South Carolina in 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
  • 1733-01-13 James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1735-02-08 First opera in North American colonies "Flora" opens in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1735-02-18 1st opera performed in America, "Flora", in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1760-02-16 Native American hostages killed in Fort Prince George, South Carolina
  • 1776-06-28 Charleston, South Carolina repulses British sea attack
  • 1778-02-05 Articles of Confederation ratified by 2nd state, South Carolina
  • 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, South Carolina evacuated by British

/flags/united statesConstitution 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
  • 1824-11-21 First Jewish Reform congregation forms, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1828-12-19 South Carolina declares right of states to nullify federal laws
  • 1831-01-15 1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr & Mrs Pierson, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 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

  • 1856-05-22 Violence in the US Senate, South Carolina rep Brooks uses a cane on Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner
  • 1859-12-18 South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth"
  • 1860-04-23 Democratic convention in Charleston, South Carolina divided over slavery
  • 1860-12-20 South Carolina secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-02 South Carolina seizes inactive Ft Johnson in Charleston Harbor
  • 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
  • 1861-04-12 Fort Sumter in South Carolina is attacked by the Confederacy, beginning the American Civil War
  • 1861-06-16 Battle of Vienna, Virginia & Secessionville, South Carolina (James Island)
  • 1861-10-06 Naval Engagement at Charleston, South Carolina, USS Flag vs BR Alert
  • 1861-11-03 Battle of Port Royal, fought in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina begins, Union victory (US Civil War)
  • 1861-11-07 Battle of Port Royal, fought in Port Royal Sound, South Carolina ends, Union forces capture Fort Walker and Fort Beauregard (US Civil War)
  • 1863-01-31 1st black Civil War regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, mustered into US army
  • 1863-04-07 Battle of Charleston, South Carolina failed Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter
  • 1863-07-10 Battle of Charleston, South Carolina (Morris Island) [->SEP 06]
  • 1864-08-21 BBT Charleston, South Carolina [->DEC 31]
  • 1864-12-06 Battle of Deveaux's Neck, South Carolina
  • 1865-01-18 Battle of Ft Moultrie, South Carolina

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1865-02-01 General Sherman's march through South Carolina begins

  • 1865-02-17 -18] Battle of Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1865-02-17 Columbia, South Carolina, burns down during American Civil War
  • 1865-02-18 Evacuation of Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1865-05-10 Major General Sam Jones, the Confederate military leader in Florida, South Carolina and South Georgia, surrenders to Union forces
  • 1869-03-03 University of South Carolina opens to all races
  • 1870-07-01 James W. Smith of South Carolina is one of 1st African Americans to attend West Point
  • 1870-12-12 Joseph Rainey (South Carolina) becomes 1st African American to serve in US House of Representatives
  • 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
  • 1876-09-06 Race riot in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1876-09-17 Race riots in South Carolina
  • 1884-02-19 Enigma outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people
  • 1886-08-31 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, South Carolina, 110 die
  • 1898-02-22 Black postmaster lynched, his wife & 3 daughters shot in Lake City, South Carolina

  • 1910-06-13 William D Crum, a South Carolina physician, appointed US minister to Liberia
  • 1919-05-10 Race riot in Charleston, South Carolina, 2 blacks killed
  • 1944-04-13 South Carolina rejects black suffrage
  • 1953-06-19 WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, South Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-06-28 111°F (44°C) at Camden, South Carolina (state record)
  • 1954-09-25 WCBD TV channel 2 in Charleston, South Carolina (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-03-11 American B-47 accidentally drops nuclear bomb 15,000 ft on a family home in Mars Bluff, South Carolina; creates crater 75 ft across, bomb without its nuclear capsule
  • 1961-02-06 "Jail, No Bail" Jail-in movement starts in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • 1962-10-23 WCIV TV channel 4 in Charleston, South Carolina (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1963-10-20 WITV TV channel 7 in Charleston, South Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 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)
  • 1989-09-17 -21] Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 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
  • 1998-02-23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston, South Carolina on WAVF 96.1 FM
  • 2010-12-04 19th SEC Championship Game: #2 Auburn beats #18 South Carolina, 56-17
  • 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.
  • 2015-10-05 Floods in South Carolina a "1,000-year storm" result in 12 deaths and 9 dams to fail
  • 2016-01-14 Sixth republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in North Charleston, South Carolina

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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
  • 2016-02-13 Ninth Republican presidential candidates debate held in Greenville, South Carolina

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2016-02-20 US primary elections: South Carolina Republican Primary - Donald Trump wins with 32.5%

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Famous Birthdays

  • 1746-07-28 Thomas Heyward, signed Declaration of Independence, born in St. Luke's Parish, South Carolina (d. 1809)
  • 1754-10-28 John Laurens, American soldier, diplomat and abolitionist, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1782)
  • 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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1767-03-15 Andrew Jackson, General and 7th US President (1829-37), born in Waxhaws in the border area between North and South Carolina (d. 1845)

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson

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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
Politician
John C. Calhoun
  • 1808-08-24 Thomas Fenwick Drayton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1891)
  • 1812-08-25 Percival Drayton, American Caption (Union Navy), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1865)
  • 1815-11-29 Stephen Augustus Hurlbut, American politician, commander of US Army of the Gulf, Major General (Union Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1882)
  • 1819-10-19 Samuel McGowan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Laurens County, South Carolina (d. 1897)
  • 1819-10-25 Zachariah C. Deas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 1882)

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1821-01-08 James Longstreet, American Confederate general (1st Corps, ANV), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 1904)

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet
  • 1824-02-03 Nathan George "Shanks" Evans, American Brigadier-General (Confederate States Army), born in Marion County, South Carolina (d. 1868)
  • 1826-07-08 Robert Kingston Scott, American governor of South Carolina (1868-1872) and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania (d. 1900)
  • 1831-03-07 John Bratton [Old Reliable], American physician and Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Winnsboro, South Carolina (d. 1898)
  • 1832-06-21 Joseph Rainey, American politician, 1st African American in US House of Representatives (1870-1879), born in Georgetown, South Carolina (d. 1887)
  • 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)

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1879-05-02 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1972)

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • 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)
  • 1885-08-31 DuBose Heyward, American novelist (Porgy, Star Spangled Virgin), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1940)
  • 1885-11-10 Esther Dale, American actress (The Awful Truth, Unfinished Business), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 1961)
  • 1887-04-04 William Cumming Rose, Greenville South Carolina, American Biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid)
  • 1887-07-16 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American professional baseball player (Black Sox Scandal), born in Pickens County, South Carolina (d. 1951)
  • 1896-04-30 Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina
  • 1902-12-25 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quaterback, I Dream of Jeannie), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1969)

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1903-10-24 Melvin Purvis [Little Mel], American FBI agent that lead the manhunt for outlaws like Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and John Dillinger, born in Timmonsville, South Carolina (d. 1960)

FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
  • 1904-11-27 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • 1906-02-01 Helen Chandler, American actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1914-02-11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)

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1914-03-26 William Westmoreland, American general (commander of American forces in the Vietnam War, 1964-68) born in Saxon, South Carolina (d. 2005)

  • 1915-07-28 Charles Hard Townes, American Physicist and inventor (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
  • 1916-10-12 Alice Childress, American playwright, actress and writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1922-01-01 Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, American Democratic Senator from South Carolina (1966-2005), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1924-02-29 Al Rosen, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians) and baseball executive, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1924-06-16 Lucky [Eli] Thompson, American jazz musician (Cuban Fire!), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1925-08-15 Billy Pinkney, American rock bassist and vocalist (Drifters), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1927-01-17 Eartha Kitt, singer/actress (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1927-03-29 Arthur Ravenel Jr, (Rep-R-South Carolina)
  • 1927-08-25 Althea Gibson, American golfer and 1st African American tennis champion in a major event, born in Clarendon Country, South Carolina (d. 2003)

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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
  • 1928-11-25 Etta Jones, American jazz singer (Don't Go to Strangers), born in Aiken, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1931-09-19 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time, Rainy Night in Georgia), born in Lugoff, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1933-03-13 Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins, American serial killer (claimed to have murdered over 100 people), born in Florence County, South Carolina (d. 1991)

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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
Singer
James Brown
  • 1933-07-04 Rufus "Freight Train" Jones [Carey Lloyd], American professional wrestler, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1935-06-01 Reverend Ike [Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II], American televangelist (Joy of Living), born in Ridgeland, South Carolina (d. 2009)
  • 1935-06-18 Hugh McColl, American banker, born in Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • 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)
  • 1938-02-02 Bo Hopkins, actor (Dynasty, Midnight Express), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 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)
  • 1941-10-08 Jesse Jackson, clergyman, presidential candidate (D), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1943-07-09 John H Casper, USAF/astronaut (STS 36, 54, 62, 77), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1943-11-17 Lauren Hutton, [Mary], model/actress (American Gigolo), born in Charleston, South Carolina

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1944-01-12 Joe Frazier, American heavyweight boxing champion (1968-73, Olympic gold 1964), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 2011)

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 1946-08-19 Charles F Bolden Jr, astronaut (STS 61C, 31, 45, 60), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1947-05-13 Toy Caldwell, rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1948-11-21 Alphonse Mouzon, American jazz musician (Weather Report, Tenacious Records), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1949-05-15 Frank L Culbertson Jr, Cmdr USN/astro (STS-38), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1949-11-09 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • 1951-04-13 Peabo Bryson, R&B vocalist (I'm So into You), born in Greenville, South Carolina

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

Tennis Player and Australian Open Roscoe Tanner
Tennis Player and Australian Open
Roscoe Tanner
  • 1952-08-24 Bob Corker, American politician (Senator from Tennessee), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1953-03-08 Jim Rice, Anderson, South Carolina, American MLB left fielder (AL MVP 1978)
  • 1954-06-14 Will Patton, actor (No Way Out, Ballzaire the Cajun), born in Charleston, South Carolina

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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
  • 1955-08-22 Will Shetterly, American writer (Dogland), born in Columbia, South Carolina

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

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner

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

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1959-10-11 Bob Inglis, (Rep-R-South Carolina)
  • 1960-12-14 Catherine G Coleman, Phd/Capt USAF/astronaut (STS 73), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1961-09-24 Dillard Pruitt, PGA golfer (1991 Chattanooga Classic), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1961-12-27 Caroline Gowan, LPGA golfer (SC Women's Amat-1981, 83), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1964-04-13 Doug Strange, infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1965-08-11 Viola Davis, American actress (The Help, Prisoners, Suicide Squad), born in St. Matthews, 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
  • 1966-05-13 Darius Rucker, American singer (Hootie & the Blowfish), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1969-10-26 Mike Pritchard, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks)
  • 1970-04-29 William Martin III, finn sailor (Olympics-23rd-1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1970-09-05 Brad Hopkins, American NFL tackle (Houston Oilers), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1972-01-20 Nikki Haley, American politician and diplomat, Governor South Carolina (2011-17), US UN Ambassador (2017-), born in Bamberg, South Carolina
  • 1972-03-04 Chris Borg, American canoeist (alt-Olympics-96), born in Lexington, South Carolina
  • 1972-03-15 Casey Cristin Mizell, Miss USA-South Carolina (1997)
  • 1973-10-30 Melissa Deanne Holiday, playmate (Jan, 1995), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 1975-04-19 Temoc Suarez, soccer forward (Olympics-gold-96), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 1976-05-19 Kevin Garnett, NBA forward (Minnesota Timberwolves), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1977-11-20 Josh Turner, American pop country singer (Long Black Train), born in Hannah, South Carolina
  • 1979-06-10 Lee Brice, American country singer and songwriter (Love Like Crazy, Hard to Love), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1980-11-13 Monique Coleman, American actress (High School Musical), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1982-09-27 Anna Camp, American actress (Sarah Newlin-True Blood, Mad Men, The Good Wife), born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • 1983-02-23 Aziz Ansari, Indian American comedian and actor (Parks and Recreation, Master of None), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1984-03-12 Jaimie Alexander, American Actress (Blindspot), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1984-06-22 Dustin Johnson, American professional golfer (World Golfer number #1), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1992-02-25 Libby [Elizabeth] Callahan, sport pistol (Olympics-96), born in Columbia, South Carolina

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
Singer
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

  • 1822-07-02 Denmark Vesey, & 5 aides hanged at Blake's Landing, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 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)
  • 1911-10-29 Joseph Pulitzer, American newspaperman, dies in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1993-07-23 James Jordan, father of NBA star Michael Jordan, found dead near McColl, South Carolina