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5 Fun Facts About April 24 In South Carolina History

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1. On April 24, 1776, South Carolina Governor John Rutledge signed the state's first constitution, making it one of the first to adopt a constitution independent of British colonial rule.

2. In 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee sent a telegram to General James Longstreet, ordering him to attack Union forces under General Joseph Hooker at Chancellorsville, Virginia. This was significant for South Carolina because many soldiers from the state fought on both sides of the conflict.

3. On April 24, 1934, a powerful tornado swept through parts of South Carolina, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The town of Camden was hit particularly hard, with several buildings damaged or destroyed and at least six people killed.

4. The University of South Carolina School of Medicine was founded on April 24, 1973. This was a significant development for the state, as it marked the first time that medical students could complete their education entirely within South Carolina.

5. On April 24, 2011, the deadliest tornado outbreak in decades hit portions of the southeastern United States, including South Carolina. Multiple tornadoes touched down across the state, causing widespread damage and claiming several lives.
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