November 11

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November 11 in Clemson History

  • 1905: The Clemson-Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn) game, played in Alabama, is called on account of darkness with the Tigers on top, 26-0. This ties the series at 2-2.
  • 1916: The Tigers take on VMI in Richmond, Virginia, but lose, 7-37. "The Freshman class was called together Saturday night by Sam Littlejohn, president of the Senior class, in their first meeting as a class. The business on hand was the election on [sic] officers. The 'Rats' have had several weeks in which to become acquainted and find out 'who's who,' so that they might elect the best men for their offices. The result of the election was the appointing of the following officers:
President, Armstrong, F. E.
Vice-President, Huitt, B. T.
Secretary and Treasurer, Owens, J. C.
Chaplain, Freeman, W. W.
Poet, Davis, G. E. R.
Historian, Gelzer, J. W.
All of these are good men, and much is expected from the Class of 1920 in every line of student activity." (The Tiger, Wednesday 15 November 1916, Volume XII, Number 6.)
  • 1918: A final Armistace goes into effect, ending the Great War. Amongst celebrations in Greenville, the band of the Thirtieth Infantry Division performs for a packed house of celebrants at Textile Hall in the evening. Greenville Mayor H. C. Harvley, Brigadier General Switzer (acting commander of the Twentieth Division, Camp Sevier), and Colonel Lewis VanShaick (commander of trains and the military police) speak to the crowd. Several thousand others revel outside the hall with fireworks, ringing bells, waving flags, and throwing talcum powder (in lieu of confetti, the local supply of which had already been exhausted). (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 286.)
  • 1920: Clemson defeats the Citadel, 26-0, in a game played in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
  • 1928: The Clemson College post of the American Legion places a bronze tablet, twenty inches by twenty inches, on the Seneca River bridge, dedicated to the Clemson men who gave their lives in the World War. The plaque is placed on the obelisk on the left side of the bridge as approached from the campus. The American Legion post in Seneca joins forces and emplaces a a tablet in memory of the Oconee County men who gave their lives in the war. This is installed on the Seneca side of the bridge. (The Tiger, "American Legion To Dedicate Bridge", 3 October 1928, Volume XXIV, Number 3, page 1.)
  • 1930: Thornwell Haynes, noted journalist, speaker, and former member of the diplomatic service, addresses the corps of cadets in an Armistace Day observation in the chapel. The YMCA auditorium picture is "The Big House", released June 14, 1930, a jailbreak movie that wins two Academy Awards. Admission is two bits.
  • 1933: Clemson loses squeaker at Wofford, 13-14.
  • 1944: In the second of only two home games played by Clemson this season, the Tigers beat VMI, 57-12
  • 1946: Capt. John Douglas J. D. Harcombe, mess officer at Clemson for 26 years, dies at home early Monday morning, following several months of poor health, age 64. Arriving in 1920 as an experienced Army mess officer, he oversaw feeding a corps that grew from 847 to ~3,000 students.
  • 1960: The Rev. Gator Farr delivers his customary funeral eulogy for the Gamecock at a Friday evening pep rally held in the Amphitheatre.
  • 1967: The Tigers host Maryland, win, 28-7.
  • 1970: Students are outraged to discover University Police breaking into parked cars, ostensibly to move them.
  • 1972: Raymond Berry Oakley III, bass player and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, is killed in a motorcycle collision with a city bus in Macon, Georgia, only one block from where Duane Allman died on October 29, 1971.
  • 1974: Student Senate votes emergency funding of $6,900 for two issues of The Chronicle. The staff had requested funds for three issues.
  • 1977: The Union sponsors November Nonsense on Bowman Field, featuring the world's largest chocolate cream pie, sixteen feet in diameter, as well as a Volkswagen Beetle-stuffing contest. Also, President R.C. Edwards makes appearance at the Friday evening pep rally in the Amphitheatre and pleads with students not to disturb the Notre Dame team at their hotel parking lot by taking a pep rally there, after irritation at Irish Coach Dan Devine for writing a letter to the ACC that week complaining about our vaunted crowd noise in the stadium. Let them get their rest and we will have a fair game, is the president's message.
  • 2006: Clemson Baseball hosts a tailgate picnic at Doug Kingsmore Stadium 2 1/2 hours prior to kick-off of the N.C. State game at noon, as part of the Clemson Tiger Alumni Baseball Game reunion weekend events. The football match versus the Wolfpack is aired on the Lincoln Financial Network (formerly Jefferson-Pilot). Clemson defeats N.C. State, 20-14. The Men's Basketball team takes on Monmouth in Norfolk, Virginia at 6:30 p.m., winning 77-65.


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