Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Happy Birthday, South Carolina!

Today is the anniversary of South Carolina's ratification of the US Constitution, agreeing to be one of the original Thirteen Colonies.

Date of Ratification
May 23, 1788 

Parentage: Named after King Charles I of England, whose Latin name is "Carolus."Originally part of Virginia and then known as The Carolina Providence, it was divided into North and South in 1729.  

Place in the Family:
Number 8
a month after Maryland  (April 1788)
and a month before New Hampshire (May 1788)

"While I breathe, I hope...."

The Palmetto State
I did not know the difference between "palm"
and "palmetto" before researching this!
I just thought it was a palm tree.  

State Flag
A light blue banner with the moon and a lone palmetto tree
Simple but nice!

First City You Probably Think of
When You Think "South Carolina"

Actual State Capital: Columbia

Fun South Carolina Fact:
South Carolina flies the flag of the Confederate States
outside its capitol, leading to NCAA and NAACP boycotts of the state!

State Size (Area) is 40th of 50.
Population is closer to 26th of 50.
(per 2000 Census figures)

South Carolina Sports:
No professional sports teams are based in South Carolina!

Anybody From South Carolina
Ever Grow Up To Be President?
Sort of.
Andrew Jackson (US President #7) was born in the area that
became Lancaster County, South Carolina.
However, he is more strongly connected to Tennessee. 

Good vs Evil
Jesse Jackson
Political and Civil Rights figure

Strom Thurmond
US Senator (1954-2003), Segregationist, Hypocrite

Musical South Carolinians
Dizzy Gillespie
World's Greatest Jazz Trumpeter

Darius Rucker
formerly "Hootie," now solo C&W artist

James Brown
The Godfather of Soul

TV Celebrities From South Carolina 

Eartha Kitt
actress & singer

Vanna White
game-show host/celebrity

Stephen Colbert

Film Stars From South Carolina
Viola Davis
Award Winning Actress

Andie MacDowell
Model & Actress

South Carolina Literary Figures:
Pat Conroy
The Great Santini,  The Citadel, etc

DuBose Heyward
Porgy,  "Porgy & Bess"

Sporty South Carolinians
"Shoeless" Joe Jackson
Controversial Chicago White Sox (1908-1920)
player banned  in "Black Socks" scandal

William "the Refrigerator" Perry
NFL Player (1985-1994)
Super Bowl XX winner w/Chicago Bears 

Most Famous South Carolinian
Fort Sumter
All Americans know that the US Civil War was started in SC
when Confederate forces attacked Fort Sumter. 
South Carolina was the first state to secede from 
the Union, on December 20, 1860.   

A Song For You....
"The Twist"
Sung by Chubby Checker, native of South Carolina

The only song on the Billboard Hot 100 to go to Number One TWICE!!
(Sept 1960 and Jan 1962)
Music & Lyrics by Hank Ballard


  1. Russell, You make me laugh. Strom Thurmond was a hypocrite and Jesse Jackson isn't?

  2. Haha, yeah, Jackson isn't a saint. However, when I was doing research for this blog I was *shocked* by what I found out about Strom Thurmond. He ran in 1948 as a "Dixiecrat" candidate whose basic platform was "Segregation forever." Not a fan of toads like him and George Wallace who "flip flop" in order to stay in power after their core believes are discarded. Both Jackson and Thurmond fathered children out of wedlock; of the two, Thurmond was the one who would not treat his daughter fairly. Of these two, Thurmond is by far the worse IMO. :-)

  3. Yeah. I hated it when Rev. Jackson flip-flopped on abortion.

    Rev. Jackson was 58 and married when he had his love child. Thurmond he was 22 and single. And Thurmond's daughter said he treated her just fine and so did his family.

    As far as segregation, pretty much all democrats were segregationists back then. Wallace, Gore Sr., Byrd... When Strom turned away from segregation, he became a Republican, just like Martin Luther King, Jr.

    So in my opinion, Thurmond was only bad when he was a Democrat. ;)

  4. I'll try to pick a less controversial Good/Evil pair next time.

    I don't care for any of those gentlemen you mention...except for MLK. I don't think he ever supported either major political party. In which speech did he endorse VP Nixon? ;-)


  6. Martin Luther King Jr is a Republican the same way Abraham Lincoln is a Republican. ;-)