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5 Fun Facts About April 28 In South Carolina History

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1. On April 28, 1781, British forces under the command of General Lord Cornwallis captured Fort Motte in present-day Calhoun County, South Carolina during the American Revolution. The fort was a strategic location for the Patriots and its capture was a significant blow to their efforts in the war.

2. South Carolina Governor Wade Hampton III signed a bill on April 28, 1877 that established Clemson Agricultural College. The school, which is now known as Clemson University, was founded as a land-grant institution with a focus on agriculture, engineering, and the natural sciences.

3. The Darlington Raceway, located in Darlington, South Carolina, held its first NASCAR race on April 28, 1957. The Southern 500 became one of the premier events on the NASCAR circuit and helped establish Darlington as one of the most historic and challenging tracks in the sport.

4. On April 28, 1986, a massive methane gas explosion occurred at the Bishopville Correctional Institution in Bishopville, South Carolina, killing 7 inmates and injuring 23 others. The explosion was caused by a gas leak in the prison's sewage treatment plant and resulted in significant damage to the facility.

5. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was born on April 28, 1955 in Central, South Carolina. Graham has been a prominent Republican voice in national politics for many years, serving on numerous committees and advocating for conservative policies. He has also been a vocal supporter of the military and veterans.
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