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5 Fun Facts About July 19 In South Carolina History

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1. On July 19, 1942, the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort was established in Beaufort, SC. The air station played a crucial role in training pilots for World War II and continues to be an important training facility for the Marine Corps today.

2. The Battle of Huck's Defeat took place on July 19, 1780, near present-day Brattonsville, SC, during the American Revolution. Loyalist forces ambushed a group of Patriot soldiers, but the Patriots were ultimately able to regroup and defeat the Loyalists in what was a significant victory for the Patriot cause in the southern colonies.

3. The USS Columbia, a cruiser that served in both World War II and the Korean War, was commissioned on July 19, 1942. The ship was named after the city of Columbia, SC, and was the first U.S. Navy ship to bear that name.

4. July 19, 1969 was the day that Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina became the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate in history, surpassing the previous record held by Sen. Carl Hayden of Arizona. Thurmond served in the Senate for a total of 47 years and 5 months.

5. On July 19, 1865, the District of South Carolina was officially dissolved as a military district under Reconstruction. This marked an important step in the process of reintegrating the former Confederacy into the United States after the Civil War.
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