Today in Southern History: Charleston Arsenal

 30 December 1860

On this date in 1860…

South Carolina state troops seized the federal arsenal at Charleston.

Other Years:

  • 1853 – The United States bought about 45,000 square miles of land from Mexico in a deal known as the Gadsden Purchase.
  • 1863 – Twenty Confederate States Marines froze to death after a federal warship swamped their boat and then fired on the survivors at Matagorda Peninsula, Texas.
  • 1961 – Jack Nicklaus lost his first pro golf match to Gary Player in an exhibition at Miami, Florida.
  • 1978 – Following Public outrage after Hayes punched Clemson University player Charlie Bauman during the Gator Bowl,Ohio State University fired its football coach, Woody Hayes. . 

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