1765 -- Christopher Gadsden, Thomas Lynch and John Rutledge set sail for the illegally called Stamp Act Congress in New York City. Gadsden, ever the ardent Patriot, served as chair of the committee that drafted resolutions condemning the act.
1739 -- The bloodiest slave revolt in colonial America began near what is today the Stono River Bridge on Highway 17, about 20 miles south of Charleston.
1859 -- L.E.A. Shier, sometimes known as the Trillium Angel, died aged four years, 11 months and 13 days, a victim of the "bilious fever" epidemic that was going around after an unusally hot, humid summer.
1859 -- L.E.A. Shier, 4, was buried at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Goose Creek.
1960 -- Hurricane Donna passes by the Carolina coastline, spawning a tornado that brought down three walls of the Bennett Rice Mill, c. 1844.
1752 -- The first breezes of what would become the Great Hurricane of 1752 began to pick up during the afternoon.
1752 -- One of the strongest hurricanes ever to strike the East Coast came ashore, blowing a large ship anchored in Charleston Harbor up Vanderhorst Creek (today's Water Street), striking the meeting house of a group of Baptists who had recently split from the city's main congregation, and finally coming to rest near Meeting Street.
1703 -- Ruth Brewton, future wife of William Pinckney and mother of Col. Charles Pinckney, was born.
1939 -- The last prisoners to be housed in the Old City Jail on Magazine Street were escorted out. (Source: Abode of Misery, p. 15)
1857 -- Sarah Ann Lowry Lofton died in Christ Church Parish, one of the first three victims of the great epidemic that roared through Mt. Pleasant that year.
1857 -- Samuel H. Loften, who probably brought the epidemic ashore that year, died in Christ Church Parish, just two days after his wife.
1989 -- At midnight, the eye of Hurricane Hugo, a category 4 storm, passed over Cove Inlet between Mt. Pleasant and Sullivans Island.
1718 -- A patrol of pirate bounty hunters under the command of Colonel William Rhett spotted Bonnet in the Cape Fear River inlet. (Rhett was actually looking for another pirate, Charles Vane, at the time.)
1902 -- The Evening Post, in its coverage of the opening of the new Commercial Club, noted that the building's fourth floor was enclosed in glass that could be opened, "making a delightful resort to spend the evenings during the summer months."
1854 -- L.E.A. Shier was born to Aaron and Mary Shier of Goose Creek.
1838 -- James Matthews shares horrifying stories of being an enslaved person sent to the notorious "Sugar House" for punishment.