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5 Fun Facts About August 24 In North Carolina History

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1. In 1994, Hurricane Emily made landfall in North Carolina. The storm caused widespread flooding and power outages across the state, and resulted in several fatalities.

2. On August 24, 1895, the first electric streetcar system in North Carolina began operating in Wilmington. The system consisted of four miles of track and eight streetcars, and remained in operation until 1939.

3. On August 24, 1815, the North Carolina General Assembly established the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The university is the oldest public university in the United States, and has produced numerous notable alumni, including Michael Jordan and James K. Polk.

4. In 2018, North Carolina-based company Epic Games became the first video game company to be valued at over $15 billion. The company is best known for its popular game Fortnite, which has over 350 million registered players worldwide.

5. On August 24, 1987, Hurricane Emily made landfall in North Carolina for the second time in its history. The Category 3 storm caused significant damage along the coast, and serves as a reminder of the state's vulnerability to coastal storms.
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