1. June 12, 1963: The First Black Student Enrolls at UNC-Chapel Hill
On June 12, 1963, Henry Frye became the first black student to enroll at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. Frye went on to become a prominent civil rights attorney in the state and served as the first African American chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
2. June 12, 1987: North Carolina Celebrates the Arrival of the 10 Millionth Visitor to the Biltmore Estate
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina is a popular tourist destination, and on June 12, 1987, the 10 millionth visitor was celebrated. The Biltmore is the largest privately-owned house in the United States and covers over 8,000 acres.
3. June 12, 1964: The Civil Rights Act Is Filibustered in the Senate
On June 12, 1964, a group of Southern Senators filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which sought to end segregation in public accommodations and outlaw discrimination in employment practices. The legislation was eventually passed on July 2, 1964, and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
4. June 12, 1954: The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Its Decision in Brown v. Board of Education
On June 12, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education, ruling that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. The decision set the stage for the Civil Rights Movement and played a significant role in ending segregation in schools and other public institutions.
5. June 12, 1903: The Wright Brothers Make Their First Flight in North Carolina
On June 12, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made their first successful flight in a powered aircraft at Kill Devil Hills in North Carolina. The flight lasted only 12 seconds, but it marked a major milestone in aviation history and paved the way for the development of modern airplanes.
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