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1927 in Clemson History
Events that occurred in 1927:
- A South Carolina state law forbidding Greek letter fraternities and sororities in state-supported institutions is overturned. Greeks quickly recolonize at South Carolina, but they are thought incompatible with the Clemson military structure, and it will not be until the 1950s that the Numeral Society (later Sigma Alpha Epsilon) is founded by architecture prof Joe Young. Phi Psi's Iota Chapter of the National Honor Textile Fraternity is chartered, becoming Clemson's first Greek-letter organization. (TAPS 1955, Volume XLV, page 164.)
- Old covered Ravenel's Bridge replaced by modern concrete and steel span over the Seneca River.
- The Clemson College Women's Club lapses into inactivity. It will be revived in 1947.
- January 1: The National Broadcasting Company airs the first transcontinental radio broadcast of a sporting event when they carry the Rose Bowl game. Alabama and Stanford battle to a 7-7 tie in front of a crowd of 57,417. (Jones, Todd, "The Second Season: How the Rise of the Bowls Shaped College Football", ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, ESPN Books, New York, New York, 2005, ISBN 1-4013-3703-1, pages 1435, 1438.)
- May 21: The world is electrified by the news that Charles Augustus Lindbergh has successfully flown the Atlantic Ocean alone in his Ryan NYP monoplane, the Spirit of St. Louis. He departed Roosevelt Field in Garden City, Long Island, New York, on May 20, landing at Le Bourget Field, Paris, France after a flight of nearly 3,600 statute miles which lasted 33.5 hours.
- Fall: Future Coach Frank Howard enters the University of Alabama on a scholarship from the Birmingham News.
- September 15: Rudolf Anderson, Jr. is born in Greenville, South Carolina. After graduation from Clemson he will become a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, and will be shot down over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
- September 24: Clemson has a 0-0 tie with Presbyterian in home opener on Riggs Field.
- October: The solicitor of the tenth judicial district in Anderson alleges that whisky is being sold by "outsiders" and consumed in the college's YMCA. President Sikes, a teetotaler, increases police surveillance to halt illegal activities. (Yandle, Bruce, "The Plowboy Scholar: Enoch Walter Sikes, 1925-1940", "Tradition: A History of the Presidency of Clemson University", McKale, Donald M., editor, Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 1988, ISBN 0-86554-296-1, page 155.)
- October 1: Clemson edges Auburn, 3-0, on Riggs Field.
- October 8: The Tigers are defeated by N.C. State in Raleigh, 6-18.
- October 14: Clemson defeats Erskine, 25-6, on Riggs Field.
- October 20: The Tigers blank the Gamecocks, 20-0, in Columbia. USC will have a 4-5 season record.
- October 29: Clemson beats Wofford, 6-0, at home.
- November: The cornerstone of Riggs Hall, designed by Rudolph E. Lee, is laid on the site of Old Mechanical Hall which burned May 27, 1926. (Yandle, Bruce, "The Plowboy Scholar: Enoch Walter Sikes, 1925-1940", "Tradition: A History of the Presidency of Clemson University", McKale, Donald M., editor, Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 1988, ISBN 0-86554-296-1, page 155.)
- November 5: Clemson defeats the Citadel in roadgame, 13-0.
- November 12: In a roadgame, Georgia blanks Clemson, 0-32.
- November 24: Clemson falls to Furman, 0-28, in Greenville to finish with a 5-3-1 season. Furman has a 10-1 record.