South Carolina in History

South Carolina: Charleston, SC

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 105

  • 1526-04-22 1st slave revolt in the American colonies occurs in South Carolina
  • 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
  • 1734-05-20 1st Jockey Club forms in 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
  • 1756-04-14 Governor Glen of South Carolina protests against 900 Acadia indians
  • 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)

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1780-05-12 American General Benjamin Lincoln surrenders Charleston to the British (Revolutionary War)

Military Leader Benjamin Lincoln
Military Leader
Benjamin Lincoln
  • 1780-08-16 British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, South Carolina
  • 1782-12-14 Charleston, South Carolina evacuated by British
  • 1784-05-08 Only known deaths by hailstones in US (Winnsborough, South Carolina)

  • 1822-06-16 Denmark Vessy leads slave rebellion in South Carolina
  • 1822-06-21 Slave revolt leaders Denmark Vesey and Peter Poyas arrested in South Carolina
  • 1822-07-14 Date planned for the slave revolt in Charleston, South Carolina by Denmark Vesey and Peter Poyas (plot already uncovered in June)
  • 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
  • 1856-05-22 Violence in the US Senate, South Carolina rep Brooks uses a cane on Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner
  • 1860-04-23 Democratic convention in Charleston, South Carolina divided over slavery
  • 1860-12-18 South Carolina declared an "independent commonwealth"
  • 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 and 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)
  • 1862-12-25 40,000 watch Union army men play baseball at Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • 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]
  • 1863-07-18 Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina - Second assault

  • 1864-08-21 BBT Charleston, South Carolina [->DEC 31]
  • 1864-11-30 Battle of Honey Hill, South Carolina (Broad River) 96 dead, 665 wounded
  • 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

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1866-04-02 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1868-06-19 Major general E R S Canby removes mayor of Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1868-06-25 Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina readmitted to US
  • 1868-07-09 1st African American cabinet member in South Carolina, Francis L Cardozo as Secretary of State
  • 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
  • 1872-09-21 John Henry Conyers of South Carolina becomes first black student at Annapolis
  • 1876-07-08 White terrorists attack Black Republicans in Hamburg South Carolina, killing 5
  • 1876-07-09 Black landowner murdered in Hamburg 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
  • 1923-05-17 Fire during closing day ceremonies at Grover Cleveland School, South Carolina
  • 1941-03-25 Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, South Carolina, incorporated
  • 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
  • 1954-11-02 Strom Thurmond is the 1st senator elected by write-in vote (South Carolina)
  • 1955-05-01 American golfer Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina, her final victory before her death the following year.
  • 1956-04-08 6 marine recruits drown during exercise at Paradise Island, South Carolina
  • 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

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1961-03-08 US nuclear submarine Patrick Henry arrives at Scottish naval base of Holy Loch from South Carolina in a record underseas journey of 66 days 22 hrs

American Revolutionary and Founding Father Patrick Henry
American Revolutionary and Founding Father
Patrick Henry
  • 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
  • 1980-05-15 Shawn Weatherly of South Carolina crowned 29th Miss USA, goes on to win Miss Universe
  • 1980-12-01 46th Heisman Trophy Award: George Rogers, South Carolina (RB)
  • 1981-04-29 NFL Draft: South Carolina running back George Rogers 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

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1990-05-06 Tom Cruise is ticketed for careless operation of a vehicle in South Carolina

Actor Tom Cruise
Actor
Tom Cruise
  • 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 NFL Draft: South Carolina outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 164

  • 1742-06-26 Arthur Middleton, American signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1787)
  • 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)

Person of interestAndrew Jackson

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

Person of interestJohn C. Calhoun

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)
  • 1809-08-01 William Barret Travis, American lawyer and soldier (commander at Battle of the Alamo), born in Saluda County, South Carolina (d. 1836)
  • 1812-08-25 Percival Drayton, American Caption (Union Navy), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1865)
  • 1814-08-01 Maxcy Gregg, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1862)
  • 1815-04-24 James E. Harrison, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Greenville District, South Carolina (d. 1875)
  • 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)
  • 1818-03-28 Wade Hampton, American politician, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1902)
  • 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)

Person of interestJames Longstreet

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
  • 1821-07-12 Daniel Harvey Hill, Confederate General (American Civil War), born in York District, South Carolina (d. 1889)
  • 1824-02-03 Nathan George "Shanks" Evans, American Brigadier-General (Confederate States Army), born in Marion County, South Carolina (d. 1868)
  • 1824-10-26 Arthur Middleton Manigault, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1886)
  • 1825-04-05 David Rumph Jones, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 1863)
  • 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)
  • 1830-10-26 Stephen Elliott, Jr., Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 1866)
  • 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)
  • 1836-03-08 Matthew Calbraith Butler, American Major General (Confederate Army) and politician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1909)
  • 1837-05-02 Henry Martyn Robert, American soldier and parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order), born in Robertville, South Carolina (d. 1927)
  • 1839-04-05 Robert Smalls, African-American congressman (1875-87), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 1915)
  • 1861-01-12 James Mark Baldwin, American Philosopher and Psychologist, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1875-07-10 Mary McLeod Bethune, American educator (Bethune-Cookman College) and civil rights leader, born in Maysville, South Carolina (d. 1955)
  • 1878-01-09 John Broadus Watson, Travelers Rest South Carolina, American Psychologist (behaviorism approach)

Person of interestJames F. Byrnes

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, American biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid), born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1887-07-16 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, American professional baseball player (Black Sox Scandal), born in Pickens County, South Carolina (d. 1951)
  • 1888-07-01 Ben Taylor, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman, manager (Negro Leagues), born in Anderson, South Carolina (d. 1953)
  • 1895-08-01 Benjamin Mays, African-American educator (Morehouse, Howard University) and civil rights leader, born in Ninety Six, South Carolina (d. 1984)
  • 1896-04-30 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), born in Laurens, South Carolina (d. 1972)
  • 1898-05-03 Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist, born in CHarleston, South Carolina (d. 1987)
  • 1902-12-25 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quaterback, I Dream of Jeannie), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1969)

Person of interestMelvin Purvis

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
  • 1904-07-24 James R. Killian Jr., 10th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1948-59), born in Blacksburg, South Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1904-11-27 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • 1905-06-27 Ruby Middleton Forsythe, African-American teacher (50 years in 1 room school in SC), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1992)
  • 1906-02-01 Helen Chandler, American actress (Christopher Strong, Dracula), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1906-04-10 Fud Livingston, American jazz clarinetist and composer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1957)
  • 1911-06-08 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (Dodgers, Giants), born in Pageland, South Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1914-02-11 Josh White, Blues, folk and gospel musician, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 1969)

Person of interestWilliam Westmoreland

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)
  • 1919-03-21 Lois Collier [Madelyn Earle Jones], American actress (A Night in Casablanca, Boston Blackie, Slave Girl), born in Salley, South Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1921-07-17 Acquanetta [Mildred Davenport], American actress nicknamed "The Venezuelan Volcano" (Tarzan & Leopard Woman), born in Newberry, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1922-01-01 Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, American Democratic Senator from South Carolina (1966-2005), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1922-07-03 Art Fowler, American baseball player, born in Converse, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1924-02-28 Bettye Ackerman, American actress (Maggie Graham-Ben Casey), born in Cottageville, South Carolina (d. 2006)
  • 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)
  • 1924-12-13 Larry Doby, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (1st African-American in AL, Cleveland Indians), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1925-04-04 Emmett Williams, American poet, born in Greenville, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1925-08-15 Billy Pinkney, American rock bassist and vocalist (Drifters), born in Dalzell, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1925-09-22 Virginia Capers, American actress (Raisin, White Mama, Original Intent), born in Sumter, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1926-06-11 Carlisle Floyd, American opera composer (Slow Dusk), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • 1927-01-17 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), born in North, South Carolina (d. 2008)
  • 1927-03-29 Arthur Ravenel Jr, American businessman and politician, U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1927-08-15 Wesley Mouzon, American boxer/trainer (Roy Jones Jr), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 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)
  • 1928-04-02 Joseph Bernardin, American Cardinal of the Catholic Church, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)

Person of interestBetsy Rawls

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)
  • 1929-10-21 George Stinney, African-American wrongfully executed at 14 for murder, born in Pinewood, South Carolina (d. 1944)
  • 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)

Person of interestJames Brown

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
  • 1935-08-30 John Phillips, American singer and guitarist (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming), born in Parris Island, South Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1935-09-27 Mamie "Peanut" Johnson, American professional baseball player at 1st female pitcher to play in the Negro Leagues, born in Ridgeway, South Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1936-01-29 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, born in Edisto, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • 1936-03-24 Don Covay [Donald Randolph], American R & B musician and songwriter (Chain of Fools), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1937-07-27 Chuck Jackson, American singer (Any Day Now, I Don't Want to Cry), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • 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
  • 1939-03-27 Cale Yarborough, American auto racer (Daytona 500-1968, 77, 83, 84), born in Timmonsville, South Carolina
  • 1939-06-06 Marian Wright-Edelman, American activist and health care president (Childrens Defense Fund), born in Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • 1940-03-29 Raymond Davis, American rock vocalist (Funkadelic-Knee Deep), born in Sumter, South Carolina (d. 2005)
  • 1940-07-21 James E Clyburn, (Rep-D-South Carolina)
  • 1940-11-13 Baby Washington, American singer (Only Those in Love), born in Bamberg, South Carolina
  • 1941-01-25 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, born in Florence, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1941-10-08 Jesse Jackson, American clergyman and Democratic presidential candidate (1984, 88), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1943-05-04 Nickolas Ashford, American singer (Ashford & Simpson), born in Fairfield, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1943-07-09 John H. Casper, USAF and 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

Person of interestJoe Frazier

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
  • 1945-03-22 Chuck Jackson, American singer (Playboy, Independents), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1945-05-13 Louis "Blue Lou" Marini, American saxophonist, arranger, and composer (Blues Brothers), born in Charleston, 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, American carpenter and ex-slave, head of a planned slave revolt, hanged with 5 others at Blake's Landing, Charleston, South Carolina at about 55
  • 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, Hungarian publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World), dies at 64
  • 1993-07-23 James Jordan, father of NBA star Michael Jordan, found dead near McColl, South Carolina