April 8 is a significant day in North Carolina history as many events have occurred on this date. Here are five interesting facts about April 8 in North Carolina history:
1. Anniversary of the Battle of Plymouth: On April 8, 1864, the Battle of Plymouth was fought during the American Civil War. Federal forces under the command of General Wessells were defeated by Confederate forces led by General Hoke. This battle marked a significant victory for the Confederacy but also highlighted their inability to win the war.
2. Establishment of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington: On April 8, 1947, legislation was signed establishing the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The campus officially opened in 1949 and is now a public research university that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
3. Birth of John Shelton Reed: On April 8, 1942, John Shelton Reed, a prominent sociologist, and scholar was born in Kingsport, Tennessee. He is known for his research on southern culture and has written several books on the subject.
4. Duke University wins the NCAA basketball championship: On April 8, 1991, the Duke University Blue Devils defeated the University of Kansas Jayhawks to win the NCAA basketball championship. This was the first national championship for Duke under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
5. North Carolina State Capitol dedicates new statue: On April 8, 1901, a statue of North Carolina governor Zebulon Vance was unveiled at the State Capitol in Raleigh. Vance served as governor during the Civil War and was a prominent political figure in North Carolina during the late 19th century. The statue remains a prominent feature of the Capitol grounds.
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