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5 Fun Facts About June 8 In South Carolina History

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1. On June 8, 1786, the South Carolina General Assembly passed the Pinckney's Treaty, which established peaceful relations and trade agreements between the United States and Spain.

2. June 8, 1861, marked the beginning of the Battle of Cross Keys, a major Civil War engagement fought in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Several South Carolina regiments, including the 2nd and 5th Infantry, participated in the battle.

3. In 1924, a tornado ripped through the city of Greenville on June 8, causing extensive damage and killing 9 people. The storm remains one of the deadliest in South Carolina history.

4. Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie was born on June 8, 1917, in Cheraw, South Carolina. Gillespie is considered one of the greatest trumpeters of all time and is credited with helping to pioneer the bebop style of jazz.

5. On June 8, 1977, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History was established to collect, preserve, and share the state's historical records and artifacts. Today, the agency oversees numerous historical sites and museums throughout the state.
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