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5 Fun Facts About September 23 In North Carolina History

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1. On September 23, 1780, a battle was fought in North Carolina during the American Revolutionary War. Known as the Battle of Charlotte, it was a decisive victory for the Patriot forces led by William Lee Davidson.

2. In 1862, Union forces under the command of General Ambrose Burnside captured the coastal town of New Bern on September 23. This was one of the first major Union victories in the eastern theater of the Civil War.

3. On September 23, 1980, a bomb exploded at the Harvey's Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino in Stateline, Nevada. The bomber, John Birges, Jr., was living in North Carolina at the time and was eventually apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

4. September 23, 1999, marked the opening of the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina. The historic complex was built in 1874 and operated as a tobacco processing facility for more than 100 years before being repurposed as a mixed-use development.

5. Charlotte-born actress and comedian Elizabeth Ashley was born on September 23, 1939. Ashley has had a successful career on stage and screen, earning a Tony Award for her role in "Take Her, She's Mine" and an Academy Award nomination for her performance in "The Carpetbaggers."
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