October 22

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October 22 in Clemson History

  • 1896: W. L. McGee, Professor of Agriculture at Clemson since February 1894, dies this date.
  • 1897: A resolution is adopted by the three societies to have inter-society debate every two weeks. (The Chronicle, December 1897, V.1, N.3, pages 44-45).
  • 1900: Clemson shuts-out Wofford in road game, 21-0, the second time these teams meet. Tigers lead series, 2-0.
  • 1904: In the eighth meeting between the two teams, Clemson defeats Georgia on Bowman Field, 10-0, putting the Tigers ahead in the series, 5-3.
  • 1910: Clemson travels to Auburn and is blanked, 0-17. The Alabama cousins will enjoy a 6-1 season. They also take series lead, 4-3, from Clemson.
  • 1914: In fourth game of the season, the Tigers get their first win, shutting out Furman, 57-0, in Greenville. The first meeting with Furman since 1902, the Tigers lead the series, 3-0.
  • 1920: Former Clemson President Edwin Boone Craighead dies of apoplexy in Montana where he edited newspapers. (Idol, John L. Jr., "The Controversial Humanities Professor: Edwin Boone Craighead, 1893-1897", "Tradition: A History of the Presidency of Clemson University", McKale, Donald M., editor, Mercer University Press, Macon, Georgia, 1988, ISBN 0-86554-296-1, page 51.)
  • October 19, 1922-October 25, 1922: The 5th Southern Textile Exposition is held at Textile Hall in Greenville, South Carolina. A document from this event is preserved in the scrapbook of Cadet John Murphy Cook of Fort Mill, South Carolina, class of 1924, in the Special Collections at the Strom Thurmond Institute.
  • 1930: AIEE trip to the Saluda Power Development near Columbia. Some sixty cadets under the charge of Prof. Sam Rhodes make the visit. Student George Toth, sophomore, of Carteret, North Carolina, is injured in an auto accident near Charlotte when another vehicle swerved across the road on the night of October 22. Five other students in the vehicle were uninjured. Toth is recovering from a fractured skull in the Charlotte Sanitarium.
  • 1936: The Tigers blank the Gamecocks, 19-0, in Columbia.
  • 1942: The Tigers defeat the Gamecocks in Columbia, 18-6, for Clemson's 200th victory. The Cocks will end the season with a 1-7-1 record.
  • 1953: The Gamecocks defeat the the Tigers, 7-14, in Columbia.
  • 1958: Clemson cadre relocates to Columbia for "Big Thursday" eve - Blue Key sponsors dance featuring the music of rhythm and blues quartet, the Gladiolas. (TAPS 1959, page 112.)
  • 1959: Final Big Thursday game against South Carolina - seventeeth-ranked Tigers shut out the Gamecocks to end the State Fair series, 27-0. Famous photo of Frank Howard blowing a kiss to the end of Big Thursday is taken right after the game. Kick-off is at 2 p.m., tickets cost $5.75.
  • 1960: The Tigers travel to Duke, lose, 6-21.
  • 1962: President John F. Kennedy announces at 7 p.m., E.T., on nationwide television that intermediate range ballistic missiles have been discovered in Cuba, 90 miles off the Florida tip. This is the first public warning of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 1965: Blue Key National Honor Fraternity sponsors Tigerama in Clemson Memorial Stadium, admission is 49 cents, "The cheapest two hours of entertainment in South Carolina," observes a TAPS cutline. Nina Dulin is crowned Miss Clemson at the end of the festivities. (TAPS 1966, "Wouldn't Be Homecoming Without Tigerama", Volume 56, pages 84-85.) Central Dance Association sponsors dance in the dining hall (Harcombe Commons) featuring the Platters who perform such hits as "Twilight Time," "My Prayer" and "The Great Pretender." (TAPS 1966, "Good Times, Date, and Good Game-Homecoming", Volume 56, page 87.)
  • 1966: The Tigers road trip to the University of Southern California, ranked fifth in the polls. Clemson is blanked, 0-30, in front of 44,614 in Los Angeles Coliseum. Although USC scores in every quarter on their way to 6-0, the Tigers deny them all five PAT attempts. According to TAPS, ABC Wide World of Sports carries coverage of the game, although Clemson media guides do not mention it. (TAPS 1967, "Southern Cal Trojans Trounce Tigers, 30-0", Volume 57, page 215.)
  • 1983: Clemson defeats N.C. State, 27-17, in Death Valley.
  • 2000: Clemson's last top ranking in the ACC until October 15, 2006.
  • 2006: Following decisive defeat of 13-ranked Georgia Tech, 31-7, the Tigers rise to tenth in the nation in the Associated Press poll, eleventh in the USA Today/CNN Coaches poll, and holds at 12th in the Harris Interactive poll.
  • 2008: A Night with Steve Miller Band, classic rock icon, live at Littlejohn Coliseum at 7pm. Go to [1] for more info.
  • 2016: Football open date.

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