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5 Fun Facts About September 27 In North Carolina History

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1. On September 27, 1781, American soldiers under the command of General Nathanael Greene won a key victory over British troops at the Battle of Charlotte during the Revolutionary War. This battle played a significant role in securing the eventual American victory in the war.

2. In 1826, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill held its first classes. The university was the first public university in the United States and has since become one of the leading institutions of higher education in the country.

3. On September 27, 1900, in Wilmington, North Carolina, a group of white supremacists launched a coup against the city government and forcibly removed black elected officials from office. The violence and intimidation tactics used during this event became known as the Wilmington Insurrection and had a lasting impact on the political and social climate of the city.

4. On September 27, 1937, Babe Ruth played his final game of professional baseball at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. Ruth had joined the North Carolina-based Charlotte Hornets in 1935 as a gate attraction, but his playing career came to an end with this final game with the Boston Braves.

5. In 1996, North Carolina became the first state in the United States to offer lottery tickets for sale. The North Carolina Education Lottery was established by the state legislature to provide additional funds for education programs and has since grown into a significant source of revenue for the state.
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