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Today In Charleston History: September 21

1820

John England was consecrated as the first Roman Catholic Bishop of South Carolina in St. Finbar’s Cathedral in Cork, Ireland.

St-Finbarre's-Cathedral

St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, Ireland

1914

Edmund Jenkins, whose father Rev. Daniel Jenkins ran the Jenkins Orphanage, enrolled in London’s Royal Academy of Music. Ironically, the campus site had once been an orphanage. His enrollment fee was £14 ($75) which covered only his piano and composition studies. He listed his home address as 20 Franklin Street, Charleston, S.C., U.S.A.  He was enrolled to study composition under the direction of Francis Corder, one of the world’s leading experts on Wagnerian opera.

Royal-Academy-of-Music-Marylebone-Road

Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London

1989

Hurricane Hugo was a Category 4 hurricane at landfall which brought strong winds to many areas of South Carolina. Extensive property damage was reported in several counties, especially in the Lowcountry and the Grand Strand. More than 227,800 residences experienced power outages. In the Francis Marion National Forest, about 8,800 square miles of trees were downed, enough timber to build 660,000 homes.Total losses in the Lowcountry reached $1 billion.

1989hugo0422The storm surge and rough tides caused extensive damage in Charleston County. The highest storm surge observation was 20.2 feet (6.2 m) at Seewee Bay near McClellanville. Prior to the storm, residents of McClellanville took shelter in the cafeteria at Lincoln High School. However, storm surge flooded the room, with some people climbing up to the rafters for safety. A portion of the Ben Sawyer Bridge – linking Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island – collapsed due to strong winds and storm surge. On Sullivan’s Island, water destroyed two or three rows of beach houses in some areas. At Isle of Palms, boats harbored at the marina were washed ashore and piled into a large heap. Losses at Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms reached nearly $270 million.

  • Total fatalities: 61
  • Highest winds: 162 mph
  • Lowest pressure: 918 mb

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