June 7, 2018
Trojan Trivia: Fun Facts about USC
This week we are re-posting a blog from USC’s Rossier School of Education. Check out some fun facts from USC’s past.
Did you know USC physics Professor Willard Geer brought color TV to the world by inventing the Geer color tube in the 1950s or that the first USC valedictorian was a woman, Minnie C. Miltimore, for the class of 1884?
Here are more fun facts about USC:
- 1888 USC played its first football game and beat the opponent 16–0.
- USC English Professor Frank C. Baxter created “Shakespeare on TV,” the first USC course taught on TV for credit, which earned Baxter two Emmy awards.
- The first time a white steed showed up at a Trojan football game was in 1954, the same year the first USC Songfest took place at the Greek Theater.
- In 1979 Fleetwood Mac invited the USC Marching Band to perform “Tusk” on their 12th album, which was the band’s first platinum album.
- John Wayne has an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts ’68 and played offensive tackle at USC before dropping out to become a movie star.
- The Trojan Marching Band is the only collegiate marching band in the U.S. that has earned a platinum record — two actually.
- USC has produced more Olympians, Olympic medalists and Olympic gold medalists than any other U.S. university.
- At least one USC Trojan has played in all but five Super Bowls.
- There have been 35 “perfect days” — when USC wins and Notre Dame and UCLA both lose.
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