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February 17 in Clemson History

Events on February 17 in Clemson's History

  • 1865: Columbia burns down.
  • 1898: Cadet W. Lanham, of Summerton, South Carolina, dies in hospital three days after being stricken with appendicitus. Dr. J.A. Mood, of the sanitarium in Sumter, was called to perform surgery but the cadet lingered before passing. His family was with him during the short illness. The Chronicle publishes "A Tribute of Respect" on page 47 of the March 1898 issue, V.1, N.6.
  • 1919: The Alma Mater, newly composed by A. C. Corcoran, is first performed by the Glee Club in chapel on Monday morning, February 17. (The Tiger, "Alma Mater", February 18, 1919, Volume XIV, Number 16, page 1.) The Tiger publishes the lyrics on February 18 and observed that "It went good. Learn it!" The paper also advised the cadets that "when this song is played or sung at student gatherings or on other occasions; all will stand with heads uncovered."
  • 1941: Charles Byron Pell, future Clemson head football coach, is born in Albertville, Alabama.
  • 1947: Pickens County suffers its last last lynching when some fifteen Greenville Bluebird cabs caravan to the Pickens County Gaol, where African American Willie Earle, a 24-year old epileptic, is being held, accused of murdering another taxi driver. Some thirty-one white cab drivers extract Earle from the lock-up, drive him to the country near the Greenville County line, and shoot him. The case draws national attention and condemnation. Despite confessing to the crime, the lynchers are acquitted. At this time, Clemson still lies in Oconee County1997Abel Baptist Church in a historically black community in Clemson.
  • February 17-February 18, 1961: Central Dance Association presents versatile arranger, conductor and performer Earl Bostic at Midwinters dance. The dances were rescheduled from February 10-11 after CDA found that there were no high calibre orchestras available for those dates. Friday night tickets are $4, and $4.50 for Saturday night, with a Saturday afternoon concert for $1.50, however, a block a tickets may be purchased for $8 that includes both dances and the concert. Both dances are informal. Bostic has worked with such well known jazz artists as Lionel Hampton, Don Redman, Paul Whiteman, Louis Prima and Cab Calloway. For the last two years, Bostic and his band have placed second in the Playboy Poll. (The Tiger, Friday 13 January 1961, Volume LIV, Number 14, page 1.)
  • 1971: The Clemson Little Theatre, the Clemson Music Club and the Clemson Players co-sponsor Guys And Dolls in Daniel Auditorium.
  • February 14, 1973-February 17, 1973: The Clemson Little Theatre presents Howard Richardson's Dark of the Moon, based on the legend of Barbara Allen and dealing with the superstitions of mountain people, in the Food Industries Auditorium at 8 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, 50 cents for students, but free with a student i.d. for the Thursday night performance. (Walser, Marilyn, Strange theatrical experience, The Tiger, Friday 16 February 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 19, page 7.)
  • February 16, 1973-February 17, 1973: The Clemson Players present See How They Run in the Daniel Hall theatre at 8 p.m., directed by Corinne Sawyer. (Qualls, Nancy, Players present farce, The Tiger, Friday 16 February 1973, Volume LXVI, Number 19, page 6.)
  • February 17, 1979-February 18, 1979: A second snowstorm beginning on a Saturday night closes the university for two days the following Monday and Tuesday. Many hall keg parties are thrown. (It's not safe to go to class, but we can darn sure get to the keg store uninjured!)
  • February 16-February 18, 1984: The All Western Region Band Festival is held on campus. Two bands of approximately 90 students, chosen by audition from the high schools from the counties of the western region of South Carolina, perform, culminating with a concert in Tillman Auditorium on February 18 at 8 p.m.
  • 1995: The Tiger reports that the State Budget and Control Board has approved a Clemson Board of Trustees' recommendation of an annual salary of $146,000 for new President Dr. Deno Curris, making him the second highest paid South Carolina agency head. The salary is second only to USC President John Palms. (Walker, Tyrone, "Curris salary set at $146,000", The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 1A.) Also reported in this issue is a Housing Department plan to close Johnstone Hall within three years, according to Vernal Howell, director of housing. According to Howell, plans have been underway for several months, and said that it was only coincidental that Clemson dorms were named to a list of the top 20 "dorms like dungeons" in the Princeton Review's Student Access to the Best 306 Colleges. Multi-bedroom apartments might be built near Lightsey Bridge apartments to accommodate 600 students displaced by Johnstone's closing. Currently, 52 percent of Clemson students live on campus, with the number always being higher in the fall than in the spring due to students transferring from the university and co-op students leaving for assignments. Johnstone would not be renovated, said Howell, because the end result would be "very close to just rebuilding Johnstone. We think we can provide much more to students." (Cordero, Terry, "New dorms to replace tin cans", The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 2A.) Bands, The Mary Chasers, Drip and Luxury, play at Edgar's, starting at 9:30 p.m. Cover charge is $3. Other music in town this night includes Centerline at McP's, Cuttin' Heads at Backstreets, the Revolvers at the Esso Club, and Simon Says at TD's. (Community Calendar, The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 4B.)
  • February 17, 1995-February 19, 1995: The Union Films & Video Committee present The Silence of the Lambs in the Y Theatre, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., 98 cent admission.
  • February 17, 1995-February 18, 1995: Midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Y Theatre with Live Shadow Cast, admission is 98 cents.
  • 2009: Clemson soundly defeats Maryland, 93-64, in Littlejohn Coliseum, with a 43-17 run that started in the last minute of the first half. The Tigers improve to 21-4, (7-4).
  • 2010: President James Barker presents his State of the University address in Tillman Auditorium at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

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