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5 Fun Facts About January 19 In North Carolina History

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1. On January 19, 1776, the Fourth Provincial Congress of North Carolina met in Halifax and resolved to send delegates to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. This marked a significant step towards independence for the state and the colonies as a whole.

2. January 19, 1861, saw North Carolina become the final state to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy. The move came after much debate and opposition within the state, highlighting the deeply divided nature of the country at the time.

3. In 1915, on January 19th, two North Carolina men named Claude Kitchin and Lee Slater Overman voted against a bill to establish a national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The vote came nearly 50 years before the holiday would eventually be recognized, highlighting the continued struggle for civil rights in the United States.

4. On January 19, 1922, the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, was hit by a massive snowstorm that dumped 17 inches of snow on the city. The storm caused widespread damage and left hundreds of families without power or heat.

5. In 1979, on January 19th, the Charlotte Coliseum hosted the NBA All-Star Game, marking the first time the event had been held in North Carolina. The game featured legendary players such as Julius Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Larry Bird and helped to cement Charlotte's reputation as a major sports destination.
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