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5 Fun Facts About October 16 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1859, the first intercollegiate football game ever played in the South took place in Charleston, between the College of Charleston and the Citadel.

2. On October 16, 1861, Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee captured a Federal garrison at the Battle of Bolivar Heights near Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. The victory gave the Confederates control of the strategic town and a large amount of military supplies.

3. In 1939, the first public housing project in South Carolina opened in Columbia. Gonzales Gardens, named after Congressman Solomon Blatt's father-in-law, provided affordable housing for low-income families and elderly residents.

4. On October 16, 1965, the University of South Carolina dedicated its new McKissick Museum, which houses the university's extensive collection of art, artifacts, and natural history specimens. The museum's holdings include fossils from the Ice Age, Native American pottery, and Civil War-era weapons.

5. In 1986, Hurricane Hugo made landfall near Charleston, causing widespread destruction and claiming 13 lives in South Carolina. The storm was the most intense hurricane to hit the state in more than a century and caused billions of dollars in damage.
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