South Carolina March 20, 2016
8 Insane Things That Happened In South Carolina You Won’t Find In History Books
Some things about South Carolina’s history never made it to that history book you did or didn’t read in seventh grade.
Here are a few of the more insane things and weird South Carolina history items that you likely won’t find in a school book.
1. In 1856, a Democratic Representative from South Carolina savagely beat a Senator from Massachusetts on the floor of the United States Senate.
On May 22, 1856, in front of all to see, SC Representative
used his cane to beat Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the United States Senate. Reportedly, the Senator had just made an anti-slavery speech in which he verbally attacked Brooks' second cousin, Senator Andrew Butler. Brooks later resigned,
was re-elected in the run-off election to fill his own vacant seat.
2. Former SC Senator Strom Thurmond's two wives were both contestants in the Miss South Carolina Beauty Pageant.
Furthermore, it seems
hired them both as his personal secretaries before proposing. Coincidentally, both women were 22 when they married Thurmond; he was 44 at the time of his first marriage and 66 at the time of his second marriage. Also notable, Thurmond was a judge in the Miss SC contest in which the woman who became his first wife didn't win. His second wife, Miss
from Aiken, DID win Miss South Carolina, but Thurmond was not a judge and they weren't married or even dating at the time.
This photo is representative and not an actual image from either Miss South Carolina contest.
3. In 1979, South Carolina offered one of our uninhabited barrier islands to Puerto Rico for research.
Puerto Rico moved a colony of 1,400 rhesus monkeys that were reportedly infected with the Herpes B virus to South Carolina's Morgan Island, north of Beaufort where research was conducted. The colony of monkeys has grown over the years to more than 3,000 at last count. Morgan Island is home to one of only two rhesus monkey colonies in the U.S. The other is on the Silver River in Florida.
4. The first game of golf in the U.S. took place in South Carolina.
there's a record of a shipment of golf equipment to a William Wallace, of Charleston, in 1739. The South Carolina Golf Club was established in Charleston in 1787.
5. The Carolina Panthers logo was designed with a subliminal message.
logo was designed to mirror an upside down image of the outline of BOTH Carolina states.
6. The U.S. State of Rhode Island is smaller than Horry County, SC.
7. A former SC Governor actually quit his job five days before the end of his term so he wouldn't have to attend the inauguration of his successor.
In 1915, South Carolina's 90th Governor,
walked out on the State of South Carolina just five days before the end of his second term, leaving the Lt. Governor to fill his shoes for five days.
8. In 1958 the U.S. accidentally dropped a nuclear bomb on South Carolina.
This unfortunate incident - known as the
1958 Mars Bluff B 47 Nuclear Weapon Loss
happened in SC when a series of mishaps on board the plane carrying the bomb resulted in the emergency pin getting dislodged. The bomb broke free, falling through the plane's floor and nosediving 14,000 feet to the Palmetto State. The impact damaged several buildings and created a crater 75-feet across and 35-feet deep. Most notably though, the impact injured six people. They sued the government and were collectively awarded a whopping $54,000.
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