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5 Fun Facts About August 7 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1782, the Battle of Huck's Defeat took place near present-day York, South Carolina. A band of loyalist militia was defeated by Patriot forces, marking a significant victory for the Patriot cause during the Revolutionary War.

2. On August 7, 1839, the first state-supported institution for higher education for women in the United States, the College of Charleston, officially opened its doors. The college admitted both men and women, but only women were allowed to earn degrees.

3. In 1907, a devastating fire swept through the city of Chester in South Carolina, destroying much of the business district and causing over $500,000 in damage.

4. On August 7, 1942, the U.S. Navy commissioned its first African-American officer, Samuel L. Gravely Jr., who went on to serve with distinction during World War II and later became the first African-American admiral in the U.S. Navy.

5. In 2015, a Confederate flag that had flown on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds for more than 50 years was removed following widespread protests and calls for its removal in the wake of the Charleston church shooting. The shooting, which took place on June 17, 2015, claimed the lives of nine African-American churchgoers and sparked a national conversation about racism and gun violence in the United States.
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