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5 Fun Facts About November 24 In North Carolina History

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1. On November 24, 1791, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was founded. It was the first public university in the country and remains one of the top universities in the United States today.

2. In 1863, during the Civil War, Union troops under General Ambrose Burnside captured the town of Plymouth, North Carolina. This victory gave the Union control of the Roanoke River and disrupted Confederate supply lines.

3. Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice, a legendary football player at the University of North Carolina, was born on November 24, 1924. Justice led the Tar Heels to an undefeated season in 1948 and finished second in Heisman Trophy voting that year.

4. On November 24, 1971, a man known as "D.B. Cooper" hijacked a Boeing 727 flying from Portland, Oregon, to Seattle, Washington. After extracting a $200,000 ransom and parachuting from the plane, Cooper vanished without a trace. Some suspect he may have landed in North Carolina.

5. In 2014, a massive snowstorm hit western North Carolina, dumping up to 15 inches of snow in some areas. The storm caused widespread power outages and made travel treacherous, but also provided some beautiful wintertime scenery in the mountains.
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