October 2

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October 2 in Clemson History

  • 1897: Meeting of the Old Stone Church Association. Chancellor W.E. Boggs of the University of Georgia speaks, his topic "Science Does Not Alter Our Creed." (The Chronicle, November 1897, V.1, N.2, page 50.)
  • 1909: In road game, Clemson falls to Virginia Tech, 0-6. Tech leads series, 1-3-1.
  • 1915: The Gala Day. (The Tiger, "Weekly Calendar", Tuesday 28 September 1915, Volume XI, Number 2, page 2.) Riggs Field is dedicated prior to the football game with Davidson College. A parade to the field forms in front of the main building at 3 p.m. led, in this order, by the Cadet Band, speakers, Athletic Council, Alumni, faculty, and the Corps of Cadets. "Upon entering Riggs Field, the body took a 'C' formation and poured forth a thrilling volume of patriotic Tiger yells and songs." (The Tiger, 5 October 1915, Volume XI, Number 3, page 1.) Presentation of the field to the Corps of Cadets by Dr. Walter Merritt Riggs follows. Prof. J. W. Gantt, President of the Athletic Association, introduces Dr. Riggs as "the man who has done more for the athletics at Clemson and probably more for Southern athletics than any other man." "In presentig [sic] the field to the corps of cadets, Dr. Riggs said in part; 'This magnificent field is a token of recognition by the Trustees of Clemson College of the importance of military and athletic training for the cadets. It is to be a place for the teaching of the principles of team work and fair play. On the crest of the hill stands the main Building which represents the intellectual side of life. In the immediate fore-ground we see the Textile Building. Here the brain and hand are trained to work together. Just to our left is the magnificent new Y. M. C. A. Building, standing for the development of spirit, mind, and body. In the immediate vicinity back of us are the churches, which are agents in the influencing of our spiritual natures. This large and beautiful athletic field is to stand for the development of the physical man, and, whether in real work or in play it is hoped that this field will be used as an agency in the developing of high and honorable men.'" (The Tiger, 5 October 1915, page 1.) Prof. Gantt introduces Mr. H. C. Tillman, Class of 1903 and President of the Clemson Alumni Association, who then christens the new playing field. States Tillman, "Students who have been and are to be, no matter how much we love other things, we love our athletic field best. Therefore, this field should be named for him who has done most for our athletics. Dr. Riggs is not only the father of athletics at Clemson but has coached our teams. It is not alone for gratitude, but for a sense of love and esteem that we name this field. May it bring victory to the Tigers' lair, and may it be represented by the honor and spirit Dr. Riggs has always shown. In the name of all students and lovers of Clemson, I christen this Field Riggs Field." A few minutes later, Dr. Riggs makes the initial kick-off in the first football game to be played on the new field. Clemson and Davidson play to a 6-6 tie. Informal dance given by the Thalian Club in the gymnasium, in honor of the Davidson football team, 9 p.m.-11:45 p.m. (The Tiger, "Weekly Calendar'", Tuesday 28 September 1915, Volume XI, Number 2, page 2.) (The Tiger, "Thalian Club Gives Informal'", Tuesday 5 October 1915, Volume XI, Number 3, page 1.)
  • 1937: Clemson travels to Army, loses, 6-21.
  • 1948: The Tigers defeat N.C. State in Memorial Stadium in their second home night game, 6-0. "The Tigers and the Wolf Pack put on one of the most thrilling spectacles ever witnessed at Tigertown. The feature of the game was a ninety-yard punt return by Bobby Gage. Gage received the punt on the Clemson ten-yard line, faked to [Fred] Cone, picked up a host of blockers and literally outran the State Secondary. The Tiger defense refused to bulge throughout the game. In the waning minutes of the game Clemson took the ball on downs on the six-inch line." (TAPS, Volume XXXIX, 1949, page 401.)
  • October 1, 1965-October 2, 1965: The Contemporary Film Series Committee presents free film, Japanese release "Ikiru".
  • 1950: The first "Peanuts" cartoon by Charles M. Schulz runs in newspapers.
  • 1954: The Tigers lose home game to Virginia Tech, 7-18. VPI will have an 8-0-1 season. Annual Dad's Day classic. Central Dance Association sponsors the Rat Hop informal dance at 8 p.m. (The Tiger, "CDA Plans for RAT HOP October 1 & 2", Thursday 9 September 1954, Volume XLVIII, Number 1, page 1.}
  • 1978: Vandal starts up Fiat-Allis front-end loader parked near Bracket Hall and drives it into the Reflecting Pond behind the Amphitheatre at 11:37 p.m. Oil contamination forces draining and cleaning of basin used in several buildings air conditioner cooling systems. The guilty party is apprehended by Pickens County authorities in 1982.
  • 1980: Benetta Dorrity Johnstone, wife of Alan McCrary Johnstone, dies.
  • 1994: Soccer Coach Ibrahim M. Ibrahim is suspended for four games after reports surface that he struck Assistant Coach Dwayne Shaffer. According to a statement issued by the Athletic Department, Ibrahim was suspended for "conduct unbecoming a Clemson coach". Upon his return to duty, two star players quit the team in protest, saying that they have no desire to play for Ibrahim any longer.
  • 1999: Homecoming game versus North Carolina, designated as Parents Weekend. The Tigers beat the Tarheels, 31-20. Clemson's Forestry Alumni Association holds a rededication ceremony of the South Carolina Botanical Garden's arboretum, founded in 1958 and named in 1987 after former forestry professor and manager of the arboretum, Roland E. Schoenike.
  • 2006: The Clemson Men's Soccer team falls to fifth nationally in the Soccer America rankings in games played through September 30, following a 1-0 loss to the University of Virginia.
  • 2006: In the two weeks since the NCAA granted a waiver for redshirt freshman Ray Ray McElrathbey and his 11-year-
  • 2006 - As part of the Boni Belle Brooks Series, the Trinity Irish Dance Company performs in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Admission is $22 for adults, $15 for students.
  • 2007: Girl Scout Membership Recruitment for girls ages 5-17 and a parent/guardian at Cedar Grove Elementary School, 6:30 p.m., and Iva Elementary School, 6:30 p.m. For more information Karel Reed 864-297-5890 or 864-646-8680. The Clemson Players present "Jane Eyre" in the Bellamy Theatre of the Brooks Center at 8 p.m. Tix are $10 for adults, $5 for students, general seating.
  • 2008: Tiger Band is featured in a news story on Fox Carolina. http://www.foxcarolina.com/video/17607371/index.html

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