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5 Fun Facts About July 29 In South Carolina History

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1. Birth of Charleston's first Jewish Mayor: On July 29, 1910, Samuel Rittenberg was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He went on to become the first Jewish mayor of Charleston, serving from 1955 to 1975.

2. Launch of the Charleston Mercury: On July 29, 1850, the first issue of the Charleston Mercury was published in South Carolina. The newspaper played a significant role in the state's secession from the Union in 1860 and the beginning of the Civil War.

3. The Passing of a Civil Rights Icon: On July 29, 2010, Civil Rights icon Modjeska Simkins passed away at the age of 90 in Columbia, South Carolina. She was known for her activism during the Civil Rights Movement in the state and her efforts to desegregate public spaces and improve healthcare for African Americans.

4. First Public Library in Greenville Opens: On July 29, 1907, the first public library opened in Greenville, South Carolina. The library, which was located on the third floor of a building on Main Street, was initially stocked with 3,000 volumes.

5. Earthquake Shakes the Lowcountry: On July 29, 1886, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 struck the Charleston, South Carolina area. The earthquake resulted in significant damage to the city and surrounding areas, including the loss of over 100 lives. It remains the largest earthquake to ever hit the eastern United States.
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