January 19

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January 19 in Clemson History

Events on January 19 in Clemson's History[edit]

  • 1898: "In response to an invitation from President Hartzog and the Board of Trustees to visit Clemson College, the General Assembly spent Jan. 19th visiting the different departments of the College. They came from Columbia on a special train arriving here at 8 o'clock that morning. The President and the Faculty took charge of them and showed them through every department of the College. They visited the dairy, wood and machine shops, electrical and mechanical laboratories, and the foundry, saw the students at work and saw just what is being taught here. Before leaving they called to order by Senator Mayfield and Lieutenant-Governor McSweeney offered resolutions of thanks and appreciation, which where [sic] unanimously adopted. Senator Mayfield proposed three cheers for Clemson College, its officers, and the boys. This was responded to by the boys with three cheers for the General Assembly of South Carolina. At five o'clock they were accompanied to the train by the cadet band. Their train pulled out 'mid cheers from the law-makers and music of the band." (The Chronicle, February 1898, V.1, N.5, pages 39-40).
  • 1904: The cornerstone for Agricultural Hall is laid on January 19, 1904, (January 19, 5904, by the Masonic calendar), by Grand Mason J. R. Bellinger, A.F.M., and completed that same year. It is now named for Clemson's sixth president, Enoch Walter Sikes.
  • 1916: Mr. Thornwell Hayne speaks in the auditorium of the new YMCA on Gen. Robert E. Lee. "A number of Cadets and people from the community filled the auditorium of the new Y. M. C. A. building to hear this son of South Carolina and of Wofford College as he paid tribute to the South's greatest man, Robert Edward Lee." (The Tiger, "To The Memory of Robt. E. Lee", Tuesday 25 January 1916, Volume XI, Number 15, page 1.)
  • 1979: The Gutter, the Union coffeehouse located under the YMCA, reopens after one and a half year's renovation. Texas folk singer Allen Wayne Damron is featured entertainment (Damron passed away in August 2005 after a long illness.). Budapest Symphony Orchestra performs in Littlejohn Coliseum.
  • 1980: Clemson electrical engineering student Edward Alford Strong, age 21, goes missing after a party at the LeMans Apartments, last seen between 4 and 6 a.m. - two weeks later his body is found in Lake Hartwell and the drowning ruled accidental.
  • 2007: The Tiger publishes issue celebrating 100 years of printing - the first copy was issued January 21, 1907. Men's and Women's track teams host the Clemson Invitational at 5 p.m. Men's tennis at the Rice Invitational in Texas.
  • 2008: In conjunction with the DC/Baltimore Clemson Club, the Clemson Black Alumni Council (CBAC) is hosting a luncheon for a group of approximately 50 Clemson University students who will be visiting Washington, D.C. to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. The luncheon will be held in Southwest D.C. on Saturday, January 19 from 11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m. That evening, the group will gather at the Crystal City Sports Pub to watch Clemson Men's Basketball take on Duke. The visiting students would like to meet Clemson alumni in this area to chat about Clemson experiences, how we got to D.C., etc. If you would like to join us for the luncheon or help sponsor it, please contact CBAC President Crystal Pressley ’01, mscrystaldp@yahoo.com. If you would like to join us on Saturday night at the Crystal City Sports Pub to watch the Tigers take on the Blue Devils please RSVP either Crystal at the e-mail address above or Chris at chris_seamands@alumni.clemson.edu. Tip-off is at 6:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN. Don’t forget to wear ORANGE!
  • 2009: The Tigers remain ranked 10th, despite loss to number 2 Wake Forest on Saturday.
  • January 19, 2009-January 20, 2009: Snow falls across the Carolinas. Raleigh gets five inches, Charlotte and Columbia receive snow, but a 20-mile area around Clemson gets none.


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