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5 Fun Facts About February 13 In North Carolina History

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1. In 1915, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill established a School of Public Welfare, which later became the School of Social Work. This school has since become one of the top-ranked social work graduate programs in the country.

2. On February 13, 1867, North Carolina ratified the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted citizenship and equal protection under the law to all persons born or naturalized in the United States. This amendment was a major victory for civil rights and is still relevant today.

3. In 1997, North Carolina native Michael Jordan played in his first game in Charlotte since his retirement from the NBA in 1993. Jordan had recently returned to the league as a member of the Washington Wizards, but his homecoming was bittersweet as the Wizards lost to the Charlotte Hornets.

4. On February 13, 1914, the first meeting of the North Carolina Historical Commission was held in Raleigh. This commission was established to collect and preserve materials relating to the history of North Carolina, including manuscripts, maps, and rare books.

5. In 1983, North Carolina writer Reynolds Price won the William Faulkner Award for his novel "Kate Vaiden." Price, a Duke University professor, was known for his Southern Gothic writing style and his exploration of themes such as family, sexuality, and mortality.
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