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1. In 1907 the town of Chadbourn in Columbus County claimed a world record for a one-day shipment of what agricultural product? 2. What comic actor lost his father and two brothers in the 1974 crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 212 at what is now Charlotte/Douglas International? 3. What is the largest “City” in […]

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Several new titles were just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found […]

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1. In 1764, colonial Gov. William Tryon suggested what innovation to the postmaster general in London for speeding dispatches from North Carolina? 2. The first crash of a commercial airliner in North Carolina occurred in 1960. What was the cause? 3. In the early 1900s what organization was empowered to enforce North Carolina’s game laws? […]

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1. North Carolina’s road-building program was so admired that in 1929 the governor of another state hired away not only the chief engineer but also 21 staff members. Who was the governor? 2. In commercials during the 1960s cartoon sitcom “The Flintstones” what brand of cigarettes did Fred and Wilma smoke? 3. True or false: […]

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1. Which last name is more common in North Carolina than any other state: Earnhardt, Isenhour or Helms? 2. In North Carolina what was the most notable achievement of the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps? 3. The first U.S. census, taken in 1790, ranked North Carolina where among the 17 states? 4. Was the last […]

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1. On Jan. 30, 1940, what unlikely sight greeted residents of the Outer Banks in Carteret County? 2. “I regret that some people in this country have disparaged and demeaned the role of the homemaker. I say — and say it with emphasis and conviction — that homemaking is good for America.” What president took […]

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“In 1861, [Dan] Sickles organized militia for the Union effort, and the next year was appointed brigadier general under Gen. Joseph Hooker in the Army of the Potomac. He rose to major general… and notoriously defied his commanding generals’ instructions at key battles. At Gettysburg, a cannonball mangled Sickles’ right leg, and it had to be amputated. “Sickles donated his […]

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1. Which of these is not true about Pineville native James K. Polk? A. He was the first president to retire voluntarily after his first term. B. He was the only president to have served as speaker of the House. C. He died sooner after leaving office than any other president. D. He was the […]

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1. True or false: After the U.S. declared war on Germany in 1917, more than 100 percent of eligible N.C. men signed up for the draft. 2. Until the mid-1950s blacks were barred from Freedom Park in Charlotte, unless the men were laborers or the women were — ? 3. During a 1987 promotional tour […]

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1. The term “Final Four” was first used to describe the NCAA basketball championship held in what city? 2. True or false: Chautauquas, a popular adult education movement in the late 1800s and early 1900s, owe their name to an Indian village in North Carolina. 3. In Bruce Springsteen’s “Cadillac Ranch” (1980) who is “runnin’ […]

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