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5 Fun Facts About October 24 In North Carolina History

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1. On October 24, 1862, Union and Confederate forces clashed in the Battle of Pocotaligo near Beaufort, South Carolina. Although the battle was inconclusive, it marked a significant Union victory as they were able to capture and destroy several Confederate forts.

2. On October 24, 1907, the Wright Brothers set a new world record for flight by staying aloft for over an hour in their airplane, the Wright Flyer III, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The record-breaking flight marked a major milestone in the history of aviation.

3. On October 24, 1945, the United Nations was formally established, with North Carolina's Representative to the United States Senator Sam Ervin, Jr. playing a key role in the creation of the organization. Ervin was highly involved in the drafting of the UN Charter and served as the Chairman of the UN Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

4. On October 24, 1974, the Duke University basketball team suffered a major setback as two of its star players, Tom Emma and Rich Yonakor, were declared ineligible for the upcoming season due to academic and legal issues. The loss of the two players was a huge blow to the team, which was coming off a successful season in which they had reached the NCAA Tournament finals.

5. On October 24, 2019, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed the Second Chance Act into law, which aims to reduce barriers to employment for individuals with criminal records. The law is designed to help those with past criminal convictions to better integrate into society and improve their chances of finding employment and securing housing.
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