October 31 in Clemson History
- 1896: Clemson plays its first football game. In a match against Furman in Greenville, the Tigers win, 14-6. It is likely that the team rode Southern Railway passenger service to and from the game.
- 1901: In the second meeting with Virginia Tech, Clemson is defeated for the first time, 11-17, in a game played in Columbia, South Carolina.
- 1902: Following future Clemson Coach Bob Williams-led Gamecocks' 6-12 victory over Clemson on October 30, victorious Carolina fans carry a transparency depicting a Gamecock lording it over a defeated Tiger in the Friday Elk's Parade despite having been forbidden to do so by authorities, Clemson cadets are so incensed that they march on the campus after the parade, determined to get satisfaction and destroy the image. A near-riot is avoided by deft negotiations but the severity of the incident causes the cancellation of the Clemson-Carolina match-up for six years.
- 1907: In a match played at the State Fair in Columbia, Clemson defeats North Carolina, 15-6, evening the series record at 2-2.
- 1912: The Tigers lose to the Gamecocks in Columbia, 7-22. Clemson leads series, 7-3.
- 1914: The Tigers down the Citadel, 14-0, in Charleston, South Carolina. Tigers own the series, 6-0.
- 1915: Clemson does not get to see a flying exhibition by aviation reserve corps pilot Captain C. H. Cary in his Curtiss bi-plane. "At the appointed time an even larger crowd was back to see the exhibition. But again they were disappointed, for after getting up into the air, the motor stopped, and Capt. Cary had to land in the large river bottoms below the college. It was something like an hour before he could again get into the air, and in the meantime the crowd had dispersed and gone to preaching. The aviator flew back over the college, but seeing that the crowd had gone, he headed for Anderson without landing." The Tiger, "Aviator Visits Us Saturday", Tuesday 2 November 1915, Volume XI, Number 7, page 1.)
- 1931: Oglethorpe defeats Clemson on Riggs Field, 0-12.
- 1936: Clemson travels to Atlanta, securing 14-13 win over Georgia Tech.
- 1941: The Tigers defeat the GWU Colonials in a night game in Washington, D.C., 19-0. The USS Reuben James (DD-245), a post-World War I four-stack Clemson class destroyer, becomes the first United States Navy ship sunk by hostile action in World War II. It was named for Boatswain's Mate Reuben James (1776–1838), who distinguished himself fighting in the Barbary Wars. Escorting convoy HX-156, Reuben James was torpedoed by German submarine U-552 near Iceland. Hit forward by a torpedo, her entire bow was blown off when a magazine exploded sinking immediately. The aft section floated for five minutes before going down. Of the 159-man crew, only 44 survived. Woody Guthrie writes "The Sinking of the Reuben James" which he performs with Pete Seeger and the other Almanac Singers. The Guthrie song has an original tune for its chorus, but its verses are set to the tune of the song "Wildwood Flower".
- 1946: The United States Navy Band performs at Clemson for the first time since 1941, in the Field House at 8 p.m., the second of five events in the Clemson Concert Series. Free admission to students, with Mu Beta Psi honorary music fraternity members as ushers.
- 1958: Second-ever Tigerama is held with 10,000 in attendence. Central Dance Association holds dance afterwards featuring Ralph Marterie on the bandstand. Miss Tootsie Dennis is selected as Homecoming Queen. "After the dance a large number of students headed to the mountains and elsewhere for private parties." (TAPS 1959, page 116.)
- 1962: Acting Secretary of the United Nations U Thant returns from Havana meeting with Cuban Premier Fidel Castro and announces that Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. is dead, shot down over Cuba in his Lockheed U-2 by a SAM.
- 1969: Central Dance Association presents a Halloween Ball with the Georgia Prophets, and The Persians, in Harcombe Commons - costume or coat and tie - $1.50 per person. (The Tiger, display advert, Friday 24 October 1969, Volume LXIII, Number 10, page 4.)
- 1975: The Buzzard is published as an eight-page edition. Front page headlines "Creeping buildings claim Deadwords" and "Fire department fiddles while Clemmons burns".
- 1977: Pickens County Circuit Judge John T. Gentry sentences the younger brother in the September 14 student attack case to fifteen years in prison, stating "If I were the victim of this crime, I would want to strap you and your brother in the electric chair and probably pull the switch myself with alacrity." Earlier in October, Gentry had sent the older brother to prison for life plus 45 years, warning him that if the judge had the Law of Israel as a sentencing option he would use it in this case. The injured student, still recovering in Atlanta, will return to school the following semester under a new identity to shield him from undue attention.
- 1978: Dracula expert Dr. Leonard Wolf speaks in Tillman Auditorium.
- 1979: Two members of Kappa Alpha fraternity are placed on probation by the university in connection with the theft of 2,200 copies of The Tiger on October 19.
- 1993: River Jude Phoenix (August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993), an Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated American film actor, died of a drug overdose on the sidewalk outside the West Hollywood nightclub the Viper Room. He was the oldest sibling of actors Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix. He was listed on John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38 as one of twelve "promising new actors of 1986", and was hailed as highly talented by such critics as Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel. Also well known for his animal rights activism, he was a spokesperson for PETA and a strict vegan. (from the mainside Wikipedia.)
- 1998: The South's oldest textile school, located at Clemson, continues its 100th anniversary celebrations,when the School of Textiles, Fiber and Polymer Science welcomes alumni to a reunion luncheon that takes place in the courtyard of Sirrine Hall a few hours before kick-off in the Clemson-N.C. State "Textile Bowl" football game. Tours of the school are also scheduled for the day.
- 2006: Final day of the Anderson Sunshine House Help the Homeless Drive - 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katy Zeanah (email@example.com). Death in the Valley Halloween activities on the President's lawn at 6:30 p.m., music by band Impulse - movie Beetlejuice shown at 7:30 p.m. - free admission. The Men's Basketball team plays exhibition game against Lithuania Academy in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m., with free admission for those who attend in costume. Prizes awarded in a variety of categories. Tigers win, 99-50
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