1524 Mar 19, Giovanni de
Verrazano of France sighted land around area of Carolinas.
1526 Oct 18, Lucas Vazquez de
Ayllp, Spanish colonialist who settled in SC, died.
1526 Nov, The 1st American
slave revolt occurred in SC at the Spanish settlement of San Miguel
de Gualdape near the mouth of the Pee Dee River in South Carolina.
1526 The 1st Africans to the US
arrived at a Spanish settlement South Carolina.
1562 May 1, The 1st French
colonists in the US, a 5-vessel Huguenot expedition led by Jean
Ribault (1520-1565), landed in Florida. He continued north and
established a colony named Charlesfort at Parris Island, SC.
1566 Spanish conquistador Juan
Pardo arrived the Spanish settlement at Santa Elena, on what later
became known as Parris Island, South Carolina. He marched into the
interior and founded Fort San Juan next to a Catawba town called
Joara. Fort San Juan was burned down by the Catawba after about 18
months. Santa Elena was the first capital of Spanish colonial
(Sm, 3/06, p.33)(SFC, 7/27/16, p.A6)
1577 The fort of San Marcos was
established on Parris Island, South Carolina. It was one of five
forts built during the 21-year history of the early settlements of
Santa Elena, the first capital of Spanish colonial Florida.
(SFC, 7/27/16, p.A6)
1663 Mar 24, Charles II of
England awarded lands known as Carolina in America to eight members
of the nobility who assisted in his restoration. [see Apr 6]
1663 Apr 6, King Charles II
signed the Carolina Charter. [see Mar 24]
1690s Henry Laurens landed 40%
of the slaves sold at Sullivan Island. He was the ancestor to the
Ball family that settled in South Carolina.
(SFEC, 2/22/98, BR p.1,8)
1698 Elias “Red Cap “ Ball
sailed from England to claim his inheritance, a plantation called
Comingtee on the banks of the Cooper River. The Ball family kept a
history and in 1998 descendant Edward Ball published “Slaves in the
(SFEC, 2/22/98, BR p.1,8)(SFEC, 4/19/98, p.A22)
1709 Sep 3, The 1st major group
of Swiss and German colonists reached the Carolinas.
1711 The city of Beaufort, SC,
was founded. It was later hailed as the state’s 2nd oldest city.
(SSFC, 1/19/03, p.C12)
1712 South Carolina law
required church attendance and prohibited work or travel on Sundays.
(AH, 4/07, p.30)
1715 Apr 15, Uprising of
Yamasse Indians in South Carolina.
1718 May, Edward Teach, aka
Blackbeard, used his 40-gun, captured French flagship (La Concorde),
renamed as Queen Anne's Revenge, to blockade the harbor at
May/Jun 97 p.21)
1721 May 29, South Carolina was
formally incorporated as a royal colony.
1733 Jan 13, James Oglethorpe
and 130 English colonists arrived at Charleston, SC.
1735 Feb 18, The 1st opera
performed in America, "Flora," in Charleston, SC.
1739 Sep 9, A slave revolt in
Stono, SC, led by an Angolan slave named Jemmy, killed 20-25 whites.
Three slave uprisings occurred in South Carolina in 1739. Whites
soon passed black codes to regulate every aspect of slave life.
p.A25)(www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1p284.html)(AH, 2/05, p.66)
1740 A slave plot was uncovered
in Charleston that resulted in the hanging of 50 blacks.
1756 Apr 14, Gov. Glen of South
Carolina protested against 900 Acadia Indians.
1760 Feb 16, Cherokee Indians
held hostage at Fort St. George, SC, were killed in revenge for
Indian attacks on frontier settlements.
(HN, 2/16/99)(MC, 2/16/02)
1767 Mar 15, Andrew Jackson
(d.1845), seventh President of the United States known as "Old
Hickory," was born in Waxhaw, South Carolina. The first American
president to be born in a log cabin, Jackson was a hero of the War
of 1812, an Indian fighter and a Tennessee lawyer. Neither a
particularly intelligent man nor a wise one, Jackson became the
symbol of his age by being the right man believing in the right
things at the right time. Success was a race, Jackson believed, and
the government’s primary responsibility was to guarantee that every
man got a fair chance at winning. Jackson’s administration (1829-37)
saw the development of modern-style political parties and changes in
the voting laws that nearly tripled the electorate. Known for his
strong will, Jackson was fond of saying: “When I mature my course I
am immovable." Jackson was the first congressman from Tennessee and
later became a senator and state supreme court judge. Jackson was
involved in a number of duels and killed a man in one. Personal
feuds with Thomas Jefferson led him out of public life for some
time. Jackson was elected president in 1828 and served until
1837. He initiated the spoils system and had the first
“Kitchen Cabinet" of intimate advisers. Jackson died June 8, 1845.
In 1997 Max Byrd wrote “Jackson," a biographical novel.
(AP, 3/15/97)(WSJ, 5/14/97, p.A20)(HNPD,
3/15/99)(HNQ, 4/30/99)(HNPD, 4/30/99)
1771 Mark Catesby had his work:
“The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands"
printed in London.
(WSJ, 7/7/98, p.A14)
1773 Jan 12, The first public
museum in America was established, in Charleston, S.C.
1773 America’s first chamber of
commerce was founded in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1912 the
Chamber of Commerce of the USA was established.
(Econ, 4/21/12, p.77)
1775 Jan 11, In South Carolina
Francis Salvador became the 1st Jew elected to office in America.
[see Aug 1]
(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1775 Apr 13, Lord North
extended the New England Restraining Act to South Carolina,
Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. The act forbade
trade with any country other than Britain and Ireland.
1775 Aug 1, Francis Salvador
and his men were ambushed by a group of Cherokees and Loyalists near
present-day Seneca, South Carolina, while leading a militia group
under the general command of Major Wilkinson. Salvador was wounded
and then scalped by the Cherokees.
1776 Jun 28, Colonists repulsed
a British sea attack on Charleston, South Carolina.
1776 Fort Sullivan, outside the
town of Charleston, S.C., was built primarily of palmetto logs and
sand. Commanded by Colonel William Moultrie--for whom it was later
renamed--the partially uncompleted Fort Sullivan on Sullivan’s
Island bore the brunt of gunfire from a British naval force when the
British tried to invade Charleston on June 28, 1776. The palmetto
logs and sand from which the fort was primarily constructed absorbed
most of the British shot, while the fort’s defenders managed to
inflict disproportionate punishment to the British warships, one of
which, the frigate Actaeon, ran hard aground and had to be abandoned
and blown up by her crew. The successful defense of Charleston
effectively left the Carolinas in the hands of the rebelling
Patriots until a new invasion force returned to Charleston in
1780 May 12, Charleston, SC,
fell to the British in the US Revolutionary War.
(SC, internet, 5/12/97)(HN, 5/12/98)
1780 May, The Virginia
continentals surrendered to Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton,
commander of the British Legion, following his victory at Waxhaws,
SC. Tarleton then led the British troops to a massacre of the
surrendering Virginia regulars and militiamen, eliminating the
last organized force in South Carolina. During the course of the
Revolutionary War, Tarleton became one of the most hated men in
(HNQ, 9/26/00)(AH, 10/07, p.29)
1780 Aug 16, American troops
under Gen. Horatio Gates were badly defeated by the British at the
Battle of Camden, South Carolina.
(HFA, '96, p.36)(HN, 8/16/98)(ON, 12/01, p.9)
1780 Oct 6, Over 1500 Patriot
fighters assembled on the outskirts of Cowpens, South Carolina, to
confront Loyalist forces of British Major Patrick Ferguson.
(ON, 12/07, p.6)
1780 Oct 7, Colonial patriots
slaughtered a loyalist group at the Battle of King's Mountain in
South Carolina. Patrick Ferguson (36), English Major in South
Carolina, died in the battle along with some 200 Loyalists. Patriot
losses numbered 30 with 62 wounded.
(HN, 10/7/99)(ON, 12/07, p.7)
1780 Dec 4, At the Battle of
Rugeley‘s Mill, South Carolina, Colonel William Washington attacked
a fortified log barn with 107 Loyalists inside. When the Patriot‘s
small arms proved ineffective, Washington cut a log to resemble a
cannon and demanded the surrender of the Loyalists. The “Quaker
guns" used in the American War of Independence were fashioned out of
logs to resemble cannon. Fooled by the fake cannon, the
promptly gave up. Quaker guns were also decisive at the May 1780
Battle of Hunt‘s Bluff, also in South Carolina.
1781 Jan 17, Daniel Morgan’s
Continental regiments routed British forces at Cowpens, South
Carolina. Some 100 British soldiers were killed, 299 wounded and 600
taken prisoner. 12 American were killed.
(ON, 12/01, p.10)(AH, 2/06, p.71)
1781 Apr 25, Gen. Nathanael
Greene engaged British forces at Hobkirk’s Hill, South Carolina, and
was forced to retreat.
(ON, 12/01, p.10)
1781 May 2, In Charles Town,
S.C., William Collings sold his wife to Thomas Schooler, with her
bed and clothing for $2 and a half dozen bowls of gross.
(SFEC, 2/8/98, Z1 p.8)
1781 Summer, Emily Geiger was
said to have crossed British lines to deliver an urgent message to
American Gen. Nathaniel Greene as Greene’s army retreated from
British forces under Gen. Francis Rawdon.
(ON, 11/01, p.9)
1781 Sep 8, Gen. Nathanael
Greene engaged British forces at Eutaw Springs, South Carolina, and
was forced to retreat.
(ON, 12/01, p.10)
1781 Apr 25, Gen. Nathanael
Greene engaged British forces under Cornwallis at Hobkirk’s Hill,
(ON, 12/01, p.10)
1782 Dec 14, Charleston, SC,
was evacuated by British.
1788 May 23, South Carolina
became the eighth state to ratify the U. S. Constitution.
(AP, 5/23/97)(HN, 5/23/98)
1790 Aug 2, The enumeration for
the first US census began. It showed that 3,929,326 people were
living in the US of which 697,681 were slaves, and that the largest
cities were New York City with 33,000 inhabitants; Philadelphia,
with 28,000; Boston, with 18,000; Charleston, South Carolina, with
16,000; and Baltimore, with 13,000. Census records for Delaware,
Georgia, New Jersey, and Virginia were lost sometime between 1790
1790 In South Carolina a
900-square-foot octagonal house was built about this time by
Scottish immigrant William McKimmy. Ruins of the structure were
found in 2009 on the banks of the May River in Blufton. The
design took off in 1848 following the publication of “A Home for
All" by Orson Fowler, a self-taught architect and phrenologist.
(SFC, 2/22/10, p.A6)(SSFC, 7/24/11, p.A2)
1805 Apr 7, Francis Wilkinson
Pickens (d.1869), later Confederate governor of South Carolina, was
born in South Carolina.
1807-1808 In South Carolina some 700 black people
froze to death this winter in a warehouse near Charleston’s Gadsden
(Econ, 1/7/17, p.24)
1822 May 30, In South Carolina
slave revolt leaders Denmark Vesey (aka Telemaque) and Peter Poyas
were arrested for planning a slave revolt.
1822 Jul 2, Denmark Vesey
[Vessey] (b.1767) was executed in Charleston, South Carolina, for
planning a massive slave revolt.
1825 In South Carolina the Fort
Hill plantation was established by John C. Calhoun, the same year he
became the nation's 7th vice president. Calhoun later became a US
senator, and zealously defended slavery before the Civil War. His
family bequeathed the plantation to South Carolina in 1888, leading
to the creation of Clemson University.
1828 May 13, US passed the
Tariff of Abominations. Congress raised duties on manufactured goods
from abroad on which the South was dependent. South Carolina
declared the tariff null and void within its borders and pres.
Jackson threatened to send in troops. The tariffs were lowered in
(SS, Internet, 5/13/97)(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R50)
1832 Nov 24, South Carolina
passed an Ordinance of Nullification. The US government had enacted
a tariff. South Carolina nullified it and threatened to secede.
Pres. Jackson threatened armed force on his home state but a
compromise was devised by Henry Clay that ducked the central
1832 Nov 24, The doctrine of
nullification involved an argument concerning the nature of the
union as defined by the writers of the Constitution and addressed
the question: "Was the US a compact of sovereign states, each
retaining ultimate authority, or was the US one nation formed by the
people through the writing of the Constitution?" John C. Calhoun,
supporter of the doctrine of nullification, was Pres. Jackson's
principal opponent in the nullification crises.
1832 Pres. Jackson dispatched
the US Navy to South Carolina to quash an effort to nullify federal
tariffs within the state.
(WSJ, 5/19/05, p.D8)
1834 Apr 1, South Carolina
Congressman James Blair shot himself at his lodgings in Washington
DC after reading part of an affectionate letter from his wife, to
Governor Murphy, of Alabama.
1834 In South Carolina all
Black churches were banned. Members worshipped underground until
(SFC, 12/13/16, p.A12)
1835 Jul 29, In South Carolina
some 3,000 white supremacists in Charleston gathered in Post Office
Square to destroy anti-slavery materials and burn three
abolitionists in effigy. This followed after the American
Anti-Slavery Society (AASS) launched a great postal campaign to
flood the South with abolitionist literature.
1835 In S. Carolina a 145-acre
lake was created when a dam was built on the Reedy River.
(USAT, 1/20/04, p.12A)
1836 Aug 7, Evander McIvor Law
(d.1920), Brig General (Confederate Army), was born in South
1838 Apr 27, Fire destroyed
half of Charleston.
1838 South Carolina Gov. John
Lyde Wilson published a dueling book of rules.
(WSJ, 9/19/03, p.W11)
1839 Apr 5, Robert Smalls,
black congressman from South Carolina, 1875-87, was born.
1850 Mar 31, John Calhoun
(b.1782), US vice-president (1825-1832), died while a senator from
South Carolina. He was elected vice president under two presidents,
John Quincy Adams in 1824 and Andrew Jackson in 1828.
(WUD, 1994 p.210)(HNQ, 8/19/99)(MC, 3/31/02)
1856 Representative Preston
Brooks, a pro-slavery Democrat from South Carolina, used a cane to
attack Senator Charles Sumner, a Republican abolitionist from Mass.
Sumner was beaten unconscious and was unable to resume duties for 3
years. Brooks resigned from his seat but was re-elected.
(SFC, 7/25/98, p.A6)
1857 Sep 12, A wooden-hulled
steamship, the SS Central America under Capt. William L. Herndon,
sank off Cape Romain, SC. The ship carried 21 tons of gold from
California to New York. The brig Marine and the Norwegian bark Ellen
rescued some 141 people. 425 (428) of 528 (578) passengers were
drowned. The survivors included Ansel Ives Easton (d.1868) and his
new wife Adeline. The wreck was in 8,000 feet of water and in
1987-1988 salvage operations were begun by Tommy Thompson. He hauled
in $500 million worth of gold bars, coins and nuggets. After a court
battle he was awarded 92% of the gold. The story is told in the 1998
book "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue sea" by Gary Kinder. The loss of
the gold sparked "The Panic of 1857." The SS Central America sank
off Cape Romain, SC. Thompson became a federal fugitive in 2012
after he failed to show up for several court hearings. Odyssey
Marine Exploration was awarded a contract by a court appointed
receiver and in 2014 recovered additional treasure valued in the
(WSJ, 5/22/98, p.W3)(WSJ, 6/19/98, p.W9)(SFEC,
6/28/98, BR p.3)(WSJ, 12/3/99, p.W16)(WSJ, 1/28/00, p.B1)(ON, 7/01,
p.2)(Ind, 12/1/01, 5A)(SFC, 7/18/14, p.D3)
1857 In South Carolina Dr.
James Woods Babcock completed a 3-storey structure in Columbia that
featured a raised cupola and 12-sided dome. The Babcock was later
placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2020 a fire
destroyed the building.
(SSFC, 9/13/20, p.A5)
1859 Dec 18, South Carolina
declared itself an "independent commonwealth."
1860 Apr 23, Democratic
convention in Charleston, SC, divided over slavery.
1860 Nov 6, Former Illinois
congressman Abraham Lincoln was elected 16th president. He defeated
three other candidates for the U.S. presidency. He won the US
presidential elections with a majority of the electoral votes in a
4-way race. Following his election South Carolina seceded from the
Union followed by Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana
(WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A13)(AP, 11/6/97)(HN, 11/6/98)
1860 Nov 13, South Carolina’s
legislature called a special convention to discuss secession from
1860 Dec 20, South Carolina
became the first state to secede from the Union. SC voted 169-0 for
Ordinance of Secession.
(AP, 12/20/97)(HN, 12/20/98)(MC, 12/20/01)
1860 Dec 24, South Carolina
issued a “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and
Justify the Secession of South Carolina."
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.34)
1860 Dec 26, Major Robert
Anderson, under cover of darkness, concentrated his small federal
force at Ft. Sumter, SC.
1860 By the time of the Civil
War the Ball family owned some 4,000 slaves who worked 25
plantations along the Cooper River. The family kept a history and in
1998 descendant Edward Ball published “Slaves in the Family."
(SFEC, 2/22/98, BR p.1,8)(SFEC, 4/19/98, p.A22)
1861 Jan 2, SC seized the
inactive Ft. Johnson in Charleston Harbor.
1861 Jan 9, The Star of the
West, a merchant vessel bringing reinforcements to Federal troops at
Fort Sumter, S.C., retreated after being fired on by a battery in
1861 Mar 9, The first hostile
act of the Civil War occurred when Star of the West fires on Sumter,
1861 Mar 27, Black
demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars.
1861 Apr 5, Gideon Wells, the
Secretary of the Navy, issued official orders for the relief of Fort
Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C.
1861 Apr 6, Pres. Lincoln
dispatched 3 ships and 600 men to Fort Sumter as a relief expedition
carrying provisions. He followed this with a note to South Carolina
Gov. Francis W. Pickens that no arms were included.
(ON, 11/00, p.2)
1861 Apr 11, On April 11, 1861,
Brig. Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard ordered the Federals under the command
of Major Robert Anderson to surrender Fort Sumter, but Anderson
refused. Anticipating war between North and South, Confederate
President Jefferson Davis had ordered Beauregard to clear the harbor
forts in Charleston, South Carolina, of Union troops. For three long
months, Anderson and his besieged troops had waited for
reinforcements at Fort Sumter. Back in Washington, Union naval
officer Gustavus Fox raced against time to organize just such a
1861 Apr 12, The Confederates
sent a final ultimatum for the surrender of Fort Sumter, South
Carolina, at 12:45 a.m. Upon receiving Anderson's refusal, Gen'l.
Beauregard's artillery began to bombard Fort Sumter at 4:30 a.m. For
34 hours, the Confederates and Federals traded fire before Anderson
surrendered on April 13. The Civil War had begun.
(Hem. 1/95, p. 70)(AP, 4/12/97)(HN,
1861 Apr 13, After 34 hours of
bombardment, Union-held Fort Sumter surrendered at 2:30 p.m. to
Confederates under the command of Gen PGT Beauregard. No Union
defenders were killed in the 34-hour rebel assault on Charleston
Harbor‘s Fort Sumter led by Major Robert Anderson. Likewise, none of
the Confederate attackers were killed in this action. Union Pvt.
Daniel Hough became the war‘s first official casualty when he was
killed by a premature discharge of a cannon used as a salute in the
evacuation ceremonies after the surrender.
(HN, 4/13/98)(HNQ, 8/31/00)(MC, 4/13/02)
1861 Apr 20, Thaddeus Lowe
landed in South Carolina only to be surrounded by a group of
incredulous Carolinians who believed he was a spy. Lowe managed to
persuade the crowd that his 500-mile trip from Cincinnati, Ohio, was
merely an innocent aerial journey to test his strange craft. He
later tried to convince the Union to use his skill as a balloonist.
(HNQ, 4/5/01)(ON, 2/05, p.7)
1861 Jun 16, Battle of Vienna,
VA., and Secessionville, SC (James Island).
1861 Aug 27, At the Battle of
Cape Hatteras, SC, Union troops took Fort Clark.
1861 Oct 6, Naval Engagement at
Charleston, SC, the USS Flag vs. Britain’s Alert.
1861 Nov 7, Union forces
captured the Hilton Head-Beaufort-Port Royal area of Southern
(Smith., 4/95, p.14)(HN, 11/7/98)
1861 Dec 11, A raging fire
swept the business district of Charleston, South Carolina, adding to
an already depressed economic state.
1861 Dec 24, The USS Gem of the
Sea destroyed the British blockade runner Prince of Wales off the
coast at Georgetown, S.C.
1862 Apr 12, Union Gen. David
Hunter (1802-1886) formed the first official African-American
regiment during the Civil War. The First South Carolina Volunteer
Infantry was first organized in the Department of the South by Gen.
David Hunter at Hilton Head, SC, in May of 1862.
1862 May 13, Robert Smalls, a
slave crewman on the Confederate steamboat Planter, stole the ship
from the harbor of Charleston and surrendered it to the USS Onward
of the Union blockade. In 1971 Okon Edet Uya published “From slavery
to Public Service: Robert Smalls, 1839-1915.
(ON, 5/00, p.2)
1862 Jun 6, Battle of Port
Royal, SC (Port Royal Ferry). [see Jul 4, 1862]
1862 Jul 4, Battle of Port
Royal, SC. (Port Royal Ferry). [see Jun 6, 1862]
1862 Aug 1, James Henley
Thornwell (b.1812), Presbyterian preacher from South Carolina, died.
1863 Jan 31, The 1st South
Carolina Volunteers, later called the 33rd U.S. Colored Troops was
officially recognized. Components of the regiment had been in
training since early 1962.
(Smith., 4/95, p.14)(MC, 1/31/02)
1863 Apr 7, Battle of
Charleston, SC. The Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter failed.
1863 Jul 11, The Battle of Fort
Wager began as Union forces assaulted the Confederate battery on
Morris Island at the southern approach to Charleston Harbor.
1863 Jul 18, A 2nd assault in
the Battle of Fort Wagner, SC, left US1500 and CS174 casualties.
Union troops of the Massachusetts 54th Infantry assaulted Battery
Wagner on Morris Island in the harbor at Charleston, SC. The
ultimately unsuccessful attack, the 1st major engagement by a unit
of freed black soldiers, was later celebrated in the 1989 film
1863 Aug 17, Federal batteries
and ships bombarded South Carolina’s Fort Sumter in Charleston
harbor during the Civil War, but the Confederates managed to hold on
despite several days of pounding.
(HN, 8/17/98)(AP, 8/17/08)
1863 Aug 23, Union batteries
ceased their first bombardment of Fort Sumter, leaving it a mass of
rubble but still unconquered by the Northern besiegers.
1863 Sep 6, After 59 day siege,
confederates evacuated Ft Wagner, SC.
1863 Oct 15, For the second
time, the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley sank during a practice
dive in Charleston Harbor, S.C, this time drowning its inventor
along with seven crew members. The 40-foot Hunley sank in August
with five sailors who had volunteered to test it.
(HN, 10/15/98)(SFC, 3/12/99, p.A3)
1863 Dec 4, Seven solid days of
bombardment ended at Charleston, S.C. The Union fired some 1,307
1863 Dec 6, The monitor
Weehawken sank in the Charleston Harbor.
1864 Feb 17, Confederate
officer George Dixon used the submarine H.L. Hunley to sink the USS
Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, S.C. 5 Union soldiers died on the
Housatonic as did the 9-man crew of the Hunley as it soon sank. In
1995 the Hunley was found by Clive Cussler. The event was turned
into a TNT cable movie in 1999. On Aug 8, 2000, the Hunley was
raised and returned to Charleston.
(HN, 2/17/98)(SFC, 7/9/99, p.C1)(SFC, 8/9/00,
p.A3)(Econ, 4/10/04, p.25)
1864 Nov 30, Battle of Honey
Hill, SC, (Broad River). 96 were killed and 665 wounded.
1865 Jan 16, General Sherman
began a march through the Carolinas. Sherman issued an order that
set aside land in Georgia and South Carolina for freed slaves.
(HN, 1/16/99)(SFC, 6/20/00, p.A6)
1865 Jan 18, Battle of Ft.
1865 Feb 16, Columbia,
S.C., surrendered to Federal troops.
1865 Feb 17, The South Carolina
capital city, Columbia, was half destroyed by fire as the
Confederates evacuated and Union forces under Major General William
Tecumseh Sherman marched through. It's not known which side set the
blaze. Sherman had made a swift and steady advance through Georgia
and South Carolina, and by late February 1865, his army was
approaching Charlotte, North Carolina.
(HN, 2/17/98)(AP, 2/17/98)
1865 Feb 17-18, Battle of
1865 Feb 18, Battle of Ft.
1865 Feb 18, Columbia, SC, was
evacuated and Sherman's troops burned the city.
1865 May 1, In Charleston, SC,
some 10,000 people paraded to a mass grave site of Union soldiers at
a former race track. This was likely the 1st large-scale US Memorial
Day event. [see May 5, 1866, 1868]
(SFC, 5/26/03, p.A1)
1865 Sep 3, Army commander in
SC ordered Freedmen's Bureau to stop seizing land.
1865 At Fort Wagner in South
Carolina the first Civil War regiment of emancipated black slaves,
led by Robert Gould Shaw, was destroyed. The event was later
memorialized by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in a bronze relief on display
in Boston Commons. The 1989 film “Glory" also portrayed the events.
1866 Apr 2, Pres. ended war in
Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Ten & Va.
1867 Sep 13, Gen. E.R.S. Canby
ordered South Carolina courts to impanel blacks as jurors.
(MC, 9/13/01)( www.tsha.utexas.edu)
1868 Jun 25, Florida, Alabama,
Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were
re-admitted to the Union.
1868 The Ku Klux Klan was
imported to South Carolina from Tennessee, where it had originated.
During South Carolina’s election campaign this year the Klan
murdered 8 blacks, two of them state congressmen.
(AH, 6/03, p.27)
1869 Mar 3, University of South
Carolina opened to all races.
1870 Oct 10, In South Carolina
Republican Gov. Robert Scott (1826-1900) was re-elected, on the
strength of the black vote, enraging members of the Ku Klux Klan. A
wave of terror began the following day.
1870 Dec 12, Joseph H. Rainey
became the first black lawmaker sworn into the U.S. House of
Representatives. Rainey, a Republican from South Carolina, filled
the seat made vacant by the expulsion of Representative Benjamin F.
Whittemore. Rainey served for 10 years.
(AP, 12/12/97)(MC, 12/12/01)
1871 Mar, Pres. Grant sent
federal troops to South Carolina to suppress violence instigated by
the Ku Klux Klan.
(AH, 6/03, p.28)
1871 Oct 12, President Grant
ordered the South Carolina Ku Klux Klan to disperse and disarm in
(AH, 6/03, p.31)
1871 Oct 17, President Grant
suspended writ of habeas corpus in South Carolina in response to
violence by the KKK. It applied to all arrests made by US marshals
and federal troops in nine of the state’s western counties. By the
end of November some 600 arrests were made.
(AH, 6/03, p.31)
1871 Nov 27, Ku Klux Klan
trials began in Federal District Court in Columbia, SC.
(AH, 6/03, p.32)
1872 Sep 21, John Henry Conyers
of SC became the 1st black student at Annapolis.
1874 Former slave James Webster
Smith was expelled from West Point for failing an exam. He was
commissioned by the Army in 1997 and his certificate was presented
to South Carolina State Univ.
(SFC, 9/23/97, p.A3)
1876 Jul 8, White terrorists
attacked Black Republicans in Hamburg, SC, and killed 5.
1876 Sep 6, A race riot took
place in Charleston, SC.
1876 Oct 26, President Grant
sent federal troops to SC.
1877 Apr 10, Federal troops
were withdrawn from Columbia, SC.
1878 Apr 21, Ship Azor left
Charleston with 206 blacks for Liberia.
1878 South Carolina lawmakers
created a health board after a yellow fever outbreak killed 20,000
1881 Aug 27, A hurricane hit
Florida and the Carolinas; about 700 died.
1884 Feb 19, A series of
tornadoes left an estimated 800 people dead in 7 US states (Miss,
Ala, NC, SC, Tenn., Ky & In).
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(MC, 2/19/02)
1886 Aug 31, South Carolina
bore the brunt of the largest-ever earthquake on the East Coast, a
7.3 magnitude earth-shaker that killed at least 60 people in
post-Civil War Charleston.
1890 Dec 4, Ben Tillman
(1847-1918) began serving as the 84th governor of South Carolina and
continued to 1894. From 1895 he served as a United States Senator
until his death. Tillman led a paramilitary group of Red Shirts
during South Carolina's violent 1876 election. On the floor of the
US Senate, he frequently ridiculed blacks, and boasted of having
helped to kill them during that campaign.
1893 Oct 27, Hurricane hit the
US coast between Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, SC.
1894 Mar 19, Jackie "Moms"
Mabley, comedienne (Merv Griffin Show), was born in Brevard, SC.
1898 Feb 22, In South Carolina
Frazier B. Baker, a black postmaster chosen by Pres. McKinley in
July 1897, was fatally shot along with his baby daughter in Lake
City after his home was set on fire. His wife and five other
children barely escaped. In 2019 the state's entire congressional
delegation co-sponsored a bill to rename the lake city post office
(http://tinyurl.com/ycjuydxm)(SFC, 1/10/19, p.A6)
1901 Mar 7, Blacks were found
to be still enslaved in certain parts of South Carolina.
1902 Feb 22, A fistfight broke
out in the US Senate. Senator Benjamin Tillman, a white supremacist,
suffered a bloody nose for accusing his fellow South Carolina
Senator John McLaurin of bias on the Philippine tariff issue.
(HN, 2/22/98)(Econ, 6/30/12, p.35)
1902 Apr 11, Wade Hampton
(1818), Confederate Civil War general and post-war governor of South
Carolina (1877-1879), died. In 2008 Rod Andrew Jr. authored Wade
Hampton: Confederate Warrior, Conservative Statesman."
1902 Nov 5, Strom Thurmond,
(Sen-R-SC, 1955-2003), was born.
1907 The US Tillman Act
prohibited national banks and corporations from making political
contributions in federal elections. It was named for Sen. Benjamin
“Pitchfork Ben" Tillman, a democrat from South Carolina.
(SFEC, 10/5/97, p.D9)(SFEC, 7/16/00, p.A8)
1911 Oct 29, Joseph Pulitzer
(1847), Hungary-born American newspaperman, died in Charleston, S.C.
In 2002 Denis Brian authored "Pulitzer: A Life." In 2010 James
McGrath Morris authored “Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and
1914 Mar 26, William
Westmoreland, U.S. army general and head of all ground forces in
South Vietnam during the Vietnam War, was born in Saxon, SC.
(HN, 3/26/99)(SS, 3/26/02)
1915 Jul 8, Charles Hard
Townes, physicist (developed lasers), was born in Greenville, SC.
1916 Anthony Crawford, black
farmer and father of 13 children, was beaten and lynched In
Abbeyville, South Carolina, following an argument with a white
(Econ, 6/18/05, p.29)
1922 Mar 12, Lane Kirkland
(d,1999), later 16-year president of the AFL-CIO (1979-1995), was
born in Camden.
(SFEC, 8/15/99, p.D8)
1924 Apr 13, Stanley Donen,
film director, producer (Bedazzled, Damn Yankees), was born in SC.
1924 Strom Thurmond (22), later
SC Senator, fathered a daughter, with house servant Carrie Butler
(16) while living in his parents' home in Edgefield, South Carolina.
In 2003 the Thurmond family finally acknowledged that Ms. Essie May
Washington-Williams was his illegitimate, biracial daughter.
(SFC, 12/16/03, p.A2)
1926 Jun 11, Carlisle Floyd,
composer (Slow Dusk), was born in Latta, SC.
1927 Jan 17, Eartha Kitt
(d.2008), American singer and actress (Catwoman-Batman), was born in
1927 Feb 20, Golfers in SC were
arrested for violating Sabbath.
1927 Feb 27, For the 2nd Sunday
in a row golfers in SC were arrested for violating Sabbath.
1927 Aug 25, Althea Gibson
(d.2003), Wimbledon's 1st black tennis champion (1957), was born in
(HN, 8/25/98)(WSJ, 9/29/03, p.A1)
1928 Jan 26, Eartha Kitt,
singer, actress (Catwoman-Batman), was born in SC.
1928 James B. Davis (1916-2007)
organized the Dixie Hummingbirds from members of his church choir in
Greenville, SC. In 1973 the group backed Paul Simon in the hit
“Loves Me Like a Rock." In 1999 the House of Blues released a Dixie
Hummingbirds album: “Music in the Air."
(SFC, 4/30/07, p.B8)
1929 Oct 16, Etta Jones (d.2001
at 72), jazz vocalist, was born in Aiken, SC.
(SFC, 10/18/01, p.A21)
1939 Caroline Hembel (d.2001 at
82) was one of 3 women accepted for the Civilian Pilot Training
Program at the Univ. of South Carolina. She became its 1st female
(SFC, 1/27/01, p.A24)
1941 Mar 25, Carolina Paprika
Mills in Dillon, SC, was incorporated.
1941 Oct 8, Jesse Jackson,
civil rights leader, was born in Greenville, SC.
(HN, 10/8/98)(MC, 10/8/01)
1944 Apr 13, South Carolina
rejected black suffrage.
1947 Apr 16, Financier and
presidential confidant Bernard Baruch, in a speech given during the
unveiling of his portrait in the South Carolina House of
Representatives, coined the term "Cold War" to describe relations
between the United States and the Soviet Union: "Let us not be
deceived -- we are today in the midst of a cold war."
1949 The Briggs vs. Elliot case
was filed in federal court in Charleston. It was later merged with
the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education, in which the 1954 Supreme
Court overturned the “separate but equal" doctrine of racial
segregation in schools.
(SFC, 3/8/01, p.C4)
1949 Time Magazine founder
Henry Luce and his wife donated a large portion of a South Carolina
plantation, which they had acquired in 1936, to Trappist monks, who
built their Mepkin Abbey there.
(Econ, 6/23/12, p.34)
1951 Feb 21, SC House urged
that "Shoeless Joe" Jackson be reinstated.
1951 South Carolina passed an
anti-lynching law in response to the mob murder of Willie Earle, who
was dragged from jail and gunned down in retaliation for the death
of a cabbie.
(SSFC, 5/18/03, p.A6)
1952 Aug 2, Paul David Crews,
murderer (featured in the FBI Most Wanted List), was born in SC.
1953 Mar 11, An American B-47
accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb on South Carolina, however the
bomb did not go off due to 6 safety catches.
(HN, 3/11/98)(MC, 3/11/02)
1953 Jun 10, John R. Edwards,
US Senator, was born Seneca, South Carolina. In 2004 he ran as a
Democrat presidential candidate and then agreed to run for the
vice-presidency under Sen. John Kerry.
(SSFC, 2/29/04, p.D2)(SFC, 7/7/04, p.A9)
1954 Nov 2, Strom Thurmond
(1902-2003) of South Carolina became the 1st US senator elected by
1956 Apr 8, Six marine recruits
drowned during exercise at Paradise Island, SC.
1956 May 17, Sugar Ray
[Charles] Leonard, boxer (Olympics-gold-76) was born in Willington,
1957 Aug 29, Congress passed
the Civil Rights Act of 1957. South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond
(then a Democrat) ended a filibuster against a civil rights bill
after talking for 24 hours and 18 minutes. Arnold Aronson (d.1998 at
86) help to lobby for the bill.
(AP, 8/29/97)(SFC, 2/20/98, p.A23)(SSFC,
12/17/00, Par p.15)
1958 Mar 11, A B-47 out of
Hunter AFB in Savannah, Georgia, had just leveled off at 15,000
feet, when a bomb lock failed and dropped a nuclear bomb on the
suburban neighborhood of Florence, South Carolina. The bomb's high
explosives exploded on impact, wrecking a house and injuring several
people on the ground. The extent of radioactive contamination was
never revealed. The device had fallen after Captain Bruce Kulka
accidentally grabbed a lever opening the bomb bay -- almost falling
out himself. It was not fully armed with a fissile core.
1958 Nov 1, Jack Dobbins (30)
was murdered in Charleston, S.C., for having allegedly made sexual
advances. John Mahon (18), the confessed killer, used a brass
candlestick and was later acquitted after using a gay panic
1960 Nov 15, The first
submarine with nuclear missiles, the USS George Washington, took to
sea from Charleston, South Carolina.
1961 Jan 31, In South Carolina
10 black men were arrested for ordering lunch from a whites-only
counter at McCrory’s variety store in Greensboro. One man paid a
fine and the rest became known as the “Friendship Nine." In 2015
prosecutors sought to vacate their arrests and convictions.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendship_Nine)(SFC, 1/28/15, p.A10)
1961 The Confederate flag was
raised over the South Carolina Statehouse to mark the 100th
anniversary of the Civil War.
(SFC, 7/10/15, p.A8)
1966 South Carolina passed a
law banning tattoo parlors.
(WSJ, 7/22/02, p.A1)
1968 Feb 8, At South Carolina
State 3 black students were killed in a confrontation with highway
patrolmen in Orangeburg, during a civil rights protest against a
whites-only bowling alley. Nearly 50 were injured in the Orangeburg
Massacre during confrontations with the National Guard. In 2001 Gov.
Jim Hodges voiced his regret over the massacre. In 1970 Jack Nelson
(1929-2009), LA Times reporter, authored “The Orangeburg Massacre."
(SFEC, 2/22/98, BR p.8)(AP, 2/8/99)(SFC, 2/9/01,
1968 Feb 8, In South Carolina
Lee Roy Martin, called the editor of a local newspaper, and told him
where to find the bodies of two women he'd dumped in the woods. He
threatened to kill even more women until he was "shot down like the
dog I am." Clues in the area led to Martin's arrest. Martin, dubbed
the “Gaffney Strangler," was convicted of four murders and sentenced
to four life terms. In 1972, he was stabbed to death in his cell.
1970 The Bob Jones Univ. in
Greenville lost its federal tax exempt status due to its ban on
interracial dating and marriage. This was the first year that
African Americans were admitted to the school
(SFC, 10/24/98, p.A3)(SFC, 3/10/00, p.A5)
1970 The Babcock Center was
founded as a nonprofit facility to care for the mentally ill. It
eventually became South Carolina’s largest provider of
(WSJ, 9/13/05, p.A1)
1971-1975 John C. West (d.2004) served as
Democratic governor of South Carolina.
(SFC, 3/24/04, p.B7)
1974 Apr 3, A series of 148
deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before
jumping across the border into Canada; some 330 people were killed
in 13 states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,
Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Total property damage was
estimated at $600 million. In 2007 Mark Levine authored “F5:
Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the
(AP, 4/3/99)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(SSFC, 9/4/05,
p.A7)(WSJ, 6/16/07, p.P10)
1976 Mar 20, In South Carolina
Elizabeth Ann Howell Wilson disappeared after working a shift at a
textile mill. Her body and vehicle were later found in a rural
community. In 2020 Charles Ugvine Coleman (65) was arrested
andcharged with rape and murder after DNA evidence linked him to her
(SFC, 10/24/20, p.A4)
1980 Pat Conroy authored “The
Lords of Discipline," based on the Citadel academy in Charleston,
(NW, 10/14/02, p.63)
1982 Jan, In South Carolina
Dorothy Ely Edwards (75) was raped and stabbed 52 times. Edward Lee
Elmore was convicted twice for the murder but DNA evidence in 2000
suggested that he was innocent. In 2005 his sentence was commuted to
life in prison. In 2012 Raymond Bonner authored “Anatomy of Justice:
A Murder Case Gone Wrong."
(SFC, 12/22/00, p.A7)(Econ, 2/18/12, p.84)
1982 Video poker began as a
back-room game of dubious legality. It gained judicial and
legislative sanction in the 1990s.
(WSJ, 12/2/97, p.A1)
1983 Hilton Head Island was
(SSFC, 1/19/03, p.C12)
1983 Christy Johnson (86) was
stabbed 27 times and his wife Corrie (82) was stabbed 17 times. They
were cousins of Andrew Lavern Smith, who rented a house from them.
Smith was convicted and executed in 1998.
(SFC, 12/19/98, p.A15)
1984 Mar, A storm system
spawned 22 twisters in the Carolinas that killed 57 people,
including 42 in North Carolina, and injured hundreds.
1984 Gov. Richard Riley of
South Carolina pushed thru his Education Improvement Act.
(Econ, 4/2/05, p.30)
1985 Jan 21, 19F (-28C) was
recorded at Caesar's Head, South Carolina, a state record. 34F
(-37C) was recorded at Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina, a state record.
1986 South Carolina-based 3D
Systems introduced the first commercially available 3-D printer,
pioneering the development of stereolithography.
(Econ, 9/5/09, TQ p.28)
1988 Mar 5, Vice President
George Bush won the South Carolina Republican primary, with Kansas
Senator Bob Dole running a distant second, followed by Pat Robertson
and New York Congressman Jack Kemp.
1988 Mar 12, Rev. Jesse Jackson
won the Democratic precinct caucuses in his native South Carolina.
1988 Salvage operations by
Tommy Thompson hauled in $500 million worth of gold bars, coins and
nuggets from the SS Central America that sank in 1857 off Cape
Romain, SC. Thompson had raised more than $12 million from 161
investors to fund the search. Investors never saw any of the
proceeds. Thompson became a fugitive in 2012 and was arrested in
2015 at a hotel in Florida. As of 2020 Thompson (68) was still in
federal prison with more than $1.7 million in fines for refusing to
assist prosecutors in recovery of the treasure.
(SSFC, 12/20/20, p.A10)
1989 Sep 21, Hurricane Hugo,
packing winds of up to 135 mph, crashed into Charleston, S.C.
1989 Sep 24, Residents of
Charleston, S.C., attended church services as they faced a third day
of recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Hugo. Hugo caused 56
deaths in the Caribbean and 29 in the United States. The storm hit
Guadeloupe, Montserrat, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico
before striking South Carolina.
(AP, 9/24/99)(AP, 9/11/04)
1992 Jun, BMW executives
announced that the company was building its first full production
facility outside of Germany in Greenville, South Carolina. The first
BMW to roll off the production line in September 1994 was a 318i
sedan as the plant transformed into BMW's largest facility in the
(Good Morning America, 12/13/19)
1993 Jul 23, In South Carolina
Larry Demery and Daniel Green came upon James Jordan sleeping in his
car and proceeded to rob him. As Jordan awoke Green shot Jordan, the
56-year-old father of basketball star Michael Jordan. Green was
found guilty of murder in April 1995, largely based on the testimony
of his life-long friend, Larry Demery, and was sentenced to life in
prison. Demery pleaded guilty in May 1995 and was sentenced to life
in prison. Both killers were sentenced at the Robeson County
Courthouse in Lumberton, North Carolina.
1993 Aug 3, James Jordan
(b.1936), the father of basketball star Michael Jordan, was found
dead in a South Carolina creek, 11 days after he was slain; his
remains were not identified until Aug. 13.
1993 Sep 18, Kimberly Clarice
Aiken of South Carolina was crowned Miss America at the pageant in
Atlantic City, N.J.
1993 Oct 26, National Football
League owners selected Carolina as the 29th NFL franchise.
1994 Jan 20, Shannon Faulkner
became the first woman to attend classes at The Citadel in South
Carolina. She joined the cadet corps in August 1995, under court
order, but soon dropped out, citing isolation and stress.
1994 Apr, A 6-year-old boy was
killed in an accident due to a defective rear latch of a Chrysler
minivan. In 1997 a jury in South Carolina
ordered Chrysler Corp. to pay $262.5 mil to the parents. $250 mil
was for punitive damages.
(SFC, 10/9/97, p.A6)
1994 Nov 3, Susan Smith of
Union (23), S.C., was arrested for drowning her two young sons, nine
days after claiming the children had been abducted by a black
carjacker. She was convicted on July 22, 1995, of murdering her two
sons, aged 3 and 14 months, when she drove her car into a local
lake. She was later sentenced to life in prison. Smith will be
eligible for parole on November 4, 2024, after serving a minimum of
thirty years. She is currently incarcerated at Leath Correctional
Institution, near Greenwood, South Carolina.
1994 Nov 4, In Union, S.C.,
townspeople jeered as Susan Smith was led into court, a day after
the 23-year-old secretary was arrested and charged with murder in
the drowning of her sons, 3-year-old Michael and 14-month-old
1994 Nov 6, About 300 people
crowded a small church in Union, S.C., for the funeral of 3-year-old
Michael and 14-month-old Alex Smith, who'd been drowned by their
mother, Susan Smith.
1994 The Carolina Panthers and
Jacksonville Jaguars, expansion football teams, began playing. They
benefited from a newly established salary cap.
1995 Jan 16, In Union, S.C., a
prosecutor announced he would seek the death penalty for Susan
Smith, the woman accused of drowning her sons, 3-year-old Michael
and 14-month-old Alex. Smith was later convicted of murder and
sentenced to life in prison.
1995 Jan 22, The Macedonia
Baptist Church in Manning, S.C., burned down. Arson was suspected
and investigations by the FBI and ATF were later begun. Four
Klansmen were later arrested and convicted.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A16)(SFEC, 7/21/98, p.A3)
1995 Jun 20-21, The Mount Zion
AME Church in Greeley Ville, S.C., was destroyed by fire. On the
next day the Macedonia Baptist Church in Bloomville was burned. In
1996 two KKK members, Gary Cox and Timothy Welch, were charged in
federal court for setting the fires. They pleaded guilty on 8/14/96.
Former Klansmen Hubert Rowell and Arthur Haley pleaded guilty to 4
counts of conspiracy in the fires in Dec 1996. In 1998 the Christian
Knights of KKK and Horace King, Grand Dragon of South Carolina, were
ordered to pay $37.8 million in damages for the burning of the
Macedonia Baptist church.
(SFC, 7/9/96, p.A6)(SFC, 8/15/96, p.A4)(SFC,
12/10/96, p.A3)(SFC, 7/25/98, p.A3)
1995 Aug 14, Shannon Faulkner
officially became the first female cadet in the history of The
Citadel, South Carolina's state military college. She quit the
school less than a week later, citing the stress of her court fight,
and her isolation among the male cadets.
1995 Aug 18, Shannon Faulkner,
who’d won a two-and-a-half-year legal battle to become the first
female cadet at The Citadel, quit the South Carolina military
college after less than a week, most of it spent in the infirmary.
After her departure, the male cadets openly celebrated on the
campus. By May 2005, The Citadel's Corps of Cadets included 118
female cadets, 6% of the total student population.
1996 Oct 27, In South Carolina
Joshua Grant Kennedy, a Ku Klux Klan member, fired 11 times into a
crowd of black teenagers outside a nightclub and wounded three
teens. Kennedy was sentenced to 26 years in prison in 1998.
(SFC, 9/30/98, p.A3)
1996 Mary French (38) set out
to provide every third-grader in the state with a dictionary. In
2002 she began expanding her project to other states.
(WSJ, 3/4/02, p.A1)
1997 Jan 12, Two recently
enrolled female cadets at South Carolina’s Citadel Academy announced
they were not returning for the spring semester, citing harassment
by male cadets.
1997 Sep, A 10-day-old infant
died in a sweltering car while her mother played video poker.
(WSJ, 12/2/97, p.A1)
1997 Dec 2, It was reported
that video poker takes in $2 billion a year in South Carolina.
(WSJ, 12/2/97, p.A1)
1998 Mar 10, In South Carolina
the FBI received a videotape made by Daniel Rudolph, brother of
abortion clinic bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph, in which he
amputated his left hand with a circular saw.
(SFC, 3/11/98, p.A3)
1998 Jul 6, A planned shipment
of nuclear rods was to be transported across Northern California,
Nevada and Utah to Idaho for processing before final storage in
South Carolina. The federal government had made 154 secret shipments
of spent nuclear fuel rods over the last 40 years. Four more
shipments from 7 Asian countries were planned to occur by 2009.
(SFC, 7/6/98, p.a1)
1998 Dec 7, South Carolina
ended its participation in the antitrust case against Microsoft.
(SFC, 11/6/99, p.A3)
1998 Dec 18, In South Carolina
the 500th execution took place since capital punishment was resumed
in 1977. Andrew Lavern Smith died by lethal injection for his 1983
murder of an elderly couple.
(SFC, 12/19/98, p.A15)
1998 The Cross Island Parkway,
South Carolina’s 1st modern toll road, opened.
(SSFC, 1/19/03, p.C12)
1999 Feb, South Carolina
removed its provision against interracial marriages.
(SFC, 4/17/99, p.A4)
1999 May 8, Nancy Mace (21)
became the first woman to graduate from The Citadel state military
(SFC, 5/3/99, p.A9)
1999 Oct 14, The state Supreme
Court ruled that the video poker machines in the state must be
unplugged by June 30.
(SFC, 10/15/99, p.A3)
2000 Jan 17, In Columbia, South
Carolina, some 46,000 demonstrators marched on the Statehouse and
called for the removal on the Confederate flag.
(SFC, 1/18/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 3, In South Carolina
Bob Jones Univ. lifted its ban on interracial dating.
(SFC, 3/4/00, p.A1)
2000 May 1, The governor
approved the observance of the Martin Luther King holiday, the last
state to do so, and a Confederate Memorial Day for May 10.
(WSJ, 5/1/00, p.A1)
2000 May 23, Gov. Jim Hodges
signed legislation to remove the Confederate flag from the
Statehouse on Jul 1.
(SFC, 5/24/00, p.A7)
2000 Jul 1, The Confederate
flag was removed from the Statehouse dome, where it had flown since
1962. A smaller version was hoisted in front of the Statehouse at
the Confederate Soldier Monument.
(SFEC, 7/2/00, p.A3)
2000 Aug 8, The Civil War
submarine Hunley was raised and returned to Charleston, SC. State
Sen. Glenn McConnell raised funds for the Hunley project, which by
2006 reached $13.8 million, with another $15.5 million committed.
(SFC, 8/9/00, p.A3)(Econ, 4/10/04, p.25)
2000 In South Carolina a
Confederate flag was relocated to a 30-foot (10-meter) flag pole
alongside a memorial to Confederate war dead on the State House
lawn. It had been raised in the early 1960s atop the State House
dome in defiance of the civil rights movement then sweeping the
2000 Johnnie Lee Gray (58),
self taught African-American painter from Spartanburg SC, died. His
paintings included “The Revolution: We Shall Overcome."
(WSJ, 12/3/02, p.D4)
2001 Aug 16, Floyd Spence,
Republican congressman since 1971, died at age 73.
(SFC, 8/17/01, p.D1)
2001 In South Carolina
Christopher Pittman (12) killed his grandparents with a shotgun and
then torched their rural home. He later blame the anti-depressant
zoloft for his actions. In 2005 he was found guilty and sentenced to
30 years in prison.
(SFC, 2/16/05, p.A4)
2002 Jun 13, A federal judge
blocked SC Gov. Jim Hodges’ suit to block a plutonium shipment from
Rocky Flats in Colorado to the Savannah River Site nuclear facility
(SFC, 6/14/02, p.A3,E6)
2002 Dec 5, A severe ice and
snow storm snarled the eastern US down into the Carolinas, where
over a million customers lost power. 29 deaths were blamed on the
storm and its aftermath.
(SFC, 12/6/02, p.A3)(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.A14)
2003 Jun 26, Strom Thurmond
(1902-2003), former South Carolina Senator, died at 100.
(SFC, 6/27/03, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/27/03, p.A1)
2003 Dec 8, In Abbeville, S.C.,
Arthur Bixby and his son Stephen (36) killed 2 police officers
during a 13-hour standoff. They refused to give up some of their
land for a highway.
(SFC, 12/10/03, p.A6)
2004 Jan 25, In Greenville, SC,
a fire at a Comfort Inn left 6 people dead.
(SFC, 1/26/04, p.A3)
2004 Mar 12, In S. Carolina a
Navy bus crashed into a tractor-trailer on Highway 17, 60 miles SW
of Charleston, and 3 sailors were killed.
(SFC, 2/13/04, p.A1)
2004 Mar 21, John C. West (81),
former Democratic governor of South Carolina (1971-1975), died. He
was also a former ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
(SFC, 3/24/04, p.B7)
2004 Aug 29, Tropical storm
Gaston hit South Carolina.
(SFC, 8/30/04, p.A3)
2004 South Carolina repealed a
law limiting firearms purchases to one a month. The measure, dating
back to the 1970s, had been designed to stop gun trafficking.
(Econ, 6/27/15, p.21)
2005 Jan 6, In South Carolina a
freight train carrying chlorine gas struck a parked train, killing
eight people and injuring more than 240 others, nearly all of them
sickened by a toxic cloud that at nightfall persisted over the small
textile town of Graniteville.
2005 Feb 15, Christopher
Pittman, a teen who claimed the antidepressant Zoloft had driven him
to kill his grandparents at age 12, was found guilty in Charleston,
S.C., of murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
2005 Mar 31, South Carolina
defeated Saint Joseph's, 60-57, in the NIT championship game.
2005 Apr, Gov. Mark Sanford of
South Carolina pushed for a “Put Parents in Charge Act" to provide
tuition credits to parents who want to teach their children at home
of send them to private or parochial schools.
(Econ, 4/2/05, p.30)
2005 A circuit judge ruled that
South Carolina had no obligation to repair tumbledown facilities or
raise teacher’s pay. In 2006 the film “Corridor of Shame" was used
in a campaign to make public the dilapidated conditions of South
Carolina’s rural schools.
(Econ, 6/10/06, p.28)
2006 Apr, Sue Ellen Wooldridge,
the US government’s top environmental prosecutor, purchased a
$980,000 vacation home at Kiawah Island, SC, along with J. Steven
Griles, an oil and gas lobbyist, and Donald R. Duncan, a
vice-president for ConocoPhilips. 9 months later Wooldridge agreed
to let ConocoPhillips delay a half-billion-dollar pollution cleanup.
(SFC, 2/15/07, p.A6)
2006 May 26, Tiffany Marie
Souers (b.1986), a Junior Civil Engineering major at Clemson
University, was found dead in her apartment at The Reserve in
Central, SC. In 2009 Jerry Buck Inman was sentenced to death for
raping and strangling Souers.
(www.clemsonwiki.com/wiki/Tiffany_Marie_Souers)(SFC, 4/23/09, p.A4)
2006 Jul 16, Robert Brooks
(b.1937), chairman of Hooters of America, died in South Carolina. He
made a fortune selling chicken wings served by scantily clad
2006 Jul 17, Mickey Spillane
(b.1918), American mystery writer, died in South Carolina. His 13
Mike Hammer novels began with “I, the Jury" (1946). A number of his
books were made into films including “The Girl Hunters" (1963) in
which he played the starring role.
(SFC, 7/18/06, p.B5)(Econ, 7/29/06, p.78)
2006 Sep 17, In South Carolina
Vinson Filyaw (36) was arrested and charged with raping a
14-year-old girl. Filyaw had abducted the girl on Sep 6 and kept her
in an underground bunker. The girl was rescued Sep 16 after she used
Filyaw’s cell phone to send a text message to her mother.
(SFC, 9/18/06, p.A4)
2006 Sep 27, In Charleston,
South Carolina, a video store was held up by a group of children,
including a 14-year-old girl suspected of wielding a BB gun that
looked like a pistol. City Council member Larry Shirley, reacting
later to the video store holdup, said parents who can't properly
care for their kids should be sterilized.
2006 Sep 30, Police in North
Charleston, SC, discovered the bodies of Detra Rainey and her 4
children. Michael Simmons (41), her husband but not the father of
the children, was charged the next day with the murders.
(SFC, 10/2/06, p.A3)
2006 Oct 17, Pres. Bush signed
into law a bill to provide grant money for the Gullah/Geechee
Cultural Heritage Corridor. In September Congress had declared a
swathe of coastline from North Carolina to Florida the
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, in an effort to preserve
the region’s distinctive black culture and creole language.
2007 Apr 21, A US Navy Blue
Angel jet went down during an air show in South Carolina, plunging
into a neighborhood of small homes and trailers and killing the
2007 Apr 26, In Orangeburg,
S.C., 8 Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered for their first
debate of the 2008 campaign.
2007 May 23, In South Carolina
Al Parish (49), an economics instructor at Charleston southern
Univ., pleaded not guilty to 10 federal mail and wire fraud counts.
He was accused of defrauding clients of $50 million.
(SFC, 5/29/07, p.C3)
2007 Jun 18, In Charleston, SC,
a fire swept through a furniture warehouse, collapsing the
building's roof and claiming the lives of nine firefighters.
2007 Jun 19, Thomas Ravenel,
treasurer of South Carolina, was indicted on federal cocaine
(WSJ, 6/20/07, p.A1)
2007 Aug 16, US officials said
C&D Distributors in Lexington, South Carolina, collected about
$20.5 million over six years from the Pentagon for fraudulent
shipping costs, including $998,798 for sending two 19-cent washers
to a Texas base. The firm was run by sisters Charlene Corley and
Darlene Wooten (d.2006).
(Reuters, 8/16/07)(Econ, 8/25/07, p.31)
2007 Aug 4, Yousef Megahed (21)
of Egypt and Ahmed Mohamed (24) of Kuwait, students from the Univ.
of South Florida, were arrested following a speeding stop in the
vicinity of the Naval Weapons Station, located in Goose Creek, South
Carolina. Pipe bombs were found in their vehicle. They were later
indicted for carrying explosives across state lines. In 2008 Ahmed
Abdellatif Sherif Mohamed pleaded guilty in a Tampa court to making
a video demonstrating how to build a remote bomb detonator to help
9/1/07, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/19/08, p.A2)
2007 Charleston, South
Carolina, opened a slavery museum.
(Econ, 10/1/11, p.34)
2008 Jan 19, In South Carolina
John McCain (33%) bested Mike Huckabee (30%), a former Arkansas
governor, in a GOP fight that focused on the economy.
(AP, 1/20/08)(SSFC, 1/20/08, p.A6)
2008 Jan 26, Barack Obama
routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the racially charged South Carolina
primary, regaining campaign momentum in the prelude to a Feb. 5
coast-to-coast competition for more than 1,600 Democratic National
Convention delegates. Nearly complete returns showed Obama winning
55% of the vote, Clinton gaining 27%. Edwards had 18% and won only
his home county of Oconee. The South Carolina Democratic Party broke
its own turnout record in the presidential primary.
2008 Apr 26, In South Carolina,
Nathaniel Dickson (18) was arrested for the shooting of his father
(46), stepmother, stepsister and younger brother. The family was
found shot dead earlier in the day at their home just outside of
(SFC, 4/28/08, p.A4)
2008 Apr 28, In South Carolina
the new 140-acre Hard Rock Park opened for business in Myrtle Beach.
The official opening was set for May 9. The park closed in
September. On Jan 6, 2009, a Delaware court approved a request the
company to begin liquidating. Private investors had put up some $75
million for the park and raised another $320 million in debt to fund
2008 Jun 11, In South Carolina
a bill allowing an “I Believe" license plate with the image of a
cross and a stained glass window became law after Gov. Mark Sanford
declined to veto it. The state legislature allowed several
religious-themed bills to become laws in its closing session.
(SFC, 6/13/08, p.A5)
2008 Sep, The City Council of
Myrtle Beach, SC, adopted a series of anti-motorcycle rally laws to
discourage bikers from their annual May rallies.
(SSFC, 5/3/09, p.A9)
2008 Oct 7, Lee W. Dubois (32)
of Lexington, SC, a former Army contractor, pleaded guilty to
stealing nearly $40 million worth of jet and diesel fuel from a US
Army base in Iraq and selling it on the black market. Dubois
admitted he and others used false paperwork to draw more than 10
million gallons of fuel from Camp Liberty in Baghdad between October
2007 and May.
2009 Apr 24, South Carolina's
worst wildfire in at least three decades threatened to intensify
after a lull overnight, when calm winds and firebreaks helped
contain the blaze that demolished homes and roared through woods
just miles from the most-populated stretch of the state's tourist
2009 Jun 4, South Carolina’s
Supreme Court ordered Gov. Mark Sanford to request $700 million in
federal stimulus money, which was aimed primarily at struggling
(SFC, 6/5/09, p.A6)
2009 Jun 24, South Carolina
Republican Gov. Mark Stanford confessed to having an affair with a
woman in Argentina and resigned as head of the Republican Governors
(SFC, 6/25/09, p.A6)
2009 Jul 2, In South Carolina 2
victims were found in their family's small furniture and appliance
shop near downtown Gaffney around closing time. Stephen Tyler (45)
was killed. His daughter, Abby Tyler (15) died from her wounds on
July 4. A day earlier and about seven miles away, family
members found the bodies of Hazel Linder (83) and her 50-year-old
daughter, Gena Linder Parker, bound and shot in Linder's home. The
killing spree began June 27, about 10 miles from Tyler Home Center,
where peach farmer Kline Cash (63) was found shot in his living
(AP, 7/4/09)(SSFC, 7/5/09, p.A11)
2009 Jul 6, In North Carolina
suspected killer Patrick Burris (41), a career criminal paroled just
two months ago, was shot to death by officers investigating a
burglary complaint at a home in Gastonia, 30 miles from Gaffney, SC,
where the killing spree started June 27.
2009 Sep 9, President Barack
Obama, in a major speech before Congress, promised to overhaul the
nation's health care system. Not a single Republican has endorsed
any of the plans approved so far by four House and Senate
committees. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., heckled Obama with a shout of
“You lie!" regarding Obama’s assertion of no planned medical care to
illegal immigrants. Wilson soon apologized but refused to do so on
the House floor.
(AP, 9/9/09)(SFC, 9/11/09, p.A18)
2009 Sep 25, In South Carolina
a medical helicopter, which had just dropped off a patient in
Charleston, crashed near Georgetown killing the pilot, a flight
nurse and a paramedic.
(SSFC, 9/27/09, p.A8)
2009 Oct 15, Two F-16 planes
collided around 8:30 p.m. about 40 miles off Folly Beach, near
Charleston, SC. One jet, piloted by Capt. Lee Bryant, landed safely
at Charleston Air Force Base. The missing plane was piloted by Capt.
2009 Nov 4, In South Carolina
Rodell Vereen, caught on video having sex with a horse, was
sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty for the
second time in two years to abusing the creature.
2009 Dec 11, Jenny Sanford,
South Carolina's first lady, filed for divorce more than five months
after his tearful public confession of an affair with an Argentine
woman. The former Wall Street vice president helped launch her
husband's political career and has been a quiet presence since her
husband took office in 2003.
2009 Dec 16, South Carolina
lawmakers voted to formally rebuke Gov. Mark Sanford, sparing him
from impeachment over secret trips to his Argentine mistress and his
use of state planes.
(SFC, 12/17/09, p.A12)
2010 Mar, US and Chilean
engineers extracted Chile's last batch of highly enriched uranium
(HEU), 18 kg (40 pounds), from reactors near Santiago and shipped it
to the US. It was then driven to the Savannah River Site in SC and
the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Ten., where much of
it would be converted to safer fuel and resold for nuclear power.
2010 May 1, In South Carolina
Lee County Sheriff E. J. Melvin was arrested after the FBI caught
him calling drug dealers to tip them off or extort them after
receiving a list of possible dealers in his county.
(SFC, 5/4/10, p.A4)
2010 May 11, In Jordan John
Zinn (33), president and chief executive officer of South
Carolina-based Defense Venture Group, died. A top security official
said an investigation showed that Zinn was "highly intoxicated." He
was in Amman for a military exhibition. Security officials said he
fell to his death from the second floor of a deserted building in
Amman. Preliminary reports show no indication of foul play or
2010 Aug 16, In South Carolina
Shaquan Duley suffocated her 2 sons, ages 3 years and 14 months, put
their bodies into a car and rolled the car into the North Edisto
River. On March 16, 2012, she pleaded guilty to murder charges.
(SFC, 3/17/12, p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/75e5z3u)
2010 Oct 6, The American Civil
Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of Prison Legal News against a
county jail in Moncks Corner, SC, over a policy barring inmates from
having any reading material other than the Bible.
(SFC, 10/7/10, p.A6)
2010 Nov 2, Nikki Haley (38)
won election as governor of South Carolina, the first
Indian-American female governor in US history. The Tea Party-backed
Republican candidate won 51% of the vote against Democratic state
Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who received 47%.
2011 Mar 2, In Germany a gunman
shot dead 2 US airmen at Frankfurt airport. The gunman was
identified as Arid Uka (21), a Kosovo national who was working on a
short-term contract at the Frankfurt international postal center.
The airmen were later identified as Senior Airman Nick Alden (25) of
South Carolina and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback (21) of
Virginia. On Feb 10, 2012,Uka was convicted and sentenced to life in
(AP, 3/2/11)(Reuters, 3/3/11)(AP, 3/10/11)
2011 Apr 5, Storms pummeled the
US South with tornadoes. At least 8 people were reported killed in
the Carolinas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.
(SFC, 4/6/11, p.A11)
2011 May 2, In South Carolina
Barnard Bailey (54), an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by
Eutawville police officer Richard Combs. In 2014 Combs (38) was
charged with murder.
(http://tinyurl.com/q3getfv)(SFC, 12/5/14, p.A18)
2011 Jul 2, In South Carolina
Kenneth Myers (46) killed his wife, her twin sister, their mother
and his ex-wife in a late night killing spree near Wagener. He took
his own life early the next morning as police chased him in a car.
(SFC, 7/4/11, p.A4)
2011 Nov 16, At least six
people were killed and dozens more injured as a storm system that
spawned several possible tornadoes moved across the Southeast.
Suspected tornadoes were reported in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama
and South Carolina.
2011 Nov 20, It was reported
that South Carolina authorities have charged one person in
connection with the mess of roughly 250,000 tires, which covers more
than 50 acres on satellite images. Records showed the property is
owned by Michael Keitt Jr. of Far Rockaway, NY.
2012 Jan 21, Former House
Speaker Newt Gingrich beat Mit Romney in the South Carolina
Republican primary 40% to 28%. Rick Santorum took 3rd place with 17%
and Ron Paul came in 4th with 13%.
2012 Jan 28, In Aiken, South
Carolina, Joshua Tremaine Jones (26) shot and killed police Master
Cpl. Sandra Rogers (49) as she responded to a report of suspicious
activity. Jones was soon arrested and also faced murder charges for
the death of his girlfriend Cayce Vice (26).
(SFC, 1/30/12, p.A5)
2012 Oct 10, In South Carolina
a 3-judge panel upheld a state law requiring voters to present photo
identification, but delayed enforcement until next year.
(SFC, 10/11/12, p.A4)
2012 Oct 29, The HMS Bounty, a
three-masted replica of the ship featured in the film "Mutiny on the
Bounty," sank 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, NC, as it tried to go
around Hurricane Sandy. 14 people were rescued and two remained
2012 Oct, News broke that an
int’l. computer hacker had stolen from the South Carolina
Dept. of Revenue’s data base the tax records of every state citizen
who has filed a tax return online since 1998. This was to date the
largest cyber attack against a state tax agency in US history. It
took 10 days for the intruder’s acces to be blocked.
(Econ, 12/1/12, p.34)
2012 Nikki Haley (b.1972),
governor of South Carolina, authored her memoir “Can’t Is Not an
2013 May 7, In South Carolina
former Gov. Mark Sanford defeated Democratic businesswoman Elizabeth
Colbert Busch in a special House election for the state’s first
congressional district, despite an expansive effort among Democrats
to turn the district blue for the first time in more than 30 years.
(SFC, 5/8/13, p.A11)
2013 Aug 4, In South Carolina a
small plane crashed near a subdivision in Conway killing all 3
(SFC, 8/5/13, p.A3)
2013 Oct 30, In South Carolina
Bryan Sweatt (27) shot and killed his one-time girlfriend, her
parents and two children befor killing himself.
(SFC, 10/31/13, p.A6)
2013 The mobile phone app Yik
Yak was created by Tyler Droll (24) and Brooks Buffington (24),
recent graduates of South Carolina’s Furman Univ.
(SSFC, 3/15/15, p.D2)
2014 Jan 24, In South Carolina
Justin Singleton (19) was arrested soon after he killed student
Brandon Robinson (20), a member of the school’s football team.
2014 Feb, The US Navy announced
that it had discovered cheating on qualification exams by an
estimated 20-30 sailors seeking to be certified as instructors at
the nuclear training unit at Charleston, SC. In August at least 34
sailors were kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating
ring that operated undetected for at least seven years.
(SFC, 8/21/14, p.A4)
2014 May 10, Police in South
Carolina arrested John Jordon (47) for fatally stabbing his
estranged wife, Tracy Jordan (39), a day earlier in New Jersey.
(SSFC, 5/11/14, p.A16444)
2014 Sep 4, South Carolina
State Trooper Sean Groubert shot and wounded an unarmed black man
seconds after a traffic stop. In 2016 Groubert pleaded guilty to
assault and battery and faced up to 20 years in prison.
2014 Nov 12, A US federal judge
struck down South Carolina’s sam-sex marriage ban as
unconstitutional, but gave the state a week to appeal.
(SFC, 11/13/14, p.A6)
2015 Feb 5, At the Univ. of
South Carolina Sunghee Kwon (46) shot and killed her ex-husband Raja
Fayad (45), an anatomy professor, and then committed suicide with a
gunshot to her stomach.
(SFC, 2/7/15, p.A6)
2015 Feb 26, More than 220,000
homes and businesses remained without power in North Carolina and
South Carolina today due to a winter storm with high winds.
2015 Apr 4, In South Carolina
Walter Scott (50) was shot in North Charleston after a scuffle that
began with his being stopped for a broken tail light in his car. A
video soon emerged showing officer Michael Slager (33) repeatedly
shooting a fleeing and apparently unarmed black man in the back. On
April 7 Slager was arrested and charged with murder. On June 8
Slager was indicted on a murder charge. In October Scott’s family
reached a $6.5 million settlement with North Charleston. On Dec 5,
2016, a judge declared a mistrial after a jury deadlocked in
Slager’s murder trial. On May 2, 2017 Slager pleaded guilty to
federal civil rights charges in a plea bargain that dropped murder
(AP, 4/8/15)(SFC, 6/9/15, p.A6)(SFC, 10/9/15,
p.A6)(SFC, 12/6/16, p.A7)(SFC, 5/3/17, p.A5)
2015 May 18, South Carolina
Sen. Lindsey Graham all but confirmed that he will run for the 2016
Republican presidential nomination, saying he believes he'd be the
best commander in chief amid continued Middle East unrest.
2015 Jun 17, In South Carolina
white gunman Dylann Storm Roof (21) shot and killed 9 people at the
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. The dead
included state Sen. Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney. Roof was arrested the
next day in Shelby, NC.
(AFP, 6/18/15)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.A9)
2015 Jun 20, In South Carolina
several thousand protesters gathered under the controversial
Confederate flag at the state legislature, demanding it be taken
down in response to the June 17 Charleston church massacre.
2015 Jun 23, South Carolina
lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to consider removing the Confederate
flag from their State House grounds. Gov. Nikki Haley called for the
flag to be moved to a museum a day earlier.
(SFC, 6/24/15, p.A8)
2015 Jun 27, In South Carolina
a protester scaled a flagpole on the grounds of the state
legislature at dawn and removed the Confederate flag. Bree Newsome
(30), a black woman, and James Ian Tyson, a white man, were charged
with defacing a monument.
2015 Jul 7, the South Carolina
Senate gave final approval to a bill for removing the Confederate
flag from a pole in front of the State House. The proposal still
needed to pass the state House.
(SFC, 7/8/15, p.A8)
2015 Jul 7, In South Carolina
an F-16 fighter jet smashed into a Cessna 150 killing 2 people in
the small plane. Maj. Aaron Johnson ejected safely.
(SFC, 7/8/15, p.A9)
2015 Jul 8, The South Carolina
House approved taking down the Confederate flag from the Capitol
grounds. Gov. Nikki Haley was expected to sign it.
(SFC, 7/9/15, p.A5)
2015 Jul 10, South Carolina’s
divisive Confederate flag came down at the State House in Columbia.
The flag was taken to the nearby Confederate Relic Room and Military
(AFP, 7/10/15)(SFC, 7/11/15, p.A5)
2015 Jul 11, The NAACP passed a
resolution lifting its 15-year economic boycott of South Carolina
after the state took down a Confederate battle flag flying near its
(SFC, 7/13/15, p.A6)
2015 Jul 26, South Carolina
police shot and killed Zachary Hammon (19) during an attempted drug
sting in Seneca. In 2016 Hammon’s family settled a wrongful death
lawsuit against the city for $2.15m.
(SFC, 3/31/16, p.A6)
2015 Oct 4, In South Carolina
floodwaters swamped Columbia after a rainstorm dumped over a foot of
rain overnight. By October 7 the number of weather-related deaths in
the Carolinas rose to at least 17.
(SFC, 10/5/15, p.A7)
2016 Feb 20, Republican
presidential frontrunner Donald Trump grabbed a big win in the South
Carolina primary, while Democrat Hillary Clinton breathed life into
her sluggish campaign with a victory over Bernie Sanders in Nevada.
2016 Feb 27, Hillary Clinton
scored a resounding victory against Bernie Sanders in the Democratic
primary in South Carolina.
2016 Mar 4, Writer Pat Conroy
(b.1945) died at his home in Beaufort, South Carolina. His novels
included “The Great Santini" (1976) and “The Prince of Tides"
2016 May 17, South Carolina
lawmakers passed a bill to restrict abortions beyond 20 weeks. Gov.
Nikki Haley (R) signed the bill on May 25 making South Carolina the
17th state with such a ban.
(CSM, 5/18/16)(SFC, 5/26/16, p.A6)
2016 May 18, In South Carolina
police in Simpsonville arrested 54 people in a 2-day prostitution
(SSFC, 5/22/16, p.A11)
2016 Sep 28, In South Carolina
a teenager killed his father, Jeffrey Osborne, at home and then went
to a nearby elementary school where he opened fire wounding two
students and a teacher in Townville. On October 1 a coroner reported
that Jacob Hill (6) had died of his wounds. In 2019 Osborne was
sentenced to life in prison without parole.
p.A6)(NY Times, 11/15/19)
2016 Oct 9, Almost 2.2 million
homes and businesses were without power morning after Hurricane
Matthew pummeled Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina with
heavy rain and wind.
2016 Nov 3, In South Carolina
Kala Brown (30) was found inside a 30x15 foot container in Woodruff
with chains around her neck and ankles. Todd Christopher Kohlhepp
(45) a registered sex offender, was arrested. Police the next day
found a body on the land nearby. The woman’s boyfriend, Charles
Carver (32), had also been missing after the couple disappeared on
August 31. Kohlhepp soon confessed to at least 7 murders. On Nov 5
warrants were issued charging Kohlhepp with a quadruple murder that
dated back to November 2003. On Nov 9 two more bodies, buried on the
property for almost a year, were identified as Meagan (25) and
Johnny Coxie (29).
(SFC, 11/5/16, p.A9)(AFP, 11/6/16)(SFC, 11/10/16,
p.A7)(SFC, 2/16/17, p.A8)
2016 Nov 23, President-elect
Donald Trump chose South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as US ambassador
to the United Nations, the first woman tapped for a top-level
administration post during his White House transition so far. Trump
charter school advocate Betsy DeVos as his secretary of education.
(AP, 11/23/16)(SFC, 11/24/16, p.A6)
2016 Dec 15, In South Carolina
Dylann Roof (22) was convicted in the slaughter of nine black church
members on June 17, 2015, at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist
(SFC, 12/16/16, p.A10)
2017 Jan 10, In North Carolina
Dylann Roof was sentenced to death for the June 17, 2015, killing of
nine black church members during Bible study in Charleston.
(SFC, 1/11/17, p.A7)
2017 Apr 7, In South Carolina
four inmates were found dead at Kirkland Correctional Institution in
Columbia. Two convicts serving life sentences were soon charged with
(SFC, 4/8/17, p.A5)(SSFC, 4/9/17, p.A12)
2017 Apr 10, In South Carolina
Dylann Roof pleaded guilty to state murder charges and was given
nine consecutive life sentences for the June 2015 shooting that left
nine people dead at the black Emanuel AME Church. He already faced a
(SFC, 4/11/17, p.A5)
2017 May 26, In South Carolina
Todd Kohlhepp pleaded guilty to seven counts of murder over nearly
13 years and other charges. He was arrested when investigators found
a woman last November 3 chained inside a shipping container on his
(SFC, 5/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Jul 5, In South Carolina
the Post and Courier of Charleston reported that Eugen Wright (49)
has sued the city’s police department and four officers for a shoddy
investigation that put him in jail for 25 months on charges that he
had thrown his daughter (1) to the floor in 2014 killing her. A cell
phone proved his alibi and the child’s babysitter was now charged
with the crime.
(SFC, 7/6/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 3, In Brazil federal
police and labor investigators raided a Word of Faith Fellowship
church and school in Franco da Rocha. The South Carolina-based
church was accused of physical and psychological abuse of students
and funneling students from Brazil to the US to work for little or
no pay at church associated businesses.
(SFC, 10/11/17, p.A3)
2017 Aug 24, In South Carolina
fired dishwasher Thomas Demetrius Burns (53) fatally shot a chef and
held a small number of people hostage before he was shot by police
at Virginia’s restaurant in Charleston.
(SFC, 8/25/17, p.A5)(SFC, 8/26/17, p.A5)
2017 Aug 28, South Carolina
indicted former Catholic priest Wayland Brown (74) for molesting two
children in Jasper county almost 40 years ago. Pope John Paul II had
dismissed Brown from the priesthood in 2004 following convictions in
Maryland for abusing two boys.
(SFC, 8/29/17, p.A5)
2017 Sep 12, The World Health
Organization said Hurricane Irma has left about 17,000 people in
desperate need of shelter and has devastated hospitals and health
clinics across the eastern Caribbean islands. At least 43 were left
dead in the Caribbean and at least 11 in Florida, Georgia and South
(AP, 9/12/17)(Reuters, 9/12/17)
2017 Oct 6, In South Carolina
two army privates were killed when a military vehicle struck a
formation of soldiers at the Fort Jackson training base.
(SSFC, 10/8/17, p.A8)
2017 Oct 17, In South Carolina
Timothy Johnson (24) was shot and killed by a boy (3). Albert Davis
(31) was soon charged with murder for giving the boy a gun and
telling him to chase a man around the yard of a home in Warrenville.
(SFC, 10/19/17, p.A4)
2018 Jan 3, A agreement was
proposed to tie up loose ends from two failed nuclear reactors in
South Carolina. The deal could mean $1.3 billion in refunds for
utility customers affected by the failed project. South Carolina
Electric & Gas Co. had abandoned construction reactors at the
V.C. Summer Nuclear Station. Thousands were left jobless in the wake
of the $9 billion failure.
2018 Jan 4, Four people were
reported killed in North Carolina and South Carolina after their
vehicles ran off snow-covered roads. More than 5,000 flights were
reported cancelled across the US.
(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A5)
2018 Feb 4, In South Carolina
an Amtrak passenger train slammed into a parked CSX freight train in
Cayce. Two Amtrak crew members were killed and more than 110 people
injured. Human error and a switch in the wrong position was were
later identified as the cause of the collision.
(SFC, 2/5/18, p.A6)(SFC, 2/16/18, p.A7)
2018 Apr 15, In South Carolina
seven inmates were killed and 17 others injured in a riot at the Lee
Correctional Institution in Bishopville. The maximum security
facility was built in 1993 to house violent offenders and inmates
who exhibit behavioral problems.
2018 Apr 25, In South Carolina
fourteen corrections employees faced federal charges related to
bribery and bringing contraband into the state's institutions.
(SFC, 4/26/18, p.A4)
2018 May 7, In South Carolina
Amber Stanley (24) of Callahan, Florida, and her two young children
died from burns after their car hit a tree and caught fire after
hitting an alligator on I-95.
(http://tinyurl.com/y8qdkt3x)(SFC, 5/9/18, p.A4)
2018 Jun 12, Republican voters
in South Carolina chose state Rep. Katie Arrington over US Rep. Mark
Sanford in a state primary race. Pres. Trump had criticized Sanford
hours before the polls closed.
(SFC, 6/13/18, p.A6)
2018 Jun 19, In South Carolina
Steven Verren Baker (38) of Holly Hill pleaded guilty in Charleston,
again, to smuggling turtles. The latest crimes were committed while
Baker was serving three years' probation after pleading guilty in
2014 to illegally trafficking turtles taken from the wild in South
Carolina for sale in Florida.
2018 Jul 10, In South Carolina
an 11-year-old Danish girl died one day after she was struck by a
vehicle while walking with her parents in Charleston. Jeffrey
William Wakefield (30) of Charleston, was charged with reckless
homicide and driving under the influence resulting in death.
2018 Aug 20, In South Carolina
Cassandra Cline (45) was attacked and killed by an 8-foot alligator
while walking her dog at Sea Pines Resort.
(SFC, 8/21/18, p.A5)
2018 Sep 11, South Carolina
Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million coastal
residents to leave their homes ahead of the projected arrival of
Hurricane Florence on September 13. The governor of neighboring
North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks.
2018 Sep 16, Flooding from
Hurricane Florence spread across the Carolinas as the death toll
climbed to 17.
(SFC, 9/17/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 18, In South Carolina
two women being transported to a mental health facility drowned
after deputies drove their van into flooded waters in Marion County
near Little Pee Dee River. On Dec. 4, 2019, officers Stephen Flood
and Joshua Bishop were charged with reckless homicide and
involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of Wendy Newton (45) and
Nicolette Green (43).
(SFC, 9/20/18, p.A6)(SFC, 1/5/19, p.A7)
2018 Sep 21, Residents in
communities of North Carolina and South Carolina were still being
forced to flee to higher ground eight days after Hurricane Florence
hit with nearly 3 feet of rain. The death toll reached at least 42
(SFC, 9/22/18, p.A7)
2018 Sep 28, In South Carolina
a Marine F-35B crashed with the pilot ejecting safely near Grays
Hill community. The jet costs about $100 million.
(SSFC, 9/30/18, p.A10)
2018 Oct 3, In South Carolina
Frederick Hopkins (74), a Vietnam veteran, shot at seven law
officers killing one as police arrived to speak to his adopted son
(27) about a sex assault investigation at his home in Florence.
Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway (52) died trying to save other wounded
officers. Hopkins was taken into custody after a two hour standoff.
(SFC, 10/5/18, p.A8)(SFC, 10/6/18, p.A6)(SFC,
2018 Oct 24, Lottery officials
said a single ticket sold at the KC Mart in Simpsonville, South
Carolina, matched all six numbers to win the $1.537 billion Mega
2018 Nov 28, US authorities
said five inmates in the Carolinas had been indicted for extorting
more than half a million dollars from military personnel across the
country, using illegal cell phones to pose as underage women on
(SFC, 11/29/18, p.A7)
2019 Mar 29, South Carolina
Univ. student Samantha Josephson (21) was last seen early today as
she got into a car she mistook for an Uber. Her body was found in a
wooded area in Clarendon County. Nathaniel Rowland (24) was arrested
the next day and faced kidnapping and murder charges.
(SFC, 4/1/19, p.A6)
2019 Apr 3, South Carolina
police arrested Brook Graham (53) after DNA evidence submitted to
family genealogy sites led them to find and arrest her for the death
of a baby abandoned 29 years ago. She was charged with homicide by
(SFC, 4/5/19, p.A4)
2019 Apr 3, South Carolina
police arrested Ted Lee Livingston (49), a man who escaped from a
Connecticut prison 29 years earlier.
2019 Apr 6, Ernest Hollings
(b.1922), former South Carolina Democrat, died at his home in Isle
of Palms. Hollings served 38 years in the US Senate and authored two
books: "The Case Against Hunger: A Demand for a national Policy"
(1970) and "Making Government Work" (2008 with Kirk Victor).
(SFC, 4/8/19, p.C4)
2019 Jun 4, In South Carolina a
jury found Timothy Jones Jr. (37) guilty of the 2014 deaths of his
five young children. On June 13 Jones was sentenced to death.
p.A4)(SFC, 6/14/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 10, In South Carolina
Zakaryia Abdin (20), arrested in 2017, pleaded guilty to attempting
to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
(SFC, 6/11/19, p.A5)
2019 Jul 20, In South Carolina
Denali Berries Stuckey (29), black transgender women, was
found dead on the shoulder of a North Charleston road. Stuckey was
the third known black trans woman murdered in South Carolina since
2018 and the 12th known transgender person to violently die this
year in the US
2019 Jul 25, In South Carolina
Byron Watkins (25) was arrested early today 100 miles south of a
murder scene in Lexington County. He is one of two men charged with
first degree murder in the death of Lucero Sosa Capote, a mother of
five, on July 12 at 1603 Tower Court in Monroe. Antwan David
Sturdivant (19) turned himself in a day earlier.
(Charlotte Observer, 7/26/19)
2019 Jul, In Florida Jimmy
Dunbar, in inmate serving 30 years for murder at Lee Correctional
near Florence, pleaded guilty to running a sextortion scam from
behind bars with help from “money mules" on the outside. A judge
gave him another 46 months for extortion, money laundering and
conspiracy to commit wire fraud. In December it was reported that
gang members in prison in South Carolina made at least $144,000 in a
“sextortion ring" involving nude photos and smuggled cellphone.
(Miami Herald, 12/23/19)
2019 Aug 5, In South Carolina
Nevada Lashy Adams (5) was been missing this evening after a
relative discovered her mother's body in their apartment. Daunte
Maurice Johnson (28) was arrested after he was seen running away
from the residence of Sharee Bradley (29).
2019 Sep 7, The South Carolina
Republican Party executive committee voted not to hold a
presidential primary in 2020 to save money and pave the way for
2019 Sep 8, Former South
Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford (59) announced in an interview
with Fox News that he will challenge Pres. Donald Trump in the
Republican Party primary.
2019 Sep 21, In South Carolina
two men were fatally shot early today at a sports bar in Lancaster
and eight other people were wounded in the gunfire. A suspect was
2019 Oct 3, In South Carolina a
federal jury sentenced Brandon Council to death for killing two
employees during a 2017 bank robbery. The same jurors found Council
guilty last month of armed bank robbery resulting in death, among
other charges for killing the manager and a teller at CresCom Bank
in Conway in August 2017.
2019 Oct 3, US scientists said
more than 45 million people across 14 Southern states are now in the
midst of what’s being called a “flash drought" that’s cracking farm
soil, drying up ponds and raising the risk of wildfires. The weekly
US Drought Monitor report showed extreme drought conditions in parts
of Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and the Florida
2019 Oct 15, The US Supreme
Court shut down South Carolina's attempt to complete the Mixed Oxide
Fuel Fabrication Facility at the Savannah River site near Aiken. The
government has already spent $8 billion on the nuclear fuel
(SFC, 10/16/19, p.A5)
2019 Oct 25, In South Carolina
former Greenville County Sheriff Will Lewis, found guilty of
misconduct for using his power and office to push a personal
assistant to have sex with him, was sentenced to the maximum of a
year in prison.
2019 Nov 7, South Carolina
restaurant owner Bobby Paul Edwards was sentenced to 10 years in
prison for abusing Chris Smith, a mentally disabled African-American
employee, and forcing him to work with no pay for years.
2019 Nov 14, South Carolina
teenager Jesse Dewitt Osborne (17), who on Sep. 28, 2016, killed his
father before driving to an elementary school and fatally shooting a
6-year-old boy and injuring two other people, was sentenced to life
in prison without parole.
(NY Times, 11/15/19)
2019 Dec 3, Charles Bridges
(20) pleaded guilty, just as his trial was set to begin, for killing
his mother’s boyfriend in 2017 and then working with her to cut up
his body and leave it in several containers under a South Carolina
home. Bridges was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
2019 Dec 16, In South Carolina
Seth Hopkins, the son of a man accused of shooting seven law
officers in 2018, admitted to raping a young girl in his home
multiple times in 2017 and 2018. He was sentenced to 20 years in
prison for first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
2020 Jan 16, A South Carolina
judge sentenced a woman to 25 years in prison after she admitted to
poisoning her husband by inserting eye drops into his drinking
water. Lana Clayton (53) pleaded guilty in a York County courthouse
to voluntary manslaughter and tampering with food or drugs charges
related to the July 21, 2018, killing of Steven Clayton.
(ABC News, 1/16/20)
2020 Feb 7, More than 300,000
homes and businesses were without power early today as a weather
system blamed for five deaths in the South moved into the
northeastern United States. Authorities confirmed five storm-related
fatalities, in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and
2020 Feb 10, In South Carolina
Faye Swetlik (6) vanished as she played outside her home in Cayce.
On Feb 13 authorities said she was found dead. Coty Scott Taylor
(30) was found dead in Faye's neighborhood of Churchill Heights.
(ABC News, 2/13/20)(Yahoo News, 2/14/20)
2020 Feb 29, In South Carolina
Joe Biden won 60% of the votes cast by non-white voters, dominating
a crowded Democratic field among a group that made up more than half
of the electorate. Bernie Sanders won roughly 14% of African
American voters, while billionaire Tom Steyer won 15% and dropped
out of the race..
2020 Mar 18, South Carolina's
Supreme Court overturned the attempted murder conviction of Michael
Juan Smith, a Bloods gang member who in 2013 shot and critically
injured first-year University of South Carolina student Martha
Childress. Smith, sentenced to 40 years in state prison, will now
get a new trial.
(Charlotte Observer, 3/18/20)
2020 Apr 13, Severe weather
swept across the southern US overnight, killing more than 30 people
and damaging hundreds of homes from Louisiana into the Appalachian
Mountains. Eleven people were killed in Mississippi. Nine people
died in South Carolina. Coroners said eight were killed in Georgia.
Tennessee officials said three people were killed in and around
Chattanooga, and others died under falling trees or inside collapsed
buildings in Arkansas and North Carolina.
(AP, 4/13/20)(AP, 4/13/20)
2020 Apr 20, The governors of
Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee said they would start relaxing
restrictions intended to curb the spread of the virus.
(NY Times, 4/21/20)
2020 May 1, In South Carolina
deputies shot and killed an alligator that fatally attacked a woman
at a pond on Kiawah Island. This was the 3rd fatal alligator attack
in the state in the past four years. Before that South Carolina had
never recorded a person killed by an alligator.
(SFC, 5/4/20, p.A3)
2020 May 11, In South Carolina
Roman Catholic churches across the state reopened for services for
the first time since a coronavirus-related shutdown began on March
17, allowing parishioners to attend Mass in person.
2020 May 14, Sen. Lindsey
Graham (R-S.C.) announced that the Senate Judiciary Committee he
chairs will launch hearings in June to look into the origins of the
FBI's investigation into Russian election meddling and contacts with
President Trump's 2016 campaign.
(The Week, 5/15/20)
2020 May 27, Tropical Storm
Bertha made landfall on South Carolina's coast shortly after it
formed, becoming the second named storm before the official start of
this year's Atlantic hurricane season.
2020 May 30, Confederate
monuments were defaced in Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and
Mississippi as protests swelled across the country over the May 25
death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
2020 Jun 14, Tim Scott of South
Carolina, the only black Republican member of the US Senate, said he
is open to exploring whether to enact a new law that would decertify
bad police officers as part of a larger law enforcement reform
2020 Jun 24, The South Carolina
city of Charleston continued removing a symbol of its legacy,
sending crews to take away a statue honoring John C. Calhoun
(d.1850), an early US vice president whose zealous defense of
slavery led the nation toward civil war. The Calhoun Monument had
stood since 1898 in the heart of downtown Charleston.
2020 Jun 27, South Carolina
blew past its original record mark for most COVID-19 cases in a
single day with nearly 1,599 positive tests.
(Good Morning America, 6/28/20)
2020 Jul 19, South Carolina
reported its highest number of daily new cases with 2,335 confirmed
and 1 probable case of COVID-19. The state also recorded 19
additional deaths, bringing the death toll since the start of the
pandemic to 1,138.
2020 Oct 13, The US Supreme
Court turned away South Carolina's bid to cut off public funding to
2021 Jan 13, In South Carolina
a small plane crashed in dense fog into a neighborhood near an
airport in Columbia, setting a home on fire. There was no immediate
word about deaths or injuries.
2021 Jan 30, South Carolina
Republicans formally censured Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) after he voted
to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this month.
2021 Feb 17, The South Carolina
House passed a bill banning nearly all abortions, joining several
other Republican-dominated states seeking to tighten abortion
2021 Feb 18, South Carolina
Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed a restrictive "fetal heartbeat"
abortion ban bill into law. The controversial legislation, passed by
the state House a day earlier, requires doctors to search for a
fetal heartbeat using ultrasound before performing an abortion, and
outlaws the procedure if one is found, with exceptions for
pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, or in cases when the
woman's health is in danger.
(The Week, 2/19/21)
2021 Feb 24, Kevin Marsh (65),
the former CEO of the now-defunct SCANA electric utility, pleaded
guilty in federal court to an array of conspiracy fraud charges
involving a cover-up of financial troubles connected to the failure
of the South Carolina company’s $10 billion nuclear project.
(Raleigh News & Observer, 2/24/21)
2021 Mar 2, South Carolina
state senators added a firing squad to the electric chair as
alternatives if the state cannot kill condemned inmates with lethal
injection. The state's current supply of lethal injection drugs has
expired and it has not been able to buy any more.
(SFC, 3/3/21, p.A3)
2021 Mar 5, South Carolina Gov.
Henry McMaster lifted mandates on face coverings in the state's
government office buildings and restaurants, leaving it up to
administrative officials and restaurant operators to develop their
own guidelines for the pandemic.
(SSFC, 3/7/21, p.A7)
2021 Apr 7, In South Carolina
Dr. Robert Lesslie, his wife and two of their grandchildren were
among five people who were fatally shot in a home late today. The
fifth person who was fatally shot, had been working at the home. The
next morning suspect Phillip Adams (32), a former NFL player, was
found at a home near the shootings in the city of Rock Hill and was
thought to have killed himself. Robert Shook (38),an air
conditioning technician working at the home, died on April 10 from
injuries suffered in the shooting.
(NY Times, 4/8/21)(SFC, 4/11/21, p.A7)