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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Charleston, S. C. (search)
nd historical events. The celebrated Democratic National Convention of 1860 was opened here, and after the split among the delegates an adjourned session was held in Baltimore. It was the birthplace, the same year, of the Secession movement; the first act of hostility to the national government occurred here (see Sumter, Fort; Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant); was besieged and bombarded during the last two years of the war; and was evacuated by the Confederates on Feb. 17, 1865. On Aug. 31, 1886, a large part of the city was destroyed by an earthquake, in which many lives were lost. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 1900, the foreign trade of the port was: Imports, $1,124,671; exports, $7,151,720. In 1899 the assessed valuation of all taxable property was $17,293,458. The population in 1890 was 54,955; in 1900, 55,807. History.—Provoked by the attack on St. Augustine by the South Carolinians in 1706, the Spaniards fitted out an expedition to retaliate. It consisted of fi
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Earthquakes. (search)
, 1638, between the hours of 3 and 4 P. M., the weather clear and warm, and the wind westerly, all New England was violently Earthquake fissure, Charleston, August 31, 1886. shaken by an internal convulsion of the earth. It came on with a noise like continued thunder, and the shock lasted about four minutes. The earth shook with the ground moved like waves of the sea; the houses shook and cracked, and many chimneys were thrown down. It oc- A result of the earthquake in Charleston, August 31, 1886. curred at four o'clock in the morning, and lasted four and a half minutes. At the same time there was a great tidalwave in the West Indies. In April, the s0 Arabs perished. In the island of Mitylene, in the Grecian Archipelago, 2,000 houses were overthrown; and half of the island of Madeira, 660 miles southwest from Portugal, became a waste. The last earthquake of consequence was on Aug. 31, 1886, when a large part of the city of Charleston, S. C., was destroyed, with many lives.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
rivate pension bills he vetoed 123.] Seven Chicago anarchists convicted of murder; August Spies, Michael Schwab, Samuel Fielden, Albert A. Parsons, Adolph Fischer, George Engel, and Louis Lingg, sentenced to death; Oscar W. Neebe to fifteen years imprisonment......Aug. 20, 1886 Lightning ignites 70,000 pounds of dynamite and seventy tons of powder at Laflin & Rand's powder-magazine near Chicago, Ill.; five killed, twenty-five injured......Aug. 29, 1886 Charleston earthquake......Aug. 31, 1886 Apache Indian chief Geronimo, with his band, surrenders to General Miles at Skeleton cañon, Arizona......Sept. 4, 1886 American yacht Mayflower defeats the British yacht Galatea off New York, in international race for America's cup......Sept. 7 and 11, First national convention of antisaloon Republicans meets at Chicago; 300 delegates......Sept. 16, 1886 Disastrous gale on Gulf of Mexico and floods in Texas; 250 lives lost, 2,000 persons left desolate......Oct. 12, 1886 B
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), South Carolina, (search)
rtansburg by the unveiling of a statue of Gen. Daniel H. Morgan......May 11, 1881 Exodus of 5,000 colored people from Edgefield county, bound for Arkansas and Beaufort county......Dec. 24-31, 1881 State military academy at Charleston reopened......Oct. 1, 1882: Constitution amended, forbidding counties to contract a debt greater than 8 per cent. of the taxable valuation......1884 Earthquake destroys $5,000,000 worth of property; first shock felt at Charleston, 9.51 P. M.......Aug. 31, 1886 Winthrop training-school for teachers at Columbia, opened......1886 Act passed providing a pension of $5 per month for disabled Confederate soldiers and the widows of those killed in the Confederate service......1887 Legislature accepts a devise of 814 acres in Ocanee county by Thomas G. Clemson, on condition that the State erect and maintain an agricultural and mechanical college......1888 First colored State fair ever held in the State opens at Columbia......Jan. 1, 1890