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5 Fun Facts About August 19 In South Carolina History

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1. On August 19, 1765, a group of angry colonists in Charleston, South Carolina, protested the implementation of the Stamp Act by burning effigies of tax collectors and royal officials. This marked one of the first organized acts of resistance against British rule in the colonies.

2. The first female superintendent of a South Carolina school district, Marti Bluestein, was born on August 19, 1949. Bluestein served as superintendent of Lexington-Richland School District 5 from 1991 to 2007 and was known for her innovative leadership and commitment to student achievement.

3. On August 19, 1955, Hurricane Diane made landfall near Charleston, causing significant flooding and damage across the state. Over 40 people were killed and thousands were left homeless as a result of the storm.

4. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley declared August 19, 2014, as "Philanthropy Day" in recognition of the state's charitable organizations and their contributions to the community. The proclamation highlighted the work of groups like the Coastal Community Foundation, which supports nonprofit initiatives in the region.

5. The annual Palmetto Peach Half Marathon takes place on or around August 19 each year. The race starts and finishes in downtown Columbia, winding through the historic neighborhoods and scenic parks of the city. The event draws runners from across the state and beyond and promotes healthy living and community spirit.
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