Today in North Carolina History
Events 1 - 21 of 21
1718-11-22 - Off the coast of North Carolina, British pirate Edward Teach ("Blackbeard") is killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
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
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
1861-08-29 - American Civil War: US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina.
1865-04-18 - Confederate Gen Johnson surrendered to Gen Sherman in North Carolina
1869-04-12 - North Carolina legislature passes anti-Klan Law
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
Aviator Orville Wright 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.
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)
1995-12-30 - Carquest Bowl 6: North Carolina beats Arkansas, 20-10
1997-10-04 - The second largest cash robbery in U.S. history occurs at the Charlotte, North Carolina office of Loomis, Fargo and Company. An FBI investigation eventually results in 24 convictions and the recovery of approximately 95% of the $17.3 million in cash which had been taken.
Birthdays 1 - 14 of 14
1725-03-24 - Samuel Ashe, Governor of North Carolina (d. 1813)
1917-10-10 - Thelonious Monk, Rocky Mount North Carolina, American jazz pianist and composer
1921-10-18 - Jesse Helms, (Sen-D/R-North Carolina, 1973- )
1934-09-16 - Eva Clayton, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
1939-08-10 - Charles Rose, (Rep-D-North Carolina, 1973- )
1940-08-17 - David E Price, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
1945-08-26 - Melvin Watt, (Rep-D-North Carolina)
1956-05-17 - Sugar Ray [Charles] Leonard, Rocky Mount North Carolina, boxer (Olympics-gold-76)
1957-11-29 - Charles Grant, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, American actor (Evan Frame-Another World, Bold & Beautiful)
1960-12-03 - Julianne Moore, Fayetteville North Carolina, American actress (Magnolia, The Kids are Alright)
1971-09-15 - Crystal McLaurin-Coney, Miss USA-North Carolina (1997)
Actress Julianne Moore (1960-12-03) 1972-12-29 - Jessica Lee McMinn, Miss North Carolina USA (1996)
1977-11-13 - Tammy Leigh Ashton, Miss North Carolina Teen USA (1996)
1979-04-06 - Ali Burr, Miss North Carolina Teen USA (1997)
Weddings 1 - 3 of 3
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
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
Deaths 1 - 6 of 6
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)