On this day in 1945: A dance and show at the Charlotte Armory features the Nicholas Brothers and 27-year-old Dizzy Gillespie (who is still playing a conventional trumpet — his famous upturned bell will result from a serendipitous 1953 mishap).
Admission is $1.50 – “white spectators, 75 cents.”
— Other than the first appearance of the Miscellany link dump, what are the 10 “most significant events in North Carolina history”?
— What, you thought Wilbur and Orville flew to Kitty Hawk?
— John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, Max Roach and Billy Taylor born here, Dizzy Gillespie educated here, Billy Strayhorn inspired here — but all had to leave to shine.
– At last, a school named for McNair — might Murrow be next?