Charleston, SC in History

South Carolina: Spartanburg

Historical Events

  • 1733-01-13 James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1735-02-08 First opera performance 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 Battle

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

  • 1782-12-14 Charleston, South Carolina evacuated by the 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
  • 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]
  • 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

Historic Event

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


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)

John LaurensJohn Laurens (1754-1782)

1754-10-28 American soldier, diplomat and abolitionist, born in Charleston, South Carolina

  • 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)

James F. ByrnesJames F. Byrnes (1879-1972)

1879-05-02 American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, born in Charleston, South Carolina

  • 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 Joseph "Fud" Livingston, American jazz clarinetist, arranger, and composer ("Im Thru With Love"), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1957) [1]
  • 1916-06-04 Robert F. Furchgott, American pharmacologist (co-winner Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1998), and educator, 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, American US Navy officer and NASA astronaut (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

Beth DanielBeth Daniel (66 years old)

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

  • 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 rock singer (Hootie & the Blowfish - "Only Wanna Be With You"), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1970-04-29 William Martin III, American 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

Reese Witherspoon

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

Joseph PulitzerJoseph Pulitzer (1847-1911)

1911-10-29 Hungarian-American publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World) and Democratic politician whose bequest founded the Columbia School of Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize, dies at 64