The Charleston Earthquake – Today In Southern History

31 August 1886  

On this date in 1886…

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Charleston, South Carolinacausing severe damage and killing more than 100 people. Damage was reported as far away as Washington D.C. The quake was also was reported to have extinguished the “Wakulla Volcano,” a bright natural gas flare that served sailors as a navigational landmark along the Florida panhandle.

Other Years:
  • 1864 – The Battle of Jonesboro, Georgia during the Atlanta Campaign caused more than 2,000 casualties.
  • 1935 – Baseball great Frank Robinson was born in Beaumont, Texas.
  • 1991 – In a “Solidarity Day” protest hundreds of thousands of union members marched in Washington, DC.
  • 1997 – South Carolina performer James Brown became the first American artist to appear in Lebanon following the lift of the U.S. travel ban to the country.
  • 2005 – Toby Keith announced that he was starting his own label named Show Dog Nashville Records.

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