1768 -- In preparation for the upcoming Assembly elections, Charles Town's mechanics nominated candidates who opposed the Quartering Act, Stamp Act, and Sugar Act. Led by Patriot Christopher Gadsden, they met at the Liberty Tree "where many loyal, patriotic and constitutional toasts were drank." The company then marched on to Dillon's Tavern to continue the celebration.
1780 -- Captured at sea by the British, Henry Laurens earned the unique distinction as the only American to ever be held prisoner in the Tower of London, following his arrest for high treason.
1839 -- Susan M. Breaker died and was buried at the Bethlehem Baptist Church, where she had been an active member for 40 years.
1935 -- Porgy & Bess, an opera by George Gershwin based on the novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward, opened on Broadway. Interpreting the lives of African-American tenants who lived on a fictional "Catfish Row," including members famed Mosquito Fleet, the play ran for 124 performances.
1970 -- Having succumbed to termite damage and carefully demolished, the new Mills House Hotel, having been rebuilt as closely as possible to the original and using as much salvaged building materials as possible, reopened to the public.
1786 -- Ralph Isaacs published a letter in the Charleston Morning News and Daily Advertiser besmirching Joseph Brown Ladd’s character and declaring him to be a scoundrel, social climber, and quack.
1931 -- City Council created America's first historical zoning ordinance, protecting its 18th century core from demolitions and establishing the city Board of Architectural Review.
1866 -- Horse-drawn car service begins in Charleston. (Source: Dr. Nicholas Butler, Charleston County Public Library.)
1971 -- Aviator and popular local daredevil Bevo Howard struck a tree as he pulled out of a stunt at a charity airshow in Greenville, N.C., and was killed in the resulting crash.
1858 -- Eliza(beth) C. Walling Donnely died and was buried at Bethlehem Baptist Church, former site of the St. James Goose Creek Chapel of Ease.
1997 -- David Byrne, Cracker and Cowboy Mouth were among the bands that played at 96 WAVEFEST.
1774 -- Henry Middleton was elected President of the first Continental Congress.
2006 -- The original Bowens Island burned to the ground.
1765 -- An angry mob seeking the whereabouts of the detested tax stamps issued through Parliment's Stamp Act stormed several notable residences in downtown Charleston, including that of Henry Laurens.
1786 -- Dr. Joseph Brown Ladd was mortally wounded in a duel with Ralph Isaacs in Philadelphia Alley.
1742 -- A visitor to Charles Town noted: "matters between the whites and the blacks here are such that one fears to be seen outside the house." (Source: Charleston! Charleston!)
1757 -- Charles Pinckney, the son of Col. Charles Pinckney and Frances Brewton and a future architect of the U.S. Constitution, was born.
1765 -- Leaders of a rebel mob spread rumors that Charles Town's two local stamp agents, George Saxby and Caleb Lloyd, were hiding out at Fort Johnson on James Island. Over the next two days, the mob rampaged through the streets of Charles Town, threatening to kill the agents if they did not resign their office. (Source: Charleston, Charleston! by Walter J. Fraser Jr.)
1718 -- Chief Justice Nicholas Trott convened the Court of the Vice Admiralty in a private residence to try the case of the pirates who had recently been captured along with Stede Bonnet. (Source: Charleston! Charleston!, p. 35)
1765 -- Because of the murderous threats by an angry rebel mob two days before, Charles Town's stamp agents, George Saxby and Caleb Lloyd, announced that to ensure the peace of the province (and save their lives), they would not enforce the hated Stamp Act. The Sons of Liberty poured into the streets and unfurled the blue flag of "Liberty." (Source: Charleston, Charleston! by Walter J. Fraser Jr.)
1824 -- Charles Pinckney, the son of Col. Charles Pinckney and Frances Brewton and an architect of the U.S. Constitution, died.