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5 Fun Facts About April 15 In North Carolina History

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1. The Wright Brothers made their first flight in North Carolina on April 15, 1901. Though it was not their famous powered flight of 1903, it was a significant step in their research and experimentation.

2. On April 15, 1912, the Titanic disaster claimed the lives of several North Carolinians who were aboard the ill-fated ship. One survivor, Margaret Brown (also known as the "Unsinkable Molly Brown"), became famous for her bravery and heroism during the tragedy.

3. In 1947, the deadliest tornado outbreak in North Carolina history occurred on April 15, killing 22 people and causing widespread damage throughout the state.

4. On April 15, 1986, James "Bonecrusher" Smith, a native of Magnolia, North Carolina, became the first person from the state to win a heavyweight boxing championship when he defeated Tim Witherspoon to claim the WBA title.

5. In more recent years, April 15 has become known as Tax Day in the United States, as it is traditionally the deadline for filing federal income tax returns. North Carolinians are no exception to this, and many spend the day scrambling to gather necessary paperwork and file their taxes on time.
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