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5 Fun Facts About January 18 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1865, Union and Confederate forces clashed at the Battle of Rivers' Bridge near Salkehatchie River, in what was one of the largest engagements in the Carolinas Campaign during the American Civil War. The Union troops ultimately emerged victorious, marking a significant turning point in the war and contributing to the eventual defeat of the Confederacy.

2. In 1896, the South Carolina General Assembly ratified a new state constitution that implemented a number of progressive reforms, including the establishment of a statewide system of public schools and the creation of a new judicial system. The new constitution also extended voting rights to black males who met certain property and education requirements, although this provision was later effectively nullified by discriminatory state laws.

3. On January 18, 1920, the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution went into effect, prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol within the country. This era of Prohibition had a significant impact on South Carolina, as many residents turned to bootlegging and other illegal activities to supply their demand for alcohol.

4. In 1971, South Carolina Governor John C. West signed a bill into law that established the South Carolina Educational Television Network (SCETV), which remains in operation today as a statewide public broadcasting network. SCETV has produced a wide range of educational programming over the years, including the popular nature series "NatureScene" and the award-winning historical drama "The Swamp Fox."

5. In 2018, Clemson University's football team won the NCAA National Championship game against the University of Alabama, marking the second time in three years that the Tigers had clinched the title. The victory was especially sweet for South Carolinians, as Clemson's stadium is located in the small town of Clemson and the team represents one of the state's largest public universities.
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