Today in North Carolina History

North Carolina: Charlotte - Durham, NC - Fayetteville - Greensboro - Raleigh - Winston-Salem

Historical Events

Events 1 - 24 of 24

1729-07-25 - North Carolina becomes a royal colony
1771-05-16 - The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called "The Regulators", occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina.
1776-04-12 - Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina
1789-11-21 - North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state
1795-02-13 - 1st state university in US opens, University of North Carolina
1859-11-01 - The current Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse was lit for the first time. Its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for about 19 miles (30 kilometers), in good conditions.
1861-05-20 - North Carolina becomes 11th & last state to secede from Union
1861-08-29 - American Civil War: US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina.
Union General William Tecumseh ShermanUnion General William Tecumseh Sherman 1865-04-18 - Confederate Gen Johnson surrendered to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina
1869-04-12 - North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan Law
1870-07-08 - Governor Holden of North Carolina declares Casswell County to be in a state of insurrection
1887-03-07 - North Carolina State University is founded by the North Carolina General Assembly.
1903-03-03 - North Carolina becomes 1st state requiring registration of nurses
1911-10-24 - Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.
1963-02-16 - North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson
1970-05-11 - Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
NBA Forward and Coach Billy CunninghamNBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham 1975-10-04 - A Cessna 310Q airplane crashes over Wilmington, North Carolina, killing the pilot and severely injuring several pro wrestlers affiliated with the NWA's Mid-Atlantic promotion. One of the survivors is the legendary Ric Flair.
1981-03-30 - 43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina 63-50
1983-08-21 - 110°F (43°C) at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)
1985-01-21 - -34°F (-37°C), Mt Mitchell, North Carolina (state record)
1994-07-02 - US Air DC-9 crash in North Carolina, 37 killed
1995-12-30 - Carquest Bowl 6: North Carolina beats Arkansas, 20-10
1997-10-04 - The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.
2014-06-15 - 114th US Golf Open: Martin Kaymer shoots a 271 at Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 40 of 40

1725-03-24 - Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (d. 1813)
1859-07-30 - Henry Louis Smith, Greensboro, North Carolina, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph
Novelist Thomas WolfeNovelist Thomas Wolfe (1900-10-03) 1900-10-03 - Thomas Wolfe, Asheville, North Carolina, American novelist (Look Homeward Angel)
1913-03-31 - Etta Baker, Caldwell County North Carolina, American blues guitarist
1917-10-10 - Thelonious Monk, Rocky Mount North Carolina, American jazz pianist and composer
1921-10-18 - Jesse Helms, (Sen-D/R-North Carolina, 1973- )
1922-06-02 - Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, born in Charlotte North Carolina
1922-12-24 - Ava Gardner, Smithfield North Carolina, American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana)
1924-01-10 - Maxwell Roach, Jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina
1932-10-12 - Ned Jarrett, Conover, North Carolina, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories)
Actress Ava GardnerActress Ava Gardner (1922-12-24) 1933-09-01 - Marshall Lytle, Old Fort, North Carolina, Hall of Fame rock bassist (Comets), (d. 2013)
1934-09-16 - Eva Clayton, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
1935-01-04 - Floyd Patterson, Waco North Carolina, heavyweight champ (1956-59, 1960-62) (Oly-gold-1952)
1937-07-02 - Richard Petty, American NASCAR Driver (Daytona 500 - 1979 & 81), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
1937-07-19 - George Hamilton IV, American country musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, (d. 2014)
1938-09-28 - Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), born in Henderson, North Carolina
1939-02-10 - Roberta Flack, Black Mountain North Carolina, US vocalist (If Ever I Saw Your Face)
1939-08-10 - Charles Rose, (Rep-D-North Carolina, 1973- )
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd PattersonBoxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson (1935-01-04) 1940-08-17 - David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
1940-11-25 - Joe Gibbs, Mocksville North Carolina, American football coach (Washington Redskins)
1942-09-04 - raymond floyd, Fort Bragg North Carolina, American golfer (four-time Major winner)
1943-06-29 - Little Eva (Eva Boyd), Belhaven, North Carolina, American pop singer (Locomotion)
1945-02-22 - Oliver [William Oliver Swofford], American pop singer (Good Morning Starshine, Jean), born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2000)
1945-08-26 - Melvin Watt, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
1946-08-25 - Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, North Carolina (d. 2015)
1956-05-17 - Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, Rocky Mount North Carolina, boxer (Olympics-gold-76)
1957-11-29 - Charles Grant, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, American actor (Evan Frame-Another World, Bold & Beautiful)
Pop Singer Little EvaPop Singer Little Eva (1943-06-29) 1960-04-06 - Warren Haynes, Asheville, North Carolina, rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band)
1960-12-03 - Julianne Moore, Fayetteville North Carolina, American actress (Magnolia, The Kids are Alright)
1961-02-27 - James Worthy, Gastonia North Carolina, NBA small forward (LA Lakers, 1988 Playoff MVP)
1961-06-29 - Sharon Lawrence [Sharon Elizabeth], Charlotte, North Carolina, American actress (NYPD Blue, Fired Up)
1962-01-06 - Michael Houser, Boone North Carolina, American guitarist (Widespread Panic)
1965-04-10 - Tim Alexander, American funk metal drummer (Primus-Pork soda), born in Cherry Point, North Carolina
1969-10-01 - Zach Galifianakis, American actor (The Hangover, Birdman) born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Guitarist Michael HouserGuitarist Michael Houser (1962-01-06) 1971-09-15 - Crystal McLaurin-Coney, Miss USA-North Carolina (1997)
1971-11-30 - Ray Durham, Charlotte, North Carolina, American MLB infielder (Chicago White Sox)
1972-12-29 - Jessica Lee McMinn, Miss North Carolina USA (1996)
1977-11-13 - Tammy Leigh Ashton, Miss North Carolina Teen USA (1996)
1979-04-06 - Ali Burr, Miss North Carolina Teen USA (1997)
1983-06-21 - Edward Snowden, American NSA contractor who leaked classified information from the agency, born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 7 of 7

Frontiersman Daniel BooneFrontiersman Daniel Boone (1756-08-14) 1756-08-14 - Frontiersman Daniel Boone (21) weds Rebecca Bryan (17) in Yadkin River, North Carolina
1943-08-13 - Evangelist Billy Graham (24) weds philanthropist Ruth Bell (23) in Monreat, North Carolina
1965-08-26 - Mobster and nbi informant Henry Hill (22) weds Karen Friedman in North Carolina
2001-11-10 - "Four Weddings and A Funeral" actress Andie MacDowell (43) weds businessman Rhett Hartzog (42) at Central United Methodist Church in Asheville, North Carolina
2007-02-24 - Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina
2011-10-22 - Former US Senator John Edwards's daughter Cate Edwards (29) weds Trevor Upham (30) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion JonesTrack and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones (2007-02-24) 2012-12-04 - "Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans (21) weds Courtland Rogers (26) at a courthouse in Brunswick County, North Carolina

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 6 of 6

1813-02-13 - Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (b. 1725)
1815-04-21 - Joseph Winston, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina (b. 1746)
1832-02-01 - Archibald Murphey, North Carolina politician (b. 1777)
2007-03-09 - Jeanne Hopkins Lucas, North Carolina politician (b. unknown)
2009-01-23 - Robert W. Scott, American politician, governor of North Carolina (b. 1929)
2009-01-24 - Kay Yow, North Carolina State Univ. women's basketball head coach (b. 1942)

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