It's fourth of July weekend in South Carolina, where fireworks glisten in the night sky, and the American flag is the essential party centerpiece. The Palmetto State is huge part of America's history and some notable Gamecocks played a big role in creating that history.
Benet was not only a United States Senator, the lawyer coached the University of South Carolina football team from 1904 to 1905 and then again from 1908 until 1909.
This South Carolina-native attended the University of South Carolina and was elected to the U.S. Senate. Bulter was one of the authors of the Kansas-Nebraska Act that played a large part in the Civil War.
An FBI legend, Purvis was a South Carolina-native that is noted for his superior investigative skills. He aided in bringing several notorious criminals to justice, such as John Dillinger and Pretty Boy Floyd. Purvis graduated from the University of South Carolina with a law degree in 1925.
Another South Carolina-attendee, Butler was a notable Civil War leader and soldier, who was recognized for his elite defense in battle.
Frost was the highest ranked woman in the United States Army and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1970. She held the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.
Cosby is one of the most recognized journalist in America. The Gamecock-alum was the first reporter to see prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, has written New York Times best sellers, and noted for her prestige journalism skills.
South Carolina's extensive list of historic landmarks tells a story of its role in the American Revolution. At least 100 battles took place in South Carolina trying to win over America's independence.
Whether it is updating us on our latest global stories or catching notorious criminals,the great state and some of its natives have played a significant part in creating this country's freedom and allowing us to celebrate this brilliant holiday weekend.