October 5

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October 5 in Clemson History

  • 1896: The Clemson football team practices for the first time, using a 50 yard by 200 yard field believed to have been between Tillman Hall and the Trustee House.
  • 1901: John Heisman's Tigers score mind-boggling 122 points against hapless Guilford in Clemson home opener. Guilford never scores. First half lasts twenty minutes, second half only ten. A touchdown is scored every minute and twenty-six seconds, and legend has it that every man on the team scored. An all-time record number of points in Clemson Tiger football history. Guilford and Clemson never meet again on the gridiron.
  • 1912: For third straight year, Clemson shuts out Samford, 59-0, in road game. Tigers lead series 3-0.
  • 1915: The Clemson Agricultural Society holds its first regular meeting of the fall term in the Palmetto Society hall on Tuesday night. (The Tiger, "Agricultural Society", Tuesday 12 October 1915, Volume XI, Number 4, page 3.)
  • 1918: Clemson plays Georgia Tech in Atlanta, falling 0-28. Ouch. Senior Robert Lee Atkinson of Lowryville, South Carolina, dies of Pneumonia, which developed out of a case of Influenza, after a week of illness. TAPS 1919, Volume Twelve, dedicates page 6 of the annual to him. Further football games in October are prohibited by the War Department as no team is permitted to be gone from campus for more than 24 hours. The Auburn game on October 19 is cancelled, with no November date being found for rescheduling it, but the South Carolina match is moved back from October 31 to the first week of November. (The Tiger, "Football Apparently Cancelled During October", October 9, 1918, Volume XIV, Number 2, page 2.)
  • 1929: The Tigers beat the Tigers as Clemson downs Auburn, 26-7, on Riggs Field.
  • 1930: As a presentation of the Artist's Lyceum Course, Bohumir Kryl's Band performs in the college chapel (Tillman Auditorium), Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., the first lyceum number "this season". Kryl's band is widely known, and is considered one of the best in this country. The entertainment will not consist entirely of band music, but will be varied by song and instrumental soloes. Kryl, himself is a master with the cornet. The program is further varied by a number of classical and popular numbers. Ablee Stewart is the featured soprano. ("The Tiger", October 1, 1930, Volume XXVI, Number 3, page 2). Annual Faculty-Student supper held at the YMCA at 7:30 p.m. Seventy-five students and 75 faculty will gather. The speaker for the occasion is Mr. Odis Hinnant, recently returned from Montivedeo, Uruguay. ("The Tiger", October 1, 1930, Volume XXVI, Number 3, page 4).
  • 1930: Annual Faculty-Student supper held at the YMCA at 7:30 p.m. Seventy-five students and 75 faculty will gather. The speaker for the occasion is Mr. Odis Hinnant, recently returned from Montivedeo, Uruguay. ("The Tiger", October 1, 1930, Volume XXVI, Number 3, page 4).
  • 1970: Two students busted for simple possession of marijuana. A 21 year old senior dies in his dormitory (Johnstone Hall) by self inflicted gunshot wound in a suicide case that is reported in The Tiger.
  • 1974: Central Dance Association presents Black Oak Arkansas in concert in Littlejohn Coliseum. Montrose and T. Rex are opening acts. Tix run $5.25 in advance, $6.25 for the floor, and $6.25 at the door.
  • 2006: The Clemson Players present August Strindberg's masterpiece "Miss Julie" in the Bellamy Theatre of the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m., October 3-7, and at 3 p.m. on October 7-8. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.
  • 2007: The Clemson Players present "Jane Eyre" in the Bellamy Theatre of the Brooks Center at 8 p.m. Tix are $10 for adults, $5 for students, general seating. An oak is planted on the lawn adjacent to Tillman Hall and Brackett Hall, commemorating the 32 victims of the shootings at Virginia Tech in April. Luke Bryan performs at Sigma Chi Derby Days. Ticket information at 864-656-1413. The Boni Belle Brooks Series presents the North Carolina Dance Theatre in the Brooks Center at 8 p.m. The program showcases Alvin Ailey's Night Creature, George Balanchine's popular Who Cares?, and Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs, set to the music of Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Frank Sinatra. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students.
  • 2008: Gene Moore Jr., star Clemson football player, and captain of the 1949 football team, Class of 1950, passes away in Florence, South Carolina.


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