1. In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a charter to eight of his loyal supporters, which included the area now known as North Carolina. This marked the beginning of British colonization in the area.
2. In 1837, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill became the first public university in the United States to admit students. Today, it is one of the top public universities in the country.
3. On March 24, 1898, the Supreme Court of North Carolina ruled in the case of State v. Mann that slave owners had the legal right to use physical force to discipline their slaves. This ruling helped to uphold the institution of slavery in the state.
4. In 1972, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Coastal Area Management Act, which established regulations and guidelines for development along the state's coastline. This marked a significant step in protecting the natural resources and beauty of North Carolina's beaches.
5. On March 24, 1987, the Charlotte Hornets were officially announced as an expansion team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Hornets played in Charlotte until 2002, when they moved to New Orleans, but they returned to Charlotte in 2014 as the Charlotte Hornets once again.
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