November 17

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November 17 in Clemson History

  • 1898: In the third game of a four-game season, the Tigers beat South Carolina College soundly, blanking them, 24-0, in Columbia on Thursday of State Fair Week. Clemson enjoys a 3-1 season record, SCC a 1-2 outcome. The Tigers lead the series, 2-1.
  • Monday, November 17, 1902: Second quarter begins.
  • 1920: A musical program is presented in the Chapel (Tillman Auditorium) at 6:30 p.m. featuring vocal soloist Mrs. M.R. Tolstrup, and music by the Cadet Band, led by band director Cadet 1st Lieut. L.H. Lachicotte. Program from this event preserved in a scrapbook by Louis Hope Lachicotte, class of 1921, in Special Collections at the Strom Thurmond Institute.
  • 1930: The YMCA auditorium picture stars William Haines in "Way Out West". Wise-guy carnival barker Windy (Haines) bilks a group of cowboys out of their money, gets caught and is forced into working off the debt on their ranch. He falls for pretty ranch owner Molly. Jealous foreman Steve completes the love triangle. Interestingly, Haines, who was openly gay (though the studios had kept this out of the press), was confronted by M-G-M head Louis B. Mayer in 1933 after Haines had been arrested, and given the choice of a "lavender marriage" of convenience or giving up his partner. Haines chose his companion over his career and they were together for over 50 years. You go boy! Admission is 25 cents. Gamma Omicron Sigma meeting Monday night. Prof. Gunn gives report on the Economics Conference held in Atlanta, November 13-15.
  • 1937: The Tigers defeat the Florida Gators in Gainesville, 10-9. Don Willis scores Clemson's only TD of the game on a one-yard run that culminates a 65-yard drive on Clemson's opening possession. Later, the Tigers give up a safety and a touchdown, so Florida leads, 9-7 going into the fourth quarter. But the Tigers drive 60 yards late in the game and Ben Pearson boots a 27-yard field goal for the win. This brings Clemson to a 4-4 record, but it proves to be a program builder. Clemson goes onto post a 22-2-2 record over the next 26 games starting with the success in Gainesville. Their only losses will come against theTennessee Volunteers in 1938 and the Tulane Green Wave in 1939. Tennessee ends 1938 with a 10-0 record, ranked second in the nation, and Tulane finishes 1939, 8-0-1, ranked fifth.
  • 1971: New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m., presented by the Clemson University Concert Series. Students admitted free, season tickets are $10 and $5, individual tickets are $3 and $1, as reported in The Tiger, November 12, 1971.
  • 1979: Clemson beats Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, 16-10. Obed Ariri boots three field goals and QB Billy Lott runs for a fourth quarter touchdown. The Clemson Players present "So Far From China" in Daniel Auditorium.
  • 1983: Tiger Band holds its annual pig roast. Fran Henry is honored as Tiger Band Most Outstanding Senior.
  • 1990: The Gamecocks are defeated in Death Valley, 24-15, as the seventeenth-ranked Tigers conclude a 9-2 regular season.
  • 2001: Clemson is defeated by the twenty-second-ranked University of South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, 15-20.
  • November 13, 2006-November 17, 2006: Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity sponsors the 22nd annual Clemson-Carolina Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at the Palmetto Ballroom, Hendrix Student Center, and the Cooper Library.
  • November 17, 2006 - November 19, 2006: The Clemson Players perform Shakespeare's fabulous Henry V in the Bellamy Theatre at the Brooks Center at 8 p.m. on the 17th and 18th, and at 3 p.m. on the 18th and 19th. $10 adults, $5 students, general seating. King Harry's spirited speech at Agincourt is my pick for the greatest soliloquy in the English language.
  • 2006: The Womens soccer team plays Stanford to a nil-nil tie in NCAA play in Stanford, but advances to the Final 8 with a 4-2 shoot-out win during penalty kicks. The Clemson men's basketball team hosts Appalachian State in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m., winning 79-49.
  • November 17, 2008-November 21, 2008: "Altered Passage", sculpture by Robert Brownlow, photographs by Shannon Wright, Master of Fine Art Thesis Exhibition by Robert Brownlow and Shannon Wright in Lee Gallery, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunchtime Gallery Talk with Robert Brownlow, Wednesday, November 19. Closing Reception, Friday, November 21, 6-8 p.m. Free admission.


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