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5 Fun Facts About December 26 In South Carolina History

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1. The Battle of Charleston (December 26, 1860): On this date, a small skirmish broke out between Citadel cadets and Union soldiers at the gates of the city. While no casualties were reported, this event marked the beginning of the Civil War in South Carolina.

2. The Great Gedney Fire (December 26, 1861): One year later, a massive fire broke out in downtown Georgetown, destroying much of the commercial district. The fire was named after the steamship Gedney, which was docked at the port and helped to spread the flames.

3. Folly Beach Lighthouse Lit (December 26, 1876): The iconic Morris Island lighthouse was completed in 1876, and on December 26th of that year, its first-order Fresnel lens was lit for the first time. The lighthouse served as a beacon for ships entering Charleston Harbor until it was decommissioned in 1962.

4. First Live Radio Broadcast (December 26, 1921): Station 4LO in Newberry, SC made history on this date by broadcasting the first live performance, a recital by violinist Eugene Gruenberg. It was also the first time that music had ever been broadcast over the radio.

5. Charleston Snowstorm (December 26, 2010): In a rare event for the South, Charleston experienced a heavy snowstorm on December 26, 2010. The city received over six inches of snow, causing widespread power outages and traffic disruptions. The snowstorm was named one of the top 10 weather events of the year by the National Weather Service.
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