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5 Fun Facts About March 11 In North Carolina History

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1. On March 11, 1918, North Carolina native and World War I hero Samuel Woodfill was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Cunel. Woodfill was one of the most decorated American soldiers of the war and went on to serve in World War II before retiring from the military in 1943.

2. In 1946, on March 11th, the small town of Bolivia, North Carolina experienced a devastating fire that destroyed much of the town's business district. The fire started in the town's movie theater and quickly spread to neighboring buildings, causing millions of dollars in damage.

3. On March 11, 1985, the Duke University men's basketball team won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship by defeating the University of Georgia. The team, led by head coach Mike Krzyzewski, would go on to win two national championships in the following years.

4. In 1998, on March 11th, North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt signed a bill into law that officially designated the sweet potato as the state vegetable. The sweet potato has long been an important crop in North Carolina and is known for its nutritional value and versatility in dishes.

5. On March 11, 2010, the North Carolina State Senate ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution, more than three decades after the amendment was first proposed. The amendment, which states that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex," was originally introduced in 1923 and has been the subject of much debate and controversy over the years.
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