October 15

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October 15 in Clemson History

  • 1904: Clemson drops the first home game of the season to Auburn, an 0-5 shut-out, giving Auburn a 2-1 series lead.
  • 1910: Clemson plays at The Citadel for the first time, and ups series record to 2-0 with a 32-0 shut-out.
  • 1920: Clemson loses, 0-21, to Auburn on Riggs Field.
  • 1926: Josh Cody named head football coach at Clemson.
  • 1930: The Clemson Aero Club holds meeting on Wednesday night. H. D. Martin is elected president. Repairs to the glider are expected to be finished in three weeks.
  • 1942: The newly-constructed water plant goes into service this date, with approximately four hundred thousand gallons of Seneca River water being drawn and processed daily by the facility which was built with funds obtained from the federal government as a Works Projects Administration project, said Joe McCall, supervisor of the works. Previously, the college water supply was drawn from a near-by lake. Tests have been made in order to ascertain the quality of the new water-source and it has been found that the river water will far surpass that of the lake in purity and taste. (The Tiger, "Clemson's New Water Plant In Operation - Seneca River To Supply College Water", Thursday 15 October 1942, page 6.)
  • 1946: Sixty cadets turn out in the college auditorium (Tillman Auditorium) this night to reestablish a Glee Club after a three-year lapse.
  • 1948: "The construction of Clemson's new $500,000 power plant will get under way immediately, it was learned today through official college sources, and the new facilities should be in operation in the early spring. Contract for the actual construction of the building has been let to C. M. Guest and Sons of Anderson. The engineering part of the new plant has been performed by the J. E. Sirrine Company of Greenville. The facilities afforded by this new addition to the college will replace a plant built in 1905 and will be located to the right of the construction and repair division and adjacent to the water works division. It will enable engineering and textile students at Clemson to see up-to-date equipment in operation. It was through the interest of many Clemson men in industry, as well as the staff at Clemson, that this modern addition has been made possible. The plant, which will provide heating and hot water for the entire college, was authorized to be constructed by the South Carolina Budget Commision. Oddly enough, the father of the present owners of C. M. Guest and Sons built the old building. It will be maintained in its present location as a standby in case of emergency. A chemistry building and hospital are on the list of new structures being contemplated, since the present boiler plant is overtaxed. It will be necessary to finish the new one before attention can be divided elsewhere." (The Greenville News, "Construction Of Clemson Plant To Begin Soon", Saturday, 16 October 1948, Volume LXXIV, Number 290, page 1.)
  • 1960: Still ranked eighth for the second week, the Tigers travel to Maryland, losing 17-19. This will be Clemson's last weekly ranking until October 22, 1977. Here begins the long drought.
  • 1962: Newly-constructed Greenville-Spartanburg Airport opens for business, replacing the Greenville Downtown Airport and Spartanburg Downtown Memorial Airport as the primary airline facility for the region. It becomes the first non-military airport to have runway center line lighting system.
  • 1966: ABC sportscaster Keith Jackson calls Clemson's regionally televised regular season football game in his first season with the network, broadcast to the eastern part of the U.S. Kick-off is moved up by 45 minutes to 1:15 p.m. from 2 p.m. to accommodate the broadcast. (Greenville News, "Cameras On Duke-Clemson Bout", Greenville, South Carolina, Saturday, 15 October 1966, Volume 92, Number 288, page 9.) Clemson defeats the Duke Blue Devils, 9-6. This is the fifth time that a Clemson game has appeared on television. Following the game, CDA sponsors Saturday night dance in the dining hall (Harcombe Commons) with music by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. (TAPS 1967, "Football, Dances, Girls, Parties, Mark Homecoming", Volume 57, page 91.)
  • 1969: A small, locally organized protest against the U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam in conjunction with a national call-to-action draws some student hecklers and a few minor incidents but is generally successful.
  • 1970: Some 250 students rally in the Loggia calling for abolishment of the student dress code.
  • 1983: The Tigers beat the Duke Blue Devils in Durham, 38-31.
  • 2006 - Following the 63-9 defeat of Temple on October 12, the Tigers maintain their number 12 ranking in all three major polls, as well as being listed twelfth in the first Bowl Championship Series standings released for the season. Georgia Tech, the Tigers' next opponent, is ranked 13th in all three polls. Boston College is 21st in the USA Today/CNN Coaches and Harris Interactive polls, and 22nd in the Associated Press. Wake Forest is 25th in the AP, but all other ACC schools are out of the top 25.
  • 2007: Doug Hallenbeck takes over as the new director of housing.
  • 2016: Number 3 ranked Clemson plays unranked North Carolina State in Death Valley, with the Tigers winning, 24-17.

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