October 28

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October 28 in Clemson History

Events on October 28 in Clemson's History[edit]

  • 1899: Clemson plays Auburn for the first time, but loses the road game, 0-34. The school had just just changed its name from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College to Alabama Polytechnic Institute.
  • 1903: Clemson defeats North Carolina State at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds, 24-0, in a game somewhat delayed by over-eager fans that crowd onto the field in front of the grandstand in their zeal to see the action. The game is also shortened by the need to vacate the field for the racing association at 12:45 p.m. Twenty minute halves are played, but second is cut-off at sixteen minutes. Clemson leads the series, 3-0. Following the game, Coach John Heisman marries Evelyn Barksdale in Columbia.
  • 1908: Davidson beats Clemson, 0-13, in game played at the State Fair in Columbia. The Tigers still lead the series, 3-2-1.
  • 1915: The University of South Carolina employs "ringers" (ineligible players) in its first three football games, winning handily. An investigation uncovers the ruse before the Clemson-Carolina match, and the fakes are banished from the Gamecock squad. The two opponents battle to the first 0-0 tie in series history.
  • 1920: The Tigers lose to the Gamecocks in Columbia, 0-3.
  • 1930: Tau Beta Pi meets.
  • 1933: Clemson is defeated by Mississippi, 0-13, in a game played in Meridian, Mississippi.
  • 1942: James Melton, concert tenor with the Chicago Opera Company, appears at Clemson College. He is presented with a certificate of honorary membership at intermission by Mu Beta Psi national music honorary fraternity's Delta Chapter, headed by J. E. Hudson. (The Tiger, "Mu Beta Psi Taps Eight New Members; Melton Accepts", Thursday 15 October 1942, page 1.)
  • 1944: Clemson is dropped in a roadgame by 19th-ranked Tennessee, 7-26.
  • 1962: The Central Intelligence Agency files a report time-stamped 0200 hours stating that Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. has been the victim of either an SA-2 or a victim of hypoxia. Actually, it is both - shrapnel from the near miss shatterd the pilot's face plate causing Anderson's death almost instantly.
  • 1966: The Cheerleaders and Tiger Band begin the Homecoming events with a giant bonfire. Festivities then move to Death Valley for the tenth annual Tigerama presented before a crowd of over 10,000. Intermission entertainment is provided by the Sentimental Jazzmen. Freshman Marty Jones is crowned Miss Clemson 1967 by Dr. R. C. Edwards. A twenty-minute, $1,500 fireworks display caps the event. (TAPS 1967, "Fun and Fireworks, Miss Clemson Crowned", Volume 57, pages 88-89.) Central Dance Association sponsors Friday night dance in the dining hall (Harcombe Commons) with ABC-Paramount recording stars, the Swinging Tams, out of Atlanta, performing hits including "What Kind of Fool", "Laugh It Off", and "Riding For A Fall" which the band dedicates to the Blue Devils. (TAPS 1967, "Football, Dances, Girls, Parties, Mark Homecoming", Volume 57, page 91.)
  • 1967: Clemson is defeated by Alabama in Memorial Stadium, 10-13.
  • October 28, 1977-October 29, 1977: The Union sponsors an "All Nite" Halloween Party in the gameroom in the Union building.
  • 1994: Some 10,000 of The Tiger's press run of 12,000 copies of the paper are stolen between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. from distribution points around campus. This is not the first time that Tigers have been purloined. On October 19, 1979, fraternity brothers were caught trying to dispose of some 2,000 copies of The Tiger that carried an article about Kappa Alpha decorum and the university's levied penalties against the social frat.
  • 2005 - Pop-punk band Yellowcard performs in Littlejohn Coliseum, with opening acts Pink Spiders and Acceptance.
  • 2006: The Anderson Sunshine House Help the Homeless Drive is held - collection locations at the Library Bridge, Hendrix Center, the Union, Tillman Place Apartments, and selected local stores. Hosted by Dr. Vander Mey's Sociology 311 Class, Department of Sociology, with Tigers Who Care, Gamma Phi Beta, and Bethel United Methodist Church (Pendleton). For information, contact Katie Reid (kreid@clemson.edu) or Katy Zeanah (kzeanah@clemson.edu).
  • 2007: An early morning fire in a private beach house in Belle Isle Beach, North Carolina, kills seven students, six from the University of South Carolina and one from Clemson University. Victims were members of Delta Delta Delta sorority and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and several were from the Upstate. Victims identities will be released later in the week.
  • 2008: The Boni Belle Brooks Series presents Regina Carter, jazz violin, with her band, in the Brooks Center, 8 p.m. Recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship ("Genius Grant"), Ms. Carter was the first female and first African-American musician to be chosen to perform on Paganini's famed Guarneri violin. Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students. Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 61,000.


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