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5 Fun Facts About May 18 In North Carolina History

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1. On May 18, 1795, Isaac Craig was granted a license to operate a ferry across the Yadkin River in what is now Davidson County. This was one of the earliest ferries established in the area and helped to facilitate transportation and trade.

2. In 1861, the North Carolina Secession Convention voted to secede from the United States on May 20th, but the decision was not announced until May 18th. This set in motion North Carolina's involvement in the Civil War.

3. On May 18, 1934, the famous daredevil Evel Knievel was born in Butte, Montana. Though not a native North Carolinian, Knievel performed numerous stunts in the state throughout his career, including a jump over 14 Greyhound buses in 1975.

4. In 1970, a deadly tornado outbreak struck parts of North Carolina on May 18th, causing significant damage and loss of life. A total of 10 tornadoes were reported, with the most destructive one hitting the town of Hendersonville.

5. On May 18, 1980, the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State caused widespread damage and loss of life. While not directly related to North Carolina history, the event had a profound impact on the study of volcanology and natural disasters.
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