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5 Fun Facts About July 18 In North Carolina History

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1) On July 18, 1947, a plane flying over the small town of Rosman in Transylvania County crashed, killing all 18 people on board. The cause of the crash remains a mystery to this day.

2) In 1983, the U.S. Open golf tournament was held at the Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. North Carolina native and golf legend Arnold Palmer competed in the event, finishing tied for 36th place.

3) On July 18, 1864, Union forces under General William T. Sherman began their siege of Atlanta, Georgia. The city would fall to the Union Army just six weeks later, helping to turn the tide of the Civil War in favor of the North.

4) In 1925, the city of Asheville, North Carolina became the first city in the Southeastern United States to have a radio station when WWNC began broadcasting. Today, the station is still on the air and continues to serve the Asheville area.

5) On July 18, 1988, a runaway train carrying hazardous chemicals derailed and exploded in the small town of Miamisburg, Ohio. The resulting chemical fire caused widespread damage and forced the evacuation of thousands of residents. The incident spurred increased regulations and safety measures for the transport of hazardous chemicals by rail.
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