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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1843, Charleston's St. Mary's Catholic Church was dedicated. It was the second Catholic church and steeple in the city after Bishop England dedicated St. Patrick's about 20 years earlier.

2. The South Carolina Gamecocks played their first football game at home on this day in 1895, defeating Furman 14-0.

3. On November 16, 1906, Ruth Shuler was the first woman in South Carolina to vote in an election after Governor Heyward appointed her a notary public. Women were not granted the right to vote in South Carolina until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920.

4. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Charleston, SC on November 16, 1938, staying at the Francis Marion Hotel on King Street. He addressed the city from the steps of City Hall and visited the Citadel and Charleston Navy Yard.

5. Employees at the Savannah River Plant in Aiken County, SC discovered a leak in a nuclear reactor on November 16, 1989. The incident, known as the "Nantanoose Creek Incident," was contained and cleanup efforts were successful, but it sparked scrutiny of safety measures at the plant.
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