December 4

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December 4 in Clemson History


  • 1890: Benjamin Ryan Tillman is inaugurated as governor of South Carolina.(Lander, Jr., Ernest McPherson, "A History of South Carolina, 1865-1960", The University Of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1960, page 35.)
  • 1906: Photographer arrives on campus. (The Clemson College Annual of 1907, page 82.) Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity founded at Cornell University.
  • 1923: A. M. Redfern dies. He served as the college surgeon at Clemson from April 1893 to September 1920.
  • 1930: Minaret Club meeting - R.H. Guest of Anderson speaks on skyscraper construction.
  • 1932: Fire destroys the orginal buildings of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church on what is now College Avenue.
  • 1948: "Ray Mathews led the Tigers to the Southern Conference championship by scoring three touchdowns against a stubborn Citadel eleven. Mathews clinched individual conference scoring honors with a brilliant sixty-yard scoring jaunt. Jack Miller kicked his twenty-eighth extra point out of thirty-five attempts. The Tigers already selected to play against Missouri in the Gator Bowl used only power plays as numerous scouts were on hand." (TAPS, Volume XXXIX, 1949, page 409.) With a 20-0 blanking of The Citadel in Charleston, the tenth-ranked Clemson football team achieves the first undefeated season since 1900 and will play the Missouri Tigers in the Third Annual Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida on January 1, 1949.
  • 1953: ACC conference officials meet again at the Sedgefield Inn near Greensboro, N.C., and officially admit the University of Virginia.
  • 1954: M-G-M releases cartoon "Dixieland Droopy" in which Droopy directs his 78 rpm record of "Tiger Rag". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTwf7q1-f7E
  • 1978: Football Coach Charlie Pell alienates Tiger fans by accepting coaching job at the University of Florida in Gainesville after the South Carolina victory but before the bowl game. His offer to stick around for the bowl is declined.
  • 1979: The university motor pool concludes delivery of 80 new 1980 Ford Fairmonts, replacing the previous "U Car" fleet of 77 1975 Ford LTDs and 20 1975 Plymouth Gran Furies delivered in the summer of 1975. The primitive economy design of the Fairmont is not popular. Vehicles began arriving on November 26.
  • 1980: The Clemson University Chorus and Choral Organization presents a program of concert and seasonal music at the Clemson United Methodist Church at 8 p.m., free admission. ("Happenings", The Seneca Journal and Tugaloo Tribune, Wednesday 3 December 1980, Volume 77, Number 73, page 1-C.)
  • 1999: Jimmy Howard marries Amanda Johnson, formerly of Horry County.
  • 2006: Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul present An Nollaig - An Irish Christmas, 8 p.m. in the Brooks Center, part of the Boni Belle Brooks Series. Seven-time Ireland fiddle champion, star of the original Riverdance, and a best-selling recording artist, Eileen Ivers is backed by her versatile band, Immigrant Soul, performing traditional Irish songs, original tunes, and holiday favorites. $22 for adults, $17 for students.
  • 2008: Robert Cook Edwards, 94, president of Clemson University for 21 years, dies at Cottingham House, a Seneca residence operated by Hospice of the Foothills. Edwards, the eighth and longest-serving chief executive of Clemson, and his wife, Louise Odom Edwards, who died in July, served the university during a time of phenomenal growth and monumental events that shaped the future of the institution, such as the graduation of Clemson’s first female students and the enrollment of its first black students.
“R.C. Edwards was a giant in the history of Clemson University. No president will ever surpass his dedicated service to his alma mater nor his impact on all aspects of life at Clemson,” said current Clemson President James F. Barker. “Dr. Edwards was my President and he has always been a part of my Clemson experience, from the day I first walked onto campus to today. When he shook my hand at graduation in 1970, it was one of the proudest days of my life. I still stand in awe of all that he accomplished as president. He led Clemson through the transition from a small, all-male military college to a major co-educational, integrated university. He presided over an era of enormous, much-needed change with strong, steady and visionary leadership. He will always be remembered.”
The Clemson Wiki's editor was enrolled at Clemson in the 1970s, and can say without reservation that we loved R.C. and Moonpie. Please keep the Edwards family in your thoughts and prayers. God bless them. The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 64,000. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaxIhdKZ00Q http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE-j6hujMbQ
  • December 1, 2008-December 5, 2008: Master of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition - Mother Load, sculpture by Jeanine Garrett, and Mouthful Idol, prints by Claudia Dishon, Lee Gallery, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunchtime gallery talk, Wednesday, December 3, 12:15 p.m., with Closing artist reception on Friday, December 5, 6-8 p.m. Call 864-656-3883 or check www.clemson.edu/caah/leegallery for more information.


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