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  • 1954: Future Clemson basketball coach Rick Barnes is born in Hickory, North Carolina.
  • 1984: The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984, also called the Federal Uniform Drinking Age Act, is passed on this date by the United States Congress as a mechanism whereby all states would become thereafter required to legislate and enforce the age of 21 years as a minimum age for purchasing and publicly possessing alcoholic beverages. Under the Federal Aid Highway Act, a state not enforcing the minimum age would be subjected to a ten percent decrease in its annual federal highway apportionment. The states must meet the new requirements by October 1986. South Carolina raises the drinking age to 19 in 1984, 20 in 1985, and 21 in 1986.

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