North Carolina in History

Historical Events

  • 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
  • 1834-02-03 Wake Forest University is established in North Carolina
  • 1837-07-27 US Mint opens in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 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 & last state to secede from Union
  • 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.
  • 1862-12-14 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
  • 1865-01-19 Union occupies Fort Anderson, North Carolina
  • 1865-04-13 Raleigh, North Carolina, captured by Union forces

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1865-04-18 Confederate Gen Johnson surrendered to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina

  • 1868-01-14 North Carolina constitutional convention meets in Raleigh
  • 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
  • 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

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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

  • 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.
  • 1942-01-01 28th Rose Bowl: #12 Oregon State beats #2 Duke, 20-16 (played in North Carolina due to Japanese threat)
  • 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
  • 1954-10-15 Hurricane Hazel makes landfall in the US in North Carolina as a category 4 hurricane, 195 die in US and Canada
  • 1960-02-01 4 students stage 1st civil rights sit-in, at Woolworth's in Greensboro, North Carolina

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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
  • 1970-05-11 Henry Marrow is murdered in a violent racially-motivated crime in Oxford, 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.
  • 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 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
  • 2014-06-15 114th US Golf Open: Martin Kaymer shoots a 271 at Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina
  • 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
  • 2017-08-13 99th PGA Championship: Justin Thomas wins his first major by 2 shots with a three-under 68 at Quail Hollow, North Carolina

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1725-03-24 Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (d. 1813)
  • 1785-09-28 David Walker, abolitionist (Appeal to Colored Citizens), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1786-04-07 William Rufus DeVane King, American politician, 13th US Vice President (1853), born in Sampson County, North Carolina (d. 1853)

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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

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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)

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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)
  • 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)
  • 1826-10-08 Matt Whitaker Ransom, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Warren County, North Carolina (d. 1904)
  • 1828-11-02 Byron Grimes, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Pitt County, North Carolina (d. 1880)
  • 1833-02-13 William Whedbee Kirkland, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Hillsboro, North Carolina (d. 1915)
  • 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
  • 1860-07-28 Elias M. Ammons, governor of Colorado, born in Macon County, North Carolina (d. 1925)
  • 1874-12-22 Herman Harrell Horne, philosopher (idealism), born in Clayton, North Carolina

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

Novelist Thomas Wolfe
Novelist
Thomas Wolfe
  • 1904-04-18 Pigmeat Markham, comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1981)
  • 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)
  • 1908-06-14 John Scott Trotter, orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1913-03-31 Etta Baker, Caldwell County North Carolina, American blues guitarist
  • 1916-05-29 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), born in Lenoir, North Carolina (d.1995)
  • 1917-10-10 Thelonious Monk, Rocky Mount North Carolina, American jazz pianist and composer
  • 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

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1918-11-07 Billy Graham, American Baptist evangelist (Crusades), born in Charlotte, North Carolina

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham
  • 1920-07-10 David Brinkley, NBC news anchor (Huntley-Brinkley), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 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- )

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1922-06-02 Charlie Sifford, American professional golfer, born in Charlotte North Carolina

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

Actress Ava Gardner
Actress
Ava Gardner
  • 1923-02-09 Kathryn Grayson, American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (d. 2010)
  • 1924-01-10 Maxwell Roach, Jazz drummer, born in Newland, North Carolina
  • 1926-03-15 Tim Valentine, American politician (Rep-D-NC, 1983-95 ), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1926-07-09 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), born in Asheville, North Carolina (d. 2015)

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1926-09-23 John Coltrane, jazz saxophonist and composer (Blue Train), born in Hamlet, North Carolina (d. 1967)

Jazz Musician John Coltrane
Jazz Musician
John Coltrane
  • 1929-12-25 Bill Horton, doo-wop singer (The Silhouettes-Get a Job), born in Hickory, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1931-03-18 Howard Coble, American politician (Rep-R-NC, 1985-2015), born in Greensboro, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1932-01-14 Grady Tate, American jazz drummer and singer, born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1932-04-25 Meadowlark Lemmon, basketball star (Harlem Globetrotters), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1932-07-22 Tom Robbins, American author (Even Cowgirls Get the Blues), born in Blowing Rock, North Carolina
  • 1932-10-12 Ned Jarrett, American race car driver and announcer (50 Grand National victories), born in Conover, North Carolina
  • 1932-11-06 Stonewall Jackson, country music musician, born in Tabor City, North Carolina
  • 1932-11-15 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1972)

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1933-02-21 Nina Simone [Eunice Waymon], American singer and civil rights activist (I Loves You, Porgy), born in Tyron, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Singer and Civil Rights Activist Nina Simone
Singer and Civil Rights Activist
Nina Simone
  • 1933-09-01 Marshall Lytle, Old Fort, North Carolina, Hall of Fame rock bassist (Comets), (d. 2013)
  • 1933-09-13 Eileen Fulton, actress (Our Private World), born in Asheville, North Carolina
  • 1934-03-31 John D. Loudermilk, country singer and songwriter (Tobacco Road), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1934-08-23 Christian "Sonny" Jurgensen, American NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins) and sportscaster, born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1934-09-10 Charles Kuralt, newscaster (On the Road), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1934-09-16 Eva Clayton, (Rep-D-North Carolina)

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1935-01-04 Floyd Patterson, American heavyweight champion (1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), born in Waco, North Carolina (d. 2006)

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • 1935-10-03 Charles "Charlie" Duke Jr, American Brigadier General and astronaut (Apol 16), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1936-10-28 Charlie Daniels, singer (Devil Went Down to Georgia), born in Wilmington, North Carolina
  • 1937-07-02 Richard Petty "The King", American NASCAR Driver (7x NASCAR Championship, 7x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
  • 1937-07-19 George Hamilton IV, American country musician, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, (d. 2014)
  • 1938-09-12 Judy Clay [Guions], soul and gospel singer, born in St Paul, North Carolina (d. 2001)
  • 1938-09-28 Ben E. King [Benjamin Earl Nelson], American soul singer (Stand by Me), born in Henderson, North Carolina
  • 1938-12-16 Michael Greer, actor (Bobby Gentry Show), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1939-02-10 Roberta Flack, Black Mountain North Carolina, US vocalist (If Ever I Saw Your Face)
  • 1939-06-16 Billy "Crash" Craddock, American country singer (Boom Boom Baby, Rub It In), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1939-08-10 Charles Rose, (Rep-D-North Carolina, 1973- )
  • 1940-08-17 David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
  • 1940-10-14 Pat Finley, actress (Ellen Hartley-Bob Newhart Show), born in Asheville, North Carolina

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1940-11-25 Joe Gibbs, American football coach (Washington Redskins), born in Mocksville, North Carolina

NFL Head Coach Joe Gibbs
NFL Head Coach
Joe Gibbs
  • 1941-07-22 George Clinton, rocker (Parliament-Funkadelic), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina
  • 1941-10-30 Jim Ray Hart, American baseball player (Giants), born in Hookerton, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1942-01-17 Randy Boone, actor (Cimarron Strip, Virginian), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1942-08-15 Larry Hartsell, American martial artist, bodyguard, trainer, student of Bruce Lee and Dan Inosanto, born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2007)

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1942-09-04 Raymond Floyd, American golfer (four-time Major winner), born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner Ray Floyd
Golfer and Four-Time Major Championship Winner
Ray Floyd
  • 1942-09-09 Inez Foxx, rocker (Mockingbird, Hi Diddle Diddle), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1943-01-16 Ronnie Milsap, American country singer (Legend in My Time), born in Robbinsville, North Carolina

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1943-06-29 Little Eva [Eva Boyd], American pop singer (Locomotion), born in Belhaven, North Carolina (d. 2003)

Pop Singer Little Eva
Pop Singer
Little Eva
  • 1944-02-25 Kristina Holland, American actress (Tina-Courtship of Eddie's Father), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 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)
  • 1946-03-31 Al Nichol, rock guitarist/vocalist (Turtles), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1946-04-30 Donald Schollander, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold-64), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1946-08-25 Charlie Sanders, American football player (Detroit Lions), born in Richlands, North Carolina (d. 2015)
  • 1946-09-05 Loudon Wainwright III, American vocalist (April Fool's Day Morn), born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1947-01-10 Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac Shakur, Black Panther Party member, born in Lumberton, North Carolina (d. 2016)
  • 1949-05-26 Pam Grier, actress (Big Bird Cage, Tough Enough), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1949-11-03 Michael Evans, American actor (All in the Family), born in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • 1949-11-04 Berlinda Tolbert, actor (Jenny-Jeffersons), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1952-10-31 Bernard Edwards, bassist (Chicago-Addicted to Love), born in Greenville, North Carolina
  • 1953-04-27 Ellen L Shulman Baker, MD/astronaut (STS 34, 50, 71), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1953-10-31 John Lucas, NBA guard (Houston, Golden State, Milwaukee), born in Durham, North Carolina
  • 1954-12-06 Chris Stamey, American musician, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 1955-11-24 Scott Mabon Hoch, PGA golfer (1982 USF&G Classic), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1956-05-17 Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, Rocky Mount North Carolina, boxer (Olympics-gold-76)
  • 1956-09-12 Charles Henry Beck, PGA golfer (1990 Buick Open 1992), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • 1956-09-20 Debi Morgan, actress (All My Children, Cry Uncle), born in Dunn, North Carolina
  • 1957-08-14 Jackee [Harry], actress (Sandra-227), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1957-11-29 Charles Grant, American actor (Evan Frame-Another World, Bold & Beautiful), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1958-02-26 Susan J Helms, Mjr USAF/Astronaut (STS 54, 64, 78), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1958-07-05 Patsy Pease, actress (Kimberly-Days of Our Lives), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • 1958-09-04 Ray Freeman, Canadian Tour golfer (1992 Coast Carolina), born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • 1960-04-06 Warren Haynes, rock and blues guitarist (The Allman Brothers Band), born in Asheville, North Carolina

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Frontiersman Daniel Boone
Frontiersman
Daniel Boone

HeartWedding of Interest

1943-08-13 Evangelist Billy Graham (24) weds philanthropist Ruth Bell (23) in Monreat, North Carolina

Evangelist Billy Graham
Evangelist
Billy Graham

HeartWedding 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

HeartWedding 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)
  • 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)