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5 Fun Facts About April 5 In North Carolina History

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1. On April 5, 1790, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was founded. It was the first public university in the United States and is now one of the top-ranked colleges in the country.

2. In 1971, on April 5, the Charlotte Hornets basketball team was established. The team played in the NBA from 1988 to 2002 and then again from 2004 to 2019. The Hornets are known for their distinctive teal and purple jerseys.

3. On April 5, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia. This event effectively ended the Civil War, which had a profound impact on North Carolina and the entire country.

4. In 1963, on April 5, folk musician Pete Seeger performed at Duke University in Durham. Seeger was a major figure in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 60s and his activism helped inspire the civil rights and anti-war movements.

5. On April 5, 1984, the famous basketball player Michael Jordan played his first game as a professional for the Chicago Bulls in a game against the Washington Bullets. Jordan grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before joining the NBA.
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