1865 -- Thousands of emancipated slaves marched in a parade to the old Washington Race Course, which served as a Union POW camp during the Civil War. They exhumed mass graves and reburied the Union dead with respect and ceremony, then celebrated their newfound freedom with speeches and a picnic. Some credit this celebration as the nation's first Memorial Day.
1898 -- Septima Poinsette Clark was born.
1738 -- The Gazette reported that several recently imported slaves had small pox and suggested that readers "take all imaginable care to prevent" its spread.
1906 -- On opening day of Belmont’s Race Track's opening day, nearly 40,000 people streamed through the Washington Race Course's former gates at their new New York home.
1666 -- Thomas Pinckney, future father of Col. Charles Pinckney, was born.
1930 -- Arthur T. Wayne died.
1738 -- Daniel Cartwright sold his land, which included today's Hampton Park, to John Braithwaite.
1767 -- A deed recorded for William Withers referred to his property along the Cooper River as "the neck," perhaps proving a clue as to how Goose Creek got its name. (Clara A. Langley, South Carolina Abstracts, 4 vols. (Easley, South Carolina Historical Press, Inc. 1984), Vol. 3:277, 365.
1721 -- Charlestonians welcomed South Carolina's first Royal Governor, Francis Nicholson, having won their efforts to become a colony of the Crown, rather than of the Lords Proprietors.
1735 -- Charles Lowndes, being heavily in debt, fatally shot himself in jail, where he was being held for his failure to financially support his estranged wife. As a gentleman, he had been allowed to keep his firearm during his incarceration.
1630 -- Charleston's namesake, Charles II, was born "at noon with Venus the star of lov e and fortune shining high over the horizon.
1861 -- The Tenth Regiment of South Carolina Volunteers gathered for the first time.. Among them was Henry Michael Lofton. (Source: Home in the Village, p. 75)
1940 -- The Scottish Rite Cathedral Association sold the Rodgers Mansion at 149 Wentworth Street to the Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company.