Charleston, SC in History

Historical Events

  • 1733-01-13 James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, SC
  • 1735-02-08 First opera in North American colonies "Flora" opens in Charleston, SC
  • 1735-02-18 1st opera performed in America, "Flora", in Charleston, SC
  • 1776-06-28 Charleston, SC repulses British sea attack
  • 1779-06-20 Battle of Stono Ferry fought near Charleston, South Carolina (American Revolutionary War)
  • 1780-05-12 British troops occupy Charleston, South Carolina (Revolutionary War)
  • 1782-12-14 Charleston, SC evacuated by British
  • 1824-11-21 First Jewish Reform congregation forms, Charleston, SC
  • 1831-01-15 1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr & Mrs Pierson, Charleston, SC

CommunicationThe Day an Alligator Fell from the Sky

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

  • 1860-04-23 Democratic convention in Charleston SC divided over slavery
  • 1861-10-06 Naval Engagement at Charleston, SC, USS Flag vs BR Alert
  • 1863-04-07 Battle of Charleston SC, failed Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter
  • 1863-07-10 Battle of Charleston, SC (Morris Island) [->SEP 06]
  • 1864-08-21 BBT Charleston, SC [->DEC 31]
  • 1865-02-17 -18] Battle of Charleston SC
  • 1865-02-18 Evacuation of Charleston, SC
  • 1876-09-06 Race riot in Charleston SC
  • 1886-08-31 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston SC, 110 die
  • 1893-10-27 Hurricane hits coast between Savannah Ga & Charleston SC
  • 1919-05-10 Race riot in Charleston SC, 2 blacks killed
  • 1953-06-19 WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, SC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-09-25 WCBD TV channel 2 in Charleston, SC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-10-23 WCIV TV channel 4 in Charleston, SC (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963-10-20 WITV TV channel 7 in Charleston, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1989-09-17 -21] Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston SC
  • 1998-02-23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston SC on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • 2015-06-17 9 people are shot and killed inside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a 21 year old gunman
  • 2016-01-14 Sixth republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in North Charleston, South Carolina

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2016-01-17 Fourth Democratic presidential candidates debate: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clash over healthcare and gun control in Charleston, South Carolina

US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders
Politician and US First Lady Hillary Clinton
Politician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton

Famous Birthdays

  • 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)
  • 1904-01-01 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • 1909-02-01 Helen Chandler, actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1916-06-04 Robert Furchgott, Charleston South Carolina, American Chemist and Nobel Laureate
  • 1943-11-17 Lauren Hutton, [Mary], model/actress (American Gigolo), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1949-05-15 Frank L Culbertson Jr, Cmdr USN/astro (STS-38), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1954-06-14 Will Patton, actor (No Way Out, Ballzaire the Cajun), born in Charleston, South Carolina

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1960-12-14 Catherine G Coleman, Phd/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 73), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1965-09-19 Katrina McClain, basketball forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1965-12-21 Andy Dick, actor (Matthew-Newsradio), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1970-04-29 William Martin III, finn sailor (Olympics-23rd-1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina

Famous Weddings


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

Famous Deaths

  • 1822-07-02 Denmark Vesey, & 5 aides hanged at Blake's Landing, Charleston, SC
  • 1911-10-29 Joseph Pulitzer, American newspaperman, dies in Charleston, SC