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James Hoban, architect of the White House, also designed the State House in Charleston, South Carolina.
 (HNQ, 12/6/98)

48k BCE    In 2004 archeologists claimed to have found evidence of human habitation at a site along the Savannah River in Allendale County, SC.
    (SFC, 11/18/04, p.A7)

1524        Mar 19, Giovanni de Verrazano of France sighted land around area of Carolinas.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1526        Oct 18, Lucas Vazquez de Ayllp, Spanish colonialist who settled in SC, died.
    (MC, 10/18/01)

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.
    (Arch, 1/05, p.47)(

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 Florida.
    (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]
    (HN, 3/24/99)

1663        Apr 6, King Charles II signed the Carolina Charter. [see Mar 24]
    (MC, 4/6/02)

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 Family."
    (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.
    (MC, 9/3/01)

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.
    (MC, 4/15/02)

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 Charleston, S.C.
    (, May/Jun 97 p.21)

1721        May 29, South Carolina was formally incorporated as a royal colony.
    (HN, 5/29/98)

1733        Jan 13, James Oglethorpe and 130 English colonists arrived at Charleston, SC.
    (MC, 1/13/02)

1735        Feb 18, The 1st opera performed in America, "Flora," in Charleston, SC.
    (MC, 2/18/02)

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.
    (SFC, 12/18/96, p.A25)(, 2/05, p.66)

1740        A slave plot was uncovered in Charleston that resulted in the hanging of 50 blacks.
    (HNQ, 6/10/98)

1756        Apr 14, Gov. Glen of South Carolina protested against 900 Acadia Indians.
    (MC, 4/14/02)

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.
    (AP, 1/12/98)

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.
    (HN, 4/13/99)

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.
    (MC, 1/11/02)

1776        Jun 28, Colonists repulsed a British sea attack on Charleston, South Carolina.
    (HN, 6/28/98)

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 February 1780.
    (HNQ, 10/25/01)

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 America.
    (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.
    (HNQ, 4/24/00)

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, South Carolina.
    (ON, 12/01, p.10)

1782        Dec 14, Charleston, SC, was evacuated by British.
    (MC, 12/14/01)

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 and 1830.
    (AP, 8/2/06)(

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 Wharf.
    (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.
    (, 7/2/01)

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.
    (AP, 4/6/21)

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 1833.
    (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 problem.
    (WSJ, 9/19/97, p.A13)(
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 1865.
    (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 Carolina.
    (MC, 8/7/02)(Internet)

1838        Apr 27, Fire destroyed half of Charleston.
    (MC, 4/27/02)

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.
    (HN, 5/5/97)

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 millions.
    (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."
    (MC, 12/18/01)

1860        Apr 23, Democratic convention in Charleston, SC, divided over slavery.
    (MC, 4/23/02)

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 and Texas.
    (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 the Union.
    (HN, 11/13/98)

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.
    (MC, 12/26/01)

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.
    (MC, 1/2/02)

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 the harbor.
    (AP, 1/9/04)

1861        Mar 9, The first hostile act of the Civil War occurred when Star of the West fires on Sumter, S.C.
    (HN, 3/9/98)

1861        Mar 27, Black demonstrators in Charleston staged ride-ins on street cars.
    (MC, 3/27/02)

1861        Apr 5, Gideon Wells, the Secretary of the Navy, issued official orders for the relief of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, S.C.
    (HN, 4/5/99)

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 mission.
    (HNPD, 4/12/99)

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, 4/12/98)(HNPD, 4/12/99)

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).
    (MC, 6/16/02)

1861        Aug 27, At the Battle of Cape Hatteras, SC, Union troops took Fort Clark.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

1861        Oct 6, Naval Engagement at Charleston, SC, the USS Flag vs. Britain’s Alert.
    (MC, 10/6/01)

1861        Nov 7, Union forces captured the Hilton Head-Beaufort-Port Royal area of Southern Carolina.
    (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.
    (HN, 12/11/98)

1861        Dec 24, The USS Gem of the Sea destroyed the British blockade runner Prince of Wales off the coast at Georgetown, S.C.
    (HN, 12/24/98)

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.
    (AH, 4/07, p.14)(

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]
    (MC, 6/6/02)

1862        Jul 4, Battle of Port Royal, SC. (Port Royal Ferry). [see Jun 6, 1862]
    (Maggio, 98)

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.
    (MC, 4/7/02)

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 “Glory."
    (, Spring 2006, p.58)

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.
    (HN, 8/23/00)

1863        Sep 6, After 59 day siege, confederates evacuated Ft Wagner, SC.
    (MC, 9/6/01)

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 rounds.
    (HN, 12/4/99)

1863        Dec 6, The monitor Weehawken sank in the Charleston Harbor.
    (HN, 12/6/98)

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.
    (MC, 11/30/01)

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. Moultrie, SC.
    (MC, 1/18/02)

1865        Feb 16,  Columbia, S.C., surrendered to Federal troops.
    (HN, 2/16/98)

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 Charleston SC.
    (MC, 2/17/02)

1865        Feb 18, Battle of Ft. Moultrie, SC.
    (MC, 2/18/02)
1865        Feb 18, Columbia, SC, was evacuated and  Sherman's troops burned the city.
    (MC, 2/18/02)

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.
    (MC, 9/3/01)

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.
    (SFC,10/15/97, p.D3)

1866        Apr 2, Pres. ended war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Ten & Va.
    (MC, 4/2/02)

1867        Sep 13, Gen. E.R.S. Canby ordered South Carolina courts to impanel blacks as jurors.
    (MC, 9/13/01)(

1868        Jun 25, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were re-admitted to the Union.
    (AP, 6/25/97)

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.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

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)(AH, 6/03, p.27)

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 five days.
    (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.
    (MC, 9/21/01)

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.
    (MC, 7/8/02)

1876        Sep 6, A race riot took place in Charleston, SC.
    (MC, 9/6/01)

1876        Oct 26, President Grant sent federal troops to SC.
    (MC, 10/26/01)

1877        Apr 10, Federal troops were withdrawn from Columbia, SC.
    (MC, 4/10/02)

1878        Apr 21, Ship Azor left Charleston with 206 blacks for Liberia.
    (MC, 4/21/02)

1878        South Carolina lawmakers created a health board after a yellow fever outbreak killed 20,000 Americans.
    (AP, 2/15/21)

1881        Aug 27, A hurricane hit Florida and the Carolinas; about 700 died.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

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.
    (MC, 10/27/01)

1894        Mar 19, Jackie "Moms" Mabley, comedienne (Merv Griffin Show), was born in Brevard, SC.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

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 after Baker.
    (, 1/10/19, p.A6)

1901        Mar 7, Blacks were found to be still enslaved in certain parts of South Carolina.
    (HN, 3/7/98)

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."
    (WSJ, 6/7/08, p.W9)(

1902        Nov 5, Strom Thurmond, (Sen-R-SC, 1955-2003), was born.
    (MC, 11/5/01)

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 Power."
    (WSJ, 1/30/02, p.A16)(, 3/7/10, p.F4)

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.
    (MC, 7/8/02)

1916        Anthony Crawford, black farmer and father of 13 children, was beaten and lynched In Abbeyville, South Carolina, following an argument with a white storekeeper.
    (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.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

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 South Carolina.

1927        Feb 20, Golfers in SC were arrested for violating Sabbath.
    (MC, 2/20/02)

1927        Feb 27, For the 2nd Sunday in a row golfers in SC were arrested for violating Sabbath.
    (MC, 2/27/02)

1927        Aug 25, Althea Gibson (d.2003), Wimbledon's 1st black tennis champion (1957), was born in Silver, SC.
    (HN, 8/25/98)(WSJ, 9/29/03, p.A1)

1928        Jan 26, Eartha Kitt, singer, actress (Catwoman-Batman), was born in SC.
    (MC, 1/26/02)

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 graduate.
    (SFC, 1/27/01, p.A24)

1941        Mar 25, Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, SC, was incorporated.
    (MC, 3/25/02)

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.
    (MC, 4/13/02)

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."
    (AP, 4/16/97)(

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.
    (MC, 2/21/02)

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.
    (MC, 8/2/02)

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 write-in vote.

1956        Apr 8, Six marine recruits drowned during exercise at Paradise Island, SC.
    (MC, 4/8/02)

1956        May 17, Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, boxer (Olympics-gold-76) was born in Willington, SC.
    (MC, 5/17/02)

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.
    (, 12/10/14)

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 defense.

1960        Nov 15, The first submarine with nuclear missiles, the USS George Washington, took to sea from Charleston, South Carolina.
    (HN, 11/15/98)

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.
    (, 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, p.A3)
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.
    (AP, 7/4/09)

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 Medicaid-funded housing.
    (WSJ, 9/13/05, p.A1)

1971        In South Carolina James French (1926-2021) founded the Charleston Chronicle to serve the area's Black communities.
    (SSFC, 8/8/21, p.F10)

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 20th Century."
    (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 murder.
    (SFC, 10/24/20, p.A4)

1980        Pat Conroy authored “The Lords of Discipline," based on the Citadel academy in Charleston, South Carolina.
    (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 incorporated.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/17/11)

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.
    (AP, 3/5/98)

1988        Mar 12, Rev. Jesse Jackson won the Democratic precinct caucuses in his native South Carolina.
    (AP, 3/12/98)

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.
    (AP, 9/21/99)

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 world.
    (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.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-3)(

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.
    (AP, 8/3/98)(,_Sr.)

1993        Sep 18, Kimberly Clarice Aiken of South Carolina was crowned Miss America at the pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.
    (AP, 9/18/98)

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.
    (AP, 1/20/99)

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.
    (AP, 11/3/99)(

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 Alexander.
    (AP, 11/4/99)

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.
    (AP, 11/6/99)

1994        The Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars, expansion football teams, began playing. They benefited from a newly established salary cap.
    (WSJ, 1/10/97, p.A1)(

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.
    (AP, 1/16/00)

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.
    (AP, 8/14/97)

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.
    (AP, 8/18/00)(

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.
    (AP, 1/12/98)

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 school.
    (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 United States.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
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 for re-processing.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/7/05)

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.
    (AP, 2/15/06)

2005        Mar 31, South Carolina defeated Saint Joseph's, 60-57, in the NIT championship game.
    (AP, 3/31/06)

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.
    (, 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 waitresses.
    (, 7/29/06, p.78)

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.
    (AP, 10/1/06)

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.
    (Econ, 2/2/08, p.42)(

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 pilot.
    (AP, 4/22/07)

2007        Apr 26, In Orangeburg, S.C., 8 Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered for their first debate of the 2008 campaign.
    (AP, 4/26/08)

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.
    (AP, 6/19/07)

2007        Jun 19, Thomas Ravenel, treasurer of South Carolina, was indicted on federal cocaine distribution charges.
    (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 terrorists.
    (, 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.
    (AP, 1/27/08)

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 Easley, SC.
    (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 the operation.
    (WSJ, 1/7/09, p.B1)(

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.
    (AP, 10/8/08)

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 beaches.
    (AP, 4/24/09)

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 schools.
    (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 Association.
    (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 room.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/7/09)

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. Nicholas Giglio.
    (AP, 10/16/09)

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.
    (AP, 11/4/09)

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.
    (AP, 12/11/09)

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.
    (AP, 4/8/10)

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 attempted suicide.
    (AP, 5/13/10)

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)(

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%.
    (AP, 11/7/10)

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 prison.
    (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.
    (, 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.
    (AP, 11/17/11)

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.
    (AP, 11/20/11)

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%.
    (AP, 1/22/12)

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 missing.
    (AP, 10/29/12)

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 Option."
    (, 1/16/16, p.28)

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 people aboard.
    (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.
    (CSM, 1/26/14)

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.
    (, 3/15/16, p.A7)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/26/15)

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 charges.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/18/15)

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.
    (AFP, 6/20/15)

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.
    (AFP, 6/28/15)

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 Museum.
    (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 State House.
    (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.
    (AFP, 2/21/16)

2016        Feb 27, Hillary Clinton scored a resounding victory against Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary in South Carolina.
    (AFP, 2/28/16)

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" (1986).
    (, 3/6/16, p.A9)

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 bust.
    (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.
    (, 12/13/18, 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.
    (Reuters, 10/9/16)

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 Episcopal Church.
    (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 the murders.
    (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 death sentence.
    (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 property.
    (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 Carolina.
    (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.
    (AP, 1/4/18)

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 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. In 2021 state officials gave initial approval to a $6 million settlement to resolve dozens of prisoner lawsuits.  
    (AFP, 4/16/18)(SFC, 6/30/21, p.A3)

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.
    (, 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.
    (AP, 6/21/18)

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.
    (AP, 7/11/18)

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.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)

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 people.
    (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, 10/9/18, p.A4)

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 Millions jackpot.
    (AP, 10/24/18)

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 dating sites.
    (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 neglect.
    (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.
    (, 4/7/19, p.A10)

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.
    (, 5/7/19, 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
    (AP, 7/25/19)

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).
    (AP, 8/6/19)

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 Trump's re-election.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)

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.
    (Reuters, 9/8/19)

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 being sought.
    (AP, 9/21/19)

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.
    (AP, 10/3/19)
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 panhandle.
    (AP, 10/3/19)

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 facility.
    (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.
    (AP, 10/25/19)

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.
    (AP, 11/8/19)

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        Nov 23, In Chester, South Carolina, Ariane McCree (28) was shot dead by police in a Walmart parking lot, handcuffed and in possession of a gun. He had been placed in handcuffs for allegedly stealing a $45 lock. Responding officers didn’t activate their body cameras until after McCree, a Black father and former high school football star, was gunned down in a hail of police bullets.
    (NBC News, 5/2/21)

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.
    (AP, 12/4/19)

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.
    (AP, 12/16/19)

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 Tennessee.
    (AP, 2/7/20)

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..
    (AP, 2/29/20)

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.
    (Reuters, 5/11/20)

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.
    (AP, 5/27/20)

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.
    (AP, 5/31/20)

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 package.
    (Reuters, 6/14/20)

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.
    (AP, 6/24/20)

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.
    (AP, 7/20/20)

2020        Oct 13, The US Supreme Court turned away South Carolina's bid to cut off public funding to Planned Parenthood.
    (Reuters, 10/13/20)

2021        Jan 4, In South Carolina Jamal Sutherland (31), a Black man with mental health issues, died under police custody in Charleston County. Video later showed deputies repeatedly deploying stun guns and kneeling on the man's back before he stops moving. In May the two deputies involved in his death were fired. On May 25 the Charleston County Council agreed to pay Sutherlan's family $10 million.
    (SFC, 5/18/21, p.A5)(SFC, 5/27/21, p.A4)

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.
    (AP, 1/13/20)

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.
    (AP, 1/31/21)

2021        Feb 17, The South Carolina House passed a bill banning nearly all abortions, joining several other Republican-dominated states seeking to tighten abortion restrictions.
    (AP, 2/17/21)

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 six people who were fatally shot in a home late today. Adams also killed two air-conditioning technicians working at the home. The next morning suspect Phillip Adams, 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. The posthumous brain examination Adams revealed that he had an “unusually severe" form of C.T.E., a degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repeated hits to the head.
    (NY Times, 4/8/21)(Charlotte Observer, 4/8/21)(NY Times, 12/14/21)

2021        May 5, The South Carolina House voted to add a firing squad to the state's execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs.
    (SFC, 5/7/21, p.A4)

2021        May 9, In South Carolina police officers fatally shot Jeffrey Mark Murray (62) minutes after he killed bicyclist David “Whit" Oliver (44) during an argument near a park in Greenville.
    (AP, 5/10/21)

2021        May 14, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed into law a bill that forces death row inmates for now to choose between the electric chair or a newly formed firing squad in hopes the state can restart executions after an involuntary 10-year pause.
    (AP, 5/17/21)
2021        May 14, South Carolina officials released hours of police body-camera footage, which shows a Charleston County sheriff's deputy repeatedly tasing Jamal Sutherland, a 31-year-old Black man, before he died in custody in January.
    (NBC News, 5/14/21)

2021        May 22, In South Carolina more than a dozen people were shot late today at an unauthorized concert in North Charleston. One girl (14) was killed.
    (SFC, 5/24/21, p.A6)

2021        May 24, In South Carolina police arrested Tyler Terry, a suspect wanted in the killing of four people, following a weeklong manhunt.
    (SFC, 5/25/21, p.A3)

2021        Jun 7, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ended a coronavirus state pof emergency and maintained that parents alone should decide if children wear masks in schools. Cases soon soared from 150 a day to more than 5,000.
    (SFC, 9/21/21, p.A5)
2021        Jun 7, In South Carolina Alex Murdaugh (53), a fourth-generation lawyer, told a dispatcher that he had returned home to find the bodies of his wife and son lying near a dog kennel on the family’s secluded estate. At the time he was killed, Paul Murdaugh (22) had been facing charges of boating under the influence after he was accused of driving a boat into a bridge, killing Mallory Beach, a 19-year-old passenger, after a night of drinking In 2022 police indicted  Mr. Murdaugh for the murders.
    (NY Times, 7/13/22)

2021        Jun 13, In South Carolina Shamar Jackson (7) died after he was mauled by dogs while walking in his neighborhood with his brother in Marion County.
    (NBC News, 6/16/21)

2021        Jun 16, South Carolina's Supreme Court blocked the planned execution of two inmates by electrocution, saying they cannot be put to death until they truly have the choice of the firing squad option set out in the state's newly revised capital punishment law.
    (SFC, 6/17/21, p.A4)

2021        Jul 13, In South Carolina a three-judge panel of the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals declared unconstitutional federal laws that prohibit people under 21 from buying handguns from federally licensed gun dealers.
    (The State, 7/14/21)

2021        Aug 11, South Carolina surpassed 10,000 coronavirus deaths. Less than half of the eligible population have been fully vaccinated.
    (SFC, 8/12/21, p.A5)

2021        Aug 16, It was reported that the New-Indy paper mill in Catawba, South Carolina, whose foul smell has triggered more than 30,000 complaints, has become one of the dirtiest polluters in the United States since being acquired by an investment group led by Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots football team.
    (Reuters, 8/16/21)

2021        Sep 2, South Carolina's Supreme Court struck down a school mask mandate in the state's capital city in the midst of its largest surge in COVID-19 cases since last winter.
    (Reuters, 9/2/21)

2021        Sep 21, It was reported that South Carolina is setting records for COVID-19 hospitalizations.
    (SFC, 9/21/21, p.A5)

2021        Oct 14, Alex Murdaugh (53), the South Carolina lawyer who has endured a dramatic downfall since his wife and son were shot in an unsolved killing in June, was arrested and charged with swindling millions of dollars from the sons of his former housekeeper. In Sept. Murdaugh had arranged to have himself shot so his son could collect an insurance payout.
    (NY Times, 10/14/21)(Reuters, 10/15/21)

2021        Oct 28, It was announced that the US Justice Department will pay $88 million, which includes $63 million for the families of the nine people killed and $25 million for five survivors who were inside a Black South Carolina church in 2015. A faulty background check allowed Dylann Roof to purchase the gun he used in the massacre.
    (AP, 10/28/21)

2022        Jan 16, Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida as a winter storm swept through parts of the Southeast. More than an inch of snow fell per hour in some parts of the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. In Atlanta more than 300 flights were canceled.
    (AP, 1/16/22)

2022        Mar 3, South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham attracted widespread condemnation after he suggested Vladimir Putin should be assassinated in order to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. A day later Graham said that the Russian dictator “needs to go to jail".
    (The Independent, 3/4/22)

2022        Mar 18, South Carolina said it now has the means to facilitate executions by firing squad, making it one of few states where it is lawful to carry out a death sentence in that manner.
    (Reuters, 3/18/22)

2022        Apr 3, No. 1 South Carolina won its second women's college basketball title in six years, beating No. 2 Connecticut 64-49 in the championship game.
    (AP, 4/4/22)

2022        Apr 16, In South Carolina 12 people were injured, 10 of them by gunfire, in a shooting that erupted inside a shopping mall in Columbia. Three people were taken into custody.
    (Reuters, 4/17/22)

2022        Jun 3, In South Carolina “Tiger King" star Bhagavan “Doc" Antle (62) was arrested by the FBI and expected to appear in court on June 6 to face federal money laundering charges.
    (AP, 6/4/22)

2022        Jul 2, Tropical Storm Colin formed early today just off the coast of South Carolina, becoming the third named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season and threatening to drench outdoor activities over the long Independence Day weekend.
    (NY Times, 7/2/22)

2022        Aug 17, South Carolina's highest court blocked enforcement of a state law banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy while it considers a challenge to the law by a Planned Parenthood affiliate and other abortion providers.
    (Reuters, 8/17/22)

2022        Sep 6, A judge in South Carolina ruled that the state’s planned use of a firing squad and an electric chair for executions was unconstitutional, deeming the methods cruel and unusual.
    (, 9/8/22, p.A11)

2022        Sep 13, Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham proposed new national restrictions on abortion, two months before the Nov. 8 midterm elections in which the abortion issue has emerged as potential albatross for Republican candidates. Graham announced legislation that would ban the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy nationwide.
    (Reuters, 9/13/22)

2022        Sep 15, A lawsuit alleging the rampant sexual abuse of underage athletes at a competitive cheerleading gym in South Carolina was amended to name six more coaches as defendants and three more accusers.
    (AP, 9/16/22)

2022        Nov 11, Storm Nicole crawled north, soaking parts of Georgia and the Carolinas with heavy rains and leaving in its wake four dead and a path of destroyed and teetering beachside homes and damaged hotels and condos along Florida's Atlantic coast.
    (Reuters, 11/11/22)

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