South Carolina in History (Part 2)

South Carolina: Charleston, SC - Spartanburg

Historical Events

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

Election of Interest

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

  • 2017-04-02 36th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: South Carolina defeats Mississippi State, 67-55; Gamecocks power forward A'ja Wilson, 23 points
  • 2018-09-10 South Carolina issues mandatory evacuation order affecting one million people ahead of Hurricane Florence
  • 2018-10-24 Largest jackpot in US history at $1.6 billion won by one person in South Carolina

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 250

Betsy Rawls

1928-05-04 Betsy Rawls, American golfer (US Women's Open: 1951, 53, 57, 60), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina

  • 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)
  • 1930-06-17 James Gathers, American 200m runner (Olympic bronze 1952), born in South Carolina
  • 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)

James Brown

1933-05-03 James Brown, American R&B, gospel, soul and funk singer and songwriter known as 'The Godfather of Soul' ("Sex Machine"; "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag"; "Hot Pants"), born in Barnwell, South Carolina (d. 2006)

  • 1933-07-04 Rufus "Freight Train" Jones [Carey Lloyd], American professional wrestler, born in Dillon, South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1934-01-08 Alexandra Ripley, American writer, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1934-12-22 David Pearson, American auto racer (NASCAR Cup Series C'ship 1966, 68, 69; NASCAR Rookie of the Year 1960; Daytona 500 1976), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 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)
  • 1935-10-04 Jimmy Orr, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1959, 65; Super Bowl 1971; Baltimore Colts), born in Seneca, South Carolina
  • 1936-01-29 James Jamerson, American session pop and R&B bass guitarist (Motown Records), born in Edisto, South Carolina (d. 1983)
  • 1936-03-24 Don Covay [Randolph], American R&B musician and songwriter ("Chain of Fools"), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1937-07-22 Chuck Jackson, American pop and R&B singer ("Any Day Now"; "I Don't Want to Cry"; "I Keep Forgettin'"), born in Latta, South Carolina
  • 1937-11-01 Bill Anderson, American country music singer and songwriter ("Still"; "Sometimes"; "I Can't Wait Any Longer"), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1937-11-15 Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer (The Trammps - "Disco Inferno"), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina(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 (Children's 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)
  • 1940-04-18 Joseph L. Goldstein, American biochemist and physician (Nobel-1985), born in Kingstree, South Carolina
  • 1940-07-21 James Clyburn, American politician (Rep-D-South Carolina 1993-) House Majority Whip, born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1940-11-13 (Justine) "Baby" Washington, American soul singer ("That's How Heartaches Are Made"; "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)
  • 1941-05-04 Nickolas "Nick" Ashford, American songwriter, record producer("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"; "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"), and singer (Ashford & Simpson - "Solid"), born in Fairfield, South Carolina (d. 2011)
  • 1941-08-07 Thomas F Hartnett, American politician (Rep-R-SC, 1981-86), born in Charleston, South Carolina

Chubby Checker

1941-10-03 Chubby Checker [Ernest Evans], American singer-songwriter ("The Twist"; "Limbo Rock"), born in Spring Gully, South Carolina.

  • 1941-10-08 Jesse Jackson, American clergyman and Democratic presidential candidate (1984, 88), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1942-02-27 Charlayne Hunter-Gault, American journalist & foreign correspondent (McNeil-Lehrer), born in Due West, South Carolina
  • 1943-04-28 The Fantastic Johnny C [Johnny Corley], American singer ("Boogaloo Down Broadway"), born in Greenwood, South Carolina
  • 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

Joe Frazier

1944-01-12 Joe Frazier, American boxer (Olympic gold heavyweight 1964; undisputed world heavyweight champion 1970-73), born in Beaufort, South Carolina (d. 2011)

  • 1945-03-22 Chuck Jackson, American R&B singer (The Independents - "Leaving Me"), songwriter and record producer (Natalie Cole; Phyllis Hyman), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1945-05-13 Louis "Blue Lou" Marini, American saxophonist, arranger, and composer (Blues Brothers), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1946-08-19 Charles F. Bolden Jr, American astronaut (STS 61C, 31, 45, 60), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1946-10-14 James Robert "Radio" Kennedy, American football coach, born in Anderson, South Carolina
  • 1947-01-17 Ulysses Dove, American dancer & choreographer, born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1947-04-27 Herbie Murrell, American soul singer (Stylistics - "You Are My Everything"), born in Lane, South Carolina
  • 1947-10-11 George McCorkle, American guitarist, and songwriter (Marshall Tucker Band - "Fire on the Mountain"), born in Chester, South Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1947-11-13 Toy Caldwell, American Southern-rock musician (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1948-05-22 Doug Gray, American musician (The Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1948-11-20 Samuel E. Wright, American stage and screen actor (Enos; Ball Four; The Little Mermaid), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 1948-11-21 Alphonse Mouzon, American jazz musician (Weather Report, Tenacious Records), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1949-01-07 Marshall Chapman, American country singer, born in Spartanburg, South Carolina
  • 1949-05-15 Frank L Culbertson Jr, American US Navy officer and NASA astronaut (STS-38), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1949-10-25 Walter Hyatt, American singer and songwriter (Uncle Walt's Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1949-11-09 Tommy Caldwell, American rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), born in Spartanburg, South Carolina (d. 1980)
  • 1950-02-05 Ann Sexton, American vocalist (You're Gone too Long), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1950-03-26 Theodore "Teddy" Pendergrass, American singer (Turn Off the Lights), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1951-04-13 Peabo Bryson, American R&B, soul, and pop vocalist ("Show and Tell"; "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love"; "A Whole New World"), born in Greenville, South Carolina

Roscoe Tanner

1951-10-15 Roscoe Tanner, American tennis player (Australian Open 1977), born in Kiawah Island, South Carolina

  • 1952-02-25 Elizabeth "Libby" Callahan, American sport shooter and four-time Olympian, born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1952-08-02 Paul David Crews, American murderer (FBI Most Wanted List), born in South Carolina
  • 1952-08-24 Bob Corker, American politician (Senator from Tennessee), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1952-11-10 Pat Severs, American steel guitar player (Pirates of Mississippi - "Feed Jake"), born in Camden, South Carolina
  • 1953-03-08 Jim Rice, American Baseball Hall of Fame left fielder (AL MVP 1978; 8-time MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox), born in Anderson, South Carolina
  • 1953-11-26 Harry Carson, American football player (New York Giants), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • 1954-04-25 Rob Crosby, American country singer ("She's a Natural"), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1954-06-14 Will Patton, American actor (No Way Out, Ballzaire the Cajun), born in Charleston, South Carolina

Willie Randolph

1954-07-06 Willie Randolph, MLB second baseman and manager (NY Mets), born in Holly Hill, South Carolina

  • 1955-01-01 LaMarr Hoyt, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1983; AL wins leader 1982-83; Chicago White Sox), born in Columbia, South Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 1955-07-27 Cat Bauer, American novelist (Harley, Like a Person), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1955-08-22 Will Shetterly, American writer (Dogland), born in Columbia, South Carolina

Sherri Turner

1956-10-04 Sherri Turner, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 1988), born in Greenville, South Carolina

Beth Daniel

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

  • 1957-02-26 David Muldrow Beasley, American politician, born in Darlington, South Carolina
  • 1958-04-21 Andie MacDowell [Rosalie Anderson], American actress (Sex, Lies and Videotape, Green Card), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1959-10-11 Bob Inglis, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from South Carolina), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1960-12-14 Catherine Coleman, American USAF officer and astronaut (STS 73), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1961-10-04 Mike Sharperson, American baseball infielder (MLB All Star 1992; World Series 1988, 95), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1962-07-03 Thomas Gibson, American actor (Dr Daniel Nyland-Chicago Hope), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1962-12-16 William "The Refrigerator" Perry, NFL defensive lineman (Chicago Bears), born in Aiken, South Carolina
  • 1962-12-31 Tyrone Corbin, American NBA forward (Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1963-06-04 Xavier McDaniel, American NBA forward (Seattle SuperSonics), born in Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1963-07-07 Perry Richardson, American bassist (Firehouse - "Love of a Lifetime"), born in Conway, South Carolina
  • 1964-02-10 Sam Graddy, US 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Gaffney, South Carolina
  • 1964-04-13 Doug Strange, American baseball infielder (Seattle Mariners), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 1964-08-02 Mary-Louise Parker, American actress (Fried Green Tomatoes, Weeds), born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina,
  • 1965-08-11 Viola Davis, American Tony, Emmy, BAFTA, and Academy award-winning actress (The Help, Fences, Prisoners, Suicide Squad), born in St. Matthews, 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

Chris Rock

1966-02-07 Chris Rock, American comedian (SNL, CB4, Everybody Hates Chris), born in Andrews, South Carolina

  • 1966-03-29 Dwayne Harper, American NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1966-05-13 Darius Rucker, American rock singer (Hootie & the Blowfish - "Only Wanna Be With You"), born in Charleston, South Carolina
  • 1966-06-05 Bill Spiers, American infielder (Houston Astros), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1967-02-17 Robert Massey, American NFL cornerback (Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions) and coach, born in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • 1967-11-21 Kelly Wearstler [Gallagher], American interior designer and Playboy playmate (Sep, 1994), born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • 1967-12-01 Reggie Sanders, American MLB baseball outfielder, 1991-2007, All-Star 1995; World Series 2001 (Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, and 6 other teams), born in Florence, South Carolina
  • 1968-02-22 Jayson Williams, American NBA center (NJ Nets), born in Ritter, South Carolina
  • 1968-09-14 Pete Chilcutt, American NBA forward (Vancouver Grizzlies), born in Sumter, South Carolina
  • 1968-10-25 Corey Miller, American NFL linebacker (NY Giants), born in Pageland, South Carolina
  • 1969-02-23 Ed McDaniel, NFL linebacker (Minnesota Vikings), born in Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
  • 1969-06-20 Gerald Dixon, NFL linebacker (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals), born in Rock Hill, South Carolina
  • 1969-10-26 Mike Pritchard, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks), born in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
  • 1969-12-28 James Trapp, US sprinter and NFL player (Oakland Raiders), born in Greenville, South Carolina

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