November 22

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November 22 in Clemson History

  • 1899: Keller's Store is founded on the corner where the bookstore is now located in downtown Clemson, by the Hon. Isaac Leonard Keller, Class of 1896, when he takes title to a one-story woodframe building on this date. His ability to size up cadets for their custom-fitted uniforms earns him the name "Judge" Keller.
  • 1947: Clemson defeats Auburn, 34-18, in Clemson Memorial Stadium to finish football season with a 4-5 record, 1-3 in league play for twelfth place in the Southern Conference. After five losing seasons in his eight years as head coach, Frank Howard's tenure as leader of the Tigers is somewhat dubious.
  • 1963: President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The Clemson-South Carolina game is postponed until Thanksgiving, November 28, out of deference to the president's funeral events on the scheduled November 24 date. Many other college football games are similarly delayed. Played in Columbia, the Tigers beat the Gamecocks, 24-20, for a 5-4-1 season, 5-2 in conference for third place in the ACC. The Cocks go 1-8. This remains the only Carolina game ever played on Thanksgiving.
  • 1974: The Clemson Players present Henrik Ibsen's play "Ghosts" in Daniel Auditorium. The Massed Bands, Pipes, Drums and Dancers of Her Majesty's Welsh Guardsmen and Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders perform in Littlejohn Coliseum as part of the University Concert Series - and it's true what they say about what's worn under them kilts! The University Union sponsors the Carolina Weekend Beer Bust at the Y-Beach gym, music provided by band Dryewater. Admission is $2.
  • 1980: Clemson wears orange pants for the first time in a game as they trounce the Gamecocks 27-6.
  • 1997: The Tigers prevail in Columbia, beating Gamecocks, 47-21.
  • 2003: When the Tigers thrash Coach Lou Holtz's Gamecocks, 63-17, in Columbia, Tommy Bowden becomes the first coach ever in NCAA history to defeat two opponent coaches with 200-plus wins, in a single month.
  • 2006: The volleyball team hosts Virginia Tech at 6 p.m. and defeats Tech, as sophomore Danielle Hepburn totals 18 kills and 10 blocks, including a personal-best five solos, in leading the Tigers to a 3-2 (30-16, 30-19, 28-30, 23-30, 15-11) victory over the Hokies on Wednesday night. The Tigers went up 2-0 in the match and then prevailed in the decisive fifth game.
  • 2008: Clemson defeats Virginia in Charlottesville, 13-3. A glimpse of Homecoming 2008 and Happy Thanksgiving from Clemson University: http://clemsonuniversity.tv/alumni/homecoming08.html. Get foamed at YNK tonight!


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