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", releasedJune 14, 1930, a jailbreak movie that wins two Academy Awards. Admission is two bits.
  • 1933: Clemson loses squeaker at Wofford, 13-14.
  • 1939: The Tigers beat Wake Forest on Riggs Field, 20-7.
  • 1944: In the second of only two home games played by Clemson this season, the Tigers beat VMI, 57-12
  • 1946: Capt. 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.
  • 1950: Clemson, ranked thirteenth, meets Boston College on Braves Field, and wins, 35-14. BC suffers indignity of 0-9-1 season record. A Fairchild C-82A-FA Packet, 45-57739, c/n 10109, en route from Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and due to land at Greenville AFB, South Carolina, at 2230 hrs., crashes near Pickens, South Carolina, shortly after 2200 hrs. this date. On approach to Greenville, the aircraft strikes Bully Mountain in northern Pickens County, killing three crew and one passenger. KWF are Capt. John Miles Stuckrath, pilot; 1st Lt. Robert P. Schmitt, co-pilot; and S/Sgt. John Davis Bloomer; all were attached to Greenville AFB and were part of a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania reserve wing called to active duty the month before. The passenger was S/Sgt. Walter O. Lott, of Pensacola, Florida. He was a member of a Maxwell AFB unit. "The plane apparently began to plunge after it sheared off tree tops. It cut a cyclonic gap through the immense trees for about 100 yards and plowed into the 2,500-foot mountain near its peak. The impact of the crash sent one motor hurling 800 feet down one side of the mountain, and the other motor landed 500 feet down the opposite side." A post-crash fire burned two acres of forest land. Pendleton, South Carolina, "Four servicemen lost their lives in 1950 Jocassee Gorges crash", Jocassee Journal, Spring/Summer 2004, Volume 5, Number 1, pages 6-7.
  • 1960: The Rev. Gator Farr delivers his customary funeral eulogy for the Gamecock at a Friday evening pep rally held in the Amphitheatre.
  • 1961: During the Clemson-Carolina game, the USC fraternity Sigma Nu pulls what some have called the greatest prank in the rivalry's history. A few minutes before Clemson football players entered the field for pre-game warm ups, a group of Sigma Nu fraternity members ran onto the field, jumping up and down and cheering in football uniforms that resembled the ones worn by the Tigers. This caused the Clemson band to start playing "Tiger Rag," which was followed by the pranksters falling down as they attempted to do calisthenics. They would also do football drills where guys would drop passes and miss the ball when trying to kick it... Clemson fans quickly realized that they had been tricked, and some of them angrily ran onto the field. However, security restored order before any blows could be exchanged. Carolina won the game 21-14, although Clemson was on the Gamecock one-yard-line when time expired.
  • 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.
  • 2009: The Tiger Pow-Wow is held in the Almeda Jacks Ballroom of the Hendrix Student Center, 6-8 p.m., featuring a Drum Circle by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Boys & Girls Club, Tribal music and dance. Speakers are Dr. James Jeffries, Dr. Karen Hall and Mrs. Michelle Burnett.
  • November 11-November 13 (?), 2009: Brother Micah, part street-preacher, part Medicine Show huckster, with a tad of Vaudeville thrown in, does his schtick on campus in front of the Loggia. Videos of his 11 November "sermon" are already posted on You Tube! Quality free entertainment is hard to come by...

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