1. In 1776, the South Carolina General Assembly formed the "Council of Safety" to enforce martial law and oversee the state's defense during the American Revolution.
2. In 1862, the CSS Planter, a Confederate ship commanded by Robert Smalls, was used to transport slaves to freedom in Union territory during the Civil War.
3. In 1926, the Bank of Florence in Florence, South Carolina was robbed by bandits who made off with over $33,000 in cash and securities.
4. In 1971, the University of South Carolina granted its first degree in African American Studies, reflecting a growing awareness of race and ethnicity in the state.
5. In 2018, William Terrell "Buck" Mulligan, a South Carolina native and World War II veteran, celebrated his 104th birthday in Columbia, making him one of the oldest living veterans in the country.
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