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5 Fun Facts About April 29 In South Carolina History

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1. On April 29, 2008, the South Carolina House approved a resolution to congratulate the Clemson Tigers football team on their victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2007 Palmetto Bowl. The resolution recognized Clemson's "superiority in the annual football rivalry."

2. On April 29, 1829, the South Carolina Senate passed a resolution affirming the principle of state sovereignty and the right of states to nullify federal laws deemed unconstitutional. The resolution was part of the growing tension between states' rights and federal power that would culminate in the Civil War.

3. On April 29, 1912, the RMS Titanic, which had set sail from Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage to New York City, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg. Among the passengers were several South Carolinians, including banker Isham Hathaway and textile heir Washington Roebling II, who survived the disaster.

4. On April 29, 1975, the South Carolina Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the state's new workers' compensation law, which replaced an earlier system that had been criticized as inadequate. The new law established a more comprehensive system of benefits for injured workers.

5. On April 29, 2010, the South Carolina House passed a bill requiring public schools to display the state motto "Dum Spiro Spero" (While I breathe, I hope) in a prominent location. The bill, which was signed into law by Governor Mark Sanford, aimed to promote South Carolina's heritage and encourage students to aspire to excellence.
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