Today in South Carolina History

South Carolina: Charleston, SC

Historical Events

Events 1 - 27 of 27

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"
Page one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United StatesPage one of the original copy of the Constitution of the United States 1860-12-20 - South Carolina secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
1861-01-09 - A Union merchant ship, the Star of the West, is fired upon as it tries to deliver supplies to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina
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 - 27 of 27

1762-10-16 - Paul Hamilton, Governor of South Carolina (1804-06) and U.S. Secretary of Navy (1809-12) (d. 1816)
1782-03-18 - John C. Calhoun, Abbeville South Carolina, Andrew Jackson's VP (1825-32)
1833-02-01 - Henry McNeal Turner, Newberry South Carolina, Minister and politician, 1st African American Methodist Bishop (d. 1915)
1861-01-12 - James Mark Baldwin, Columbia South Carolina, American Philosopher and Psychologist
1878-01-09 - John Broadus Watson, Travelers Rest South Carolina, American Psychologist (behaviorism approach)
1883-08-14 - Ernest Everett Just, Charleston South Carolina, African-American embryologist known for his pioneering work in the physiology of development, especially fertilization and cell division
Politician John C. CalhounPolitician John C. Calhoun (1782-03-18) 1887-04-04 - William Cumming Rose, Greenville South Carolina, American Biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid)
1903-10-24 - Melvin Purvis, Timmonsville South Carolina, American FBI agent
1916-06-04 - Robert Furchgott, Charleston South Carolina, American Chemist and Nobel Laureate
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)
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)
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Joe FrazierBoxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Joe Frazier (1944-01-12) 1947-05-13 - Toy Caldwell, rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg South Carolina (d. 1993)
1951-10-15 - Roscoe Tanner, Kiawah Island South Carolina, tennis player (Wimbledon Finals 1979)
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)
1969-10-26 - Mike Pritchard, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks)
LPGA Golfer Beth DanielLPGA Golfer Beth Daniel (1956-10-14) 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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