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5 Fun Facts About May 7 In North Carolina History

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1. On May 7, 1977, the North Carolina Zoological Park officially opened to the public. The park is located in Asheboro and is home to over 1,600 animals from around the world, including elephants, gorillas, and polar bears.

2. May 7, 1775 marks the date of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, a document that is claimed to have been signed and adopted in Charlotte, North Carolina. While the authenticity of the document is debated among historians, it is still celebrated as a symbol of North Carolina's early commitment to independence.

3. On May 7, 1901, the Wright Brothers tested their first successful glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. This experiment laid the foundation for their development of the first powered airplane in 1903.

4. May 7, 1946 was the day that the North Carolina State Board of Health ruled that all newborns in the state must be screened for phenylketonuria (PKU), a genetic disorder that can lead to intellectual disabilities if left untreated. This was one of the first mandated newborn screening programs in the United States.

5. The Asheville Woman's Club was founded on May 7, 1902. The organization has a long history of supporting local education, social services, and the arts in Asheville and the surrounding community.
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