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5 Fun Facts About April 25 In North Carolina History

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1. On April 25, 1960, the Sit-In Movement began in Greensboro, North Carolina. Four African-American college students from North Carolina A&T University took a stand against segregation by refusing to leave a Woolworth's lunch counter. This act of civil disobedience sparked a movement that spread across the country, leading to the desegregation of public spaces and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

2. One year later, on April 25, 1961, John F. Kennedy spoke at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He addressed the importance of education in a democracy and the role of universities in advancing the country's progress.

3. In 1983, on April 25, a tornado outbreak swept through North Carolina, causing significant damage and claiming 42 lives. The deadliest tornado of the outbreak hit the town of Beaufort, killing nine people and injuring over 800.

4. A significant event in North Carolina's aviation history took place on April 25, 1986, when the first F-15E Strike Eagle took off on its maiden flight from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. The F-15E is a multi-role attack aircraft and one of the most advanced fighters in the U.S. Air Force's fleet.

5. On April 25, 2015, North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine celebrated the grand opening of its new research lab, the Randall B. Terry Jr. Companion Animal Veterinary Medical Center. The center is one of the most advanced veterinary medical facilities in the nation, with state-of-the-art technology and capabilities for clinical research and animal care.
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