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5 Fun Facts About November 15 In South Carolina History

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1. On November 15, 1775, the state of South Carolina established a navy to protect its coastline from British ships during the American Revolutionary War. The navy played a vital role in securing victories for the Continental Army in battles such as Sullivan's Island.

2. On November 15, 1824, the South Carolina College (now known as the University of South Carolina) was established in Columbia, SC. The college was one of the first institutions of higher education in the United States to offer degrees in engineering and was instrumental in the development of the state's textile industry.

3. On November 15, 1864, Union soldiers under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman began their famous "March to the Sea," which brought destruction to much of Georgia and South Carolina. The campaign lasted until December of that year and caused devastation to civilian populations and infrastructure alike.

4. On November 15, 1978, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks football team defeated the Clemson Tigers 13-9 in what has become known as the "Chicken Curse Game." The win ended a 12-game losing streak against Clemson and was seen as a turning point in the rivalry between the two teams.

5. On November 15, 2019, the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston opened its newest exhibit, "Shark Shallows," which features a 20,000-gallon tank filled with sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, and other marine species. The exhibit is designed to allow visitors to interact with the sharks in a safe and educational environment.
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