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5 Fun Facts About February 26 In North Carolina History

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1. The Civil Rights Sit-In Movement began in Greensboro on February 26, 1960, when a group of four African American college students from North Carolina A&T State University sat at a "whites only" lunch counter at the Woolworth's store downtown. This act of nonviolent protest sparked a nationwide movement and helped to end segregation in public places.

2. On February 26, 1919, North Carolina ratified the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibited the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. This amendment was later repealed by the 21st Amendment in 1933.

3. In 1835, the town of Winston was founded in Forsyth County, North Carolina. The town was named after Major Joseph Winston, a Revolutionary War hero, and served as the county seat until 1889, when it merged with neighboring Salem to form the city of Winston-Salem.

4. On February 26, 1924, the governor of North Carolina signed a bill that established a state board of elections. This board is responsible for overseeing elections, registering voters, and enforcing campaign finance laws in the state.

5. On February 26, 1985, North Carolina State University's basketball team beat the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in what is known as one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history. The Wolfpack, led by head coach Jim Valvano, went on to win the NCAA championship that year.
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