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5 Fun Facts About May 19 In North Carolina History

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1. On May 19, 1836, the town of Charlotte, North Carolina was officially incorporated. Originally settled in 1755, Charlotte was named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, wife of King George III. Today, Charlotte is the largest city in North Carolina and a major financial center in the United States.

2. In 1925, the Outer Banks of North Carolina were hit by a massive hurricane on May 19, which caused widespread destruction and loss of life. The hurricane, which came to be known as the Great Atlantic Hurricane, was one of the deadliest and most destructive storms in U.S. history.

3. On May 19, 1986, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh opened to the public. The museum is home to an extensive collection of art ranging from ancient to contemporary, and includes works by renowned artists such as Rembrandt, Monet, and Rodin.

4. In 2004, the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team won the NCAA national championship on May 19, defeating the University of Illinois 75-70 in a thrilling final game. This was the fourth NCAA championship for the Tar Heels, and cemented their status as one of the most successful college basketball programs in history.

5. On May 19, 2012, the famous North Carolina-based racing team Hendrick Motorsports scored a historic victory at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The team's driver, Jimmie Johnson, won the race for a record fourth time, cementing his status as one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history.
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