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5 Fun Facts About August 28 In North Carolina History

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1. On August 28, 1830, Andrew Jackson visited Raleigh, North Carolina during his presidency. He was welcomed by a large crowd of supporters and gave a speech at the State Capitol.

2. In 1963, on August 28, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The speech became a defining moment in the American civil rights movement.

3. August 28, 1984, marks the date of Hurricane Diana, which made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 2 storm. The hurricane caused over $800 million in damages and resulted in 13 deaths.

4. On August 28, 2008, Senator John McCain accepted the Republican nomination for President at the Republican National Convention held in St. Paul, Minnesota. North Carolina Senator, Elizabeth Dole, also gave a speech at the convention.

5. Finally, on August 28, 2018, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Silent Sam Confederate monument was toppled by protesters. The statue had been a source of contention on campus for years, with many calling for its removal. The incident sparked debate and protests across the state.
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