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November 19 in Clemson History

Events on November 19 in Clemson's History

  • 1903: First stone laid on foundation of Agricultural Hall.
  • 1906: The Tigers defeat Tennessee in Clemson, 16-0, moving series record to 4-0-1 in the home team's favor.
  • 1930: The Tiger, on November 5, promises "A Columbia Picture" as the YMCA picture for this date (page 3).
  • 1935: Two floodlights are installed on the practice field. Extra drills will not prove successful, however, when the Tigers lose to Furman in Greenville, 6-8, on November 28.
  • 1946: Greenville suffers one of its worst disasters when, shortly after the Christmas parade ends, the Ideal Laundry at the corner of Buncombe and Echol Streets, suffers a propane gas explosion, killing six, injuring 120, and destroying ten homes. The Echol Street Fire Station adjacent to the laundry has to be demolished due to the extensive damage.
  • 1949: The Tigers defeat Furman in Sirrine Stadium in Greenville, 28-21.
  • 1955: In Mobile, Alabama, number twelve-ranked Auburn blanks Clemson, 0-21, in Ernest F. Ladd Memorial Stadium, constructed in 1948, renamed Ladd Peebles Stadium in 1997.
  • 1956: Clemson begins to fight the campus flooding issue in earnest when the Board of Trustees invite Congressmen and other leaders to tour the threatened areas of the school. Much publicity is received over the event.
  • 1960: Clemson travels to Boston College, loses, 14-25.
  • 1971: David Ezell, a folk singer from Spartanburg, performs in The Gutter under the YMCA at 9 p.m., 25 cent admission.
  • 1973: The new Jervey Athletic Center is dedicated, named for "Captain Jervey", Frank Johnstone Jervey, a former vice president for development, and Life Member of the Board of Trustees.
  • 1974: Hot air balloon inflated and launched on a tether on Bowman Field. George Bernard Shaw's play "Don Juan in Hell" is performed in Littlejohn Coliseum as part of the University Concert Series. Cast includes Ricardo Montalban, Edward Mulhare, Kurt Kasznar and Myrna Loy. Reviews are lukewarm. The Clemson Players present Henrik Ibsen's play "Ghosts" in Daniel Auditorium.
  • 1976: Flautist Tim Weisberg and his band appear in Tillman Auditorium to crowd of 1,300. Admission is a buck!
  • 1977: The Tigers defeat the Gamecocks in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, 31-27, with Jerry Butler making "The Catch" of Steve Fuller's endzone pass in the last quarter.
  • 1979: The Prague Chamber Orchestra performs in Littlejohn Coliseum with pianist Hans Richter-Haaser.
  • 1983: The Gamecocks lose to the Tigers in Columbia, 22-13, as Clemson finishes season with a 9-1-1 record, but ineligible for the ACC title. The Tigers are ineligible for post-season play.
  • 1988: Clemson defeats the University of South Carolina in Death Valley, 26-10, in front of record crowd of 84,876, which will not be topped until the same match-up on November 19, 1994.
  • 1994: Clemson loses home game to the University of South Carolina, 7-33. Death Valley sets a an attendence record of 85,872. It will be surpassed by by Bowden Bowl I on October 23, 1999.
  • 2005 Football regular season ends, Clemson at Carolina, with a 13-9 Tiger win. Regular season record is 7-4. Clemson creeps back into Top 25 in one poll, knocking on the door at 26th in several others. By bowl bid week, Clemson stabilizes at 23rd in all three major polls.
  • November 17, 2006 - November 19, 2006: The Clemson Players perform Shakespeare's fabulous Henry V in the Bellamy Theatre at the Brooks Center at 8 p.m. on the 17th and 18th, and at 3 p.m. on the 18th and 19th. $10 adults, $5 students, general seating.
  • 2006: Although idle this week, the Tigers rise one slot in the Associated Press and USA Today/CNN Coaches polls, to 24th. Sugarland, now a duo after the departure of songwriter Kristen Hall, with opening act Lost Trailers, in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $39 and $29, with a $5 discount for students. Pre-concert activities during the first-ever Clemson Round-Up, starting at 5 p.m., include country western fun - mechanical bull riding, roping demonstrations, a chili cook-off, line-dancing lessons, and a belt buckle contest. Sponsored by ClemsonLive, WESC 92.5 FM, WSSL 100.5 FM, and Tiger Paw Productions.
  • 2008: Dear Students,
Dr. R.C. Edwards, Clemson's eighth president, is ill and would benefit from your thoughts and prayers. Within the past few days he has been taken to hospice care.
Some of you may have heard about Clemson's beloved Dr. Edwards from parents or grandparents. Some of you may have read about him while learning Clemson's history. And a few of you likely attended the local school named for him, R.C. Edwards Middle School. Dr. Edwards cared deeply about students and his character embodied our Core Values: Honesty, Integrity, and Respect. Here are some highlights of his presidency that might be of interest to you:
1963 - Clemson becomes first public university in South Carolina to desegregate with the enrollment of Harvey Gantt
1963 - first women's residence hall occupied
1964 - Governor signs the state law changing the name of Clemson Agricultural College to Clemson University
1965 - Clemson awards the first Ph.D. degrees in engineering in South Carolina
1974 - Clemson's total enrollment tops 10,000 students for the first time
Many student life, academic and residence buildings were constructed or completed during his presidency:
R.M. Cooper Library
Daniel Hall
Jordan Hall
Edwards Hall
Barre Hall
Rhodes Engineering Research Center
Cook Engineering Laboratory
Barnett, Cope, Geer, Sanders, Manning, Lever, Byrnes, Smith residence halls
Schilletter Dining Hall
Redfern Health Center
Strode Tower
Alumni Center
Littlejohn Coliseum
Jervey Athletic Center
Edgar A. Brown University Union
As you can see, former President R.C. Edwards' legacy has had a lasting impact that has directly enhanced the quality of the student experience today. He was a forward thinker, a visionary and yet preserved tradition. It was through enhancing the vision and protecting tradition that Clemson has become the great place that it is today. We have much for which to thank Dr. Edwards. Please keep him, as well as his family, in your thoughts and prayers.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Travel safely and enjoy the break!
Gail A. DiSabatino
Vice President for Student Affairs
Clemson University
  • 2009: Steve Ellis, a hard-working, passionate sports writer who covered Florida State University sports for nearly 30 years, died Thursday afternoon at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He was 54. Ellis, a senior writer and columnist who joined the Tallahassee Democrat on February 26, 1990, suffered a massive heart attack on November 10. Longtime friend Bill Vilona collaborated with Ellis on the 2006 book, “Pure Gold: Bobby Bowden An Inside Look.” The sports editor at the Pensacola News Journal, Vilona said no one ever out-worked Ellis. “I admired his work ethic. He really loved being a sports writer,” Vilona said. “He loved the day to day challenges. Those kinds of traits are rare. He was an old-school guy who embraced some of the new things we’re doing like blogs.”
Ellis won numerous Florida Sports Writers Association awards and was an inspiration to aspiring sports writers.
”Just a few weeks ago, a teenager told me he grew up reading Steve Ellis stories about the FSU football team,” Tallahassee Democrat executive editor Bob Gabordi said. “He wanted to become a sports writer because of Steve.
”His work touched so many tens of thousands of young boys and girls. I’m glad I was able to share this story with Steve from his hospital bed.”
Ellis was working in his home office when he suffered the heart attack. He insisted Karen Detrick Ellis, his wife of eight years, e-mail the story to the newspaper before he would let her take him to the hospital.
”His passion for sports journalism is unmatched,” Gabordi added. “No one outworked him. No one knew the games, coaches and players better.
”His Democrat family loved him right along with his readers and we are all hurting very deeply right now.”
A native of Winter Park, Ellis attended Clemson University where he ran for the cross country team. His journalism career began in college at The Tiger and he became the founding editor of Orange and White, one of the nation’s first university-associated sports magazines.
FSU graduate Jerry Kutz, who started The Osceola, a magazine about FSU sports, hired Ellis in 1981 to be editor of the publication. For a couple of years, Ellis was The Osceola’s one-man staff, reporting, writing, typesetting and pasting up the paper.
”Steve absolutely help make The Osceola a success,” said Kutz, now vice president of marketing and communications for Seminole Boosters. “He was a freaking tireless reporter, who was adamant about beating (other reporters) to a story.
”When you hired Steve, you got a 24/7, 365 days a year reporter. There was no governor you could put on him.”
FSU coaches and administrators had high praise for Ellis. Legendary football coach Bobby Bowden said he regarded Ellis almost like a son.
”He was a good writer and very accurate and how in the world he found out everything he found out, I’ll never know. He could find out anything, boy,” Bowden said. “He had a great knack for that.
”He didn’t play favorites. He told it like he thought it was,” Bowden added. “Of course, I got a lot of grief out of it but still, I knew he was doing a job.”
FSU baseball coach Mike Martin said he was devastated to learn of Ellis’ death. “Steve Ellis was a professional in every sense of the word,” Martin said. “He’s going to be missed by everybody in Tallahassee. His coverage of Florida State baseball was second to none and he always put the readers first.”
Rob Wilson, associate athletic director at FSU, was working as a student-intern in the university’s sports information office when Ellis arrived in Tallahassee. They became close friends.
”It’s really unique in the world to have somebody cover a program that long and still not have a head coach who wants to run him out of town and a fan base that’s tired of him,” Wilson said. “I think he wrote well for the reader.
”Steve wasn’t trying to win a Pulitzer, he was trying to let everyone in Tallahassee know as much as about Florida State as he could.”
FSU President T.K. Wetherell had visited Ellis at the hospital and spoke to him several times during the past week.
”I’m stunned. We just lost a really good friend to this community and this university and I know this newspaper lost a valuable employee,” Wetherell said.

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  • 2009: WSBF sponsors Charleston band Chronicles of the Landsquid show, with M.O. Theory, at The Den on Keith Street. It turns out later that the business had already lost its liability insurance and this event may have been used as a vehicle to run out the taps prior to an imminent shuttering.
  • 2012: The University of Maryland Board of Regents vote to accept an offer from the Big Ten Conference to switch from the Atlantic Coast Conference. This will take effect July 1, 2014.
  • 2016: Dropped to number 5 in the rankings following the loss to Pittsburgh, Clemson travels to unranked Wake Forest, wins, 35-13.

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