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5 Fun Facts About February 1 In South Carolina History

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1. On February 1, 1865, Union troops led by General William T. Sherman captured Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, during the Civil War. The city suffered extensive damage from the resulting fires.

2. In 1920, the organization that would become the National Park Service acquired Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island near Charleston. The fort, named for American Revolutionary War hero William Moultrie, played a role in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

3. On February 1, 1979, a massive blizzard struck South Carolina, dumping up to two feet of snow on some areas of the state. The storm caused widespread power outages and traffic accidents.

4. In 2003, the Boeing Company announced that it had selected North Charleston, South Carolina as the site for its new 787 Dreamliner assembly plant. The plant officially opened in 2011 and has since become a major employer in the state.

5. The South Carolina State House, located in Columbia, was dedicated on February 1, 1907. The building is known for its distinctive copper dome and houses the offices of the governor and other state officials.
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