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Archive for September, 2010

On this day in 1786: A judge in Pasquotank County certifies that “John Rose, an inhabitant of this county and State aforesaid, being with part of his left ear left off, had the misfortune to be deprived of that by a bite of a Malicious Mare… “ As late as the early 1800s, N.C. courts […]

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We recently had a question about the Lewis and Clark Expedition and whether or not the University Library had any relevent resources. The Library does, but it made me start thinking (of course) about whether or not there was a North Carolina connection. I found at least one…a member of the Corps of Discovery was […]

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– Will World War II bomber pulled from South Carolina lake wind up north of the border? — Was engineer’s race “to put her in Spencer on time” wrongly blamed for wreck of the Old 97? — Now this is an irresistible headline:  “Is it true a Cadillac fell off the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge […]

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- “One crucial fact about the four freshmen at the Greensboro lunch counter — David Richmond, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair, and Joseph McNeil — was their relationship with one another. McNeil was a roommate of Blair’s in A. & T.’s Scott Hall dormitory. Richmond roomed with McCain one floor up, and Blair, Richmond, and McCain […]

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“Pausing in Geneva while preparing for his two-month crusade in Switzerland and West Germany, Evangelist Billy Graham plunged into U.S. politics by announcing that religion — meaning John F. Kennedy’s Roman Catholicism — was a legitimate issue in the campaign and would be decisive in the outcome. ‘A man’s religion cannot be separated from his […]

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“[Movie producer Mike Todd, third of Elizabeth Taylor's husbands] had rented a twin-engine Lockheed Lodestar and renamed it the Lucky Liz, which Elizabeth had decorated for him…. “In March 1958 Mike was to be roasted by the New York Friars Club…. Sammy Cahn had written risque lyrics to ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ that […]

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North Carolina Public Radio this morning featured a report on efforts to get veteran status for Tar Heels who ferried supplies along the East Coast during World War II. Merchant marines and small boat captains dodged German U-boats in an area off of Cape Hatteras that came to be known as Torpedo Junction. During the […]

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“Someone from Dayton, Ohio…  visited the towns around eastern North Carolina and handed out flyers with a kindly request asking, ‘Please return whatever parts of the plane you still have, and I [Orville Wright] will send each of you a letter of thanks and a small sliver of wood from the actual plane that made […]

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All Hail the Muscadine

Lovers of the grape are scheduled to gather Saturday for the sixth annual N.C. Muscadine Harvest Festival in Kenansville. In honor of the occasionally-maligned vitis rotundifolia, we present herewith a few facts about Muscadines. –There are numerous varieties of Muscadine grapes. The terms Muscadine and Scuppernong are often used interchangeably. In fact, Scuppernong is one […]

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On this day in 1926: Heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey, who trained for the fight outside Hendersonville, loses a 10-round decision to Gene Tunney in Philadelphia. Developers of Laurel Park Estates paid Dempsey $35,000 and “other considerations” to set up camp there. The minister of Hendersonville’s First Methodist Church opposed Dempsey’s month-long visit because of the […]

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