March 12

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  • 1904: According to The Oconeean, Volume Two, 1904, page 78, and The State newspaper, Columbia, S.C., February 22, 1948, an incident took place on campus in which a Confederate flag was raised on the new flagpole in front of the administration building, much to the consternation of the military Commandant, First Lieutenant E.A. Sirmyer when he returned from a day trip to Anderson, who hauled it down. The students regained control of the flag, 14 feet by 16 feet, and made by "[T]he women of the campus," and began to raise it again while the college band played "Dixie". "Observing what was going on, the commandant rushed forth and lent his feeble efforts on the other end of the lanyard in an attempt to restrain the hoisting. When he was three or four feet from the ground he let go." He then charged the cadet in charge of the rope with insubordination. The Oconeean observes on page 78 that on the following morning at inspection - "everybody burnt - trouble around flag pole."
"Then", according to the February 22, 1948 article in The State, "someone better acquainted with South Carolina youth gained the ear of the commandant and told him that the proper procedure was not force, but to talk to the boys. This the commandant did, in an hour-long eulogy of the Confederacy and the argument that now all was one nation so the Confederate flag would be lowered with full military honors. To this the students agreed and the commandant was so pleased with himself that he cancelled all demerits."
"But this did not end the incident. Some publicity was given the occurrence and the war department heard about it. The commandant was relieved of his post and it was a considerable time before congressional pressure was able to obtain a new one." Records indicate that Lt. Sirmyer served at Clemson until September 1, 1904. He was assigned the post on August 28, 1902, according to a biography published by The Oconeean, Volume Two, 1904, page 17.
  • 1910: "At 4 o'clock on the morning of March 12th Rat McWhorter wakes Higgins by yelling, 'The comet done come.' As they reach the gangway, Higgins exclaims, 'Sho' nuf, Squirts,' falls on his knees and yells, 'Brother Robinson, pray, do pray.' Just then the comet blows signal for Keowee, and the headlight of (Southern Railway) No. 36 passes around the curve." (The Tiger, "Rat Discovers Halley's Comet", 15 March 1910, Volume 5, Number 12, page 1.)
  • 1959: A portrait of John C. Calhoun is unveiled in the Senate Reception Room in Washington, D.C. (Cook, Harriet Heffner, "John C. Calhoun - the Man", The R.L. Bryan Co., Columbia, S.C., 1965, Library of Congress Card No. 65-19779, page 3.)
  • 1980: Edgar's hosts a dinner theatre with mime Tim Settimi.
  • 1982: After the death of his first wife on October 2, 1980, Alan McCrary Johnstone remarries, to Eva Dorrity Welling.
  • March 11-March 12, 1983: Tina Krebs wins the national championship in the 1,000-meter run at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, at the NCAA Women's Indoor Track Championships. Krebs becomes Clemson's first woman national champion regardless of sport. The Lady Tigers finish 10th as a team.
  • 1987: Former Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes dies in Columbus, Ohio. He coached the very last game of his career against Clemson in the 1978 Gator Bowl.
  • March 12-March 15, 1993: The "Storm of the Century" or the "Blizzard of '93" socks the entire East Coast of the United States, dropping snow from the Florida Panhandle to Canada.
  • 2007: The Clemson City Council holds a work session to discuss a possible smoking ban in Clemson public areas, 6 p.m. in the depot conference room.
  • 2008: Army ROTC (AROTC) and Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) hold Joint Awards Ceremony and Pass in Review, featuring 88 AFROTC cadets and 150 AROTC cadets.
  • 2010: Geezer Pop's opens on Sloan Street and offers free food give-aways.

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