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Aug. 30, 1983 Astronaut William Thornton and the Space Shuttle Challenger History was made on Aug. 30, 1983, as Faison native William Thornton barreled into space from Cape Canaveral, Fla., aboard the shuttle Challenger. Born in […]

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August 21, 1987 “Dirty Dancing” filmed at Lake Lure On this day, the movie “Dirty Dancing” was released in theaters across the country. Though set at a resort in the Catskills Mountains of Upstate New York, Dirty Dancing was […]

Crew of the B-29 "Enola Gay"
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This week in N.C. history

August 6, 1944 Flying Ace George Preddy of Greensboro Greensboro native George E. Preddy Jr., the top P-51 Mustang ace during World War II, downed six planes on a single day, earning a Distinguished Service […]

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May 22, 1926 Establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National ParkPresident Calvin Coolidge signed a bill establishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The idea to establish the park in North Carolina and Tennessee originated in […]

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May 22, 1926 Establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National ParkPresident Calvin Coolidge signed a bill establishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The idea to establish the park in North Carolina and Tennessee originated in […]

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Battle for the backcountry

On May 16, 1771, a group of rebellious backcountry farmers who called themselves “Regulators” met the loyalist militia of Governor William Tryon in open battle in Alamance County. The spark for this conflict was growing […]

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May 7, 1964 ‘War on Poverty’ presidential visit President Lyndon Johnson and N.C. Gov. Terry Sanford visited the home of tenant farmer William David Marlow near Rocky Mount as part of Johnson’s “War On Poverty” […]

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May 7, 1964 ‘War on Poverty’ presidential visit President Lyndon Johnson and N.C. Gov. Terry Sanford visited the home of tenant farmer William David Marlow near Rocky Mount as part of Johnson’s “War On Poverty” […]