Today in South Carolina History

South Carolina: Charleston, SC

Historical Events

Events 1 - 26 of 26

1715-04-15 - Pocotaligo Massacre triggers the start of the Yamasee War in colonial South Carolina.
1721-05-29 - South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony
1778-02-05 - Articles of Confederation ratified by 1st state, South Carolina
1780-05-12 - British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina (Revolutionary War)
1788-05-23 - South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify US constitution
1822-06-16 - Denmark Vessy leads slave rebellion in South Carolina
1822-07-14 - Slave revolt in South Carolina under Denmark Vesey/Peter Poyas
1828-12-19 - South Carolina declares right of states to nullify federal laws
1832-11-24 - South Carolina passes Ordinance of Nullification
1843-07-02 - An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina
1859-12-18 - South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth"
1861-01-18 - American Civil War - Georgia joins South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama in seceding from the United States.
Union General William Tecumseh ShermanUnion General William Tecumseh Sherman 1865-02-01 - General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins
1869-03-03 - University of South Carolina opens to all races
1871-11-28 - Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina
1872-01-29 - Francis L Cardoza elected State Treasurer of South Carolina
1910-06-13 - William D Crum, a South Carolina physician, appointed minister to Liberia
1944-04-13 - South Carolina rejects black suffrage
1953-03-11 - American B-47 accidentally drops a nuclear bomb 15,000 feet on Mars Bluff, South Carolina; it created a crater 75 feet acrosss, but the nuclear core did not detonate, due to 6 safety catches
1954-06-28 - 111°F (44°C) at Camden, South Carolina (state record)
1980-12-01 - 46th Heisman Trophy Award: George Rogers, South Carolina (RB)
1985-01-21 - -19°F (-28°C), Caesar's Head, South Carolina (state record)
1994-02-11 - Lu Parker, (South Carolina), crowned 43rd Miss USA
1995-01-02 - Carquest Bowl 5: South Carolina beats West Virginia, 24-21
1995-07-22 - Susan Smith found guilty of drowning her two children in South Carolina
1995-12-03 - Northwestern South Carolina begins using new area code 864

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 18 of 18

1762-10-16 - Paul Hamilton, Governor of South Carolina (1804-06) and U.S. Secretary of Navy (1809-12) (d. 1816)
1903-10-24 - Melvin Purvis, Timmonsville South Carolina, American FBI agent
1927-03-29 - Arthur Ravenel Jr, (Rep-R-South Carolina)
1928-05-04 - Betsy Rawls, Spartanburg South Carolina, golfer (US Womens Open-51, 53, 57, 60)
1933-05-03 - James Brown, Barnwell, South Carolina, American soul singer (Hot Pants, Living in America) and originator of funk music (d. 2006)
Singer James BrownSinger James Brown (1933-05-03) 1937-11-15 - Jimmy Ellis, RockHill, South Carolina, soul singer (The Trammps - Disco Inferno), (d. 2012)
1940-07-21 - James E Clyburn, (Rep-D-South Carolina)
1944-01-12 - Joe Frazier, Beaufort South Carolina, HW boxer (Olympic-gold-1964)/champ (1968-73)
1953-03-08 - Jim Rice, Anderson, South Carolina, American MLB left fielder (AL MVP 1978)
1954-07-06 - Willie Randolph, Holly Hill South Carolina, former New York Mets manager
1956-10-04 - Sherri Turner, Greenville South Carolina, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda LPGA Champ)
1956-10-14 - Beth Daniel, Charleston South Carolina, LPGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)
1959-10-11 - Bob Inglis, (Rep-R-South Carolina)
LPGA Golfer Beth DanielLPGA Golfer Beth Daniel (1956-10-14) 1969-10-26 - Mike Pritchard, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks)
1972-03-15 - Casey Cristin Mizell, Miss USA-South Carolina (1997)
1974-07-25 - Lysa Jackson, Miss South Carolina USA (1996)
1978-03-30 - Wendy Christina Roberts, Miss South Carolina Teen USA (1996)
1978-07-25 - Caroline Nicole Brigman, Miss South Carolina Teen USA (1997)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 6 of 6

FBI Agent Melvin PurvisFBI Agent Melvin Purvis (1931-08-22) 1931-08-22 - FBI agent Melvin Purvis (27) weds childhood sweetheart Marie Rosanne Willcox at St. John's Episcopal Church in Florence, South Carolina
1970-10-22 - Singer James Brown (37) weds Deidre Jenkins in Barnwell, South Carolina
1999-06-05 - Actress Reese Witherspoon (23) weds actor Ryan Phillippe (24) at the Old Wide Awake Plantation along the Sono River in Charleston, South Carolina
2008-03-29 - Biggest Loser contestant Amy Hildreth (28) weds Marty Wolff (27) in Charleston, South Carolina
2011-10-29 - Actress Eva Amurri (26) weds former Major League Soccer player Kyle Martino (31) in Charleston, South Carolina
2012-09-09 - "Gossip Girl" actress Blake Lively (25) weds "Green Lantern" actor Ryan Reynolds (35) at Boone Hall in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 2 of 2

1836-03-06 - James Butler Bonham, American lawyer from South Carolina and soldier (b. 1807)
1851-03-11 - George McDuffie, Governor of South Carolina (b. 1790)


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