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On this day in 1924: Ty Cobb hits a home run in the first game played at Asheville’s McCormick Field, but the Detroit Tigers lose their exhibition to the Asheville Skylanders, 18-14. By 1991, when the wooden stadium is razed, to be replaced by concrete, it will be the oldest minor-league park in the country. […]

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On this day in 1705: Newly appointed deputy governor Thomas Cary, son-in-law of a Quaker, disappoints N.C. Quakers by refusing to change a policy that effectively bars them from holding public office. By 1711, however, Cary will have allied with the Quakers and undertaken a bizarrely inept armed rebellion against the government. He is arrested […]

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On this day in 1956: A subcommittee of the House Un-American Activities Committee convenes in Charlotte. Two days of hearings will single out Bill McGirt, a poet working at a Winston-Salem fish market, as the state’s top communist, but he and 10 other subpoenaed witnesses refuse to testify, and little new information surfaces. “The conclusion […]

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60 years ago today: Front-page headline in the New York Times: “Negro Educator Chosen to Head Department at Brooklyn College. Howard University Professor Will be First of Race to Hold That Rank Here.” John Hope Franklin‘s appointment marks the first time an African-American has been appointed chairman of any department at a traditionally white institution. […]

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On this day in 1958: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., not yet 30 years old but already famous for having led the Montgomery bus boycott, pays his first visit to Greensboro. The local NAACP has invited King, but only black Bennett College will provide him a hall. He addresses two overflow crowds — morning […]

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On this day in 1950: Charlotte hires the state’s first meter maids. Dubbed the “Skirt Squad” or “Petticoat Patrol,” their only duty is to issue parking citations. It will be 1967 before the city hires its first women as sworn police officers. .

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On this day in 1939: At the Museum of Modern Art in New York, artist Josef Albers tells an audience about Black Mountain College’s avant garde educational philosophy, while Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer — key figures in the modern architecture movement — display a model of their proposed new campus overlooking Lake Eden. The […]

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On this day in 1988: Basketball legend “Pistol Pete” Maravich, who played at Broughton High School in Raleigh when his father was coaching at N.C. State, dies from cardiac arrest during a pickup game in Pasadena, Calif. He is 40 years old. Less than a year earlier, Maravich spoke in Charlotte about his recent conversion […]

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On this day in 1834: Just down the street from the Capitol, Rep. Robert Potter of Granville County loses $2,800 in a card game. Pulling a pistol and a knife, he pockets the pot and exits. A week later, Potter will be expelled for reflecting discredit on the legislature. Previously, however, his colleagues had been […]

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On this day in 1960: On “The Andy Griffith Show” Sheriff Taylor ends a feud between two mountain families by arranging the marriage of their children. Andy tells Opie the Southern version of “Romeo and Juliet,” which had been on the flip side of his hit record, “What It Was Was Football.” This is the […]

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