September 1

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September 1

  • 1898: Henry Aubrey Strode, Clemson's first president and professor of mathematics, dies at his home in Amherst County, Virginia and is interred there.
  • 1904: First Lieutenant Edgar Alexander Sirmyer is relieved as Commandant of Cadets at Clemson, as fall-out from an incident involving a Confederate battle flag in March.
  • 1910: Richard Newman Brackett becomes acting Professor of Chemistry, director of Department of Chemistry, this date.
  • 1939: Germany invades Poland, beginning the Second World War (although the 1931 invasion of Manchuria and the start of the second Sino-Japanese war in 1937 are cited as alternate start dates.)
  • 1940: Banks McFadden, Clemson's highest-ever NFL draft pick - he is the number four selection in 1940 - signs one-year contract with Brooklyn Dodgers professional football team and leads the NFL in yards per carry in the 1940 season, but preferring Clemson to Brooklyn, he returns to South Carolina at the end of the contract.
  • 1971: The Young Democrats hold their organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Hardin Hall room 107.
  • 1979: Jack D. Ferguson Jr., an executive officer with the Greenville County Sheriff's Department, takes over as director of public safety at Clemson University, replacing Jack Weeden.
  • 1987: The remodelled Historic Riggs Field is christened with an 8-0 soccer win over UNC-Asheville. The upgraded stadium seats 6,500.
  • 1990: Famed football coach George Allen (long-time Washington Redskins leader), coaches his last season, leading Long Beach State in opener against tenth-ranked Clemson, but falls, 59-0. He suffers a heart attack and dies on December 31.
  • 2006: First Friday Parade and pep rally held. No distribution of items from moving vehicles is permitted under new safety rules instituted to preclude repeat of the accident at the 2005 parade. WSBF begins broadcasting with its new tower.
  • 2007Oconee Community Theatre in Seneca presents "The Sound of Music" - music by Richard Rogers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Appalachian State shocks number 5-ranked Michigan, 34-32. They're partying tonight in Boone! Michigan subsequently falls out of the AP and CNN polls' Top 25. According to an Ohio State fan on September 8, "the Appalachian State merchandise is flying off the shelves in Columbus." How many batteries does it take to beat a Wolverine? - Just one double A."
  • 2009: Moe Joe Coffee Company closes its College Avenue location at 1 p.m. due to loss of the lease, but will reopen on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 385 Old Greenville Highway.



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