57-2, in Memorial Stadium.
  • November 25: E-Z win, 41-0, for eleventh-ranked Clemson over pitiful Auburn, who go 0-10! And we go to the Plains of Alabama to paddle our Tiger cousins!
  • Clemson ends the football season ranked tenth in the Associated Press poll and twelfth in the United Press International poll.

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