Charleston, SC in History

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1776-06-28 Charleston, South Carolina repulses British sea attack
  • 1779-06-20 Battle of Stono Ferry fought near Charleston, South Carolina (American Revolutionary War)

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

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

Military Leader Benjamin Lincoln
Military Leader
Benjamin Lincoln
  • 1782-12-14 Charleston, South Carolina evacuated by British
  • 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
  • 1831-01-15 1st US railroad honeymoon trip, Mr & Mrs Pierson, Charleston, South Carolina

Historic CommunicationThe Day an Alligator Fell from the Sky

1843-07-02 An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina
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Newspaper cutting fom the Times-Picayune on the day an alligator fell from the sky
Newspaper cutting fom the Times-Picayune on the day an alligator fell from the sky
  • 1860-04-23 Democratic convention in Charleston, South Carolina divided over slavery
  • 1861-10-06 Naval Engagement at Charleston, South Carolina, USS Flag vs BR Alert
  • 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]

  • 1865-02-17 -18] Battle of Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1865-02-18 Evacuation of Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1876-09-06 Race riot in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1886-08-31 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, South Carolina, 110 die
  • 1893-10-27 Hurricane hits coast between Savannah, Georgia & Charleston, South Carlolina
  • 1919-05-10 Race riot in Charleston, South Carolina, 2 blacks killed
  • 1953-06-19 WCSC TV channel 5 in Charleston, South Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-09-25 WCBD TV channel 2 in Charleston, South Carolina (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 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
  • 1989-09-17 -21] Hurricane Hugo, kills 85 in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1998-02-23 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Charleston, South Carolina 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

  • 1739-09-17 John Rutledge, American 2nd Chief Justice of the United States, born in Charleston, South Carolina, British America (d. 1800)
  • 1742-06-26 Arthur Middleton, American signer (Declaration of Independence), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1787)

Person of interestJohn Laurens

1754-10-28 John Laurens, American soldier, diplomat and abolitionist, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1782)

Soldier, Diplomat and Abolitionist John Laurens
Soldier, Diplomat and Abolitionist
John Laurens
  • 1803-10-03 John Gorrie, American scientist and inventor (cold-air process of refrigeration), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1855)
  • 1805-11-22 Benjamin Huger, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1877)
  • 1808-08-24 Thomas Fenwick Drayton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1891)
  • 1812-08-25 Percival Drayton, American captain (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)
  • 1818-03-28 Wade Hampton, American politician, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1902)
  • 1824-10-26 Arthur Middleton Manigault, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1886)
  • 1837-10-14 Ellison Capers, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1908)

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)
  • 1898-05-03 Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist, born in CHarleston, South Carolina (d. 1987)
  • 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)
  • 1916-06-04 Robert F. Furchgott, American pharmacologist (Nobel 1998), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2009)
  • 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
  • 1927-03-29 Arthur Ravenel Jr, American businessman and politician (Rep-R-South Carolina), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1934-01-08 Alexandra Ripley, American writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1941-08-07 Thomas F Hartnett, American politician (Rep-R-SC, 1981-86), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1943-11-17 Lauren Hutton, [Mary], model/actress (American Gigolo), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1945-05-13 Louis "Blue Lou" Marini, American saxophonist, arranger, and composer (Blues Brothers), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 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
  • 1954-06-14 Will Patton, American actor (No Way Out, Ballzaire the Cajun), born in Charleston, South Carolina

Person of interestBeth Daniel

1956-10-14 Beth Daniel, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1990), born in Charleston, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 1960-12-14 Catherine Coleman, American USAF officer and astronaut (STS 73), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1962-07-03 Thomas Gibson, American actor (Dr Daniel Nyland-Chicago Hope), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1965-09-19 Katrina McClain, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1965-12-21 Andy Dick, American actor (Matthew-Newsradio), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1966-05-13 Darius Rucker, American singer (Hootie & the Blowfish), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1970-04-29 William Martin III, finn sailor (Olympics 23rd-1996), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1971-08-20 Oronde Gadsden, American NFL wide receiver (Dallas Cowboys), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1976-11-01 Logan Marshall-Green, American actor (Prometheus), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1979-11-07 Will Demps, American football player, born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1981-11-02 Roddy White, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 2008-11; Atlanta Falcons), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1989-12-28 Mackenzie Rosman, American actress, born in Charleston, South Carolina

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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, American carpenter and ex-slave who planned an unsuccessful slave revolt in Charleston, South Carolina, hanged with 5 others at Blake's Landing, Charleston, South Carolina at about 55
  • 1911-10-29 Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World), dies at 64