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Aug 28, 1963 ~ Mahalia Jackson & Dr. King’s Dream

August 28, 1963 ~ On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of a crowd of more than 200,000 demonstrators calling for civil rights, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered one of the most important speeches of the Civil Rights movement.

King’s speech followed the script until the end.

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August 19, 1960 ~ The Conviction of Francis Gary Powers

Since its first flight in 1956, the U-2 had become the United States’ most effective tool for peering behind the Iron Curtain. But on May 1, 1960 Francis Gary Powers was shot down while flying a U-2 spy plane over the Soviet Union.

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August 17th ~ Pershing, the 81st Division, and the Cat

It’s August 17th and that means it is Black Cat Appreciate Day, a day that aims to dispel the myths surrounding black cats.

Coincidentally the very first Shoulder Sleeve Insignia patch in the United States Army was designed by the 81st Infantry Division which was organized during World War I at Camp Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina. And their symbol is a Black Wildcat.
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August 16, 1780 ~ The Battle of Camden, SC

Following setbacks at Saratoga and Monmouth, the British decided to renew their “southern strategy.”

In May 1780 British forces successfully captured Charleston, South Carolina and spread out from there.

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