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On this day in 1907: Billed as “an extra added attraction,” Carry Nation appears in Salisbury’s Fourth of July parade. After inspecting local saloons — at 61, she is no longer busting them up — she declares the town a “hell hole.“ Nation’s month-long N.C. tour concludes in Raleigh. Raleigh Electric Co., whose streetcars profit […]

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  Soap Box Derby used to be be big, both nationally and in North Carolina. Today the derby apparently survives in the state only in Morganton, where it has its own track at the Burke County Fairgrounds under the sponsorship of the Morganton Optimist Club. Newspaper archives offer a look back at the race’s glory […]

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“The existence of a successful jazz club in [Thelonious] Monk’s home state in May 1970 was an anomaly. Woodstock (August 1969) marked the era….Jazz clubs were closing in bigger cities across the country while Raleigh, with a population of 120,000, wrestled with integration. But Peter Ingram — a scientist from England recruited to work in […]

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“September 17, 1981 “Raleigh “I’ve had it with Briggs Hardware. Again today when they asked what I was looking for, I was at a loss to tell them. ‘Something wooden,’ I’ve told them in the past. ‘Something shiny.’ “I don’t want a tool to do something with; I just want something to draw. In the […]

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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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“March 28, 1979 “Raleigh “I found a job. Today I’ll work, really work, for the first time since December. I’ve been hired as a waiter at a little restaurant next to the Arthur Murray Dance Studio called the Breakfast House, so I’m up at five. The last time I was up at five was because […]

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“I had first encountered [Dorton Arena] in an architecture class, where my professor waxed poetic about this dramatic modern building, noting that had its designer, Matthew Nowicki, not been killed in a plane crash, he would have become one of the outstanding avant-garde architects of the 20th century…. “Nowicki’s Raleigh pavilion bears positive comparison with […]

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“John O. Dolson died in a military hospital in Gettysburg, Pa., on Sept. 3, 1863, two months after the Civil War’s bloodiest battle left him with a punctured lung while engaged in a critical Union counterattack on the rock-strewn hill known as Little Round Top…. “Dolson was wounded with a Minie ball to the lung […]

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“Dear Sir: “Coca-Cola has had a big run at my fountain, and is gaining in popularity all the time. “A line of soda drinks is incomplete without it. “Coca-Cola has come to stay!” — From an 1892 letter to Coca-Cola from Raleigh pharmacist J. H[al] Bobbitt Four years later, Bobbitt moved to Baltimore to manufacture […]

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On this day in 1941: After appearing at Raleigh’s State Theatre in the stage version of “The Philadelphia Story,” Katharine Hepburn attends a cast party at the Executive Mansion hosted by Gov. and Mrs. J. Melville Broughton. “Miss Hepburn wore a mink coat over tan gabardine slacks and jacket, with white blouse of crepe silk […]

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