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5 Fun Facts About March 23 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1776, the Provincial Congress of South Carolina authorized the creation of a navy, with four ships to be built in an attempt to keep the British navy from gaining control of Charleston Harbor.

2. On March 23, 1865, Union General William T. Sherman's army crossed into South Carolina near Cheraw, beginning the devastating Carolinas Campaign that would lay waste to much of the state and hasten the end of the Civil War.

3. The South Carolina Stingrays, a professional ice hockey team, won the ECHL Kelly Cup on March 23, 1997, defeating the Louisiana IceGators in the sixth game of the championship series.

4. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill into law on March 23, 2012, that requires all high school students to pass the United States History and Constitution test in order to receive a diploma.

5. On March 23, 2019, the prestigious Wofford College men's basketball team won its first ever NCAA tournament game, upsetting perennial powerhouse University of Kentucky in the second round of the tournament.
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