October 19

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October 19 in Clemson History

  • 1900: The Tigers shut-out Davidson in home opener, 64-0, in second match-up with the school. Clemson leads series, 2-0.
  • 1901: Tennessee is the Tigers' opponent for the first time in a game played in Knoxville. The teams tie, 6-6, the first such outcome in Clemson football history.
  • 1912: Clemson is defeated by Auburn, 6-27, in a road trip to Alabama. Auburn leads series, 3-5.
  • October 19, 1922-October 25, 1922: The 5th Southern Textile Exposition is held at Textile Hall in Greenville, South Carolina. A document from this event is preserved in the scrapbook of Cadet John Murphy Cook of Fort Mill, South Carolina, class of 1924, in the Special Collections at the Strom Thurmond Institute.
  • 1918: Planned football game against Auburn is cancelled by the advent of wartime training and is not rescheduled.
  • 1928: Clemson blanks Erskine, 52-0, on Riggs Field.
  • 1930: YMCA Vesper service held at 6 p.m.
  • 1933: Clemson loses at South Carolina, 0-7.
  • 1939: The Tigers blank the Gamecocks, 27-0, in Columbia.
  • October 19, 1942-October 20, 1942: Tax tickets for the Clemson-Carolina freshman and varsity games to be staged at Columbia during State-Fair Holidays will be on sale at the Field House Monday and Tuesday. There will be a 10 cent tax for the "Rat" game, and 20 cent for the varsity game. To be eligible for this students price, the cadet must purchase his ticket here. No tickets of this type will be sold at the game. Cadets must wear uniforms to the game or pay full rate. (The Tiger, "Football Tickets Go On Sale Monday", Thursday 15 October 1942, page 1.)
  • 1944: It rains on the Clemson-South Carolina game for the first time since 1896. Despite the conditions, the Tigers beat the Gamecocks, 20-13.
  • 1963: The Tigers travel to Duke, lose, 30-35. The Tigers pass for a new record high of 364 yards, but still lose. (Martin, Johnny, "Death Valley: 72 Years of Exciting Football at Clemson University", Independent Publishing Co., Anderson, S.C., 1968, Library of Congress card number 68-58849, page 91.)
  • 1968: The Tigers defeat Duke, 39-22, in Memorial Stadium. The Blue Devils set a new passing yardage record by an opponent at Death Valley - 360 yards - as well as 145 rushing, for a total of 505, but still lose. Clemson, however, recovers six fumbles and intercepts two passes. (Martin, Johnny, "Death Valley: 72 Years of Exciting Football at Clemson University", Independent Publishing Co., Anderson, S.C., 1968, Library of Congress card number 68-58849, pages 91-93.)
  • 1970: The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs in Littlejohn Coliseum, directed by Willem van Otterloo.
  • 1974: CDA plans to host the Eagles in concert in Littlejohn Coliseum, Atlanta Rhythm Section as opening act. Tickets are sold for $5.25 for general admission, $6.25 on the floor! But the week of the show, the Eagles cancel their fall tour...
  • 1977: Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd performs at Greenville Memorial Auditorium, two days after release of album "Street Survivors", the fifth show of the "Tour of the Survivors". The title will prove ironic on October 20.
  • 1979: Members of Kappa Alpha fraternity are caught stealing 2,200 issues of The Tiger after they object to article about certain of their members harassing campus EMTs during a call at the frat house on October 7. On October 31 two members are placed on probation by the university - the fraternity was placed on two-weeks social suspension and fined $200 on October 11 for the original disturbance. Dumbest Criminals Award - The KA brothers ditched The Tigers they had purloined in a dumpster - RIGHT NEXT TO THE KAPPA ALPHA HOUSE! They provide much grist for The Buzzard issue of March 14,1980. Another major theft of The Tiger will take place on October 28, 1994 with the perpetrators making off with 10,000 copies of a 12,000 press run.
  • 1994: Students sleep in cardboard boxes on Bowman Field as a fundraiser and awareness-heightener about the plight of the homeless in an event organized by the Student Personnel Association.
  • 2009: The C. U. Steel Band performs a free drop-in concert at the Carillon Garden, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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