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1965 in Clemson History

Events in 1965

  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program starts in the College of Arts & Sciences through partnership with Anderson Memorial Hospital. AMH has a nursing school onsite, which is now used for administration, support, and information services.
  • Captain Frank Johnstone Jervey joins the Clemson University board of trustees. He will serve until November 14, 1975.
  • Dan's Restaurant suffers a fire, but Dan Gentry sets up out the patio in front and is cooking hamburgers the next day.
  • January 2 - At a ceremony held at the Clemson House, Duke Power announces that it is petitioning the federal government for the necessary licenses to begin work on the Keowee-Toxaway power project. The first phase will be to build dams on the Keowee and Little Rivers, creating Lake Keowee, as well as the Jocassee Dam to create Lake Jocassee. The next phase will be the construction of the Oconee Nuclear Station, and the final phase will be a third hydro-electric station at Bad Creek. The project had been envisioned as early as 1948, with Duke Power doing research and acquiring the necessary lands in the interval. Congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn states that this is "the greatest single industrial announcement in the history of South Carolina...an industry the magnitude of which is fantastic and almost incomprehensible." (The Blue Ridge Arts Council, "The Heritage of Oconee County, Vol. 1, 1868-1995", Walsworth Publishing Company, Marceline, Missouri / Waynesville, North Carolina, 1995, Library of Congress card number 95-61417, page 6.)
  • February: Harriet Heffner Cook, of Clemson, South Carolina, publishes book, "John C. Calhoun - the Man", The R.L. Bryan Co., Columbia, S.C., 1965, Library of Congress Card No. 65-19779.
  • March 22: After shakedown and training along the United States East Coast, the USS John C. Calhoun begins operational deterrent patrols, assigned to Submarine Squadron 18.
  • April 7: Just after midnight, 38 cars of a Southern Railway freight train derail on the Seneca River trestle, dropping cars into Lake Hartwell and along the embankment on the west side of the trestle. Rail traffic is rerouted onto the old Blue Ridge Railroad route of the Z-Line at Seneca to Anderson, and thence to Greenville while the wreckage is cleared.
  • Harvey Gantt, the first African-American admitted to Clemson, is graduated with honors.
  • June: Herman McGee, sports trainer, is recognized by the National Athletic Trainers Association for "twenty five or more years of meritorious services in the field of athletic training."
  • July 1: The School of Education is created. Dr. Harold F. Landrith is named new dean. (The Tiger, Friday, September 3, 1965, Volume LIX, Number 2, page 1).
  • July 28: President Lyndon Baines Johnson announces at a press conference that he is increasing U.S. troop levels in South Vietnam from 75,000 to 125,000, with more to come, effectively "Americanizing" the war in Southeast Asia.
  • August 6: President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act, striking down local or state restrictions such as literacy tests or poll taxes that have prevented non-whites from registering or casting their ballots. Johnson observes that it extends the constitutional right to vote to all Americans.
  • August 21: President Robert C. Edwards hosts ~1,500 freshmen at his home for a picnic. Music provided by the Versatiles, a dance band from Anderson, folk singer Janet Newell, accordionist Jerry Raz, and singing trio the Ethnics. Master of ceremonies is student body President Grey Walsh. (The Tiger, Friday, August 27, 1965, Volume LIX, Number 1, page 1).
  • August 25: WSBF signs back on at 1 p.m. after summer hiatus. Program director is G. C. Pundt. (The Tiger, Friday, August 27, 1965, Volume LIX, Number 1, page 4).
  • August 27-August 28: "Citizen Kane" is shown in the Civil Engineering Auditorium at 7 p.m., as part of a new free film series sponsored by the Contemporary Film Series Committee.
  • August 28: CDA New Student Mixer held in the dining hall (Harcombe) from 8 p.m.-midnight, music provided by Bob Meyer and the Rivieras out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Admission is $1. (The Tiger, Friday, August 27, 1965, Volume LIX, Number 1, page 1).
  • August 31: Clemson's Young Republicans hold first meeting of the fall at 7:30 p.m. in meeting room 1 above the Loggia. (The Tiger, Friday, August 27, 1965, Volume LIX, Number 1, page 1).
  • Coach Frank Howard switches the football team from the T-formation to the I-formation.
  • September 4: The Clemson YMCA presents the Four Seasons at the university Field House (Fike), 8-10 p.m. Tickets on sale August 30, $2.50 per person or $4 per couple. (The Tiger, Friday, August 27, 1965, Volume LIX, Number 1, page 1).
  • September 14: Student Health Services provides flu shots in the student lounge, 7th level above the Loggia.
  • September 17-September 18: Central Dance Association hosts Rat Hop 1965. Admission is $4.50 per couple for both dances, $8 for singles for both.
  • September 17: First night of Rat Hop 1965 - held in the "air conditioned University Dining Hall" (Harcombe Commons) by the Central Dance Association, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Barbara Lewis is the performer, singing, amongst others, her biggest hit "Baby I'm Yours". Miss Rat Hop is crowned during intermission. (TAPS 1966, "Shaved Heads, Orange Hats Mark Rat Hop Success", Volume 56, page 83.)
  • September 18: Clemson opens football season with home game, defeating N.C. State, 21-7. Second night of Rat Hop 1965. Held from 8 p.m. to midnight, the Temptations are joined by "Little Royal" Torrance and his orchestra.
  • September 25: The Tigers travel to Virginia and win, as usual, 20-14.
  • October 1-October 2: The Contemporary Film Series Committee presents free film, Japanese release "Ikiru".
  • October 2: In road game to Georgia Tech, Tigers lose, 6-28.
  • October 9: Clemson faces number four-ranked Georgia in Athens, with predictable result, 9-23.
  • October 14: The Fine Arts Series Committee presents the National Band of New Zealand accompanied by Maori dancers interpreting the rhythm and song.
  • October 16: Clemson goes to Duke, ekes out one point win, 3-2.
  • October 18: South Carolina Senator and Clemson graduate Strom Thurmond speaks in Tillman Hall.
  • October 22: Blue Key National Honor Fraternity sponsors Tigerama in Clemson Memorial Stadium, admission is 49 cents, "The cheapest two hours of entertainment in South Carolina," observes a TAPS cutline. Nina Dulin is crowned Miss Clemson at the end of the festivities. (TAPS 1966, "Wouldn't Be Homecoming Without Tigerama", Volume 56, pages 84-85.) Central Dance Association sponsors dance in the dining hall (Harcombe Commons) featuring the Platters who perform such hits as "Twilight Time," "My Prayer" and "The Great Pretender." (TAPS 1966, "Good Times, Date, and Good Game-Homecoming", Volume 56, page 87.)
  • October 23: The Tigers host Texas Christian, and win with almost the smallest victory possible, 3-0. The Tigers hold the Horned Frogs to 72 yards total offense and just two first downs. In the first half TCU punts seven times and the Tigers six. As time expires in the first half, Clemson kicker Frank Pearce puts a 26-yard attempt through the uprights for the only score of the game. A Clemson drive in the third quarter is stymied after the Tigers advance from their own 30 to the TCU 9 for first and goal but fumble three plays later with the Frogs recovering the ball. A 42-yard fieldgoal attempt by Texas Christian late in the fourth period is partially deflected by defensive end Butch Sursavage and the kick falls off-target in the endzone. The two teams exchange punts, Clemson takes over the ball with 1:25 left and runs out the clock. (TAPS 1965, "Clemson Hands a Southwestern Foe a 3-0 Defeat", Volume 56, page 207.) CDA holds second dance of the Homecoming weekend with Little Anthony and the Imperials, backed up by "Little Royal" Torrance. (TAPS 1966, "Good Times, Date, and Good Game-Homecoming", Volume 56, page 87.)
  • October 30: Clemson defeats Wake Forest, 26-13, in Memorial Stadium.
  • November 5-November 6: The Contemporary Film Series Committee presents free film, Western "They Came to Cordura".
  • November 6: The Tigers are downed by North Carolina, 13-17, in Chapel Hill.
  • November 13: Maryland comes to Clemson, leaves Tigers with a 0-6 loss.
  • November 21: The Gamecocks edge the Tigers, 16-17, in Columbia. Tigers have 5-5 season, 4-3 in conference, tieing for first in the ACC.

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