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5 Fun Facts About October 30 In North Carolina History

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1. In 1950, a major fire broke out at the United States Veterans Hospital in Oteen, North Carolina, resulting in 19 deaths and extensive damage to the facility. The cause of the fire was never officially determined.

2. On October 30, 1961, a spectacular meteor shower lit up the skies over North Carolina and much of the eastern United States. The shower, known as the "Fireball of '61," was caused by a large asteroid breaking up in the Earth's atmosphere.

3. In 1995, Hurricane Opal made landfall near Pensacola, Florida, but its outer bands caused significant damage in North Carolina, including tornadoes and flooding. The storm resulted in 27 deaths and over $2 billion in damages.

4. On October 30, 2002, two African-American men from Robeson County, North Carolina, were released from prison after spending 19 years behind bars for a murder they did not commit. The case became known as the "Lumberton 3" and exposed widespread misconduct by law enforcement officials.

5. In 2014, two military jets collided in mid-air during a training exercise near the coast of North Carolina, killing one pilot and injuring the other. The incident sparked renewed scrutiny of the safety and effectiveness of military training exercises conducted over populated areas.
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