October 20

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October 20 in Clemson History

  • 1898: In the only game ever played against Bingham, the Tigers win on Bowman Field, 55-0.
  • 1906: The Tigers continue to dominate Georgia with a 6-0 win on Bowman Field, moving the series record to 7-3.
  • 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.
  • 1927: The Tigers blank the Gamecocks, 20-0, in Columbia. USC will have a 4-5 season record.
  • 1930: Albert Palmer of Compton & Knowles Loom Works speaks to Juniors and Seniors of the Textile Department. Illustrated lecture on weaving costs as affected by modern weave room methods and machinery. Conducted in connection with the Course in Cost Finding, given in the Weaving and Designing Division. (The Tiger, 29 October 1930, V. XXVI, No.7, Page 5)
  • 1931: The Tigers are defeated by the Gamecocks, 0-21, in Columbia.
  • 1938: The Tigers defeat the Gamecocks, 34-12, 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.)
  • 1966: The Clemson football team flies from Atlanta to Los Angeles International Airport aboard a Delta Airlines Douglas DC-8 jet piloted a by a Captain Miller, making the transit in "exactly four hours," a far cry from the 1951 trip to the west coast on a four-engined Douglas DC-4 propeller-driven airliner to play the College of the Pacific at Stockton, which took eight rough hours of flight. Three people were on both trips: Coach Frank Howard, Walter Cox, and trainer Herman McGee. Clemson head cheerleader Robin Watson, of Greenville, immediately transfers to another flight to San Francisco upon arrival in California to see off fellow-Greenvillian Fletcher Barker, about to deploy overseas to Vietnam. The football team has a work-out at the Los Angleles Coliseum in the afternoon. (Anderson, Jim, "Top of the Morning" sports column, The Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, Friday, 21 October 1966, Volume 92, Number 294, page 34.)
  • 1977: Lynyrd Skynyrd's chartered Convair 240 airliner, registered N55VM, departs from Greenville Downtown Airport, runs out of fuel en route to next concert and crashes five miles north of Gillsburg, Mississippi in a swampy pine forest while trying to reach an alternate airport. They were only 48 miles short of the destination, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when they had fuel starvation. Four members of the band and crew are killed, as are both pilots. Lead singer and founder of the band, Ronnie Van Zant, dies at the crash site.
  • 1978: The jazz-fusion-rock Dixie Dregs appear in Tillman Auditorium.
  • 1992: President George H. W. Bush's campaign train passes through Clemson without stopping, en route from Atlanta to Charlotte, under heavy air protection.
  • 2002: ClemsonTALK.com is founded.
  • 2006: Ray Ray McElrathby is interviewed by Oprah for a brief segment on the afternoon broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Televisions in Nick's and the Esso Club are tuned to the program. The 50th Tigerama held in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7 p.m. The master of ceremonies are Jane Robelot and Brian O'Rourke. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. The theme is "There is Something in These Hills" and founder Joe Sherman is honored. Hilarious "Rally Girls", sketch featuring men in drag, features excellently choreographed renditions of many pop music videos! Huzzah!


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