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5 Fun Facts About July 31 In North Carolina History

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1. In 1957, astronaut Charles Duke was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. Duke would go on to become the youngest person to ever walk on the moon as a part of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972.

2. On July 31, 1865, William Holden was the first Republican Governor of North Carolina to be inaugurated after the Civil War. Holden implemented policies that aimed to protect newly freed slaves and increase education opportunities in the state.

3. In 1962, the first Burmese Python was reported in North Carolina. The species would later become an invasive species in the state, causing damage to the ecosystem and posing a threat to local wildlife.

4. On July 31, 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a new voter ID law that required voters to produce photo identification in order to cast their ballots. The law faced legal challenges and was eventually struck down by a federal court.

5. Baseball legend Buck Leonard was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on July 31, 1907. Leonard was a star player in the Negro Leagues and was eventually inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
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