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5 Fun Facts About April 10 In North Carolina History

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1. On April 10, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War. Many North Carolina soldiers were present at the surrender, having fought for the Confederacy.

2. On April 10, 1921, Charlotte-born aviator William H. Ingram, Jr. became the first pilot to fly nonstop across the United States from west to east, completing the journey in less than 27 hours. His plane, a de Havilland DH.4, is on display at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte.

3. In 1947, the North Carolina State Legislature passed a law authorizing the creation of the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Institute, which would later become Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. The college has since grown to become the second-largest community college in the state.

4. On April 10, 1952, the Duke University men's basketball team won its second consecutive NCAA championship, defeating the University of Kansas 69-57 in the title game. The Blue Devils were led by future Hall of Fame coach Vic Bubas and player Art Heyman.

5. In 1972, the controversial Alamance County mill strike came to an end after several months of unrest. The strike, which involved textile workers demanding better wages and working conditions, was marked by violence and arrests. The resolution of the strike was seen as a victory for union organizers and workers' rights activists in North Carolina.
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