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5 Fun Facts About October 18 In North Carolina History

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1. On October 18, 1794, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill opened its doors to students. It was the first public university in the United States to admit students and stands as a landmark in higher education.

2. One of the most notable events in North Carolina history occurred on October 18, 1774, when the colonial government called the "Hillsborough Convention" to respond to the "Intolerable Acts" passed by the British government. The delegates agreed to a retaliatory embargo on British trade, an important step towards the revolution.

3. On October 18, 1905, the Wright Brothers made the first official public flight in North Carolina. They flew over Kill Devil Hills, marking the beginning of the age of aviation and a new era of transportation for the state.

4. North Carolina's state motto, "To Be Rather than To Seem," was adopted on October 18, 1893, by the General Assembly. The motto emphasizes the importance of living genuinely and authentically.

5. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo made landfall in North Carolina on October 18 as a Category 4 storm. The hurricane caused widespread destruction and claimed 21 lives in the state. It remains one of the most devastating natural disasters in North Carolina history.
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