South Carolina becomes eighth U.S. state

On May 23, 1788, South Carolina ratified the U.S. Constitution, becoming the Eighth American state.

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Captain Kidd hanged for piracy

On May 23, 1701, Captain William Kidd, convicted of piracy and murder, was hanged in London. His body was later tarred and hung up in a gibbet - an iron cage - at the mouth of the River Thames as a warning to others.

Learn more about Captain Kidd.

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