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5 Fun Facts About June 27 In North Carolina History

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1. In 1835, a devastating hurricane hit coastal North Carolina, causing widespread destruction and killing over 100 people. The storm, now known as the "Great Gust," was one of the strongest to ever hit the state and is still remembered as one of the most destructive natural disasters in North Carolina's history.

2. On June 27, 1952, a major fire broke out at the Paramount Theater in Winston-Salem, causing over $500,000 in damage and destroying much of the historic theater's interior. Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire, but the building was never fully restored and eventually demolished in the 1970s.

3. In 1949, the United States Army Corps of Engineers completed construction of the Cape Fear River Lock and Dam No. 1 near Riegelwood, North Carolina. The dam was built to control flooding and improve navigation on the Cape Fear River, and it remains an important landmark in the region today.

4. June 27, 1863, marked the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the most significant battles of the Civil War. Over 30,000 Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded during the three-day battle, and North Carolina troops played a prominent role in the fighting.

5. On June 27, 1989, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case Texas v. Johnson, upholding the constitutional right to burn the American flag as a form of political protest. The case was brought after a man named Gregory Lee Johnson burned a flag outside of the Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas, in 1984. The ruling remains one of the most contentious and controversial decisions in the history of the Supreme Court.
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