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5 Fun Facts About June 2 In North Carolina History

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1. On June 2, 1787, the North Carolina ratification convention met in Hillsborough to discuss whether or not to ratify the new United States Constitution. Ultimately, North Carolina did not ratify the Constitution until November 21, 1789.

2. In 1913, the Wright Brothers opened the first private airfield in the United States on June 2 in Huffman Prairie, Ohio. While not in North Carolina, the Wright Brothers did conduct many of their early flight experiments in Kitty Hawk.

3. On June 2, 1911, the famous aviator Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly over the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Quimby was a pioneer in aviation, and she tragically died just a year later when she was thrown from her aircraft during a flight exhibition.

4. In 1955, the North Carolina General Assembly approved the creation of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a stunning 469-mile drive through the Appalachian Mountains. Although the parkway runs through Virginia as well, it has long been associated with North Carolina and attracts millions of visitors each year.

5. On June 2, 1991, the Charlotte Hornets played their first-ever NBA playoff game, losing to the Boston Celtics 104-97. The Hornets had only been in existence for two years at that point, but they quickly became a beloved team in the city and played at the Charlotte Coliseum until 2002.
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