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5 Fun Facts About September 16 In South Carolina History

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1. In 1776, the Battle of Great Savannah took place during the Revolutionary War. South Carolina troops fought alongside General George Washington's army to capture the strategic southern city from British control.

2. On September 16, 1847, the City of Charleston was hit by a devastating fire that destroyed much of the city's downtown area. Nearly 600 buildings were destroyed, and the fire caused an estimated $4 million in damages.

3. The first recorded golf match in the United States occurred on September 16, 1786, in Charleston, South Carolina. The match was played between two teams of four players, and the prize for the winning team was a silver cup.

4. On September 16, 1968, a B-52 bomber crashed near Greenwood, South Carolina, killing six crew members. The aircraft was on a routine training mission when it crashed due to mechanical failure.

5. In 1950, Governor Strom Thurmond signed a law authorizing the state's first public television station, ETV. Since then, South Carolina ETV has grown into a network of 11 television and radio stations that serves the entire state.
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