May 10

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May 10 in Clemson History

  • 1862: Confederate forces withdraw from the Peninsula as Norfolk, Virginia is evacuated. Major of Artillery, active volunteer forces of Virginia, Mark Bernard Hardin, assigned to duty at Craney Island since October, 1861, withdraws. While on this island he was an eye-witness of all the stirring scenes enacted in that vicinity, and among other historic happenings the destruction of the Cumberland and the Congress, and the fight between the Merrimac and the Monitor.
  • 1869: The first transcontinental railroad is completed with the Central Pacific Railroad, building from California eastward, and the Union Pacific Railroad, building west from Nebraska, meeting at Promontory, Utah.
  • 1951: The Tiger reports that Mrs. J. G. Lindsay has been named Clemson's Mother of the Year by Tiger Brotherhood. Three-man committee of the Clemson Alumni Association delivers report to the Board of Trustees and the District Engineer, Army Corps of Engineers, condemning the Hartwell Dam project for the potential damage to the college that it represents.
  • 1978: Professor Samuel Broadus Earle, former acting president of Clemson Agricultural College, dies at age 100. He is buried in Cemetary Hill on the Clemson campus.
  • 2002: Clemson's 106th Commencement takes place in Memorial Stadium for the first and only time. Despite being considered a "rain or shine" event it is cut short by strong thunder and lightning. Students, faculty, and guests were asked to take shelter inside the stadium for their own safety and remaining diplomas were distributed. Although the storm passed and the sun was back out within an hour, the ceremony did not continue. President James F. Barker, however, made himself available on the stage for the many students who did not get to hear their name called to have their picture taken and shake his hand continuing a long standing Clemson tradition.
  • 2007: Candidates for graduation may access grades.

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