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Dates that are instantly recognizable as history.
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Dates that are instantly recognizable as history.

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May 16, 2022, 10:26 AM
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Some dates are so indelibly etched into history that they don't even require much explanation. Some don't even have to be said in full.

"9/11" Everybody who was alive then instantly knows you are talking about September 11, 2001. Truly a date that should NEVER be allowed to slip from our memory. Any tool that tries to convince you that radical Islam is "not that bad" should be tied to a chair, and forced to watch those planes bring down those buildings for about 24 hours straight, and then see if their opinion changes.

11/22/63: Another of those dates that anyone alive at the time and old enough to have memories, will remember exactly where they were when it happened. I still remember our third grade teacher coming back into the room after a hasty teachers meeting, and telling all us kids to pray for President Kennedy, since he had been shot in Dallas. Sadly, by that time, he was already gone.

12/07/41: You never see it written out that way, but EVERYBODY knows about Dec. 7, 1941, per President Roosevelt, "A day which will live in INFAMY", when the Japanese drew us into WWII with the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. They got a whole lot more than they bargained for.

All the above were examples of Man's Inhumanity to Man. But, there are others, local in nature, CAUSED by nature, that are just as indelibly etched into the memories of those who survived them.

Such a date is September 21, 1989. For anyone living even within a hundred MILES of the South Carolina coast at the time, one word is all that is necessary. HUGO. The only really MONSTROUS hurricane to make the SC coast ground zero in my lifetime. There have been other "big blows". Hazel in 1954. Gracie in 1959. But, Hugo was in a terrible class by itself. Even now, 30+ years after the fact, you can still drive into the Holly Hill area from I-26 on Highway 15, and see the remnant of an entire pine forest that was snapped off like matchsticks.

On a more personal level, my Dad recounted how a pecan orchard of twelve trees had been planted by he and HIS Dad when he was 10 years old. He was 71 at the time Hugo came through, and destroyed every one of those twelve pecan trees.

Now, we may have seen some damage in our area, but it was NOTHING compared to the complete devastation around the McClellanville area where the storm made landfall. All in all, Hugo was South Carolina's first experience with a storm that ranked up on the same scale as some of the "Killer" Gulf Coast storms, such as Katrina. The Gulf Coast can keep those, I don't ever need to see another one, once was one time too many.

Anybody else got some "Dates" like these that they have memories of?

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May 16, 2022, 10:47 AM
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Hugo landed at midnight, so those on the coast called it on the 21st, but those of us inland know that most of the damage was done on the 22nd. It was still a Cat 2 hurricane when it got to Charlotte.
The eye was 50 miles in diameter with the top edge hitting Georgetown and the bottom edge on Folly Beach. The Fracis Marion National Forest had trees break at the same height so that it looked like God had taken a weed whacker to miles of the forest. One man in Manning saved his Pecan trees by cutting them back before the storm. I worked with one fellow who was in the McClellenville High school during the storm and they were putting the kids in the overhead during the storm surge. There were many other stories about that storm. The State patrol was directing people evacuating up 41 to 402. When they got back over to 52 above Moncks Corner, they directed them back down to 17-A to the I-26. They could have made could have made Columbia much easier by going north on 52 and following 375 to 321 in to Manning and then take 261 to meet 378 east of Columbia or taking 17-A south to Walterboro.

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I actually drove home from the chemical plant in Orangeburg

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May 16, 2022, 11:17 AM
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at midnight that night. In 70+ mile an hour winds, with the power out throughout most of the town! It was still on when I got to my house about six miles away, but went out around 1:10 in the morning.

Winds eventually hit around ~90 mph in Orangeburg. I had a 10x14 small metal building in my backyard I was worried about. I stayed up until the eye came through around 2:30 or so, and then watched the winds reverse direction. At 4 am I said, to heck with it, it has made it this far, it will probably still be here after I get some sleep! It was.

I was very lucky. The only "damage" I sustained out of all that wind was losing about 4 shingles off the roof of the house, which were quickly replaced. I was truly, truly thankful to the Lord for letting me off that lightly.

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May 16, 2022, 9:37 PM
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4/20. ??

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Jan. 1, 1982..Tiger 1st national championship. I was there!***

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May 16, 2022, 11:07 AM
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I was with you in spirit, brother. I was screaming my head

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May 16, 2022, 11:19 AM
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off, watching with my Coot apartment mate at the time down in the Charleston area. Even he cheered for us that night. (Unlike SOME of those dastardly capon fans.)

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May 16, 2022, 11:25 AM
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June 6, 1944.

I was in Shelby, NC when Hugo hit. We had 100mph wind. It took down Oaks with 6ft diameter trunks all over town. I distinctly remember driving into Charlotte months later to buy ski gear. Wood was stacked six ft high on both sides of the road all over Charlotte. Also went down to Charleston that fall to see Citadel vs Samford. Seemed like 50 miles of pine trees mowed down flat on both sides of I-26.

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That's for sure. My oldest brother in law had a contract

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May 16, 2022, 11:28 AM
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with the state to remove Hugo debris that ran for EIGHT YEARS after the event before all those snapped off trees got removed. The state was more than willing to pay for that removal, because all those downed trees were just kindling, waiting for a match to be struck.

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May 16, 2022, 2:07 PM
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I remember that much of Charlotte was without power for 2 weeks. After Hugo.

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March 15th

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May 16, 2022, 11:59 AM
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Aka “the ides.” True history/literature nerds will get it lol

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Et tu, Brute?

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May 16, 2022, 12:15 PM
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Translated, means:

"Why, you sorry sumbeach!"

or,

"You have cut me to the Quick."

or,

"Ouch."

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Gumby brought up June 6, 1944. Operation Overlord.

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May 16, 2022, 12:12 PM
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"D-Day." It would be totally inconceivable in modern times to be able to amass a fighting force of as many ships and planes as the Allies did, move them en mass, and keep it a secret until they actually began to hit the beaches.

War IS H.ell. Watch the first twenty minutes of "Saving Private Ryan" for the most "true to life" depiction of it, according to soldiers who lived it, and were used as consultants on the film.

One of the ways the Allies managed to keep the invasion point a secret is by giving the Axis powers "disinformation", and building a "cardboard army" of tanks and planes leading the Germans to believe the landing point would be Calais, France instead of Normandy.

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I don't remember the exact date now, but we all remember....

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May 16, 2022, 12:56 PM
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the 63-17 day!!!!!!!!!

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January 28, 1986 ...


May 16, 2022, 1:16 PM
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The Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. I can remember where, when, and who I was with ... Lander University (College, at the time) in the elevator with my friend Jerri. Our history professor got on the elevator with us and told us of the disaster. We all went down to the student lounge and gathered around the TVs to watch the reports.

July 20, 1969 - "The Eagle has landed." ... "That's one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind." Although I was 3 years old, I remember my family and grandparents all gathered around the TV to watch this historic event.

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"The Eagle has Landed." You mean that thing they staged

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May 16, 2022, 1:31 PM
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on a soundstage out in L.A.?

:)

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Is that you, Kubrick?***

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May 16, 2022, 2:14 PM
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May 16, 2022, 2:37 PM
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6 August, 1945
9 August, 1945
15 March, 44 BC.

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January 9, 2017***


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May 17, 2022, 6:22 AM
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April 27th, 2011 - The super tornado outbreak across the southeast. Everybody remembers the Tuscaloosa tornado because they had it on camera for 30 minutes before it hit town. In the Chattanooga TN area we had 10 separate tornadoes that day starting at around 8:15 am and ending around 10 pm that night. I went out in my yard the next morning and everybody’s roofs had little pink and yellow insulation remnants stuck on them and small debris in the yards. I picked up some pieces of a baby’s first book, a checking account statement and other personal items that had been carried 85 miles from northeast Alabama. People in the Knoxville area picked up debris from Chattanooga area houses that were damaged/destroyed. I remember the weather guy saying that night people will never again say the mountains protect our area from tornadoes after today.

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