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5 Fun Facts About September 28 In North Carolina History

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1. On September 28, 1899, the Asheville Citizen-Times newspaper reported on a deadly hurricane that hit the coast of North Carolina. The storm caused widespread damage and resulted in the deaths of more than 50 people.

2. In 1953, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill admitted its first African American undergraduate student, Floyd McKissick. McKissick went on to be a prominent civil rights activist and the first African American to graduate from the law school at UNC.

3. September 28, 1978, marked the opening of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, a multi-purpose venue in Greensboro that has hosted numerous sporting events, concerts, and other live performances over the years.

4. On September 28, 1984, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Research Triangle Park's first high school, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. The school is a prestigious public residential high school that specializes in science, technology, math, and engineering education.

5. In 2016, North Carolina became the center of controversy over the state's House Bill 2, also known as the "bathroom bill," which required transgender individuals to use the public restrooms that corresponded to their sex at birth. The law was later repealed in 2017.
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