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
  • 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
  • 2011-01-30 58th NHL All-Star Game: Team Lidstrom beats Team Staal 11-10 at Raleigh, North Carolina

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

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 Raleigh Mott, organizer (YMCA, Nobel 1946)
  • 1919-05-26 Peter Raleigh, English foreign correspondent and television executive, born in Barnstaple (d. 1996)
  • 1952-02-27 Kevin Raleigh, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Michael Stanley Band)
  • 1963-12-04 Johanna Wright, WPVA volleyballer (Pismo Beach-4th), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1964-02-19 Doug Aldrich, American rock guitarist, born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1968-11-29 Jonathan Raleigh Knight, Mass, rocker (New Kids-Hangin' Tough)
  • 1971-02-01 Michael C. Hall, American actor (Dexter, Six Feet Under), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1972-08-09 Elizabeth Vassey, actress (Emily Martin-All My Children), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1974-06-23 Lisa Bamford, Miss America-NC (1996), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1975-08-31 Raleigh Roundtree, tackle (San Diego Chargers)

Famous Deaths


Person of interestPerson of Interest

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, singer (God Bless America), dies in Raleigh NC at 78
  • 1996-07-20 Peter Malcolm Gordon Raleigh, journalist, dies at 77