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5 Fun Facts About May 6 In North Carolina History

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1. On May 6, 1756, the small North Carolina settlement of Fort Dobbs was attacked by a band of Cherokee warriors. The fort's defenders were able to repel the attack, thanks in part to the fort's thick walls and strategically placed cannons.

2. May 6, 1864 marked the beginning of the Battle of Chester Station, a small, but significant engagement during the Civil War. Union forces, led by General William T. Sherman, attacked Confederate positions near Chester, North Carolina. Though the Union troops were ultimately unsuccessful in capturing the Confederate position, the engagement demonstrated their determination to press forward in the conflict.

3. May 6, 1954 saw the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. The historic decision had immediate and profound effects on North Carolina, which was among the Southern states most resistant to desegregation.

4. In 2004, on May 6, NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. The victory was especially meaningful, as it marked Earnhardt's first win at the storied track, where his father Dale Earnhardt Sr. had earned five Darlington victories.

5. On May 6, 2015, North Carolina became the 28th state in the U.S. to legalize same-sex marriage, following a ruling by the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The decision invalidated North Carolina's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and allowed LGBTQ couples to marry in the state.
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