Raleigh in History

Historical Events

  • 1865-04-13 Raleigh, North Carolina, captured by Union forces
  • 1865-11-21 Shaw University forms in Raleigh NC
  • 1868-01-14 North Carolina constitutional convention meets in Raleigh
  • 1937-03-15 1st state contraceptive clinic opens (Raleigh NC)
  • 1953-09-05 1st privately operated atomic reactor-Raleigh, NC
  • 1954-09-02 WTVD TV channel 11 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1956-12-15 WRAL TV channel 5 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1960-04-15 Guy Carawan sings "We Shall Overcome" to a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Raleigh - popularising the song as a protest anthem
  • 1963-03-02 10th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament, Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, NC: Duke beats Wake Forest, 68-57
  • 1968-11-04 WRDU (now WPTF) TV channel 28 in Raleigh-Durham, NC (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1991-03-23 1st World League of American Football games, London beats Frankfurt 24-11, Sacramento beats Raleigh-Dur 9-3 & Mont beats Birmingham 20-5
  • 2006-06-19 Stanley Cup Final, PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC: Carolina Hurricanes beat Edmonton Oilers, 3-1 for a 4-3 series victory; Hurricane's first Championship
  • 2011-01-30 58th NHL All-Star Game, RBC Centre, Raleigh, NC: Team Lidstrom beats Team Staal, 11-10; MVP: Patrick Sharp, Chicago, LW

Famous Birthdays

  • 1806-04-10 Leonidas Polk, Lt. Gen. (Confederate Army), born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1864)

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
  • 1825-10-01 Raleigh Edward Colston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Paris (d. 1896)
  • 1865-05-25 John Mott, American evangelist and organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946), born in Livingston Manor, Sullivan County, New York (d. 1955)
  • 1891-09-03 Bessie [Annie Elizabeth] Delany, American dentist and civil rights pioneer, born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1995)
  • 1897-10-10 Lamar Stringfield, American composer, born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1959)
  • 1919-05-26 Peter Raleigh, English foreign correspondent and television executive, born in Barnstaple (d. 1996)
  • 1951-04-12 Jakson Spires, American rock drummer (Blackfoot), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1952-02-27 Kevin Raleigh, American singer & keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1952-09-13 Randy Jones, American musician (The Village People), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1955-09-06 Anne Henning, American 500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1972), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1955-11-01 Beth Leavel, American actress (The Drowsy Chaperone), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1955-11-24 Scott Hoch, American golfer (US Masters 1989 runner-up, Ryder Cup 1997, 2002), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1959-01-01 Andy Andrews, American tennis player (Australian Open doubles 1982 runner-up), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1964-02-19 Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1964-11-09 Robert Duncan McNeill, American actor, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1971-01-22 Bucky Brooks, American NFL wide receiver & sportswriter (Sports Illustrated; NFL Network and NFL.com), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1971-02-01 Michael C. Hall, American actor (Dexter, Six Feet Under), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1971-04-27 Craig Keith, American football tight end (Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1972-08-09 Elizabeth Vassey, actress (Emily Martin-All My Children), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1975-08-31 Raleigh Roundtree, tackle (San Diego Chargers)
  • 1985-05-05 P. J. Tucker, American basketball player (Houston Rockets), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1987-09-07 Evan Rachel Wood, American actress (Thirteen), born in Raleigh, North Carolina

Famous Deaths


Person of interestJohn William Strutt

1919-06-30 John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist and discoverer of argon (Nobel Prize 1904), dies at 76

Physicist and Nobel Laureate John William Strutt
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
John William Strutt
  • 1986-06-17 Kate Smith, American singer (God Bless America), dies at 78
  • 1996-07-20 Peter Malcolm Gordon Raleigh, journalist, dies at 77