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5 Fun Facts About April 16 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1746, the first recorded graduation ceremony in South Carolina history took place at the College of Charleston (then known as the College of William and Mary) on April 16th, with four students receiving their degrees.

2. On April 16, 1783, South Carolina Governor Benjamin Guerard was inaugurated for his second term in office. Guerard had previously served as governor from 1781 to 1782 and was known for his conservative political views.

3. The Civil War Battle of West Point (also known as the Battle of Troupville) began on April 16, 1865, in Georgia, just over the border from South Carolina. Confederate forces under General Howell Cobb attempted to block Union troops from crossing the Chattahoochee River.

4. In 1900, the South Carolina State Hospital for the Insane (now known as the South Carolina Department of Mental Health) opened in Columbia on April 16th. The hospital was established to provide care for people with mental illnesses, and it remains one of the state's largest healthcare facilities.

5. April 16, 1972, was a significant milestone for desegregation in South Carolina, as the federal court ordered the integration of the public schools in Charleston County. The order came after years of legal battles and protests, and it marked a major step forward in the battle for civil rights in the state.
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