October 16

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October 16 in Clemson History

  • 1906: A fire starts in the basement of the Oconee Inn at about midnight (into the 17th) on East Main Street in Seneca City, and the resulting two hour blaze guts the hotel, as well as the adjacent Palmetto House hotel, Mrs. Anderson's boarding house, Stribling's Drug Store, Hunt & Harper's Store, and L. A. Moore's Store. Mrs. Coleman's residence, to the east, is dynamited to make a fire break, a move that is successful in containing the blaze. (Keowee Courier, Walhalla, South Carolina, 17 October 1906.) This was the third major fire in the city's heart since it was founded.
  • 1909: Alabama defeats the Tigers for the first time in game played in Birmingham, 0-3. Clemson leads series, 3-1.
  • 1930: Regular meeting of the Palmetto Literary Society held. A call meeting of ASCE is held to pledge eight new members into the society.
  • 1931: Clemson loses to the Citadel, 0-6, in a game played in Florence, South Carolina. After the game, Captain Frank Jervey, Assistant Coach Joe Davis, and Captain Pete Heffner discuss forming an alumni athletic booster club. This is the genesis of what will become in IPTAY in 1934.
  • 1936: The Tigers play night game at Wake Forest, but lose, 0-6.
  • October 16, 1942-October 17, 1942: Due to a lack of transportation facilities, the South Carolina Synod Conference scheduled for these dates is cancelled. The conference was to have been sponsored by Clemson's Presbyterian Student Association. (The Tiger, "Synod Conference Is Called Off", Thursday 15 October 1942, page 1.)
  • 1977: An 18-year-old freshman mechanical engineering major commits suicide by jumping from the fourth-floor breezeway between M and O sections of Martin Hall about 2:30 a.m., after also having cut his wrists in his Johnstone dorm room. The Tiger reports on October 21 that his body is found about 8:55 a.m. by another student. In an example of extreme poor taste, the next day someone paints a target on the spot where he was found and Dean of Student Affairs Walter Cox reacts by having the concrete slab sandblasted clean almost before the paint has time to dry.
  • 1979: Sponsored by the League of Women Voters, a group of state and industry panelists hold a public meeting at the United Methodist Church on Seneca Road addressing safety procedures and policy in case of an incident at Duke Power's Oconee Nuclear facility.
  • 2006: In the Family Series, the Brooks Center offers San Jose Taiko. Founded in 1973, by young Asian-Americans searching for an outlet to convey their experiences as third-generation Japanese-Americans, they looked to Japan for inspiration and adopted traditional Taiko drumming, an instrument that embodies the spiritual essence and heartbeat of Japan and its people. They mix World rhythms and other cultures' musical influences into a contemporary tapestry. Performance at 7 p.m. with admission $10 for adults, $5 for students.
  • 2006: It is announced that ESPN's College GameDay Built By The Home Depot will originate from Clemson on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Bowman Field on the Clemson University campus. The #12 ranked Tigers (6-1, 3-1 ACC) will play host to #13 Georgia Tech (5-1, 3-0 ACC) on Saturday at 7:45 PM on ESPN. Fans are invited to Bowman Field, where Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, and Desmond Howard will host the two-hour show from a stage at the north end of the field (closest to Mell Hall). GameDay is in its 20th year of existence, its 13th year as a traveling program to campus sites, but this will be the first time the program will originate from Clemson.
  • 2006 - In the Family Series, the Brooks Center offers San Jose Taiko. Founded in 1973, by young Asian-Americans searching for an outlet to convey their experiences as third-generation Japanese-Americans, they looked to Japan for inspiration and adopted traditional Taiko drumming, an instrument that embodies the spiritual essence and heartbeat of Japan and its people. They mix World rhythms and other cultures' musical influences into a contemporary tapestry. Performance at 7 p.m. with admission $10 for adults, $5 for students.
  • 2008: Boni Belle Brooks Series presents "Brazilian Dreams" featuring Paquito D'Rivera and the New York Voices, in the Brooks Center, 8 p.m., $30 for adults, $15 for students.


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