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 Great Britain
  • 1776-04-12 Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina

Battle of Interest

1781-03-15 Battle of Guilford Court House; British troops under Cornwallis defeat American forces but their heavy losses led to ceding of territory and a strategic loss

Battle of Interest

1782-08-27 Battle of the Combahee River near Beaufort, South Carolina, American abolitionist John Laurens is killed leading the charge

  • 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 American Civil War: Battle of Fort Hatteras, North Carolina, 1st combined operation of Union Army and Navy results in Union domination of strategically important North Carolina Sounds
  • 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)

Historic Event

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 Battle

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

  • 1865-04-26 Confederate General J E Johnston surrenders remaining forces to Union General William Sherman at Bennett Place in Durham, North Carolina, ending the US Civil War

Historic Event

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

  • 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 over 60 tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill hundreds, if not over a thousand (hence the "enigma") 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

1st Airplane Flight

1903-12-17 The Wright brothers make the 1st sustained motorized aircraft flight at 10:35 AM, piloted by Orville Wright at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

Historic Event

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.

PGA 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

  • 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

Sports History

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

  • 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

NBA Record

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

  • 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 Men's 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

Plane Crash

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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

Sports History

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

  • 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
  • 2004-01-03 Panthers kicker John Kasay ties NFL-playoff record with 5 field goals to lead Carolina to a 29-10 win over Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round of playoffs in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 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 the United States Constitution, born in Windsor, North Carolina (d. 1800)
  • 1770-06-20 Moses Waddel, American educator, minister and bestselling author (Memoirs of the Life of Miss Caroline Elizabeth Smelt), born in Rowan County, North Carolina (d. 1840)
  • 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)

James Knox PolkJames Knox Polk (1795-1849)

1795-11-02 11th US President (Democrat: 1845-49), born in Pineville, North Carolina

  • 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)

Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson (1808-1875)

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

  • 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)
  • 1811-11-19 John Ancrum Winslow, American naval officer (Mexican–American War), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1873)
  • 1812-07-27 Thomas Lanier Clingman, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Huntsville, North Carolina (d. 1897)

Richard Jordan GatlingRichard Jordan Gatling (1818-1903)

1818-09-12 American inventor famous for the Gatling Gun, the 1st hand-cranked machine gun, born in Hertford County, North Carolina

  • 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)
  • 1820-11-28 Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Enfield, North Carolina (d. 1862)
  • 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)

Hiram R. RevelsHiram R. Revels (1827-1901)

1827-09-27 American clergyman, politician,1st African American in Congress (US Senator from Mississippi, 1870-71), and college president (Alcorn, 1871-82), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina

  • 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)
  • 1828-12-08 Robert Bullock, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Greenville, North Carolina (d. 1905)
  • 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)
  • 1834-09-09 William MacRae, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1882)
  • 1837-05-27 Robert Hoke, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Lincolnton, North Carolina (d. 1912)
  • 1837-05-31 Stephen Dodson Ramseur, American general and the youngest West Pointer to be Major General, born in Lincolnton, North Carolina (d. 1864)
  • 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)
  • 1840-06-10 Thomas F. Toon, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Columbus County, North Carolina (d. 1902)
  • 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)
  • 1859-11-01 Charles Brantley Aycock, 50th Governor of North Carolina (1901-05), born in Wayne County, North Carolina (d. 1912)
  • 1860-07-28 Elias M. Ammons, governor of Colorado, born in Macon County, North Carolina (d. 1925)

O. HenryO. Henry (1862-1910)

1862-09-11 American short story writer (Cabbages and Kings), born in Greensboro, North Carolina

  • 1870-11-03 John Motley Morehead III, American chemist (commercial production of calcium carbide, important for welding), born in Spray, North Carolina (d. 1922)
  • 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)
  • 1894-07-30 Carl Snavely, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bucknell, North Carolina, Cornell 180–96–16), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1975)
  • 1895-01-05 Elizabeth Cotten, American folk and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Freight Train"), born in Carrboro, 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)

Thomas WolfeThomas Wolfe (1900-1938)

1900-10-03 American novelist (Look Homeward Angel), born in Asheville, North Carolina

  • 1900-12-12 Sammy Davis Sr., American vaudeville dancer (Mr. Wonderful), 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 (8 x MLB All Star; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators), born in Durham, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1906-04-14 Hunter Johnson, American composer, born near Benson, North Carolina (d. 1998)
  • 1906-06-18 (James) "Kay" Kyser, American bandleader and radio personality (Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge), born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina (d. 1985)
  • 1907-04-02 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (7 x MLB All Star; AL batting champion 1936, 43; Chicago White Sox), born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1991)
  • 1908-02-02 Wes Ferrell, American Baseball Pitcher (MLB All-Star 1933, 37; no-hitter 1931; record 37 career HRs hit by a 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)
  • 1911-07-14 Bill Blair, American auto racer (NASCAR pioneer; 54 top-10 finishes), born in High Point, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1912-01-03 Cliff Melton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1942; NL saves leader 1937; NY Giants), born in Brevard, North Carolina (d. 1986)
  • 1913-03-31 Etta Baker, American blues guitarist, born in Caldwell County, North Carolina
  • 1914-11-01 Sabby Lewis, American jazz pianist and arranger, born in Middleburgh, North Carolina (d. 1994)
  • 1915-08-18 Max Lanier, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1943-44; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Denton, North Carolina (d. 2007)
  • 1915-12-29 Robert Ruark, American writer (Something of Value), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1965)

Enos SlaughterEnos Slaughter (1916-2002)

1916-04-27 American Baseball HOF right fielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1942, 46, 56, 58; St. Louis Cardinals), born in Roxboro, North Carolina

  • 1916-05-29 Carl Story, American bluegrass musician (Rambling Mountaineers), born in Lenoir, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1917-05-04 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, 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 ("Straight, No Chaser"; "'Round Midnight"; "Brilliant Corners"), 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, American sportscaster (Monday Night Football), born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Billy GrahamBilly Graham (1918-2018)

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

  • 1918-11-09 Thomas Ferebee, Enola Gay bombardier over Hiroshima, born in Mocksville, North Carolina (d. 2000)
  • 1919-01-01 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), born in Lowland, North Carolina (d. 1997)
  • 1920-03-29 John M. Belk, American head of Belk, Inc., born in Charlotte, North Carolina (d. 2007)

David BrinkleyDavid Brinkley (1920-2003)

1920-07-10 American NBC news anchor (The Huntley-Brinkley Report), born in Wilmington, North Carolina

  • 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, American jazz pianist (Birdland), orchestra leader (David Frost Show), and broadcaster (NPR), born in Greenville, North Carolina (d. 2010) [1]

Famous Weddings

Daniel Boone

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

Billy Graham

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

Henry Hill

1965-08-26 Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill (22) weds Karen Friedman in North Carolina; separate in 1989; divorce in 2002

  • 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

Marion Jones

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
  • 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, dies at 55
  • 1892-02-09 Alfred Moore Scales, American politician (45th Governor of North Carolina), dies at 64
  • 1899-11-28 Robert Brank Vance, American politician (US Representatives from North Carolina, 1873-85), dies at 71
  • 1912-04-04 Charles Brantley Aycock, 50th Governor of North Carolina (1901-05), dies at 52
  • 1975-07-12 Carl Snavely, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Bucknell, North Carolina, Cornell 180–96–16), dies at 80
  • 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)