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5 Fun Facts About May 7 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1780, American forces under the command of General Benjamin Lincoln surrendered to British forces under General Henry Clinton at Charleston, South Carolina, during the American Revolutionary War. This was a major victory for the British and allowed them to gain control of the city and the surrounding area.

2. On May 7, 1915, the passenger ship RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 people, including 128 Americans. Among the victims was a group of 20 South Carolinians who were traveling to Europe on a cultural tour.

3. In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, ruling that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. South Carolina was one of several southern states that resisted the decision and continued to maintain segregated schools for many years.

4. On May 7, 1977, the South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team won their first ever SEC championship, defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 10-4 in the championship game. The victory helped to establish the Gamecocks as a major force in collegiate baseball.

5. In 2000, the USS Yorktown, an aircraft carrier that served in World War II and other conflicts, was opened as a museum in Charleston, South Carolina. Visitors can explore the ship's decks and see exhibits on its history and the role of aircraft carriers in naval warfare.
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