1. On June 28, 1776, North Carolina became the first colony to vote in favor of independence from Great Britain. The colony's representatives in the Continental Congress were authorized to vote for the Declaration of Independence, which was officially adopted on July 4th.
2. In 1885, the first electric trolley car system in North Carolina began operating in Charlotte. The Charlotte Electric Railway ran from the courthouse to the city limits and was in operation until 1938.
3. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy was founded on June 28, 1925. The organization is dedicated to preserving and maintaining the 2,181-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which extends from Maine to Georgia and passes through North Carolina.
4. On June 28, 1957, a B-52 bomber crashed near Goldsboro, North Carolina, releasing two nuclear bombs over the area. The bombs didn't detonate, but the incident highlighted the dangers of nuclear weapons and the potential for accidental disasters.
5. The Charlotte Motor Speedway held its first NASCAR race on June 28, 1960. The track is known for hosting some of the sport's biggest events, including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Bank of America Roval 400.
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