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5 Fun Facts About September 29 In North Carolina History

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1. In 1934, the first Blue Ridge Parkway contract was awarded to a North Carolina company. The Blue Ridge Parkway spans across 469 miles through North Carolina and Virginia and is known for its stunning views of the Appalachian Mountains.

2. On September 29, 1780, British General Lord Cornwallis captured Charlotte, North Carolina during the Revolutionary War. This victory for the British was short-lived, as it led to the Battle of Kings Mountain just a few days later where the British suffered a significant defeat.

3. In 1982, the record-breaking opening of Carowinds' roller coaster "The Vortex" took place on September 29. The Vortex was the world's tallest and fastest stand-up roller coaster when it originally opened in the theme park located on the border of North Carolina and South Carolina.

4. On September 29, 1988, Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski underwent quintuple bypass surgery. Krzyzewski returned to coaching just 17 days later and went on to lead the Blue Devils to three national championships.

5. The North Carolina Symphony, one of the premier orchestras in the Southeast, was founded on September 29, 1932. The symphony has performed throughout the state and beyond, and has commissioned numerous works from contemporary composers.
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