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5 Fun Facts About September 25 In North Carolina History

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1. On September 25, 1977, NASCAR driver Richard Petty won his 200th Grand National race at the Old Dominion 500 in Martinsville, Virginia. Petty is a North Carolina native and is considered one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history.

2. The Wright Brothers, who famously achieved powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, conducted one of their first successful glider flights on September 25, 1900, in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. This flight lasted for over 30 seconds and traveled approximately 350 feet.

3. On September 25, 1780, the Battle of Charlotte took place during the American Revolutionary War. British forces under General Charles Cornwallis briefly occupied Charlotte before being pushed out by American forces under the command of William R. Davie.

4. In 1950, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra played its first public concert on September 25. Since then, the orchestra has grown in size and popularity, performing over 130 concerts each year.

5. On September 25, 1985, the first UNC Third World Center opened in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The center was established to provide resources and support to minority students, and it has since been renamed the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History.
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