Today in South Carolina History

South Carolina: Charleston, SC

Historical Events

  • 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)

AgreementConstitution of the United States

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

CommunicationThe Day an Alligator Fell from the Sky

1843-07-02 An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina

  • 1859-12-18 South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth"
  • 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

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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)
  • 1981-04-29 1981 NFL Draft: George Rogers from University of South Carolina first pick by New Orleans Saints
  • 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
  • 2014-05-08 2014 NFL Draft: Jadeveon Clowney from University of South Carolina first pick by Houston Texans
  • 2015-06-17 9 people are shot and killed inside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a 21 year old gunman
  • 2015-06-22 South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley calls for the removal of the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds in wake of killings in a Charleston church
  • 2015-07-10 The Confederate flag is taken down for the last time from South Carolina Capitol grounds 1 day after the state legislature ordered it removed.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1762-10-16 Paul Hamilton, Governor of South Carolina (1804-06) and U.S. Secretary of Navy (1809-12) (d. 1816)

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1782-03-18 John C. Calhoun, Andrew Jackson's Vice President (1825-32), born in Abbeville, South Carolina (d. 1850)

Politician John C. Calhoun
John C. Calhoun
  • 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, American Philosopher and Psychologist, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1878-01-09 John Broadus Watson, Travelers Rest South Carolina, American Psychologist (behaviorism approach)
  • 1883-08-14 Ernest Everett Just, African-American embryologist known for his pioneering work in the physiology of development, especially fertilization and cell division, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1941)
  • 1887-04-04 William Cumming Rose, Greenville South Carolina, American Biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid)

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1903-10-24 Melvin Purvis, Timmonsville South Carolina, American FBI agent

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
  • 1915-07-28 Charles Townes, American Physicist (Nobel Prize 1964 for mazer-lazer principle), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1916-06-04 Robert Furchgott, Charleston South Carolina, American Chemist and Nobel Laureate
  • 1924-02-29 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1927-03-29 Arthur Ravenel Jr, (Rep-R-South Carolina)

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1928-05-04 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Womens Open-51, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls

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1933-05-03 James Brown, American soul singer (Hot Pants, Living in America) and originator of funk music, born in Barnwell, South Carolina (d. 2006)

Singer James Brown
James Brown
  • 1936-03-24 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 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)
  • 1941-01-25 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2015)

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1944-01-12 Joe Frazier, Beaufort South Carolina, HW boxer (Olympic-gold-1964)/champ (1968-73)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1947-05-13 Toy Caldwell, rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg South Carolina (d. 1993)

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1951-10-15 Roscoe Tanner, Kiawah Island South Carolina, tennis player (Wimbledon Finals 1979)

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
  • 1953-03-08 Jim Rice, Anderson, South Carolina, American MLB left fielder (AL MVP 1978)

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1954-07-06 Willie Randolph, MLB second baseman and manager (NY Mets), born in Holly Hill, South Carolina

MLB Second Baseman and Manager Willie Randolph
MLB Second Baseman and Manager
Willie Randolph

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1956-10-04 Sherri Turner, Greenville South Carolina, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda LPGA Champ)

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner

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1956-10-14 Beth Daniel, Charleston South Carolina, LPGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open)

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 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)
  • 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

HeartWedding of Interest

1931-08-22 FBI agent Melvin Purvis (27) weds childhood sweetheart Marie Rosanne Willcox at St. John's Episcopal Church in Florence, South Carolina

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis

HeartWedding of Interest

1970-10-22 Singer James Brown (37) weds Deidre Jenkins in Barnwell, South Carolina

Singer James Brown
James Brown

HeartWedding of Interest

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

  • 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)