Dates below are from the August 2017 calendar.*
These factoids were compiled by Imani-Grace King, 2017 ETV Endowment Intern (Digital Media/Knowitall)
On August 1, 1894 Benjamin Mays was born. He was a minister, educator, scholar and social activist. He was known as the "The Father of the Civil Rights Movement"
On August 4, 1901 Louis Armstrong was born. Armstrong is recognized as one of the world's greatest jazz coronet and trumpet players.
On August 16, 1780 General Horatio Gates' army joined by militia men from North Carolina and Virginia, marched south toward the British outpost in Camden, South Carolina. This battle become known as the Battle of Camden.
On August 17, 1922 Fredrick Bailey Dent was born. He was inducted to South Carolina Business Hall of Fame in 1994. He was among the founders of Spartanburg Day School and is a life trustee emeritus.
On August 20, 1935 Martha Rivers Ingram was born. She is the first living woman and first daughter of a laureate to be inducted into South Carolina Business Hall of Fame.
On August 21, 1937 Edwin Craig Wall Jr. was born. He was the respected as one of the most successful business leaders in South Carolina.
On August 26 women celebrate the 19th amendment which was passed on August 26, 1920. View our collections that celebrates women suffrage:
- The First Suffrage Parade in South Carolina
- March for The Right To Vote Held in 1913
- The 19th Amendment
- Women Celebrate Passing of 19th Amendment
At 9:45 p.m on August 31, 1886, a major earthquake hit Charleston, South Carolina. 27 people were killed in the collapse of buildings and another 33 died later of injuries. View our collections on the natural disaster: