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5 Fun Facts About October 6 In North Carolina History

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1. On October 6, 1780, the Battle of Charlotte was fought during the American Revolution. It was a decisive victory for the Continental Army over the British, and helped to shift the momentum of the war in their favor.
2. In 1884, North Carolina Senator Zebulon Vance gave a speech in Charlotte that became known as the "Death to Traitors" speech. In it, he advocated for the punishment of those who sought to overthrow the government and praised the bravery of Confederate soldiers in the Civil War.
3. On October 6, 1954, Hurricane Hazel made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 4 storm. It caused widespread devastation and killed over 400 people, making it one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
4. The first state fair in North Carolina was held in Raleigh on October 6, 1853. It featured exhibits on agriculture, industry, and technology, and has since become an annual tradition in the state.
5. On October 6, 1983, Ronald Reagan signed a bill designating the Blue Ridge Parkway as a National Scenic Byway. The parkway spans 469 miles through North Carolina and Virginia, and is known for its stunning views of the Appalachian Mountains.
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