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5 Fun Facts About December 3 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1832, the Nullification Crisis began in South Carolina, as the state attempted to nullify federal tariffs that favored Northern industries over Southern ones. This crisis was seen as a precursor to the Civil War and reflected growing tensions between the North and South.

2. In 1919, the first state-owned and operated Forest Fire Service was established in South Carolina. This early conservation effort helped to protect the state's forests and natural resources, which continue to be a vital part of its economy and ecology.

3. In 1945, a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 14 people. Among the victims were 2 South Carolinians: Colonel William F. Smith Jr. and his co-pilot Lieutenant Colonel Robert B. Smith. The crash remains one of the most bizarre and tragic accidents in American aviation history.

4. In 1975, the first successful heart transplant in South Carolina was performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. The recipient, a 50-year-old man, lived for another 19 months before he succumbed to kidney failure.

5. In 2013, the Confederate flag was removed from the dome of the South Carolina Statehouse, following a long and controversial debate over its symbolism and meaning. The flag had flown above the dome since 1961 as a symbol of Southern heritage, but many South Carolinians saw it as a divisive and hurtful reminder of the state's history of slavery and racism.
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