1. In 1774, the first North Carolina Provincial Congress convened in New Bern. This congress was formed in response to the growing tensions between the American colonies and Great Britain leading up to the American Revolutionary War.
2. On March 28, 1814, the Battle of Horseshoe Bend took place in Alabama Territory. Although the battle did not directly involve North Carolina, it had significant implications for the state as it solidified Andrew Jackson's status as a national hero and helped lead to his eventual presidency.
3. In 1898, the Wilmington Insurrection took place in Wilmington, North Carolina. It was a coup d'état by white supremacists who overthrew the elected city government and installed their own leaders. The insurrection resulted in the massacre of many African American residents and marked a significant moment in the state's history of racial inequality.
4. On March 28, 1930, the first flight over the North Pole took off from Spitsbergen, Norway. The plane was piloted by North Carolinian Richard Byrd, who later became a pioneer in Antarctic exploration.
5. In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to North Carolina to speak at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His speech, titled "Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution," focused on the importance of social progress and racial equality in America.
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