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5 Fun Facts About April 30 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1789, George Washington visited South Carolina during his tour of the southern states. While in the state, he met with Governor Charles Pinckney and visited institutions such as the College of Charleston.

2. On April 30, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops in Georgia. Davis had been traveling through South Carolina in an attempt to escape capture, but was ultimately taken into custody in Georgia, effectively ending the Civil War.

3. In 1939, the World's Fair opened in New York City, featuring exhibits and displays from countries around the world. One of the most popular exhibits was the "Cotton Kingdom" exhibit, which showcased the agricultural industry of the southern United States, including South Carolina.

4. On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin as Allied forces closed in on the city. South Carolina soldiers were among the Allied troops fighting in Europe during World War II.

5. In 2015, the Confederate flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol after a controversy arose following the shooting of nine Black churchgoers in Charleston. The flag had previously flown at the capitol since 1962, and its removal was seen as a symbolic turning point in the state's efforts to address racial inequality.
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