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5 Fun Facts About December 5 In North Carolina History

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1. In 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, which repealed Prohibition. North Carolina had been one of the first states to pass its own version of Prohibition in 1908, and the state had a long history of bootlegging and moonshining. With the repeal of Prohibition, legal liquor sales resumed in North Carolina and the rest of the country.

2. In 1899, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law creating a statewide system of public schools. This was a landmark moment in the state's history, as it marked a significant investment in public education and ensured that all children in the state had access to schooling.

3. In 1949, Piedmont Airlines was founded in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The airline quickly became a major regional carrier, serving cities across the eastern United States. Piedmont Airlines was eventually acquired by US Airways in 1989.

4. In 1868, William Woods Holden was impeached and removed from office as the governor of North Carolina. Holden had been a controversial figure during his time in office, particularly for his efforts to suppress the Ku Klux Klan. His impeachment and removal from office marked a low point in the state's political history.

5. In 1955, Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. Parks' act of civil disobedience helped to spark the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement. Although Parks was not from North Carolina, her actions and their impact on American history are still commemorated each year on December 5th.
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