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5 Fun Facts About June 20 In North Carolina History

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1. In 1863, the Battle of Goldsborough Bridge took place during the Civil War. This battle was fought between Union and Confederate forces and resulted in a Union victory. It was an important battle, as it allowed Union troops to continue their advance towards the port city of Wilmington.

2. In 1923, North Carolina State University was established in Raleigh. The school has grown to become one of the largest universities in North Carolina, with a student body of over 35,000.

3. In 1947, the small town of Bladenboro became infamous for a series of reported animal attacks. Residents reported seeing a large, mysterious animal that killed several dogs and even a hog. The attacks were never fully explained, and theories range from a large cat to an escaped circus animal.

4. In 1983, the first official celebration of Juneteenth was held in Raleigh. This holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and it is celebrated on June 19th. In North Carolina, Juneteenth became an official state holiday in 2021.

5. In 2002, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law banning same-sex marriage. This law remained in effect until 2014, when a federal judge overturned it as unconstitutional. Today, same-sex couples in North Carolina have the same marriage rights as opposite-sex couples.
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