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Quite a big deal it was in 1987, when Charlotte Douglas International Airport was awarded its first nonstop transatlantic passenger service. Piedmont Airlines even commissioned this ambitiously-detailed souvenir tin box, made in England, to celebrate the Gatwick connection.  

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  “Ervin got his first taste of corrupt politics in 1926 when he ran for district solicitor, the equivalent in most states of prosecutor. It was the first time he had sought elective office on his own, and the only time he was ever beaten. It was apparent to Ervin’s supporters that he lost the […]

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  “In Charlotte, the first Gay Pride Day was held in Marshall Park in 1980, where 50 to 60 participants pulled together an event unprecedented in the Queen City. As the community developed more social infrastructure and visibility, Charlotte won the bid to hold the statewide Pride festival in 1994….The idea of a celebration of […]

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On this day in 1999: Ben Folds Five, Smashmouth, Dovetail Joint, Fountains of Wayne, Jimmy Eat World and 2 Skinnee J’s headline a benefit concert for refugees from Kosovo in Albania. Tickets at Charlotte’s Blockbuster Pavilion (later PNC Music Pavilion): $19.65, $15.65, $10.65.  

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“Sitting at 4,600 ft. elevation, Ghost Town in the Sky [later Ghost Town Village]  has been in existence since 1961. R.B. Coburn built the Wild West-themed amusement park on Buck Mountain for $1 million. “During its peak seasons, the park welcomed around 500,000 guests. These guests moved quickly through the park as the chairlift impressively […]

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No date on this promotional plate, but Highlands lost its bragging rights in 1981 with the incorporation of Beech Mountain (5,506 feet).  

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This celluloid badge was distributed by INFACT, a Boston non-profit, as it launched the Challenging Big Tobacco Campaign in 1994. Philip Morris and its numerous subsidiaries such as Kraft were already under attack by the anti-smoking movement. “We want to get parents outraged at attempts by the tobacco companies to get children to smoke,” said […]

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“There are only a handful of working gristmills in North Carolina today, but they once played a vital role as community centers. “ ‘In the South, we used to have a mill in almost every county. Everyone knew their local miller,’ says Bryan King, fourth-generation miller of Lakeside Mills in Spindale. “Though they may not […]

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“Dropping our bags in our room at the Carolina Inn after a half-hour drive west by rental car procured at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, we hoof it several blocks to the Yogurt Pump. Fleeing a luxurious room in a historical hotel for a local frozen yogurt shop may seem odd. But then YoPo, as it is […]

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Municipal license plates are no longer being issued by Grifton (or anywhere else), but the Shad Festival lives on. This year’s will be April 20-22 (and will of course include the traditional Shad Toss). Since 1971 the town has been celebrating the annual return of shad upstream from the Atlantic Ocean to Contentnea Creek, a tributary […]

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