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5 Fun Facts About July 10 In South Carolina History

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1. On July 10, 1863, the Confederate Army under General J.E.B. Stuart clashed with Union forces in the Battle of Funkstown, Maryland. The battle, which was part of the Gettysburg Campaign, resulted in a Confederate victory.

2. In 1932, the first public airport in Charleston, South Carolina, officially opened on July 10. The airport, which replaced an older airfield on James Island, was named after the city's mayor at the time, John P. Grace.

3. On July 10, 1980, the iconic Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston was dedicated. The bridge spans the Cooper River and is an important landmark in the city.

4. In 1950, the first television broadcast in South Carolina history took place on July 10. The program, which aired on WCSC-TV, featured a visit from South Carolina Governor Strom Thurmond.

5. South Carolina native and legendary jazz musician Dizzy Gillespie was born on July 10, 1917. Gillespie, who was raised in Cheraw, South Carolina, is known for pioneering the bebop style of jazz and collaborating with some of the biggest names in music history.
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