January 24

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January 24 in Clemson History

Events on January 24 in Clemson's History[edit]

  • 1873: Walter Merritt Riggs, future Clemson president, is born in Orangeburg, South Carolina, to Harpin and Emma Gowan Riggs. His father, a Northerner, was a producer of carriage parts. His mother was a Southerner.
  • 1924: President Riggs' funeral services held at Clemson. After services in Memorial Chapel, the entire cadet corps marches in a procession to the grave site on Cemetery Hill.
  • 1975: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Robert Shaw with piano soloists Yarbrough and Cowan perform in Littlejohn Coliseum.
  • 1978: The French Club presents three-act play Master Pierre Patelin in Daniel Auditorium at 8 p.m., directed by Bobbi Shook and Dr. Regis Robe.
  • 1979: The Clemson Area Railroad Club holds monthly meeting in room A-102, Plant and Animal Science Building at 7:30 p.m. The program will be a tape recorded commentary-slide show on scale model railroader John Allen's legendary pike, the GORRE AND DAPHETID Railroad, depicted in slides by Jerry Drake. Program lent from the National Model Railroad Association. (The Clemson Area Railroad Club newsletter, January 1979, Volume III, Number 1, page 1.)
  • 1985: At a retreat of the Board of Trustees and university officials held at Hickory Knob State Park, the majority of the board decides that President Bill Atchley has to go. Atchley's opponents, without providing evidence, claim that he has responded to the coaching and drugs crisis revealed in the fall of 1984 by organizing a campaign to make the Board of Trustees appear hostile to academics. (Steirer, Jr., William F., "The Outsider: Bill Lee Atchley. 1979-1985", 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 236, citing article in The State, Columbia, South Carolina, March 3, 1985.)
  • 1987: Some fifty Clemson students join more than 20,000 marchers in Cumming, Georgia, in what was called the South's largest civil rights gathering since Dr. Martin Luther King's funeral in 1968. Civil rights activists Coretta Scott King, Joseph Lowery, Dick Gregory, Andrew Young and Hosea Williams were among those leading the rally. Although there was a small turn-out of members of the Ku Klux Klan, one thousand National Guard and 700 Georgia state law enforcement troops lined the 1.5-mile march route to keep the peace. (Ellis, Bob, editor-in-chief, "University students march for civil rights", The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 1.)
  • 2006: Lamont Flowers, professor of educational leadership and director of the Charles H. Houston Center on campus, delivers keynote address at the university's fourth annual conference on Best Practices in Black Student Achievement, held in the Madren Conference Center.
  • 2006: Raymond Greenberg, eighth president of the Medical University of South Carolina, presents lecture "Take Two Aspirins and Call South Carolina in the Morning" in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m., as part of the Calhoun Lecture Series.
  • 2006: The Clemson University Police release a statement that they have arrested Terry Lynn Baumgardner, a 49-year old West Union man, on two criminal sexual conduct charges, dating to October 16, 2004 in Memorial Stadium, and to November 5, 2005 when he allegedly arranged to meet a fifteen-year old on campus for sex. Both charges carry a ten-year maximum sentence, and Baumgardner was held on $70,000 bail. CUPD interim police chief David Parry limited comments to saying that the investigation as "on-going" and that attention was being given to making sure there were no legal loopholes left open.
  • 2008: The Clemson Wiki project main page tallies hit 39,000.


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