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5 Fun Facts About February 24 In South Carolina History

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1. On February 24, 1986, James E. Clyburn was first elected to the United States House of Representatives, representing South Carolina's 6th congressional district. Clyburn has since become a prominent figure in American politics, serving as the Majority Whip in the House from 2007 to 2011 and from 2019 to present.

2. On February 24, 1865, the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley attacked and sunk the USS Housatonic in Charleston Harbor, making it the first successful submarine attack in naval history. Although the Hunley sank shortly after the attack, it has since been recovered and is now on display at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center.

3. In 1994, on February 24, the South Carolina Department of Corrections opened a new maximum-security prison in Ridgeville, known as Lieber Correctional Institution. The facility was designed to house South Carolina's most dangerous and violent offenders.

4. On February 24, 1972, the University of South Carolina admitted its first African American student-athlete, Frank Ford, to the men's track and field team. This event marked a significant step forward for racial integration in higher education and sports.

5. On February 24, 1919, South Carolina ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving women the right to vote. South Carolina was the 20th state to ratify the amendment, which was ultimately adopted by all 48 states at the time.
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