December 5

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December 5 in Clemson History

  • 1902: James Strom Thurmond is born in Edgefield, South Carolina, the son of John William Thurmond (May 1, 1862 - June 17, 1934) and Eleanor Gertrude Strom (July 18, 1870 - January 10, 1958). He will attend Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina, where he will be a member of ???, graduating in 1923 with a degree in horticulture.
  • 1915: "The Clemson College Prohibition Society was organized last Sunday night just after supper in the Y. M. C. A. Hall. The object of this society is to encourage the carrying out of the prohibition laws in South Carolina. At the time of organization only about thirty members were present, but it is hoped that many others will ally themselves with this society in the near future. The membership dues are very light. Classes in the study of the liquor problem will probably be organized soon after the Christmas holidays. The officers elected for the coming year were:
President - P. L. McCall
Vice-President - A. B. Carwile
Treasurer - D. R. Wallace
Secretary - S. C. Stribling
Those desiring to join this society are requested to give their names to the secretary." (The Tiger, "Prohibition Society Organized", Wednesday 8 December 1915, Volume XI, Number 12, page 4.)
  • 1933: Prohibition in the United States is repealed as Congress adopts the 21st Amendment following ratification. Subsequently, the future Esso Club, a 1920s grocery with gas pumps on the Greenville Highway, receives its first beer license.
  • 1945: Future Clemson head basketball coach Cliff Ellis is born at Marianna, Florida.
  • 1951: Former baseball player "Shoeless Joe" Jackson dies in Greenville, where he operated a liquor store. He was 63. His funeral is held in the Baptist Church in Brandon where he had lived as a young man. (Huff, Jr., Archie Vernon, "Greenville: The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont", University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, South Carolina, 1995, Library of Congress card number 95-4363, ISBN 1-57003-045-6, page 300.)
  • 1968: The last remnant of the Southern Railway Carolina Special, by now just a coach-only train, makes its last run in the Carolinas. The Asheville, North Carolina, Southern Railway station is demolished not long thereafter.
  • 1972: Football Coach Hootie Ingram tenders his resignation after a 4-7 season, ending his three year stint as the Tigers' eighteenth head coach.
  • 1974: The Clemson University Chorus, directed by Dr. John H. Butler, presents its Christmas concert in Tillman Auditorium.
  • 1978: Assistant Coach Danny Ford is named as new head coach, becoming the youngest Division I head coach in the nation at age 30.
  • 2006: City of Clemson Christmas parade, downtown on College Avenue at 6 p.m. Clemson Men's Basketball team hosts Wofford in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m., winning 90-66.
  • 2007: The 2nd annual Clemson Rave is performed on the Cooper Library Bridge.
  • 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 for more information.
  • 2009: The Clemson Tigers, ranked 25th by the Associated Press, meet the 12th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellowjackets for the second time this season in the Atlantic Coast Conference's title game in Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, kick-off at 8 p.m., broadcast on ESPN. This is Clemson's first crack at the ACC crown in 18 years. The 10-2 Engineers narrowly defeated the 8-4 Tigers, 27-30, in an Atlanta nightgame on September 10. One Clemson fan from that game has already entered You Tube fame after being featured on ESPN. The Tigers fall short, 34-39.

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