October 12 in Clemson History
- 1870: Robert E. Lee dies. Lee died from the effects of pneumonia shortly after 9 a.m. in Lexington, Virginia. He was buried underneath Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University, where his body remains today. According to J. William Jones' Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes, and Letters of Gen. Robert E. Lee, his last words, on the day of his death, were "Tell Hill he must come up. Strike the tent," but this is debatable because of conflicting accounts. Since Lee's stroke in September resulted in aphasia, last words may have been impossible. Lee was treated homeopathically for this illness.
- 1912: Clemson blanks Riverside, 26-0, on Bowman Field. Series is 1-0-0, Tigers, as this was a sole meeting between the two squads. The Senior Dancing Club holds an informal dance in honor of the Clemson and Riverside football teams, 8-11:30 p.m.
- October 12, 1915-October 14, 1915: The Centennial Celebration of the Pendleton Farmers' Society is held, with events the first two days in Pendleton and on the third at Clemson College. (The Tiger, "Pendleton Farmers' Society", Tuesday 28 September 1915, Volume XI, Number 2.)
- 1918: Patrick Hues Mell dies while visiting a brother-in-law in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
- October 11, 1924-October 14, 1924: The last and largest student walk-out in Clemson history, and the greatest challenge of acting President Samuel Broadus Earle's tenure. Student gripes about the quality of food in the mess spiral out of control when the cadet emissary sent to the commandant, Colonel Otis R. Cole, to ask permission for a student meeting is accused of having "liquor on his breath". He is hauled immediately before the discipline committee and suspended for a year. Outraged cadets are refused permission to meet regarding the expelled, a popular student who is senior class president and captain of the football team, but they meet on Riggs Field anyway and draft a petition demanding better food, the dismissal of mess officer J.D. Harcombe, and reinstatement of their dismissed classmate. When Earle refuses their demands, promising only to continue investigating the mess allegations, 500 cadets leave campus on the evening of October 14 in protest. The walk-out results in twenty-three dismissals and 112 suspensions, as well as sixty-five honorable discharges from various classes, and the withdrawal from school of thirty-six students who are unwilling to face the punishments awaiting them when they return to campus. Although the board of trustees commends Earle for not relinquishing his authority to student demands, the toll on the school is a lingering discontent and unwanted bad publicity.
- 2006: The 12th-ranked, 5-1, Tigers meet the Temple Owls in a Temple "home" game moved to Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, from Philadelphia by mutual agreement between the two schools and Raycom Sports that holds broadcast rights to the stadium. Temple has worst losing streak in Division I-A football going into this match, eighteen consecutive losses. The Kent State Golden Flashes secured their first road win since 1987 against the Owls in Philly on October 7, for Pete's sake! Tigers win, 63-9. The Owls donate their $1,500 in travel money to the McElrathbey fund.
- 2006: Career fair sponsored by the College of Agriculture - Forestry and Life Sciences, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The oldest continuous Dixieland jazz band, The Dukes of Dixieland, (32 years and counting), appear in the Brooks Center with vocalist Luther Kent, at 8 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students. Part of the Boni Belle Brooks Series.
- 2007: Come celebrate Clemson Mayor Abernathy's 60th birthday at Catherine Smith Plaza, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (or at the Ramada Inn in case of rain). No gifts - a donation to the Clemson Free Clinic and Clemson Community Care is suggested.
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