This Day in North Carolina History

Monday, February 11, 2019

This Day in North Carolina History

Do you know what happened on this day in North Carolina history? What about yesterday? Or last week? Find out by following the daily blog where the Office of Archives and History and the State Library feature noteworthy events from North Carolina’s past each day!

Want more?

Cover of the book, This Day in North Carolina History

If you want to see more than a day at a time, check out the new book This Day in North Carolina History by Ansley Wegner and Jeff Miles. With more than 300 pages of events and illustrations chronicling North Carolina’s history, it’s available now for you to browse or check out at the Government and Heritage Library.

For instance - On this day…

January 3, 1837 – Cherokee Chief and solidifer Nimrod Jarret Smith was born near what is now Murphy at the height of the Cherokee removal.

March 7, 1914 – Babe Ruth hit his first homerun in a professional baseball game in Fayetteville. 

April 20, 1791 – President George Washington arrived in New Bern and Tryon Palace on his Southern Tour.

June 14, 1916 – The worst flood in western North Carolina’s history killed eight people and destroyed $22 million in property.

September 2, 1952 – The Mile-High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain was dedicated.

November 4, 1988 – The original Charlotte Hornets basketball team played their first game, losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-93.

1,172 events

That’s how many events from North Carolina’s history are included!  Many events have photographs or illustrations to accompany them.  It’s a great visual tour through North Carolina’s near and distant past.

Denise Jones, State Publications Clearinghouse Liaison