January 4

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January 4 in Clemson History

"AN ACT to Authorize and Empower the Trustees of Clemson Agricultural College to Aid the County Commissioners of Oconee and Pickens Counties in Purchasing Ravenel's Bridge, Over Seneca River, in Oconee and Pickens Counties.
"SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of same, That the Trustees of Clemson Agricultural College be, and they are hereby, authorized and empowered to aid the County Commissioners of Oconee and Pickens in purchasing from the owners [of] Ravenel's Bridge, over the Seneca River, in Oconee and Pickens Counties, and pay for the same out the funds appropriated by the State to said College: Provided, That they do not pay more than fifteen hundred dollars for the same: Provided, further, That the State shall not be held liable in any manner whatever for the rebuilding or repairing said bridge.
"Approved January 4th, A.D. 1894."
  • 1904: "Smoking allowed - pipe in every mouth." (The Oconeean, Volume Two, 1904, page 77).
  • 1944: A Liberty ship, the SS Ben Robertson, is launched at the yards of the Southeastern Shipbuilding Corporation, Savannah, Georgia, named for Clemson graduate Ben Robertson, Class of 1924, who died in a plane crash in Lisbon, Portugal, on February 22, 1943. Mrs. Julian Longley, Robertson's sister, of Dalton, Georgia, was sponsor for the new ship, part of a nationwide maritime program of naming Liberty ships for war correspondents killed in action. (The Tiger, "The Ben Robertson Is Launched at Savannah Shipyard January 7"[sic], Thursday 20 January 1944, Volume XXXIX, Number 6, page 1.)
  • 1990: The Sheep Barn is placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 2005: Levon Kirkland, Clemson alumnus, former Tiger football standout, and NFL player, returns to Clemson to work in the admissions office, to help recruit minority students, as well as helping those who have applied, but did not submit complete applications, and therefore have not been accepted. (The Tiger, March 11, 2005, Volume 98, Number 19, page A2).
  • 2007: Men's tennis at the Orange Beach Classic, Orange Beach, Alabama. Swimming and Diving team in the Georgia Invitational in Athens.
  • 2010: Mike Noonan is named as Clemson's fourth soccer coach, replacing former Clemson assistant coach Phil Hindson, who stepped into the role in June 2009 after Trevor Adair's resignation. Clemson went 6-12-1 under Hindson and missed the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season. Noonan, 47, was head coach at Brown University for 14 seasons and went 160-70-31, during which time the Bears won eight Ivy League Championships and appeared ten times in the NCAA Tournament. Ten of his players have been drafted by Major League Soccer. Noonan previously served as head coach for four seasons at the University of New Hampshire where he went 48-23-9, and for two at Wheaton College, 1989-1990. Prior to that he was an assistant coach at the University of Vermont (1986-1989) and Bates College (1983). A 1983 graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, he was a four-year starter and two-time, first-team All-American. He played professionally in Sweden, then for MISL and AISA. He is a national staff coach for the National Soccer Coaches Association.

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