1. Nathaniel Macon, an influential politician from Warren County, was born on July 24, 1757. Macon served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and was also President pro tempore of the Senate.
2. On July 24, 1848, the town of Goldsboro in Wayne County was incorporated. Goldsboro became an important railroad town and military center during the Civil War.
3. In 1913, the Wright Brothers opened an aviation school in Montgomery County on July 24. The school trained pilots for the U.S. Army Signal Corps and played an important role in the development of military aviation.
4. On July 24, 1934, the first public housing project in North Carolina opened in Durham. The Durham Housing Authority built the project to provide affordable housing for low-income families during the Great Depression.
5. The Great Fire of 1948 in Raleigh began on July 24 and destroyed a large portion of downtown. The fire started in a warehouse on South Street and burned for over 12 hours, causing millions of dollars in damages.
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