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5 Fun Facts About July 6 In North Carolina History

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1. On July 6, 1771, the Battle of Alamance occurred in what is now Alamance County, North Carolina. The battle was a culmination of tensions between colonial leaders and Regulators, a group of farmers who protested against corrupt officials and high taxes. The battle ended with a victory for the colonial troops and resulted in the execution of several Regulator leaders.

2. The town of Murphy, located in the western part of North Carolina, was officially incorporated on July 6, 1854. The town is named after Archibald Murphey, a North Carolina lawyer and judge who advocated for internal improvements in the state.

3. On July 6, 1887, African American inventor Granville T. Woods received a patent for his "telegraphony" device, which allowed messages to be sent over telegraph lines without the use of Morse code. Woods was born in Columbus, Ohio, but spent much of his career in Raleigh, North Carolina.

4. Gertrude Weil, a social and political activist who fought for women's suffrage and civil rights in North Carolina, was born on July 6, 1879. Weil was the first woman to register to vote in North Carolina after the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.

5. On July 6, 1992, the Charlotte Hornets signed NBA legend Michael Jordan to a contract worth $25 million over two years. Jordan had retired from basketball the previous year but returned to the sport with the Hornets for the 1994-1995 season.
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