1955

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1955 in Clemson history

  • Work begins on the $100 million Hartwell Dam project near Anderson, South Carolina. Low-lying areas of the Clemson campus are threatened with inundation, including all the agricultural bottom lands and Death Valley up to the 22nd row of seats.
  • Harlan E. McClure, graduate of the Royal Swedish Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is hired to head the department of architecture. At this time, the school is housed on the third floor of Riggs Hall. (Riley, Helene M., "Clemson University", Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, 2002, Library of Congress card number 2002108889, ISBN 0-7385-1470-5, page 102.)
  • April 15: The first franchise McDonald's opens in Des Plaines, Illinois. And you know what that means? Chain hamburgers on Tiger Boulevard.
  • April 30: New York-based consulting firm Cresap, McCormick, and Paget releases four-volume "Clemson Agricultural College Survey of Administrative Management", critiquing the college structure and making many recommendations, including realigning executive functions, eliminating mandantory military training, and opening the doors to women students. (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 189.)
  • June 4: The first action ever taken to propose playing of the Clemson-Carolina football game on a home-and-home basis is made by the Clemson Alumni Corporation. ("Clemson: Where The Tigers Play", by Sam Blackman, Bob Bradley and Chuck Kriese, Sports Publishing, L.L.C., 2001, page 47).
  • By adoption by the Board of Trustees in June, the office of comptroller is created July 1, with vested authority over budgets and finances heretofore handled by the business manager.
  • Fall: Women are admitted as undergraduates for the first time.
  • The Clemson Cadet Band is formally renamed Tiger Band.
  • "The Clemson House Cook Book" by Russie H. Paget is published, printed by Jacobs Brothers, Clinton, South Carolina. Cover design and illustrations by Linda Colbert West, of Houston, Texas, daughter of Clemson athlete Walter C. Colbert. 474 pages. No Library of Congress catalogue card number.
  • September 17: Clemson defeats Presbyterian in night home opener, 33-0, the same score as 1954.
  • September 24: The Tigers defeat Virginia in Charlottesville, 20-7.
  • October 1: Clemson defeats Georgia, 26-7, in Memorial Stadium.
  • October 3: First episode of Captain Kangaroo, starring Bob Keeshan, airs on CBS-TV. It will run until December 8, 1984.
  • October 8: The sixteenth-ranked Tigers lose night game at Rice, 7-21.
  • October 20: Clemson downs the Gamecocks, 28-14, in Columbia.
  • October 29: The Tigers defeat Wake Forest at home, 19-13.
  • November 5: In a match played in Roanoke, Virginia, Clemson defeats Virginia Tech, 21-16.
  • November 12: Number two-ranked Maryland defeats the Tigers in Memorial Stadium, 12-25, on their way to a 10-1 season record.
  • November 19: In Mobile, Alabama, number twelve-ranked Auburn blanks Clemson, 0-21.
  • November 26: Clemson travels to Greenville, defeats Furman, 40-20, to conclude 7-3 season, 3-1 in conference, for third place in the ACC.


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