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5 Fun Facts About July 25 In South Carolina History

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1. The Battle of Fort Wagner took place on July 25, 1863. It was a Union attempt to capture the fort and take control of Charleston Harbor during the Civil War. The battle was famously dramatized in the movie "Glory."

2. On July 25, 1786, the state of South Carolina ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the 8th state to do so. This helped the document gain the required support of at least nine states to officially take effect.

3. July 25, 1938 saw the opening of the first Idlewild Airport in New York City, which later became the John F. Kennedy International Airport. South Carolinians were able to take advantage of this new air travel option, which revolutionized transportation and changed the way people could experience the world.

4. Baseball great Joe Jackson, born in Pickens County, South Carolina, played his last major league game on July 25, 1920. Jackson was one of the greatest hitters of his time, but he was banned from baseball for life following the infamous "Black Sox" scandal of 1919.

5. Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the site of a tragic mass shooting in 2015, was founded on July 25, 1816. The church has a storied history as a center for African American activism and a beacon of hope in the face of racism and violence.
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