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On this day in 1983: Highest temperature ever recorded in North Carolina: 110 degrees, at Fayetteville. Less than two years later the state’s lowest temperature will be reached at Mt. Mitchell.  

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On this day in 1831: In Raleigh, a workman who goes to breakfast in the midst of soldering leaks in the zinc roof accidentally burns down the Capitol. Backers of Fayetteville, a larger town with livelier commerce — that was just recovering from its own disastrous fire — will lobby unsuccessfully to have the capital […]

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“FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The nation’s worst two-truck highway wreck has claimed its 20th victim, one more than the previous record set in a similar wreck in Texas in 1947. “Thursday’s fiery collision occurred at an intersection [U.S. 301 and N.C. 162] about 9 miles south of here…. “The victims were members of a crew of […]

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The Fayetteville Observer makes smart use of the oft-mocked listicle to lay out “Top 10 game changers in Fayetteville’s history” (June 20), from the town’s failed attempt to secure the state capital in 1788 to the still-disputatious “Big Bang” annexation of 2005. Here’s Matt Leclercq’s entry on the birth of Fort Bragg: “Fayetteville was a sleepy town […]

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“The recent visit of Mickey Rooney to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where I am stationed, is an event I shall always remember, even though he left my morale just where he found it. Young Mr. Rooney dropped in more or less under the auspices of the U.S.O. His arrival was breathlessly awaited and, though my […]

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“The words very and must didn’t exist in the rural North Carolina dialect I spoke. All my relatives and neighbors used mighty where Yankees would use very. “I recall the first time I heard must coming from the mouth of a Southerner. Our high school was having career day and had invited a pianist from […]

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“A few Beanie collectors remain, and I went to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to meet the most fanatical of them… a 64-year-old man who owned a collection of 16,000 Ty products and lived with his 32-year-old daughter, who made a full-time job of cataloging her father’s Beanie Babies…. “Their house would be roomy inside if it […]

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On this day in 1970: The pregnant wife and two young daughters of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald are murdered at their Fort Bragg apartment. MacDonald blames drug-crazed hippie intruders who chant, “Acid is groovy, kill the pigs,” but prosecutors will contend it was he who clubbed and stabbed his wife and 5-year-old in a fit of rage, […]

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“According to William Surface of the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, North Carolina, ‘It became a badge of honor for some Southerners to have an ancestor whose house was burned by Sherman’s troops.’ “Betty McCain, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, exemplified this mindset while testifying [in 1994] before the […]

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On this day in 1956: A riot breaks out at Fats Domino’s show in Fayetteville, N.C. Police resort to tear gas to break up the unruly crowd. Fats jumps out a window to avoid the melee; he and two other band members are slightly injured.  

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