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5 Fun Facts About March 14 In North Carolina History

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1. Pinehurst Resort opened on March 14, 1895, in Moore County. It was originally built as a health resort but became known as a world-class golf destination, hosting numerous US Open tournaments.

2. On March 14, 1914, the first successful blood transfusion in North Carolina was performed in Charlotte by Dr. William S. Rankin.

3. On March 14, 1950, the North Carolina Symphony gave its first performance in Raleigh. It has since become a world-renowned orchestra, performing across the state and beyond.

4. On March 14, 1961, the iconic basketball coach Dean Smith coached his first game for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. He went on to lead the team to two national championships and numerous conference titles.

5. On March 14, 1997, the North Carolina Zoo opened its 500-acre African Plains exhibit, featuring giraffes, rhinos, and elephants. It has since become one of the state's top tourist attractions, drawing thousands of visitors annually.
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