PUTTING THE PIECES BACK TOGETHER

1941 - 1992

1943

June 24 -- Rueben Morris Greenberg IV was born to a Jewish immigrant father and African-American mother. In 1982 Greenberg became Charleston's first African American police chief. An article written by the National Review upon Greenberg's retirement in 2005 credited him with turning "the... Police Department into a national model. In the process, he became a celebrity and a source of pride for the city."

1945

Jan. 24 -- The Christ Church (Mt. Pleasant) flagon was returned to the Rev. Edmund Coe by Bonnie McArty, whose uncle Frank Blaine, a Union infantryman, stole it following the 1865 Confederate evacuation of Charleston. (Source: Stolen Charleston: The Spoils of War, p. 11.)

June 18 -- The Ben Sawyer Bridge, connecting the mainland to Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms, was officially opened. The Pitt Street Bridge was closed to. traffic.

1947

Dec. 25 -- Henry Dees III was born in Charleston. After two years at The Citadel (Dees Hall was named after his father), Dees completed a degree in acting from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He began his career in New York as a stage actor before moving to Los Angeles to star in the film "Two-Minute Warning," and soon thereafter he earned guest spots on the television show "Wonder Woman." He continued acting until 1991 when he went into advertising sales for Moving Pictures International and Variety Magazine.

1948

April 1 -- John Stewart Carter was born in Little Rock, Ark. Shortly after his marriage to his second wife Betsey in 1981, the couple moved to her hometown of Charleston. John taught at The Citadel, attaining the rank of Colonel and Head of the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science. He also served as the Bulldogs' play caller and founded the Citadel's Ombuds program. As its first Ombudsperson, John help the Citadel community during its transition to coeducation in the 1990s. The John S. Carter Scholarship was established in his honor.

1950
Dec. 26 -- Maria Louisa Porcher Wayne died.

1951
Aug. 29 -- Seventy-three orphans left the Charleston Orphan House for the last time before it was torn down to make room for a new Sears Department Store.

1954

Oct. 7 -- The News & Courier ran an article expounding upon the slow decline of Charleston's famed Mosquito Fleet.

1960
April 1 -- Twenty-four Black students from Burke High School staged a Civil Rights sit-in at the Kresse Department Store lunch counter on King Street, changing the city's dialogue about the issues facing racial equality.

April 30 -- According to a report in the News & Courier, the last column of the Charleston Hotel came down in a haze of dust and rubble shortly after 3 a.m. 

Sept. 11 -- Hurricane Donna passed by the Carolina coastline, spawning a tornado that brought down three walls of the Bennett Rice Mill, c. 1844.

1964

May 12 -- According to an article in the News and Courier, a domestic rabbit was discovered by two members of the Footlight Players running loose on East Bay Street. The two put out a call for its owner and found him at a West Ashley address. The owner said he could no longer take care of the bunny or its mate, who was still in the owner's possession. He asked the acting group to find a new home for both rabbits, which they did. The rabbits' new residence was wth Robert M. Hollings on Queen Street.

1970
Oct. 9 -- A victim of termite damage and neglect, the Mills House Hotel, having been carefully demolished and reproduced using as much salvaged building materials as possible, reopened to the public.

1971
Oct. 17 -- Popular aviator Bevo Howard struck a tree and fatally crashed as he pulled out of a stunt at a charity airshow in Greenville, N.C.

1986

March 3 -- News & Courier columnist Ashley Cooper remembered the Charleston Hotel, calling it an iconic symbol of the city's antebellum glory, "one of the few remaining links with the romantic days of terrapin soup, gas lights, and visiting royalty."

1987
Dec. 15 -- Educator and Civil Rights leader Septima Poinsette Clark died.

1989
Sept. 21/22 -- At midnight, the eye of Hurricane Hugo, a category 4 storm, passed over Cove Inlet between Mt. Pleasant and Sullivans Island.

Dec. 25 -- Eight inches of snow fell, providing Charleston with its first - and to date only - documented White Christmas.

For more than a century, Charlestonians relied on the Mosquito Fleet for their seafood. Hear their story and visit the site of their traditional landing on our Lost Charleston Tours. (Photo credit: Library of Congress)
The Kresse store sit-in changed the way Charlestonians engaged in the Civil Rights movement sweeping the country in the 1960s. We discuss the topic on our Lost Charleston Tours. (Photo credit: News & Courier)
We visit the ruins of the Bennet Rice Mill's west wall on our Lost Charleston Tour. (Photo credit: Library of Congress)
We discuss one of the Lowcountry's great love stories, that of Arthur and Maria Louisa Wayne, as we visit Christ Church on our French Santee Tour.
Bevo Howard's signature stunt was snatching a ribbon from a spectator on the Sumter House pier while flying upside down. We recall his accomplishments, theatrics, and tragic end on our Lost Charleston Tour. (Photo credit: News & Courier)
The life and legacy of Septima Pointsett Clark, the woman who inspired Dr. Martin Luther King, is a part of our Sea Islands Tour. (Photo credit: Avery Institute)