North Carolina in History

Historical Events

  • 1586-06-19 English colonists sailed from Roanoke Island, North Carolina
  • 1587-07-22 2nd English colony forms on Roanoke Island off North Carolina
  • 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.
  • 1775-05-20 Citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declare independence from Britain
  • 1776-04-12 Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina

BattleBattle of Interest

1781-03-15 British and American forces clash during the Battle of Guilford Court House, North Carolina. British suffer heavy losses, surrendering to George Washington in October

US General Nathanael Greene
US General
Nathanael Greene
  • 1789-11-21 North Carolina ratifies constitution, becomes 12th US state
  • 1795-02-13 1st state university in US opens, University of North Carolina
  • 1834-02-03 Wake Forest University is established in North Carolina
  • 1837-07-27 US Mint opens in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1837-10-09 Steamboat "Home" sinks off Okracoke, North Carolina, killing 100
  • 1844-07-27 Fire destroys US mint at Charlotte, 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 and last state to secede from the Union
  • 1861-07-14 Naval Engagement at Wilmington North Carolina - USS Daylight establishes blockade

  • 1861-08-28 Battle of Fort Hatteras, North Carolina
  • 1861-08-29 American Civil War: US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina.
  • 1862-03-14 Battle of New Bern North Carolina: General Burnside conquers New Bern
  • 1862-12-14 Battle of Kinston, fought in Lenoir County, North Carolina begins (Goldsboro Expedition), Union victory (US Civil War)
  • 1862-12-31 Union ironclad ship "Monitor" sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
  • 1864-01-28 Battle of New Bern, North Carolina
  • 1864-04-17 Battle of Plymouth, North Carolina
  • 1864-06-20 Battle of Kinston, North Carolina and Battle of Abingdon, Virginia
  • 1865-01-19 Union occupies Fort Anderson, North Carolina
  • 1865-03-08 Battle of Kingston, North Carolina (Wilcox's ridge, Wise's Forks)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1865-03-11 General William T. Sherman's Union forces occupies Fayetteville, North Carolina

  • 1865-03-16 Battle of Averasboro North Carolina (1,500 casualties)
  • 1865-03-19 Battle of Bentonville, Confederates retreat from Greenville North Carolina
  • 1865-03-20 2nd day of Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina
  • 1865-03-23 General Sherman and Cox' troops reach Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • 1865-04-13 Raleigh, North Carolina, captured by Union forces

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1865-04-18 Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina

US Army Officer and Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston
US Army Officer and Confederate General
Joseph E. Johnston
Union General William Tecumseh Sherman
Union General
William Tecumseh Sherman
  • 1865-04-26 Battle of Durham Station, North Carolina (Greensboro)
  • 1865-04-26 Confederate General J E Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, North Carolina

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1866-04-02 US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1868-01-14 North Carolina constitutional convention meets in Raleigh
  • 1868-06-25 Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina readmitted to US
  • 1869-04-12 North Carolina legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan Law
  • 1870-07-08 Governor Holden of North Carolina declares Casswell County to be in a state of insurrection
  • 1871-03-22 William Holden of North Carolina becomes 1st governor removed by impeachment

  • 1884-02-19 Enigma outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people
  • 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
  • 1903-12-14 The Wright brothers attempt to fly the Wright Flyer for the first time at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Plane1st Airplane Flight

1903-12-17 The Wright Brothers make the first sustained motorized aircraft flight at 10:35 AM, piloted by Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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Seconds into the first ever flight of the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville Wright is flying, Wilbur Wright is running alongside.
Seconds into the first ever flight of the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Orville Wright is flying, Wilbur Wright is running alongside.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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.

Sport awardPGA Championship

1936-11-22 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Pinehurst CC: Denny Shute wins first of his consecutive PGA titles, defeating Jimmy Thomson, 3 & 2

Golfer Denny Shute
Golfer
Denny Shute
  • 1942-01-01 28th Rose Bowl: #12 Oregon State beats #2 Duke, 20-16 (played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat)
  • 1946-03-23 8th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats North Carolina, 43-40; Cowboys' back-to-back titles and center Bob Kurland MOP for 2nd straight year
  • 1947-01-01 13th Sugar Bowl: #3 Georgia beats #9 North Carolina, 20-10
  • 1949-01-01 15th Sugar Bowl: #5 Oklahoma beats #3 North Carolina, 14-6
  • 1949-07-15 WBTV TV channel 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1953-12-07 WCCB TV channel 18 in Charlotte, North Carolina (IND/ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954-10-15 Hurricane Hazel makes landfall in the US in North Carolina as a category 4 hurricane, 195 die in US and Canada

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1957-03-23 19th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Kansas, 54-53 (3 OT); Wilt Chamberlain of Kansas 4th player to be named tournament MOP despite not playing for the championship team

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • 1957-04-28 WSOC TV channel 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1958-09-05 1st color video recording on magnetic tape presented, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1960-02-01 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina

Sports record brokenNBA Record

1963-02-16 North Carolina forward Billy Cunningham grabs a record 27 rebounds in a game vs Clemson

NBA Forward and Coach Billy Cunningham
NBA Forward and Coach
Billy Cunningham
  • 1965-08-27 WTVI TV channel 42 in Charlotte, North Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1966-08-26 KLOC (now KCSO) channel 42 in Charlotte, North Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-07-09 WRET TV channel 36 in Charlotte, North Carolina (NBC/CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1967-07-19 Race riots in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1968-03-23 30th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: UCLA beats North Carolina, 78-55; Bruins back-to-back titles; Lew Alcindor tournament Most Outstanding Player for the 2nd of 3 consecutive years
  • 1970-05-11 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, North Carolina.
  • 1974-03-24 36th NCAA Mens Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Marquette, 76-64; Wolfpack first title; first tournament officially designated as a Division I championship
  • 1975-06-04 Oldest animal fossils in US discovered in North Carolina
  • 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.
  • 1977-03-28 39th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Marquette beats North Carolina, 67-59; Warriors' first title; coach Al McGuire retires
  • 1981-02-05 Military jury in North Carolina convicts Robert Garwood of collaborating with the enemy during the Vietnam War

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1981-03-30 43rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Indiana beats North Carolina, 63-50; Hoosiers' future Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas is named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas
  • 1981-11-01 Darrell Waltrip wins his 4th straight NASCAR Cup race, the American 500 at North Carolina Motor Speedway; ties Richard Petty record 1967; 12th win of season; goes on to win Winston Cup crown

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982-03-29 44th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Georgetown, 63-62; Tar Heels' future Hall of Fame small forward James Worthy named Tournament Most Outstanding Player

NBA Small Forward James Worthy
NBA Small Forward
James Worthy
  • 1983-04-04 45th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina State beats Houston, 54-52; Wolfpack win with buzzer-beating dunk by Lorenzo Charles off a desperation 30 foot shot from Dereck Whittenburg
  • 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)
  • 1993-04-05 55th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Michigan, 77-71; Tar Heels' 3rd title
  • 1994-04-03 13th NCAA Women's Basketball Championship: North Carolina beats Louisiana Tech, 60-59; Tar Heels first NCAA title on 3-point shot by Charlotte Smith as time expires
  • 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
  • 1996-09-01 The Carolina Panthers outgun the Atlanta Falcons 29-6 in their first regular season NFL game at Ericsson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1997-10-04 Second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company with $17.3 million in cash taken
  • 1997-10-09 North Carolina's record winning college basketball coach Dean Smith retires
  • 1997-11-01 North Carolina State University wide receiver Torry Holt catches 5 touchdown passes in a 48-35 loss to Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee
  • 2014-06-15 US Open Men's Golf, Pinehurst Resort: Martin Kaymer of Germany leads wire-to-wire to win his second major title, 8 strokes ahead of runners-up Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler
  • 2016-04-04 78th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova defeats North Carolina, 77-74; Wildcats guard Phil Booth, 20 points
  • 2016-04-05 PayPal announces it is cancelling a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina after the state passes anti-gay legislation
  • 2016-09-20 Black American Keith Lamont Scott is shot dead by a black police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, provoking violent protests in the city
  • 2017-03-30 North Carolina repeals its controversial bathroom law that restricted transgender use
  • 2017-04-03 79th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: North Carolina defeats Gonzaga, 71–65; Tar Heels point guard Joel DeWayne Berry II, 22 points
  • 2017-08-13 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Quail Hollow GC: Justin Thomas wins his first major by 2 shots from Francesco Molinari, Patrick Reed & Louis Oosthuizen
  • 2018-08-16 Brandt Snedeker shoots 10th sub-60 round in PGA history with an 11-under par 59 in the opening round of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 2018-09-14 Hurricane Florence makes landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, as a category 1 hurricane

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1723-04-20 Cornelius Harnett, American delegate to the Continental Congress, born in Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina (d. 1781)
  • 1725-03-24 Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (d. 1813)
  • 1749-03-26 William Blount, American statesman and signer of United States Constitution, born in Windsor, North Carolina (d. 1800)
  • 1782-03-14 Thomas Hart Benton, American politician, born in Harts Mill, North Carolina (d. 1858)
  • 1786-04-07 William Rufus DeVane King, American politician, 13th US Vice President (1853), born in Sampson County, North Carolina (d. 1853)

Person of interestJames Knox Polk

1795-11-02 James Knox Polk, 11th US President (Democrat: 1845-49), born in Pineville, North Carolina (d. 1849)

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 1796-09-28 David Walker, African-American abolitionist (Appeal to Colored Citizens), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1830)
  • 1803-06-04 Gabriel J. Rains, American army officer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in New Bern, North Carolina (d. 1881)
  • 1804-11-13 Theophilus Hunter Holmes, Lieutenant General (Confederate Army), born in Sampson County, North Carolina (d. 1880)
  • 1806-04-10 Leonidas Polk, Lt. Gen. (Confederate Army), born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1864)
  • 1808-04-13 Henry Haywood Bell, U.S. Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Orange County, North Carolina (d. 1868)

Person of interestAndrew Johnson

1808-12-29 Andrew Johnson, 17th US President (Unionist: 1865-69), born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1875)

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1810-05-29 Solomon Meredith, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Guilford County, North Carolina (d. 1875)
  • 1810-11-09 Thomas Bragg, American politician, 34th Governor of North Carolina (1859-61), born in Warrenton, North Carolina (d. 1872)
  • 1812-07-27 Thomas Lanier Clingman, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Huntsville, North Carolina (d. 1897)

Person of interestHiram R. Revels

1817-09-27 Hiram R. Revels, 1st African American US Senator, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1901)

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels
  • 1818-09-12 Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor (hand-cranked machine gun), born in Hertford County, North Carolina (d. 1903)
  • 1818-12-04 William Wing "Old Blizzards" Loring, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1886)
  • 1819-02-14 James Green Martin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina (d. 1878)
  • 1820-04-15 Evander McNair, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Laurel Hill, North Carolina (d. 1902)
  • 1820-11-04 Robert Vinkler Richardson, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Granville County, North Carolina (d. 1870)
  • 1821-12-02 Rufus Barringer, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Cabarrus County, North Carolina (d. 1895)
  • 1822-11-02 James Byron Gordon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 1864)
  • 1823-11-09 William Henry Forney, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Lincolnton, North Carolina (d. 1894)
  • 1824-05-29 Cadmus M. Wilcox, American Major General (Confederate Army - American Civil War), born in Wayne County, North Carolina (d. 1890)
  • 1826-10-08 Matt Whitaker Ransom, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Warren County, North Carolina (d. 1904)
  • 1827-11-26 Alfred Moore Scales, American politician (45th Governor of North Carolina), born in Reidsville, North Carolina (d. 1892)
  • 1828-04-24 Robert Brank Vance, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina (1873-85), born in Buncombe, North Carolina (d. 1899)
  • 1828-06-27 Junius Daniel, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Halifax, North Carolina (d. 1864)
  • 1828-07-04 J. Johnston Pettigrew, American lawyer and Confederate General in the American Civil War, born in Tyrrell County, North Carolina (d. 1863)
  • 1828-11-02 Byron Grimes, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Pitt County, North Carolina (d. 1880)
  • 1831-04-12 George B. Anderson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Hillsborough, North Carolina (d. 1862)
  • 1832-05-30 George Doherty Johnston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Hillsborough, North Carolina (d. 1910)
  • 1833-02-13 William Whedbee Kirkland, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Hillsboro, North Carolina (d. 1915)
  • 1833-07-10 Lucius E. Polk, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Salisbury, North Carolina (d. 1892)
  • 1834-02-06 William Dorsey Pender, Major General (Confederate Army), born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina (d. 1863)
  • 1837-05-27 Robert Hoke, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Lincolnton, North Carolina (d. 1912)
  • 1838-07-20 Augustin Daly, American playwright and theatrical manager, born in Plymouth, North Carolina (d. 1899)
  • 1839-06-21 John Decatur Barry, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1867)
  • 1841-05-29 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, born in North Carolina (d. 1971)
  • 1841-07-11 William Paul Roberts, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Gates County, North Carolina (d. 1910)
  • 1851-07-11 Millie & Christine McCoy, American siamese twins born slaves in Whiteville, North Carolina (d.1912)
  • 1859-07-30 Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1951)
  • 1860-07-28 Elias M. Ammons, governor of Colorado, born in Macon County, North Carolina (d. 1925)
  • 1862-09-11 O. Henry [William Sydney Porter], American short story writer (Cabbages and Kings), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1910)
  • 1874-11-22 Herman Harrell Horne, American philosopher (idealism), born in Clayton, North Carolina (d. 1946)
  • 1886-01-08 Noble Drew Ali, [Timothy Drew], prophet (Moorish Science Temple), born in North Carolina
  • 1891-09-03 Bessie [Annie Elizabeth] Delany, American dentist and civil rights pioneer, born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1895-01-05 Elizabeth Cotten, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (d. 1987)
  • 1895-07-13 Sidney Blackmer, American actor (played Ted Roosevelt in 7 movies, Rosemary's Baby), born in Salisbury, North Carolina (d. 1973)
  • 1896-09-27 Sam Ervin, American politician (U.S. Senator from North Carolina) and Watergate committee chairman, born in Morganton, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1897-10-10 Lamar Stringfield, American composer, born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1959)
  • 1898-07-24 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1986)

Person of interestThomas Wolfe

1900-10-03 Thomas Wolfe, American novelist (Look Homeward Angel), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 1938)

Novelist Thomas Wolfe
Novelist
Thomas Wolfe
  • 1900-12-12 Sammy Davis, Sr., American dancer, born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1901-07-09 Jester Hairston, American actor (That's My Mama, Amen), born in Belews Creek, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1904-04-18 Pigmeat [Dewey] Markham, American comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1981)
  • 1905-04-03 Robert Frederick Sink, United States Army Officer (WWII, Korean War & Vietnam War), born in Lexington, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1905-10-12 Rick Ferrell, American baseball Hall of Fame catcher, born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1906-04-14 Hunter Johnson, American composer, born near Benson, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1906-06-18 Kay Kyser, American bandleader and radio personality (Kay Kyser's Kollege), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1907-04-02 Luke Appling, American baseball player, born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 1908-02-02 Wes Ferrell, All-Star MLB pitcher, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1976)
  • 1908-04-25 Edward R. Murrow, American newscaster (Person to Person), born in Guilford County, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1908-06-14 John Scott Trotter, American orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 1975)
  • 1908-07-25 Joseph Mitchell, American writer (Joe Gould's Secret), born in Fairmont, North Carolina (d. 1996)
  • 1910-06-29 Burgess Whitehead, American baseball player (New York Giants), born in Tarboro, North Carolina (d. 1993)
  • 1913-03-31 Etta Baker, Caldwell County North Carolina, American blues guitarist
  • 1915-12-29 Robert Ruark, American writer (Something of Value), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1965)
  • 1916-04-27 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, born in Roxboro, North Carolina (d. 2002)
  • 1916-05-29 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), born in Lenoir, North Carolina (d.1995)
  • 1917-05-04 Edward Toner Cone, American composer, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2004)
  • 1917-07-23 Ray Scarborough, American MLB pitcher (All Star 1950), born in Mount Gilead, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • 1917-07-27 Moses Rascoe, American blues singer, born in Windsor, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1917-10-10 Thelonious Monk, American jazz pianist and composer, born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1982)
  • 1917-11-20 Robert Byrd, US Senator (Democrat-WV, 1959-2010), majority leader and once the longest-serving Senator in history, born in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1918-03-25 Howard Cosell, sportscaster (Monday Night Football), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Person of interestBilly Graham

1918-11-07 Billy Graham, American Baptist evangelist (Crusades) described as 1 of the 20th century's most influential Christian leaders, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2018)

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham
  • 1918-11-09 Thomas Ferebee, Enola Gay bombardier over Hiroshima, born in Mocksville, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1920-03-29 John M. Belk, American head of Belk, Inc., born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1920-07-10 David Brinkley, American NBC news anchor (Huntley-Brinkley), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2003)
  • 1921-03-27 Harold Nicholas, American dancer known as one of the world's greatest dancers (Nicholas Brothers), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1921-04-14 Rosanell Eaton, American voting rights advocate, born near Louisburg, North Carolina (d. 2018)
  • 1921-06-07 Tal Farlow, American jazz guitarist, born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1921-07-21 Billy Taylor, orchestra leader (David Frost Show), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1921-10-18 Jesse Helms, (Sen-D/R-North Carolina, 1973- )
  • 1922-02-09 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)

Person of interestCharlie Sifford

1922-06-02 Charlie Sifford, American golfer (first African-American to join PGA Tour, 2 titles), born in Charlotte North Carolina (d. 2015)

  • 1922-07-26 Hoyt Wilhelm [James], American Major League Baseball player and knuckleball pitcher (New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers), born in Huntersville, North Carolina (d. 2002)

Person of interestAva Gardner

1922-12-24 Ava Gardner, American actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana), born in Grabtown, North Carolina (d. 1990)

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
  • 1923-01-26 Anne Jeffreys [Annie Carmichael], American singer and actress (Dick Tracy, Topper, General Hospital), born in Goldsboro, North Carolina (d. 2017)
  • 1923-03-24 Murray Hamilton, American character actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Anatomy of a Murder), born in Washington, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1924-01-06 Earl Scruggs, American musician (& Flat-Ballad of Jed Clampett), born in Cleveland County, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1924-01-10 Maxwell Roach, American jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina
  • 1924-04-10 Kenneth Noland, American Color Field painter, born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1925-04-14 Bill Harris, American guitarist (Clovers-Good Lovin'), born in Nashville, North Carolina (d. 1988)
  • 1926-01-08 Soupy Sales [Milton Hines], American comedian (Soupy Sales Show), born in Franklinton, North Carolina (d. 2009)
  • 1926-03-15 Tim Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95 ), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1926-06-01 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), born in Mount Airy, North Carolina (d. 2012)
  • 1926-07-09 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2015)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

1756-08-14 Frontiersman Daniel Boone (21) weds Rebecca Bryan (17) in Yadkin River, North Carolina

Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Frontiersman
Daniel Boone

LoveWedding of Interest

1943-08-13 Evangelist Billy Graham (24) weds philanthropist and Christian author Ruth Bell (23) in Montreat, North Carolina

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham

LoveWedding of Interest

1965-08-26 Mobster and nbi informant Henry Hill (22) weds Karen Friedman in North Carolina

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • 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

LoveWedding of Interest

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

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 2011-10-22 Former US Senator John Edwards's daughter Cate Edwards (29) weds Trevor Upham (30) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 2012-12-04 "Teen Mom 2" star Jenelle Evans (21) weds Courtland Rogers (26) at a courthouse in Brunswick County, North Carolina
  • 2016-09-24 No Country for Old Men actor Josh Brolin (48) weds model Kathryn Boyd in North Carolina
  • 2017-04-22 "Gotham" star Chris Chalk weds Kimberley Dalton Mitchell at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina

Famous Deaths

  • 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)
  • 1892-02-09 Alfred Moore Scales, American politician (45th Governor of North Carolina), dies at 64
  • 1899-11-28 Robert Brank Vance, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from North Carolina (1873-85), dies at 71
  • 1985-04-23 Sam Ervin, American politician (U.S. Senator from North Carolina) and Watergate committee chairman, dies at 88
  • 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)