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5 Fun Facts About February 2 In North Carolina History

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1. Groundhog Day: On February 2, 1989, North Carolina celebrated Groundhog Day with Sir Walter Wally predicting an early spring. This tradition has been going on for over 100 years and is a fun way for North Carolinians to predict the upcoming weather patterns.

2. Charlotte Hornets debut: February 2, 1989, was also the day when the Charlotte Hornets played their first NBA game ever. Their opponents, the Cleveland Cavaliers, suffered a 133-93 loss to the Hornets. The Charlotte Hornets remained a popular NBA team in North Carolina until 2002, when the team moved to New Orleans.

3. The First Week of Black History Month: February 2 falls within the first week of Black History Month. North Carolina, as a state, has a rich African-American history with many significant events and people who have made a remarkable impact in the fight against racism and for equality.

4. North Carolina Maritime Museum opens: On February 2, 1985, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort opened its doors for the first time to the public. The museum, located on the Crystal Coast, showcases a variety of exhibits that highlight North Carolina's maritime past, including shipwrecks, pirates, and fishing communities.

5. Battle of Wilmington: The Civil War battle of Wilmington occurred on February 2, 1865, when Union forces under the command of General Alfred Terry attacked Confederate forces occupying the city. The battle, which resulted in a Union victory, was a significant event in the history of North Carolina and the Civil War.
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