September 18

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September 18

  • 1915: College Night is held to welcome new students and acquaint them with the various phases of college activity. Y. M. C. A. authorities arrange the event, held at 8 p.m. and presided over by Cadet D. F. Folger, president of the Y. M. C. A. (The Tiger, "College Night", 21 September 1915, Volume XI, Number 1, page 2.)
  • 1954: The Tigers blank the Presbyterian Blue Stockings, 33-0, in a Memorial Stadium night game. WLOS-TV, channel 13, begins broadcasting this date, along with WLOS radio (1380 AM, now WKJV), owned by Skyway Broadcasting Company. It has always been an ABC affiliate, and is the second-longest tenured primary ABC affiliate south of Washington, D.C. (behind Lynchburg's WSET-TV, ironically also on channel 13). With an antenna on Mt. Pisgah, the highest transmission tower east of the Mississippi River, the station's signal reached much of the Upstate of South Carolina.
  • September 17, 1965-September 18, 1965: Central Dance Association hosts Rat Hop 1965. Admission is $4.50 per couple for both dances, $8 for singles for both. Second night of Rat Hop 1965. Held from 8 p.m. to midnight, the Temptations are joined by "Little Royal" Torrance, James Brown's little brother, and his orchestra.
  • 1974: Charles "Pug" Ravenel, candidate for governor, makes campaign appearance in the Amphitheatre. Though popular with many students, Ravenel will not gain the governor's mansion.
  • 1976: In the Tigers' first televised football game since 1973, Clemson takes on the tenth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Death Valley but are shut-out, 0-41, in a game aired by ABC.
  • 1981: The First Friday Parade is held before the actual second game of the season. When Wofford was added to the schedule in the spring after Villanova University decided to drop football, Pi Kappa Alpha, parade sponsors, decided not to reschedule due to extensive pre-planning already in place. Grand Marshalls are President Bill Atchley and Capt. Frank Jervey. Free concert in the afternoon on the steps of the YMCA by Stratus, playing contemporary rock music including a Beatles tribute, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team jumps from their C-7 Caribou and lands on Bowman Field at 5:30. One flies a Clemson flag while another team member delivers the game ball for the Georgia match-up. A pep rally in the Amphitheatre follows the parade, with members of D-3 Johnstone attending in loin cloths. (TAPS 1982, Volume 72, pages 30-33.) Floats in this parade are so ribald and the amount of public intoxication is so wide that the parade never again routes through College Avenue.
  • 2006: Clemson linebacker Anthony Waters undergoes surgery for a torn ACL in the first game of the season against Florida Atlantic University on September 2. He is lost for the season.
  • 2007: Presented by the Utsey Chamber Series Endowment, the Daedalus Quartet with clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, perform in the Brooks Center at 8 p.m., free admission.
  • 2007: Nine houses will be moved from Clemson University’s Douthit Hills apartment complex, which was closed last year. The houses have been purchased by Dan Ward House Movers of Six Mile, which will sell the houses. Moving the houses not only will save the university money but also will keep materials from the houses out of landfills. “This is a win-win situation for everyone: for Clemson, for the environment and for Dan Ward, ” said Gary Gaulin, associate director of residential facilities projects. The houses were donated to the university in 1967 by the Gerrish Milliken plant in Pendleton. They were moved into the Douthit Hills area and originally were used as faculty housing.
  • September 17, 2009-September 18, 2009: Sand sculpture artist Ted Siebert creates a three-dimensional display on the lawn near Tillman Hall in connection with the Third Annual Tiger Shag.
  • 2009: The U.S. Air Force will fly four F-15 Eagles of the 2nd and 95th Fighter Squadrons, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, over the Clemson campus between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, in preparation for a flyby at Saturday’s football game commemorating National POW/MIA Day. This flyby practice run, weather permitting, will create a high level of noise on campus and the surrounding area. The university hopes this advance notification will eliminate any concerns caused by planes flying over campus.



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