October 18

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October 18 in Clemson History

  • 1902: A supposed Clemson football team arrives in Atlanta over the Southern Railway on Friday, October 17 and is witnessed making it a late night out on the big city pleasures. Goaded by seeing the night owl regimen of the Tigers, Georgia Tech fans bet heavily on the home team. Then the real Clemson squad arrives to play, having spent the night in Lula, Georgia, north of Atlanta where Coach John Heisman has quartered them in a hotel. The Tigers defeat Georgia Tech handily, 44-5, leading series, 3-0.
  • 1913: Auburn administers loss with identical score as the Alabama game the previous week, 0-20, to the Tigers on Bowman Field. Auburn leads the series 3-6.
  • 1929: Clemson travels to Wofford, shutting them out, 30-0.
  • 1942: Reverend J. Boyce Brooks, former pastor of of the First Baptist Church, Spindale, North Carolina, takes over the pastoral duties at the Clemson Baptist Church this date, replacing Rev. John K. Goode, who retires after 40 years of service. Rev. Brooks comes to Clemson after a year as minister of the First Baptist Church of Spindale. He was born at Petersburg, Kentucky in 1911, and attended Campbell College (North Carolina) and was graduated from Wake Forest College in 1933. He spent three years (1935-1938) as a seminarian at the Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and accepted the pastorate in Spindale in February 1941. Since 1929, he has been closely associated with the North Carolina 4-H Club and was president of the organization for a year. He represented this organization at the National 4-H Camp in Washington in 1931, and presided over the 4-H short courses offered by the North Carolina State College. (The Tiger, "New Pastor To Assume Duties This Sunday", Thursday 15 October 1942, page 1.)
  • 1965: South Carolina Senator and Clemson graduate Strom Thurmond speaks in Tillman Hall.
  • 1977: Some 1,200 students rally Tuesday night in the deteriorating Amphitheatre to protest administration plans for the outdoor theatre. Proposal drawings have circulated showing the columns removed and the facility being remodelled with "Clemson pink brick". From this ground swell, "Save Our Amphitheatre People" (SOAP) is born, and who will ultimately prevail in having the facility redone in traditional appearance. The rejected renovation plan was supposed to begin in November but will be delayed for further study.
  • 1978: The Speakers Bureau presents comedian Kelly Montieth in Tillman Auditorium.
  • 1979: The Pocket Mime Theatre performs in Daniel Auditorium.
  • 1994: The university janitor is released on a personal recognizance bond of $500 in the October 7 indecent exposure/blackmail attempt case. In another incident, a female student escapes a sexual assault attempt outside the Dillard laundry building about 10:30 p.m.
  • 2008: Clemson loses to Georgia Tech, 17-21, but gains some new footing. Tiger Walk introduced before the game. An interesting statistical observation: In the five days since the coaching change, Tommy Bowden's article has tallied ~60 hits, while Danny Ford has racked up ~500 hits.


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