1. On December 19, 1776, the North Carolina General Assembly ratified the state's first constitution, making it an independent state while also joining the other 12 colonies in their commitment to forming a new nation.
2. In 1835, the Southern Literary Messenger, a highly regarded literary magazine from Virginia, published a poem titled "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe. Considered one of the greatest works of American literature, the poem went on to influence writers and poets throughout history.
3. December 19, 1862, marks the day when Union troops under the command of General John G. Foster launched their first major assault on Confederate-held Fort Macon, located on the Bogue Banks in Carteret County. The initial attack was unsuccessful, but Union troops eventually captured and occupied the fort the following year.
4. In 1899, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill hosted its first intercollegiate basketball game, defeating Guilford College 42-2. The university went on to become a powerhouse in the sport, winning six national championships and producing some of the game's greatest players, including Michael Jordan.
5. On December 19, 2015, North Carolina State University defeated the University of Central Florida in the St. Petersburg Bowl, marking the Wolfpack's first bowl victory since 2011. The win also gave coach Dave Doeren his first bowl win with the team, and the program's first win in a Florida bowl game since 2003.
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