1. In 1866, the first interracial convention in North Carolina was held in Raleigh. The convention aimed to establish equal rights for all citizens, regardless of their race. The convention was attended by African American and white leaders from across the state.
2. In 1960, the Woolworth's sit-in took place in Greensboro. Four African American college students staged a sit-in at a segregated lunch counter in the Woolworth's department store. The sit-in sparked a wave of similar protests across the South, fueling the Civil Rights Movement.
3. In 1978, North Carolina State University won their first NCAA basketball championship. The Wolfpack, led by coach Jim Valvano, defeated the University of Houston in a dramatic upset. The victory remains one of the greatest moments in North Carolina sports history.
4. In 1986, the Ashe County landfill was accidentally set on fire. The fire burned for more than a year, creating a massive smoke plume that impacted the health of nearby residents. The incident led to greater regulation of landfills and waste management in North Carolina.
5. In 2016, a winter storm hit North Carolina, bringing record snowfall and causing widespread power outages. The storm, dubbed Winter Storm Jonas, dumped up to two feet of snow in some parts of the state. It was one of the largest winter storms in North Carolina history.
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