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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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On this day in 1921: “The Lost Colony” premieres before Gov. Cameron Morrison and other state leaders in the old Supreme Court building. The five-reel silent movie, among the nation’s first uses of film for educational purposes, is the brainchild of Mabel Evans, superintendent of Dare County schools. The state-financed, $3,000 budget included hiring Elizabeth […]

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On this day in 1787: Andrew Jackson, age 20, is admitted to the Rowan County bar. An acquaintance of Jackson during the several years before he moved to Tennessee will recall him as “the most roaring, rollicking, game cocking, cardplaying, mischievous fellow that ever lived in Salisbury.” (Well over two centuries later, a gamecock that […]

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On this day in 1911: The Glidden Tour, a cross-country caravan promoting the automobile, approaches North Carolina from Virginia, where residents have complained about their dogs being run over. The Charlotte Observer, however, doesn’t hesitate to roll out the welcome mat: “Roaming dogs are not held in high esteem in this community. . . . […]

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On this day in 1908: William Howard Taft becomes the first Republican presidential candidate ever to campaign in North Carolina. His train makes whistlestops in Statesville, Salisbury, Lexington, High Point and Greensboro before continuing on to Virginia. Taft will easily defeat Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan for the presidency, but another 20 years will pass […]

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On this day in 1942: Students at N.C. State gather enough scrap metal in 2 hours, 45 minutes, to fill three freight cars. Afterward they pose with their accumulation and a banner reading, “To Hitler & Co. from N.C. State College.”  

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On this day in 1933: University of North Carolina freshman Walker Percy flunks the English placement test. “I had just finished reading Faulkner’s ‘The Sound and the Fury,’ ” Percy will recall half a century later, “and I wrote my placement theme in a Faulknerian style — no capitalization, no punctuation. They put me in […]

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