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5 Fun Facts About November 30 In North Carolina History

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1. On November 30, 1942, a devastating fire destroyed the campus of the historic Elizabeth City State Teachers College in North Carolina. The fire was reportedly caused by faulty wiring and resulted in the loss of several buildings and important records. However, the college was rebuilt and reopened within just a few years.

2. In 1782, the state of North Carolina granted a charter to the University of North Carolina, making it the first public university in the United States. The university's first classes were held in January of 1795, several years after the charter was granted.

3. On November 30, 1864, Confederate forces led by General Wade Hampton launched a surprise attack on Union forces stationed in Franklin, North Carolina. The attack was successful and resulted in the capture of a small number of Union soldiers, but ultimately failed to change the outcome of the overall conflict.

4. In 2014, North Carolina State University launched its first-ever CubeSat satellite as part of a NASA mission to study the Earth's ionosphere. The satellite, named the Marooned on Utopia, was designed and built by a team of students and faculty members and was operated from the university's campus in Raleigh.

5. On November 30, 1965, civil rights leader and activist Jesse Jackson was arrested and jailed for his role in a demonstration in Selma, Alabama. Jackson was among several prominent African American leaders who were arrested during the protest, which had been organized to demand voting rights for black citizens.
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