October 21

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October 21 in Clemson History

  • 1905: The Tigers shut out Georgia in Athens, 35-0, advancing the series record to 6-3 in favor of Clemson.
  • 1907: Tennessee defeats the Tigers, 0-4, in Clemson, the first loss to that squad, putting overall series record at 3-1-2.
  • 1911: In second game of season, the Tigers defeat Samford, 15-0, on Bowman Field. Series stands at 2-0 for Clemson.
  • 1921: Clemson and Furman have scoreless tie in game played in Greenville.
  • 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.
  • 1930: The Georgia Club is organized by cadets from that state. About forty have joined, and J. A. Cook of Augusta has been elected president.
  • 1937: Clemson defeats South Carolina in Columbia, 34-6, who will finish the season 5-6-1.
  • 1943: The Tigers are defeated by the Gamecocks in Columbia, 33-6.
  • 1948: The fourteenth-ranked Tigers defeat South Carolina, 13-7, in Columbia. "The Tigers had to come from behind to defeat the Gamecocks in the annual State Fair game. Carolina jumped to an early lead when Hagan passed to Wilson for a tally. Carol Cox scored first for the Tigers on a lateral from [Fred] Cone. However, the payoff came with only four minutes left to play. Phil Prince blocked a Gamecock punt and Oscar Thompson ran it over for a touchdown. The [Jim] Miller combination added the extra point and that was the ball game." (TAPS, Volume XXXIX, 1949, page 403.)
  • 1954: Clemson is defeated by the University of South Carolina, 8-13, in Columbia.
  • 1958: Freshman begin beating drum for 24 hours over the cadence of "Beat Carolina." The Rev. Gator Farr delivers his customary funeral eulogy for the Gamecock in a pep rally held in the Amphitheatre, saying "I come to bury this damn chicken, not to praise him.". (TAPS 1959, pages 112-113.)
  • 1966: The Clemson football team makes a morning tour of the Twentieth-Century Fox movie lot where they are met with such comments about their upcoming match with Number 5-ranked Southern Cal as "You're not really going to play them, are you?" and "maybe you'd better forfeit." The players visit the set of "Lost in Space" where they meet actress June Lockhart, David Hedison, and that "mean old Doctor Smith", Jonathon Harris. Harris, in full make-up ready for the camera, comments "My, they're all so big. What do you play?" Soccer, he was told. The production of the episode "The Golden Man" is shooting and the team meets actor Dennis Patrick who is completely gilded as the character Keema. (This episode - Season Two, Episode 15 - will air on December 28, 1966.) Actor Bruce Lee, chauffeur for "The Green Hornet", performs a karate kick before Clemson quarterback Jimmy Addison's face as the Tiger held a football in a passing position. On the set for the "Time Tunnel", several players meet former Miss America Lee Meriweather. And on the large outdoor set for "Peyton Place" the team meets actor Ryan O'Neal, and Frank Howard poses with his head in the stockade, cameras clicking... Following the studio tour, the team is driven on a Homes of the Stars tour. (Anderson, Jim, "Top of the Morning", Greenville News, Greenville, South Carolina, Volume 92, Number 295, page 8.) In the afternoon, the team has one more workout before the Saturday game.
  • 1966: The Clemson freshman football team plays the South Carolina freshman team in Carolina Stadium in Columbia at 8 p.m. (Greenville News, "Clemson, USC Freshman Meet", Friday 21 October 1966, Volume 92, Number 294, page 34.) The Tiger Frosh win, 7-0. (Greenville News, "Jack Anderson Leads Clemson Victory, 7-0", Saturday, 22 October 1966, Volume 92, Number 295, page 10.)
  • 1967: The Tigers defeat Duke, 13-7, in Durham.
  • 1969: John Schwartz Cromer, wanted in connection with the October 15 robbery of the South Carolina National Bank in Clemson, surrenders to FBI agent Ted Conroy in Anderson, at the urging of his attorney. (The Tiger, "Cromer Surrenders", Friday 24 October 1969, Volume LXIII, Number 10, page 6.)
  • 1977: CDCC sponsors an Octoberfest beer garden at the Hanover House, 4:30-7 p.m., with 25 cent beer and music provided by WSBF.
  • 1978: U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond appears on campus for an interview with challenger Charles "Pug" Ravenel, but Ravenel cancels appearance. The Tiger interviews Thurmond alone. Needless to say, Ravenel loses the election.
  • 2006: The twelfth-ranked Tigers host the thirteenth-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a Homecoming game in Death Valley. Televised nation-wide on ESPN at 7:45 p.m., Eastern Time, ESPN's GameDay Saturday morning show originates from Clemson for the first time. The 24th annual Alumni Band performs at halftime. This game is sold out. Tigers defeat the Yellow Jackets, 31-7. Also, October 21, the Clemson men's basketball team holds its annual Orange & White scrimmage on Saturday in conjunction with the day's Homecoming events. The game gets underway at 3:30 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum. The scrimmage is open to the public, with free admission. At 5:45 p.m., players sign autographs at the Tiger Tailgate Show on the lawn at Littlejohn.
  • 2008: Concertante, string sextet founded by Julliard graduates in 1995, presented in the Brooks Center by the Utsey Chamber Series Endowment at 8 p.m. Selections will include Richard Strauss' String Sextet from Capriccio, Frank Bridge's Sextet in E-flat Major, and Brahms' Sextet in G Major, Op. 36. Free admission.


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