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 in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 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)

Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson (1808-1875)

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

  • 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 - "He Can't Love You"), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1952-09-13 Randy Jones, American musician (The Village People (Cowboy) -"Y.M.C.A."), 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 Broadway actress and singer (Baby It's You; 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, American actress (Emily Martin-All My Children), born in Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 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

John William StruttJohn William Strutt (1841-1919)

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

  • 1986-06-17 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"; "When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain"), radio star, and NHL Philadelphia Flyers good luck charm, dies of respiratory arrest at 78
  • 1996-07-20 Peter Malcolm Gordon Raleigh, journalist, dies at 77