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5 Fun Facts About May 9 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1670, the first permanent English settlement in South Carolina, Charles Towne (later Charleston), was established by the Colony of Carolina.

2. On May 9, 1865, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured by Union troops near Irwinville, Georgia, while attempting to flee southward with his cabinet following the fall of Richmond, Virginia. Davis was later imprisoned at Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, for two years before being released.

3. In 1934, the devastating Tri-State Tornado, one of the deadliest tornadoes in US history, struck the Carolinas, claiming 69 lives and causing over $900,000 in damages.

4. On May 9, 1958, astronaut Charles Duke was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. Duke would later become the 10th man to walk on the moon during the Apollo 16 mission in April 1972.

5. In 2000, the USS Yorktown, a retired World War II-era aircraft carrier, was opened as a museum ship in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. Today, the USS Yorktown is a popular tourist attraction and educational resource, attracting over 150,000 visitors annually.
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