1524 Mar 19, Giovanni de
Verrazano of France sighted land around area of Carolinas.
1584 Mar 25, Sir Walter
Raleigh, English explorer, courtier, and writer, renewed Humphrey
Gilbert's patent to explore North America. He went on to settle the
Virginia colony on Roanoke Island (North Carolina), naming it after
the virgin queen.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.23)(MC, 3/25/02)
1585 Jul 13, A group of 108
English colonists, led by Sir Richard Grenville, reached Roanoke
Island, North Carolina. Roanoke Island near North Carolina became
England's first foothold in the New World. Sir Walter Raleigh sent a
detachment of 108 men to build a fort on the island. The detachment
included two scientists, Thomas Hariot, a surveyor, mathematician,
astronomer and oceanographer, and Joachim Gans, a metallurgist. John
White, English artist and surveyor, was part of the expedition.
(NG, Geographica, Jan, 94)(HN, 7/13/98)(ON,
1586 Jun 18, English colonists
sailed from Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establish
England's first permanent settlement in America. The Roanoke
colonists returned to England with 2 friendly Indians. They left
behind 15 well-provisioned men to maintain the English claim.
(AP, 6/18/07)(ON, 10/01, p.1)
1586 Jun 23, Sir Francis Drake
encountered the Roanoke Island Hurricane off the Atlantic coast.
Harsh weather caused Drake to evacuate the settlers back to England.
(SFC, 6/23/09, p.D8)
1586 In America relations with
the local Indians soured after the English soldiers attacked a
village, and soon the English returned home.
(NG, Geographica, Jan, 94)
1587 Jul 22, A second English
colony of 114-150 people under John White, financed by Sir Walter
Raleigh, was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. The
colony included 17 women and 9 children. Croatoan Indians informed
them that Roanoke Indians had killed the men from the previous
expedition. A three-year draught, the worst in 800 years, peaked
during this time.
(AP, 7/22/97)(SFC, 4/24/98, p.A3)(SFEM, 11/15/98,
p.23)(ON, 10/01, p.1)
1587 Aug 9, A party of the
English Roanoke settlers attacked a Roanoke Indian village and
killed some Croatoan Indians by accident.
(ON, 10/01, p.2)
1587 Aug 13, Gov. White
rewarded Manteo, a Croatoan Indian who had accompanied him to
England and back, for his many services and declared him Lord of the
Roanoke and Dasamonquepeio.
(ON, 10/01, p.2)
1587 Aug 18, In the Roanoke
Island colony, Ellinor and Ananias Dare became parents of a baby
girl whom they name Virginia Dare, the first English child born on
what is now Roanoke Island, N.C., then considered Walter Raleigh’s
second settlement in Roanoke, Virginia. Virginia Dare, born to the
daughter of John White, became the first child of English parents to
be born on American soil. However, the colony she was born into
ended up mysteriously disappearing.
(HN, 8/18/98)(PC, 1992, p.203)(AP, 8/18/07)
1587 John White returned to
England to pick up needed supplies for the Roanoke colony.
(ON, 10/01, p.2)
1588 An eye-witness account of
the New World was provided by "A Briefe and True Account of the New
Found Land of Virginia," written by Thomas Harriot. It recounted
English attempts from 1584-1588 to colonize what later became known
as eastern North Carolina and encouraged further settlement and
investment there. In 1590 Flemish engraver Theodor de Bry published
an illustrated edition featuring paintings by English colonist John
(TL-MB, 1988, p.24)(Arch, 5/05, p.26)
1590 Aug 15, A fleet commanded
by John Wattes arrived at the Outer Banks of the Carolinas. Roanoke
Gov. John White was a passenger in the fleet.
(ON, 10/01, p.3)
1590 Aug 16, Captain Spicer and
6 men drowned when their landing boat capsized in heavy surf off
(ON, 10/01, p.3)
1590 Aug 18, John White, the
leader of 117 colonists sent in 1587 to Roanoke Island (North
Carolina) to establish a colony, returned from a trip to England to
find the settlement deserted. No trace of the settlers was ever
found. White returned to England and died there around 1606.
(ON, 10/01, p.4)(HN, 8/18/02)
1663 Mar 24, Charles II of
England awarded lands known as Carolina in America to eight members
of the nobility who assisted in his restoration. [see Apr 6]
1663 Apr 6, King Charles II
signed the Carolina Charter. [see Mar 24]
1709 Sep 3, The 1st major group
of Swiss and German colonists reached the Carolinas.
1729 Jul 25, North Carolina
became a royal colony.
1711 Sep 22, The Tuscarora
Indian War began with a massacre of settlers in North Carolina,
following white encroachment that included the enslaving of Indian
1718 Jun 10, Blackbeard's ship,
the Queen Anne's Revenge, ran aground about this time and soon sank
off the coast of Beaufort, NC. In 1997 underwater archeologist
raised a canon believed to be from this ship.
(SFC, 3/4/96, p.A4)(SFC,10/24/97,
1718 Nov 22, A force of British
troops under Lt. Robert Maynard captured English pirate Edward Teach
(b.~1682), better known as "Blackbeard" (aka Captain Drummond),
during a battle near Ocracoke Island, off the North Carolina coast.
They beheaded him. The governor of Virginia had put a price of 100
pounds on his head.
1761 In western North Carolina
British soldiers razed Kituwha, the heart of the Cherokee Nation.
Punitive raids here were repeated in 1776.
(Arch, 9/02, p.70)
1771 Mark Catesby had his work:
“The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands"
printed in London.
(WSJ, 7/7/98, p.A14)
1775 May 20, North Carolina
became the first colony to declare its independence. Citizens of
Mecklenburg County, NC, declared independence from Britain.
(HN, 5/20/98)(MC, 5/20/02)
1776 Apr 12, North Carolina's
Fourth Provincial Congress adopted the Halifax Resolves, which
authorized the colony's delegates to the Continental Congress to
support independence from Britain.
1781 Feb 25, American General
Nathanael Greene crossed the Dan River on his way to his March 15th
confrontation with Lord Charles Cornwallis at Guilford Court House,
1781 Mar 15, Gen. Nathanael
Greene engaged British forces under Cornwallis at Guilford
Court-House, North Carolina. Greene retreated after inflicting
severe casualties on Cornwallis’ army.
(ON, 12/01, p.10)
1781 Mar, The Continental
cavalry under Col. Henry Lee, the father of Robert E. Lee, surprised
and cut to pieces the Loyalist cavalry near Hillsborough, NC. Ninety
Loyalists were killed with no losses to Lee.
(AH, 10/07, p.29)
1781 Jun, Emily Geiger was said
to have crossed British lines in North Carolina to deliver an urgent
message to American Gen. Nathaniel Greene as Greene’s army retreated
from British forces under Gen. Francis Rawdon.
(ON, 11/01, p.9)
1784 Trenton was founded.
(SFC, 3/10/99, p.A3)
1789 Nov 21, North Carolina
became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1789 The University of North
Carolina was chartered. It was the first state university in the
U.S. to begin instruction, in 1795. The University of Georgia was
the first state university chartered, in 1785, but was not
established until 1801.
1795 Feb 13, The University of
North Carolina became the first U.S. state university to admit
students with the arrival of Hinton James, who was the only student
on campus for two weeks.
1795 Nov 2, James Knox Polk,
the 11th president of the United States, was born in Mecklenburg
(AP, 11/2/97)(HN, 11/2/98)
1808 Dec 29, Andrew Johnson,
the 17th president of the United States who succeeded Lincoln, was
born in a 2-room shack in Raleigh, N.C.
(AP, 12/29/97)(SFC, 12/21/98, p.A3)(HN, 12/29/98)
1813 Harriet Jacobs (d.1897)
was born in North Carolina. In 1861 she authored “Incidents in the
Life of a Slave Girl" under the pseudonym Linda Brent. Jacobs later
escaped to NY. In 2004 Jean Fagan Yellin (73) authored “Harriet
Jacobs: A Life."
(SFC, 6/23/04, p.E1)
1852 Nov 21, Duke Univ.,
founded in 1838 as Union Institute, was chartered as Normal College.
1855 Hinton Rowan Helper of
North Carolina published “The Land of Gold: Reality vs. Fiction," in
which he critically commented on California and San Francisco based
on his three plus years in the state. “Suffice it to say that we
know of no country in which there is so much corruption, villainy,
outlawry, intemperance, licentiousness, and every variety of crime,
folly and meanness." The book was republished in 1948 under the
title “Dreadful California."
(SFC, 6/20/15, p.C1)
1857 Sep 12, A wooden-hulled
steamship, the SS Central America under Capt. William L. Herndon,
sank off the coast of Georgia. The ship carried 21 tons of gold from
California to New York. The brig Marine and the Norwegian bark Ellen
rescued some 141 people. 425 (428) of 528 (578) passengers were
drowned. The survivors included Ansel Ives Easton (d.1868) and his
new wife Adeline. The wreck was in 8,000 feet of water and in
1987-1988 salvage operations were begun by Tommy Thompson. He hauled
in $500 million worth of gold bars, coins and nuggets. After a court
battle he was awarded 92% of the gold. The story is told in the 1998
book “Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue sea" by Gary Kinder. The loss of
the gold sparked “The Panic of 1857." The SS Central America sank
off Cape Romain, SC.
(WSJ, 5/22/98, p.W3)(WSJ, 6/19/98, p.W9)(SFEC,
6/28/98, BR p.3)(WSJ, 12/3/99, p.W16)(WSJ, 1/28/00, p.B1)(ON, 7/01,
p.2)(MC, 9/12/01)(Ind, 12/1/01, 5A)
1857 Hinton Rowan Helper of
North Carolina published “The Impending Crisis of the South," a
criticism of slavery and slaveholders.
(SFC, 6/20/15, p.C2)
1859 North Carolina’s Bodie
Island lighthouse was built. It was blown up during the Civil War
and rebuilt in 1872.
(SSFC, 9/19/04, p.D14)
1861 May 9, The Banshee, a
British ship designed to run the American blockade on Confederate
ports, departed Nassau for Wilmington, NC, on the first of many
successful runs directed by Thomas E. Taylor, a shipping clerk for
the Anglo-Confederate Trading Company.
(ON, 8/09, p.11)
1861 May 20, North Carolina
voted to secede from the Union and became the 11th and last state to
(AP, 5/20/97)(HN, 5/20/98)
1861 Jul 14, Naval Engagement
at Wilmington, NC. USS Daylight established a blockade.
1861 Aug 27, Union troops made
an amphibious landing at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
1861 Aug 28, The Battle of Fort
1862 Feb 7, Federal fleet
attacked Roanoke Island, NC.
1862 Feb 8, Union troops under
Gen. Ambrose Burnside defeated a Confederate defense force at the
Battle of Roanoke Island, N.C.
1862 Mar 14, Battle of New
Bern, NC. General Burnside conquered New Bern, a strategic port and
(AM, 11/04, p.28)
1862 Sep 21, William Benjamin
Gould and 7 other black men stole a boat and rowed past Fort
Caswell, NC. They were picked up the next day by the Union warship
Cambridge. In 2002 Prof. W.B. Gould published his
great-grandfather’s diary “Dairy of a Contraband: The Civil War
Passage of a Black Sailor."
(SFC, 9/2/02, p.A1)
1862 Dec 31, The USS Monitor
sank in a storm off Cape Hatteras, NC., while being towed by the
Rhode Island. 16 officers and seamen died. In 1973 scientists from
North Carolina’s Duke University discovered the deteriorating relic
16 miles from the coast, in 240 feet of water. In 1975 the site was
designated the nation’s first marine sanctuary, and it was the first
shipwreck to be named a National Historic Landmark in the United
States. In 2002 the turret was raised.
(SFC, 8/6/02, p.A2)(HNQ, 11/29/02)(ON, 10/08,
1863 Jan 25, Battle of
1863 Mar 18, Confederate women
rioted in Salisbury, N.C. to protest the lack of flour and salt in
1864 Feb 29, Lt. William B.
Cushing led a landing party from the USS Monticello to Smithville,
NC, in an attempt to capture Confederate Brig. Gen. Louis Hebert,
only to discover that Hebert and his men had already moved on
1864 Oct 1, The Condor, a
British blockade-runner, was grounded near Fort Fisher, North
1864 Dec 20-27, Battle of Ft.
1865 Jan 13-14, Union fleet
bombed Fort Fisher, NC.
(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1865 Jan 15, Union troops
captured Fort Fisher at Wilmington, North Carolina. It was the last
major Confederate port open to blockade runners.
(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1865 Jan 16, General Sherman
began a march through the Carolinas.
1865 Feb 18, Union troops
forced the Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson, N.C.
1865 Feb 22, Federal troops
captured Wilmington, N.C. (Fort Anderson).
(HN, 2/22/98)(MC, 2/22/02)
1865 Feb, Major General William
Tecumseh Sherman had made a swift and steady advance through Georgia
and South Carolina, and by late February 1865, his army was
approaching Charlotte, North Carolina.
1865 Mar 7-10, Battles were
fought around Kingston, NC.
1865 Mar 8, Battle of Kingston,
NC (Wilcox's ridge, Wise's Forks).
1865 Mar 10, Battle of Monroe's
1865 Mar 11, General Sherman
and his forces occupied Fayetteville, N.C. Union General William
Sherman considered Judson Kilpatrick, his cavalry chief, "a hell of
a damn fool." At Monroe's Cross Roads, N.C., his carelessness and
disobedience of orders proved Sherman's point.
1865 Mar 16, Union troops
pushed past Confederate blockers at the Battle of Averasborough,
N.C., and left 1,500 casualties.
(HN, 3/16/99)(MC, 3/16/02)
1865 Mar 19, Battle of
Bentonville: Confederates retreated from Greenville, NC. [see Mar
1865 Mar 20, Battle of
1865 Mar 21, The Battle of
Bentonville, N.C. ended, marking the last Confederate attempt to
stop. Union General William Sherman considered Judson Kilpatrick,
his cavalry chief, 'a hell of a damn fool.' At Monroe's Cross Roads,
N.C., his carelessness and disobedience of orders proved Sherman's
1865 Mar 23, General Sherman
and Cox's troops reached Goldsboro, NC.
1865 Apr 13, Union forces under
Gen. Sherman began their devastating march through Georgia.
Sherman's troops took Raleigh, NC.
(HN, 4/13/98)(MC, 4/13/02)
1865 Apr 18, Confederate Gen
Joseph Johnston surrendered to Gen W.T. Sherman in North Carolina.
1865 Apr 23, Union cavalry
units continued to skirmish with Confederate forces in Henderson,
North Carolina and Munsford Station, Alabama.
1865 Apr 26, Confederate Gen.
Joseph E. Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee at Durham, NC,
to Union Gen. W.T. Sherman.
(HN, 4/26/98)(MC, 4/26/02)
1865 Princeville was founded by
freed slaves on the Tar River in a swamp across from Tarboro.
(SFC, 11/24/99, p.A12)
1866 Apr 2, Pres. ended war in
Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Ten & Va.
1867 Hinton Rowan Helper of
North Carolina published “Nojoque," one of the most virulent racist
tracts ever written in America.
(SFC, 6/20/15, p.C2)
1868 Jun 25, Florida, Alabama,
Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina were
re-admitted to the Union.
1869 Apr 12, North Carolina
legislature passed an anti-Klan Law.
1870 Feb 26, Wyatt Outlaw,
black leader of Union League in North Carolina, was lynched.
1870 North Carolina’s Cape
Hatteras lighthouse was built. In 1999 $10 million was spent to move
and save it from the encroaching sea.
(SSFC, 9/19/04, p.D14)
1870s Real estate speculators
developed Highlands a mountain resort town. In 2001 Randolph
Shaffner authored "Heart of the Blue Ridge: Highlands, North
(WSJ, 7/31/01, p.A16)
1871 Mar 22, William Holden of
NC became the 1st US governor removed by impeachment.
1871 The 208-foot, brick Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse was built. In 1999 it was moved 2,900 feet
(SFC, 6/18/99, p.A3)
1876 Benedictine monks in North
Carolina established Belmont Abbey as a monastery and school. In
2007 they introduced a program in Motorsports Management.
(WSJ, 10/4/07, p.A1)
1876 Lewis R. Redmond
(1854-1906) of North Carolina shot and killed a revenue agent near
Brevard, NC, when the agent tried to arrest him for making and
transporting illegal whiskey.
(WSJ, 3/20/09, p.W11)
1880 Richard Etheridge was
promoted to Keeper of the North Carolina Life-Saving Station #17. He
was the 1st black man to be appointed a Station Keeper in the US
(ON, 1/02, p.1)
1881 Apr 7, Lewis R. Redmond, a
North Carolina moonshiner wanted for murder, was cornered at his
home. He was shot 6 times while trying to escape, but survived and
was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He served just 3
years and returned to work for a licensed distillery.
(WSJ, 3/20/09, p.W11)
1881 Aug 27, A hurricane hit
Florida and the Carolinas; about 700 died.
1881 David and William White
founded their White Furniture Co. in Mebane, NC. The business
continued until 1993.
(SFC, 1/25/06, p.G2)
1882 Bishop Crittenden authored
the dime novel “The Entwined Lives of Miss Gabrielle Austin,
Daughter of the Late Rev. Ellis C. Austin, and Redmond, the Outlaw,
Leader of the North Carolina Moonshiners."
1884 Feb 19, A series of
tornadoes left an estimated 800 people dead in 7 US states (Miss,
Ala, NC, SC, Tenn., Ky & In).
(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(MC, 2/19/02)
1887 James William Cannon
founded Cannon Mills in Concord, NC. It was bought by Fieldcrest
Mills in 1986, which in turn was bought by Pillowtex in 1997. In
2003 Pillowtex went bankrupt.
(WSJ, 8/1/03, p.B1)
1888 Frederick Law Olmsted,
landscape designer, traveled to Ashville to plan the landscape of
the Biltmore estate of George Vanderbilt. He had his portrait
painted there by W.S. Sargent. Olmsted's son, Rick, sat in for the
completion of the painting.
(WSJ, 5/26/99, p.A20)
1888 William Henry Belk founded
a dry goods store in Monroe, NC. By 1960 the partnerships produced a
chain of 362 Belk Inc. department stores under the leadership
of his son, John Montgomery Belk (1920-2007).
1889 George Vanderbilt II began
building his country estate in the Blue Ridge mountains of North
Carolina. “Biltmore" was completed 6 years later with 250 rooms
spread over 175,000 square feet.
(Economist, 10/13/12, SR p.3)
1889 National Geographic
depicted the area of Ashville, N.C. and inaugurated its famed map
series. In 1998 a complete set of NG maps was made available on
CD-ROM by Mindscape.
(SFC, 11/3/98, p.D3)
1890s In New Bern N.C.,
Pharmacist Caleb Bradham produced Brad’s drink, a mixture of syrup
and soda water, as a digestive aid and energy booster. It became a
hit and was renamed in 1898 to Pepsi-Cola. The story of Pepsi,
“Pepsi, 100 Years" was later written by Bob Stoddard of Upland, Ca.
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.B2)
1895 Feb 21, The NC Legislature
adjourned for the day to mark the death of Frederick Douglass.
1896 Jan 12, The 1st X-ray
photo on record in the US was made by Dr. Henry Louis Smith at
Davidson, NC. Dr. Henry Smith shot a bullet into the hand of a dead
human body and made a 15 minute x-ray exposure to reveal the bullet.
(SFEC, 6/14/98, Z1 p.8)(MC, 1/12/02)
1896 Oct 11, Richard Etheridge
(d.1900) and his life-saving team rescued the hurricane survivors of
the E.S. Newman on Pea Island. Pea Island later became part of
(ON, 1/02, p.2)
1898 Nov 9, Some white people
in Wilmington, NC, issued a White Declaration of Independence,
proclaiming "that we will no longer be ruled ... by men of African
Nov 10, A "race riot" in Wilmington, NC, left many blacks killed. A
vigilante group of armed supremacists forcibly removed the
Republican city leaders (both black and white) from office, and took
control, burning buildings and shooting blacks. Reports vary from a
coroner’s total of 14 to unconfirmed eyewitness reports claiming
scores of deaths. White Democrats overthrew the fusion government of
legitimately elected blacks and white Republicans. The Democrats
burned and killed their way to power in what's viewed as a
flashpoint for the Jim Crow era of segregation and the only
successful coup d'etat in American history. William Rand Kenan Sr.
was reportedly in charge of the machine gun used during the coup.
1/22/02, p.A11)(AP, 11/8/19)
1900 Oct, The Wright Brothers
began active flying experiments at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
(SSFC, 12/14/03, p.D3)
1900 In Greensboro, NC, the
cotton processing Revolution Mill was established. By 1938 it was
the world’s largest factory exclusively making flannel. The mill
ceased production in 1982.
(Econ, 10/1/16, SR p.3)
1901 Jan 15, Charles Aycock
(1859-1912) began serving as the 50th governor of North Carolina and
continued to 1905. He was a strong proponent of the white supremacy
campaigns of that period. Aycock was one of the leading perpetrators
of the Wilmington insurrection of 1898, in which whites took over
the city government by force, the only coup d'état in US history.
1901 The Dixie Furniture Co.
was organized in Lexington, NC.
(SFC, 7/25/07, p.G2)
1902 Caleb Bradham launched the
Pepsi-Cola Co. from the backroom of his pharmacy in New Bern, N.C.
He was awarded the Pepsi-Cola trademark in 1903.
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.B2)
1902 The Wright Brothers built
a glider based on their new aerodynamics tables. Efficiency was
almost doubled and they made over 1,000 flights at Kill Devil Hills
near Kitty Hawk, NC.
(NPub, 2002, p.6)
1903 Mar 3, North Carolina
became the 1st state requiring registration of nurses.
1903 Dec 17, The Wright
brothers' Flyer I flew for 12 seconds in the first airplane flight
at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The plane used an aluminum engine
designed by their Dayton mechanic Charlie Taylor. The brothers were
the sons of a Dayton, Ohio, bishop (Church of the United Brethren).
Orville Wright made the first powered, controlled and sustained
flight. Orville, lying prone at the 605-pound plane's controls, flew
a distance of 120 feet in 12 seconds. Wilbur ran beside Flyer's wing
tip until it was airborne to keep the wing from dragging in the
sand. Four sustained flights were made on this day. The 4th flight
lasted fifty-nine seconds. The day’s events received little press
attention, since the reticent Wright brothers feared their ideas
would be stolen by rival aviators. It was not until 1908, after
making many refinements to their flying machine, that the Wrights
embarked on a series of public demonstrations that finally earned
them worldwide acclaim. A one-hour PBS documentary covered their
life as part of "The American Experience." In 2015 David McCullough
authored “the Wright Brothers."
(WSJ, 2/8/96, p.A-12)(AP, 12/17/97)(HNPD,
12/17/98)(SSFC, 12/14/03, p.D3)(SSFC, 12/14/03, p.D3)(SFEC, 9/26/99,
p.B8)(Econ., 4/25/15, p.78)(Econ, 1/2/16, p.59)
1906 Aug 7, In North Carolina,
a mob defies a court order and lynches three African Americans which
becomes known as "The Lyerly Murders."
1906 James Cannon, textile
tycoon, founded his North Carolina company town Kannapolis.
(Econ, 4/23/05, p.30)
1906 The B.F. Huntley Furniture
Co. opened in Winston-Salem, NC. It had been organized as the
Oakland Furniture Co. in 1898. In 1929 it was purchased by the
Simmons Co., then based in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
(SFC, 7/9/08, p.G5)
1908 Olive Dame Campbell came
to the Appalachian Mountains with her minister husband and began
researching the local music. Her music collection was published in
1915 by English musicologist Cecil Sharp. Their work laid the basis
for the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.
(WSJ, 6/7/01, p.A20)
1909 Aug 11, The SOS distress
signal was first used by an American ship, the Arapahoe, off Cape
1916 In North Carolina a
magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland.
1918 Mar 25, Howard Cosell,
sportscaster (Monday Night Football), was born in Winston-Salem, NC.
1920 Jul 10, David Brinkley
(d.2003), broadcaster, was born in Wilmington, NC.
(HN, 7/10/01)(MC, 7/10/02)
1922 Aug 17, Ralph Roberts,
actor (Tradition, Gone are the Days), was born in NC.
1922 Dec 24, Ava Gardner,
actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana), was born in Grabtown,
1923 Caleb Bradham sold the
Pepsi-Cola trademark and business for $35,000. He was forced into
bankruptcy after sugar prices plummeted from 22 1/2 cents a pound to
3 1/2 cents.
(SFC, 2/18/98, p.B2)
1924 James B. Duke, a cigarette
magnate, donated $40 million to Duke Univ.
(SFC, 10/4/99, p.A3)
1925 Jul 27, Charlie Poole
(1892-1931) and His North Carolina Ramblers recorded “Don’t Let Your
Deal Go Down Blues" at the NYC studios of Columbia Records.
1925 Oct 10, James Buchanon
Duke, the founder of the American Tobacco Company (Lucky Strikes),
died leaving Doris Duke (1924-1993), his only daughter, to inherit
his $125 million tobacco estate.
1926 Jan 8, Soupy Sales
(d.2009), comedian (Soupy Sales Show), was born in Franklinton,
North Carolina, as Milton Supman.
1926 Sep 23, John Coltrane
(d.1967), influential jazz saxophonist, was born in North Carolina.
He greatly influenced jazz from the `60s to the present day despite
his untimely. He moved to Philadelphia after high school where he
studied music and later worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Hodges
1928 Apr 8, The 1st Karastan
rug, a machine-made product woven through the back, came off the
loom in Leaksville, NC.
(SFCM, 10/10/04, p.10)
1929-1974 In North Carolina over 7,600 people
were forcibly sterilized during this period. In 2011 Gov. Beverly
Perdue created a 5-person task force to decide on compensation.
(SFC, 1/11/12, p.A5)
1933 Black Mountain College in
western North Carolina was founded by Theodore Dreir (d.1997), an
electrical engineer, to develop the educational ideas of John Dewey
with innovation in the arts as characterized by the Bauhaus
movement. Artists who taught there included Merce Cunningham, John
Cage, Elaine and Willem de Kooning, Buckminster Fuller, and Edward
Dorn. It closed in 1956.
(SFC, 5/10/97, p.A20)(SFC, 12/15/99, p.B2)
1934 Aug 23, Sonny (Christian)
Jurgensen, professional football player and sports announcer, was
born in North Carolina.
1934 Sep 10, Charles Kuralt
(d.Jul 4, 1997), TV journalist, was born in Wilmington, NC. He was
known for his popular “On the Road" television program.
(SFC, 7/5/97, p.A5)(HN, 9/10/00)
1936 Henry Talmadge Link
(1889-1983) took over the Dixie Furniture Co. in Lexington, NC.
Other men joined Link and in the 1950s the corporation was broken up
into 4 companies, each specializing in a different type of
(SFC, 7/25/07, p.G2)
1937 Mar 15, The 1st state
contraceptive clinic opened in Raleigh, NC.
1937 Vernon Rudolph (d.1973)
launched Krispy Creme, a donut operation, in Winston-Salem, NC.
Heirs sold the business to Beatrice Foods, which changed the recipe.
Some 20 franchisees bought the company in 1982. the 1st shop outside
the Southeast opened in Indianapolis in 1995. The company went
public in 2000.
(WSJ, 9/3/04, p.A5)
1941 Jul 22, George Clinton,
American musician and the principal architect of P-Funk was born in
North Carolina. He was the mastermind of the bands Parliament and
Funkadelic during the 1970s and early 1980s.
1941 Katherine Stinson (d.2001)
became the 1st female engineering graduate from North Carolina State
(SFC, 8/2/01, p.C2)
1942 Jul 15, A group of 19
merchant ships were being escorted by the US Navy and Coast Guard
from Norfolk, Va., to Key West, Fla., to deliver cargo for the war
effort. En route Convoy KS-520 was attacked by the German U-576 off
of Cape Hatteras near North Carolina. The German submarine damaged
two ships and sank Bluefields. In retaliation, a US naval aircraft
bombed the U-576. The two ships sank to the ocean floor 30 miles off
the cape. All 45 members of U-576 were lost. Wreckage of the two
ships was found on Aug 30, 2014.
1942 Camp Lejeune, a US Marine
Corps Base, was established near Jacksonville, N.C.
1943 May 14, Elizabeth Ray,
congressman Wilbur Mills' lover, was born in Marshall, NC.
1945 Aug 3, Ron Hendren, TV
host (Entertainment Tonight), was born in Pinehurst, NC.
1945 Mary Caroline Richards
(d.1999 at 83) joined the faculty at Black Mountain College near
Ashville N.C. Her later books included "The Crossing Point" (1973),
"Opening Our Moral Eye" (1996), "Imagine Inventing Yellow" (1991)
and "Toward Wholeness: Rudolf Steiner Education in America."
(SFC, 9/21/99, p.E4)
1948 Mar 10, Author Zelda
Fitzgerald died in a fire at Highland Hospital, NC. She was locked
in on the 3rd floor while undergoing insulin-induced coma therapy.
In 2001 Kendall Taylor authored "Sometimes Madness Is Wisdom: Zelda
and Scott Fitzgerald, a Marriage."
(HN, 3/10/01)(SSFC, 9/23/01, DB p.61)
1948 Buckminster Fuller and his
students erected the first geodesic dome near Ashville, N.C.
(SFC, 7/14/99, p.8)
1950 The first possible
"happening" occurred at Black Mountain College with John Cage,
Charles Olson, Robert Rauschenberg, Franz Kline and Mary Richards.
(SFC, 9/21/99, p.E4)
1950 Hoover Adams founded the
Daily Record in Dunn.
(WSJ, 8/10/01, p.A1)
1951 Aug 12, Charles E. Brady
Jr., USN Commander, astronaut, was born in, Pinehurst, NC.
1952 Feb 16, The FBI arrested
10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
1952 Hugh Morton (1921-2006)
inherited Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina and turned it into
a top tourist attraction. In 2008 the mountain and some 2,600
surrounding acres of wilderness were purchased by the state for $12
million. The area will eventually be added to the North Carolina
State Park system.
1953 Sep 5, The 1st privately
operated atomic reactor opened in Raleigh NC.
1953 Thomas Watson Jr., the son
of IBM chief Thomas Watson, threatened to cancel plans for plants in
Kentucky and North Carolina if they could not be fully racially
integrated. State governors backed down and the plants opened 3
(Econ, 6/11/11, p.66)
1954 Frances Grey Patton
(d.2000 at 94) authored her novel “Good Morning Miss Dove."
(SFC, 4/4/00, p.A20)
1956 Feb 14, The B.F. Huntley
furniture plant in Winston-Salem, NC, was destroyed by fire. The
factory was rebuilt and the Huntley name continued until it was sold
to Thomasville Furniture Industries in 1961.
(SFC, 7/9/08, p.G5)
1956 Mar 11, Curtis L. Brown
Jr., astronaut (STS 47, STS 66, 77, 85, sk:95), was born in NC.
1956 Black Mountain College in
western North Carolina, founded in 1933 by Theodore Dreir (d.1997),
1956 Malcom McLean (d.2001 at
87), an entrepreneur from North Carolina, used a converted WW II
tanker called the Ideal X to sail 58 cargo filled containers from
New Jersey to Houston. He named his company Sea-Land Service and is
considered as the founder of container shipping. In 2006 Marc
Levinson authored “The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the
World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger."
(SFC, 5/28/01, p.A17)(SSFC, 2/5/06, p.J1)(Econ,
1958 Sep 5, The 1st color video
recording on magnetic tape was presented in Charlotte, NC.
1959 May 4, Randy Travis,
country singer (Diggin' Up Bones), was born in Marshville, NC.
1960 Feb 1, Four black North
Carolina A&T students staged a sit-in in a dime store in
Greensboro, NC, lunch counter, where they'd been refused service, to
begin the first of the historic 1960s sit-ins.
(AP, 2/1/97)(AH, 2/05, p.16)
1960 Feb 23, Whites joined
Negro students in a sit-in at a Winston-Salem, N.C. Woolworth store.
1960 Wilbur Hardee (1917-2008),
opened his first Hardee’s restaurant, in Greenville, NC. The company
went public in 1963.
(SFC, 6/24/08, p.B5)(http://tinyurl.com/6ztal8)
c1960 Trucker Malcom McClean of
North Carolina put freight containers on a cargo ship and launched
the container ship business. His company became Sea-Land.
(WSJ, 3/15/00, p.B1)
1961 Jan 24, A B-52 carrying
two nuclear bombs near Goldsboro, North Carolina encountered a
violent gust. The giant plane rolled completely over, came upright,
and continued rolling inverted a second time before whipping into a
vicious flat spin and breaking up. An apocalyptic explosion was
stopped only by a tiny last-ditch, low-voltage switch.
1961-1965 Terry Sanford (d.1998 at 80) served as
(SFEC, 4/19/98, p.C6)
1967 Jul 19, Race riots took
place in Durham, NC.
1967 Jul 22, Carl Sandburg
(89), historian and poet (Abraham Lincoln: Prairie Years), died in
1969 Feb 13, In North Carolina
the Afro-American Society students of Duke Univ. led a black student
takeover of the Allen Building to spark University action on the
concerns of Black students. The takeover brought attention to issues
such as establishment of an Afro-American studies program, a black
cultural center, and increasing the number of black faculty and
1969 Sep 30, In North Carolina
a tax on soft drinks went into effect. A soft drink excise tax is
hereby levied and imposed on and after midnight, September 30, 1969,
upon the sale, use, handling and distribution of all soft drinks,
soft drink syrups and powders, base products and other items
referred to in this section. An excise tax of one cent (1¢) is
levied on each bottled soft drink.
1969 US District Judge James
McMillan ruled that the Charlotte school district was intentionally
segregating students and ordered busing to achieve integration. This
led to the 1971 US Supreme Court ruling to approve the busing plan.
The program was ended in 1999.
(SFC, 9/11/99, p.A3)
1969 John Montgomery Belk
(1920-2007), head of the department store chain Belk Inc., began
serving as Mayor of Charlotte, NC. He served 4 terms to 1977.
(WSJ, 8/25/07, p.A8)
1969-1985 Terry Sanford (d.1998 at 80) served as
the president of North Carolina’s Duke Univ.
(SFEC, 4/19/98, p.C6)
1970 Feb 17, At Fort Bragg,
North Carolina, Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald’s wife and 2 daughters were
murdered. Dr. MacDonald was convicted of the murders but claimed
that drug-crazed assailants were responsible. The book "Fatal
Vision" by Joe McGinniss recounted the story. In 2005 evidence was
presented that Helena Stoeckley (1953-1983), a defense witness, had
admitted to a prosecutor that she was at MacDonald’s house on the
night of the murder.
(WSJ, 4/16/97, p.A1)(WSJ, 12/14/05,
1971 Feb 6, In Wilmington, NC,
Mike's Grocery, a white-owned business, was firebombed. When
firefighters arrived to put out the flames, they were fired upon by
snipers positioned on the roof of Gregory Congregational Church. The
National Guard was mobilized to quell rioting. The violence resulted
in two deaths. Reverend Benjamin Chavis, Jr. of Oxford, North
Carolina, and nine others, eight African American men and one white
woman, were arrested and tried and convicted for arson and
conspiracy in connection with the firebombing. They were sentenced
to nearly 28 years in prison. Chavis Muhammad (b.1948), a member of
the Wilmington 10, was sentenced in 1972 to 34 years in prison. He
spent 4 years in prison before his conviction was overturned on
appeal. In 1980 a federal appeals court threw out the convictions.
1971 Feb 21, A series of
tornadoes cut through the lower Mississippi River Valley. The
two-day outbreak, which produced 19 tornadoes, killed 123 people
across 3 states, including 11 in Louisiana, 110 in Mississippi, and
2 in North Carolina.
1971 Apr 20, The US Supreme
Court, in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, upheld
the use of busing to achieve racial desegregation in schools. The
ruling allowed Charlotte, NC., and other cities nationwide to use
mandatory busing and student assignment based on race to attempt to
further integrate schools. Swann v. Mecklenburg arose in 1965 when a
black parent, James E. Swann, challenged the system that kept
Charlotte's black students apart from the white majority. In 2001 an
appeals court ruled that the dual school system was dismantled and
busing could end. A failed appeal to the Supreme Court ended the
case in 2002.
p.D1)(AP, 4/20/07)(SFC, 4/16/02, p.A3)
1972 Sep 16, Marine sergeant
William Miller was shot and killed near Camp Lejeune, NC. In 2009
three people faced murder charges after prosecutors alleged that the
murder was the result of a love triangle centered around Miller’s
ex-wife, Vickie Babbitt. Fellow ex-Marine George Hayden (57), who
married Babbit after Miller’s death, was alleged to have shot
Miller. Ex-Marine Rodger Gill (56) was alleged to have witnessed the
(SFC, 12/31/09, p.A7)
1972 Nov 7, Jesse Helms
(1921-2008) of North Carolina, who had switched to the Republican
Party in 1970, was elected to the US Senate, the first Republican
from NC in the 20th century.
(SFC, 7/4/08, p.A2)
1973 Crystal Lee Sutton
(1940-2009) was fired for her pro-union activities at a J.P. Stevens
textile plant in North Carolina. The 1979 film “Norma Rae" was based
on her story. In 1974 the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile workers
Union won the right to represent 3,000 employees at seven Roanoke
Rapids plants in North Carolina.
(SFC, 9/15/09, p.C4)
1974 Mar 7, Duke Univ. and the
North Carolina Department of Archives and History announced the
discovery of the Civil War ship USS Monitor.
1974 Apr 3, A series of 148
deadly tornadoes struck wide parts of the South and Midwest before
jumping across the border into Canada; some 330 people were killed
in 13 states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky,
Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina,
Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Total property damage was
estimated at $600 million. In 2007 Mark Levine authored “F5:
Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the
(AP, 4/3/99)(WSJ, 9/13/01, p.B11)(SSFC, 9/4/05,
p.A7)(WSJ, 6/16/07, p.P10)
1974 Sep 11, In North Carolina
an Eastern Airlines DC-9, Flight 212, crashed 3 miles from the
Douglas Municipal Airport. Of the 82 persons aboard the aircraft, 11
and two crewmembers survived the accident. One passenger died 3 days
after the crash, and another died 6 days after the crash. One
survivor died of injuries 29 days after the accident.
1974 North Carolina ended a
eugenics program under which some 7,600 people had been sterilized.
In 2018 the third and final compensations payments were made to
(SFC, 1/19/18, p.A6)
1975 Jun 4, The oldest animal
fossils to date in the US were discovered in North Carolina.
1976 Jim Goodnight co-founded
software-maker SAS on the campus of the Univ. of North Carolina. By
2007 the company was a leader in business intelligence software and
the world’s largest privately owned software maker.
(Econ, 12/1/07, p.84)
1979 Nov 3, Five radicals were
killed when gunfire erupted during an anti-Ku Klux Klan
demonstration in Greensboro, N.C., after a caravan of Klansmen and
Nazis had driven into the area. Named 'The Greensboro Massacre', the
five marchers were shot to death in broad daylight and another 8
were wounded. In 2020 the Greensboro City Council approved a
resolution that apologized for the shooting deaths.
1979 The Word of Faith
Fellowship was founded in Spindale, North Carolina, by Jane Whaley,
a former math teacher, and her husband, Sam. The evangelical church
later spread to Brazil. Over the course of two decades, the US-based
mother church took command of both of its congregations in Brazil,
applying a strict interpretation of the Bible and enforcing it
through rigorous controls and physical punishment. In 2017 The
church had nearly 2,000 members in Brazil and Ghana and its
affiliations in Sweden, Scotland and other countries, in addition to
750 congregants in Spindale.
1980-2008 In North Carolina the population of
Mecklenburg County, which includes Charlotte and its main suburbs,
grew from 400,000 people to 900,000.
(Econ, 11/29/08, p.35)
1981 Feb 5, A military jury in
North Carolina convicted Marine Pvt. 1st Class Robert Garwood of
collaborating with the enemy while a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
Garwood was dishonorably discharged.
1982 Mar 29, In New Orleans
Michael Jordan’s 16-foot jump shot with 15 seconds remaining gave
North Carolina a thrilling 63-62 victory over Georgetown and the
NCAA basketball championship before 61,612 at the Superdome tonight.
Six players in that game: Floyd, Ewing, Anthony Jones, Michael
Jordan, James Worty and Sam Perkins, became NBA first-round draft
1982 The Highlands-Cashiers
Chamber Music Festival began in North Carolina.
(WSJ, 6/29/99, p.A12)
1982 In Greensboro, NC, the
Revolution Mill, a cotton-processing enterprise that was established
in 1900, ceased production.
(Econ, 10/1/16, SR p.3)
1983 Sep 24, In North Carolina
Sabrina Buie (11) went missing. Days later her body was found.
Forensic tests showed she had been raped and suffocated. Henry
McCollum (19) and his half-brother Leon Brown (15) were arrested and
convicted following confessions that were coerced. In 2014 McCollum
and Brown were freed after DNA evidence pointed to another man who
lived near where Buie’s body was found. On June 4, 2015, McCollum
and Brown were pardoned by Gov. Pat McCrory. On Sep 2, 2015, the two
brothers were awarded $750,000 each for their wrongful conviction.
p.A8)(SFC, 6/5/15, p.A7)(SFC, 9/3/15, p.A6)
1984 Mar, A storm system
spawned 22 twisters in the Carolinas that killed 57 people,
including 42 in North Carolina, and injured hundreds.
1984 Jun 5, In North Carolina
the body of Reesa Trexler (15) was found nude in a bedroom at her
grandparents' house. She had been stabbed multiple times, and her
spinal cord was severed. In 2019 DNA evidence identified an unnamed
suspect who had died in 2007.
(ABC News, 12/4/19)
1984 Nov 2, Velma Barfield
(b.1932), convicted of the fatal poisoning of her boyfriend, was put
to death by injection in Raleigh, N.C. She was the first woman
executed in the United States since 1962.
1985 Jan 21, 19F (-28C) was
recorded at Caesar's Head, South Carolina, a state record. 34F
(-37C) was recorded at Mt. Mitchell, North Carolina, a state record.
1985 Apr 23, Sam J Ervin Jr.
(b.1896), Democratic Senator from North Carolina, died. He was the
leader of the Watergate Hearings that led to Pres. Nixon's
1985 Sep 27, Hurricane Gloria,
having come ashore at North Carolina with winds of 130 mph,
proceeded to head up the Atlantic coast toward New England. The NYSE
closed for one day due to the storm.
(AP, 9/27/97)(SFC, 10/30/12, p.D2)
1986 Jun 23, James Edward Coe
escaped a North Carolina prison. He had been convicted in 1984 of
receiving stolen goods. On Dec 27, 2015, Coe (71) was arrested in
Surfside Beach, SC, for stealing jewelry from a flea market.
(SFC, 12/30/15, p.A6)
1986 Jul 14, In North Carolina
Harold Gentry’s gunshot-ridden body was found sprawled on the floor
of the home he shared with his wife, Betty Neumar. She collected at
least $20,000 in life insurance, plus other benefits from the
military and sold the couple's house and other items. In 2008 Neumar
(76) was charged with hiring a hit man to gun him down. After
arresting her, authorities realized that five times since the 1950s,
she was married, and each union ended with the death of her husband.
1986 Dec 15, Army cook Ronald
A. Gray raped and killed Army Pvt. Laura Lee Vickery-Clay of
Fayetteville. She was shot four times with a .22-caliber pistol that
Gray confessed to stealing. She suffered blunt force trauma over
much of her body. Gray (42) was convicted in connection with a spree
of four murders and eight rapes in the Fayetteville, NC, area
between April 1986 and January 1987 while he was stationed at Fort
Bragg. He was convicted at Fort Bragg in April 1988 and unanimously
sentenced to death.
1986 Terry Sanford (d.1998 at
80) was elected to the US Senate.
(SFEC, 4/19/98, p.C6)
1986 Blanche Taylor Moore (48)
murdered her boy friend in North Carolina. In 1990 she was convicted
and sentenced to death. In 2004 a new trial was denied.
(USAT, 2/5/04, p.6A)
1987 Mar 19, Televangelist Jim
Bakker resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a
sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn, a former church
secretary from Oklahoma. Some $265,000 in ministry funds had been
used to keep Hahn quiet about a one-time sexual encounter in 1980.
(AP, 3/19/97)(SSFC, 7/22/07, p.B7)
1987 Oct 10, The Rev. Jesse
Jackson formally launched his bid for the Democratic presidential
nomination in Raleigh, N.C.
1988 Mar 31, The Charlotte
(N.C) Observer won the prize for public service for its coverage of
the Praise The Lord scandal.
1988 Dec 5, A federal grand
jury in North Carolina indicted PTL founder Jim Bakker and former
aide Richard Dortch on fraud and conspiracy charges. Bakker was
convicted of all counts; Dortch pleaded guilty to four counts and
cooperated with prosecutors in exchange for a lighter sentence.
1988 A memo from a Camp
Lejeune, NC, lawyer, Staff Judge Advocate A.P. Tokarz, to the base's
assistant facilities manager said the Marine Corps had known for
years that a fuel farm, built in 1941, was leaking 1,500 gallons a
month and had done nothing to stop it. "It's an indefensible waste
of money and a continuing potential threat to human health and the
1989 Aug 28, Former
televangelist Jim Bakker's fraud and conspiracy trial opened in
Charlotte, N.C.; Bakker was convicted of all 24 counts the next
October and then served 4 ½ years of an 8 year sentence.
(AP, 8/28/99)(SSFC, 7/22/07, p.B7)
1989 Oct 5, A jury in
Charlotte, N.C., convicted former PTL evangelist Jim Bakker on all
24 counts of fraud and conspiracy. He used his television show to
1989 Amelia Lewis was beaten to
death with a brick and left in an alley. Marcus Carter was convicted
for murder and attempted rape and sentenced to death. In 2000 Gov.
Jim Hunt commuted the death sentence to life in prison.
(SFC, 11/22/00, p.A7)
1991 Jun 21, In North Carolina
Erik Tornblom (17) was robbed of $27 and killed. In 1994 Marcus
Reymond Robinson (21) was convicted of Tornblom’s murder and
sentenced to death. In 2012 a judge vacated his death penalty under
North Carolina’s 2009 Racial Justice Act. Robinson was resentenced
to life in prison.
1991 Sep 3, Twenty-five people
were killed when fire broke out at the Imperial Food Products
chicken-processing plant in Hamlet, N.C.
(WSJ, 8/28/97, p.A12)(AP, 9/3/01)
1991 Oct-1993, From Oct. of
‘91-1993 Pfiesteria piscicida dinoflagellates were linked to major
fish kills that occurred in the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers (North
Carolina), which empty into the Albemarle-Pamlico Sound, the second
largest estuary on the US mainland. The microbe continued to plague
the Chesapeake Bay region into 1997.
(Nat. Hist. 3/96, p.18)(SFC, 9/20/97, p.A6)
1992 Dec 23, An American
mission to save lives in Somalia lost the first of its own when a
U.S. vehicle hit a land mine near Bardera, killing civilian Army
employee Lawrence N. Freedman of Fayetteville, N.C.
1992 Terry Sanford (d.1998 at
80) of North Carolina lost his bid for a 2nd term in the US Senate
to Lauch Faircloth, a former state Commerce Secretary.
(SFEC, 4/19/98, p.C6)
1992 Waste Reduction Partners
was founded in North Carolina to tap skilled retirees to assist on
(SSFC, 10/31/04, Par p.16)
1993 Jul 23, In South Carolina
Larry Demery and Daniel Green came upon James Jordan sleeping in his
car and proceeded to rob him. As Jordan awoke Green shot Jordan, the
56-year-old father of basketball star Michael Jordan. Green was
found guilty of murder in April 1995, largely based on the testimony
of his life-long friend, Larry Demery, and was sentenced to life in
prison. Demery pleaded guilty in May 1995 and was sentenced to life
in prison. Both killers were sentenced at the Robeson County
Courthouse in Lumberton, North Carolina.
1993 Aug 31, Hurricane Emily
hit North Carolina's Outer Banks, killing three people.
1993 Oct 26, National Football
League owners selected Carolina as the 29th NFL franchise.
1993 Dec 3, Viktor Gunnarsson,
a suspect in the 1986 assassination of Swedish PM Olof Palme,
disappeared in North Carolina. His body was found five weeks later.
In 1997 Salisbury police officer Lamont Claxton "L.C." Underwood
(d.2018) was convicted for the murder. Gunnarsson had started a
relationship with Underwood's ex-girlfriend Kay Weden after moving
to the US. Weden's mother, Catherine Miller (77), was found shot to
death on Dec. 9.
1994 Apr 5, President Clinton
presided over a 90-minute town hall meeting in Charlotte, N.C., in
which he called himself the victim of "false charges" in connection
with the Whitewater controversy.
1994 Jul 2, A US Air DC-9
crashed in poor weather at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
in North Carolina, killing 37 of the 57 people aboard.
1994 Nov 21, Sen. Jesse Helms,
R-N.C., remarked in a newspaper interview that President Clinton
"better have a bodyguard" if he were to visit North Carolina; Helms
later called his comment a mistake.
1994 Dec 13, An American Eagle
commuter plane carrying 20 people crashed short of Raleigh-Durham
International Airport in North Carolina, killing 15.
1994 The Carolina Panthers and
Jacksonville Jaguars, expansion football teams, began playing. They
benefited from a newly established salary cap.
1994 The gas chamber was last
used in the US in North Carolina.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.A2)
1994 Quintiles, a medical
contract research organization, went public. It was founded by Prof.
Dennis Gillings of the Univ. of North Carolina.
(WSJ, 4/11/03, p.A2)
1994 A collision between a jet
fighter and a troop transport killed 24 soldiers at Pope Air Force
(SFC, 7/9/97, p.A3)
1995 Jul 1, Rock-and-roll disc
jockey Wolfman Jack died in Belvidere, North Carolina, at age 57.
1995 Sep 27-Oct 6, Hurricane
Opal caused at least 50 deaths in Guatemala and Mexico and 20 deaths
in the United States. The storm hit Central America before striking
Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina.
1995 Oct 27, William Kreutzer,
US Army sergeant, opened fire on a field of 1300 soldiers at Fort
Bragg, NC. He killed a fellow 82nd Airborne soldier, Major Stephen
Badger and wounded several others. Defense lawyers in 1996 pleaded
that he suffered from depression. He was convicted of pre-meditated
murder on 6/11/96. The next day he was sentenced to death. His death
sentence was later overturned. In 2009 Kreutzer pleaded guilty under
a deal that could get him life in prison at most.
(SFC, 6/11/96, p.A2)(SFC, 6/12/96, p.A2)(SFC,
6/13/96, p.A2)(AP, 10/27/05)(SFC, 3/12/09, p.A6)
1995-1998 John Edwards made nearly $27 million as
a personal injury lawyer.
(SFC, 7/10/04, p.A4)
1996 Jul 12, Hurricane
Bertha hit North Carolina's Cape Fear near Wilmington, then moved on
to batter a string of coastal towns.
(SFC, 7/13/96, p.A1)(AP, 7/12/97)
1996 Sep 5, Hurricane Fran hit
at Cape Fear, North Carolina. It tore through the Carolinas with
winds at 115-mph.
(SFC, 9/6.96, p.A3)(AP, 9/5/97)
1996 In western North Carolina
the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation acquired a few hundred acres
of ancestral pasture bordering the Tuckasegee River that contained
the Kituwha Mound. Legend held that this was the site where God had
given the Cherokee their laws and their first fire.
(Arch, 9/02, p.70)
1997 Feb 27, A jury in
Fayetteville, N.C., convicted former Army paratrooper James N.
Burmeister of murdering a black couple so he could get a skinhead
tattoo. He was later sentenced to life in prison.
1997 Jun 23, Kristen Modafferi
(18) was last seen after she finished her shift at Spinelli’s
coffeehouse at the Crocker Galleria in San Francisco. She had just
moved to the Bay Area from Charlotte, N.C., lived in Oakland and
worked in SF. In 2015 a cadaver dog picked up a scent of human
remains at her former home near Lake Merritt in Oakland.
(SFEC, 1/31/99, p.D1,3)(SFC, 6/26/15, p.D2)
1997 Jul 8, A US Army Black
Hawk helicopter crashed at Fort Bragg, NC, and killed 8 soldiers.
(SFC, 7/9/97, p.A3)
1997 Jul 25, US immigration
agents rounded up 17 deaf Mexicans in Sanford, North Carolina. This
followed the revelation of 50 deaf Mexicans held in servitude in NYC
and forced to sell trinkets on the streets.
(SFC, 7/26/97, p.A5)
1997 Sep 23, Kevin (18) and
Tilmon Golphin (19) of Virginia shot and killed Patrol Troopers Ed
Lowry and David Hathcock on I-95 in North Carolina after they were
pulled over in a stolen car. The 2 brothers were sentenced to death
May 13, 1998.
(SFC, 5/14/98, p.A6)
1997 Oct 5, David Scott Ghantt
(27) disappeared with $15-17 million in a Loomis, Fargo & Co.
van in Charlotte, N.C. 21 people were later charged in the heist and
purchased over 1000 items with the money. In 1999 an auction was
held to dispose of the property with the proceeds going to insurer
Lloyds of London.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A7)(SFEC, 2/21/99, p.A2)
1997 Oct 5, In North Carolina
an attack on five Mexicans and a Guatemalan that left five dead. In
2003 suspects Alonso Cruz Osorio and Jose Luis Cruz Osorio were
arrested in the town of Acolman, Mexico.
1997 Oct 6, In Magnum, N.C., 5
migrant workers were shot to death by their housemates Jose Luis
Cruz Osorio (28) and his brother Alonso Cruz Osorio (18). A 6th man
was also shot but escaped and identified the attackers.
(SFC, 10/7/97, p.A7)
1998 Mar 20, A twister killed
11 people in northeast Georgia and 2 people in North Carolina.
(SFC, 3/21/98, p.A1)
1998 Apr 13, Bank of America
announced a plan to merge with NationsBank Corp. of Charlotte, N.C.
The new entity will be called BankAmerica Corp. with headquarters in
(SFC, 4/13/98, p.A1)(SFC, 4/14/98, p.A1)
1998 Apr 18, Former North
Carolina governor and U.S. Sen. Terry Sanford died in Durham at age
1998 Jun 18, In North Carolina
an Amtrak train crashed into a tractor-trailer and killed the
driver. Ten others were injured.
(SFC, 6/19/98, p.A3)
1998 Jul 30, “Buffalo Bob"
Smith, host of the Howdy Doody Show from 1947-1960, died at age 80
in Flat Rock, N.C.
(SFC, 7/31/98, p.D7)
1998 Aug 2, James Andrew Finley
(21) killed two campers at the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area in
Burke Ct. He was caught 3 days later.
(SFC, 8/6/93, p.A11)
1998 Aug 25, Hurricane Bonnie
hit North Carolina with winds up to 115 mph.
(SFC, 8/26/98, p.A3)
1998 Sep 8, In Fayetteville,
North Carolina 2 women’s clinics that performed abortions were
attacked with firebombs.
(SFC, 9/9/98, p.A2)
1998 Nov, John Edwards (45) was
elected US Senator for North Carolina.
(SFC, 9/17/03, p.A6)
1998 In North Carolina remains
of a boy were found under a billboard. In 2018 he was identified as
Robert "Bobby" Adam Whitt (10), who was born in Michigan and raised
in Ohio. Police determined an unidentified woman whose remains were
found in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, around the same time
was Bobby's mother.
1999 Mar 3, In North Carolina a
plastic trash bag was tossed from a moving vehicle onto the side of
a road in a rural area south of the town of Hope Mills. Some hours
later, a soldier driving down the same road spotted the bag and what
he thought was a doll inside. A dead baby boy was found with his
umbilical cord still attached. In 2020 using the DNA results,
detectives identified Deborah Riddle O'Conner (54) as the likely
mother of the baby. O'Conner said she was in fact the baby's mother.
(Good Morning America, 2/21/20)
1999 Mar 9, The all-white town
council of Trenton agreed to annex 3 black neighborhoods.
(SFC, 3/10/99, p.A3)
1999 Apr 1, In Kittrell, N.C.,
William Harvey Bawcum Jr., (46), was shot to death from a .38
caliber pistol by his 11-year-old twins, who also wounded their
mother and sister in a squabble over a hunting rifle. A trial was
avoided after the boys admitted to the shooting. The brothers were
sentenced to 6 years in a state reformatory.
(SFC, 4/7/99, p.A5)(SFC, 8/3/99, p.A3)(SFC,
1999 Jun 26, In North Carolina
the Int'l. Special Olympics opened in Cary.
(SFC, 7/3/99, p.A2)
1999 Aug 30, Hurricane Dennis
hit the state. The storm then went out to sea and backtracked to hit
a 2nd time and lasted to Sep 5.
(SFC, 9/6/99, p.A5)
1999 Sep 7-19, Hurricane Floyd
caused one death in Caribbean and 56 in United States. Storm hit
Bahamas before striking Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New
Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.
1999 Sep 15, Hurricane Floyd
hit North Carolina and dropped 13-16 inches of rain.
(SFC, 9/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Sep 17, The Tar River
engulfed the town of Princeville and water reached 20 feet deep.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.D2)
1999 Sep 30, Residents of
Princeville began returning to their flooded homes. Residents in
November voted to rebuild the town rather seek a federal buyout.
(SFC, 10/1/99, p.D2)
1999 Oct 4, It was reported
that Edmund T. Pratt, an ex-Pfizer executive, planned to donate $35
million to endow the Duke Univ. School of Engineering.
(SFC, 10/4/99, p.A3)
2000 Jan 12, Charlotte Hornets
guard Bobby Phills was killed in a crash during a drag race.
2000 Jan 25, A snow storm hit
the East Coast and left Raleigh, NC, with over a foot of snow.
(SFC, 1/26/00, p.A3)
2000 May 20, In North Carolina
a bridge collapsed at the Winston NASCAR stock car race in Concord.
107 people were treated and 53 were hospitalized.
(SFC, 5/22/00, p.A2)
2000 Dec 11, A US Marine Osprey
aircraft crashed in North Carolina and all 4 people aboard were
killed. The fleet was grounded the next day.
(SFC, 12/13/00, p.A3)
2000 Jeffrey Manchester (28)
was sent to prison in North Carolina to serve a 45-year
sentence for at least 40 robberies at MacDonald’s and other
businesses in the Bay Area and across the country. In 2004 he became
the 1st person to escape from Brown creek Correctional Institution
in Polkton, NC. In 2005 he was caught after hiding out in a Toys “R"
(SFC, 1/11/05, p.A1)
2001 Jul 10, In North Carolina
3 Marines were killed in a helicopter crash near Camp Lejeune.
(SFC, 7/11/01, p.A5)
2001 Aug 4, Gov. Mike Easley
signed legislation that banned the execution of the mentally
retarded, define by an IQ recorded at 70 or lower before age 18.
(SSFC, 8/5/01, p.A10)
2001 Aug 22, Sen. Jesse Helms
(79) of North Carolina confirmed that he would not seek re-election
(SFC, 8/23/01, p.A6)
2001 Sep 3, A man died from a
shark attack off the Outer Banks.
(SFC, 9/4/01, p.A3)
2001 Oct 6, Joseph Allen Stein
(b.1912), architect, died in North Carolina. Much of his work was
done in India where he designed the India International Center in
2001 Nov 6, Marshall Pitts Jr.
(37) was elected as the 1st African American mayor of Fayetteville.
(SFC, 11/23/01, p.D4)
2001 Federal agents in Virginia
and North Carolina conducted Operation Lightning Strike to curtail
moonshine production in the region.
(SSFC, 9/9/01, p.A12)
2001 Mental Floss magazine was
launched by Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur at North Carolina’s
(SSFC, 12/12/04, p.D2)
2002 Feb 23, A Fort Bragg
soldier was mistakenly killed by a sheriff’s deputy near Robbins
during a role-playing exercise.
(SFC, 2/25/02, p.A3)
2002 May 3, In Bakersville,
North Carolina, 8 inmates died inside the Mitchell County jail after
a fire broke out.
(SSFC, 5/5/02, p.A8)(AP, 5/3/03)
2002 May 10, NBA owners
approved the Hornets' move to New Orleans, ending the team's 14-year
era in Charlotte, NC.
2002 Jul 3, It was reported
that Operation Xtermination, a drug investigation at Camp Lejeune,
NC, seized over $1.4 million in drugs and convicted over 80 marines
(SFC, 7/3/02, p.A5)
2002 Aug 5, The coral-encrusted
150-ton gun turret of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor was raised
from the floor of the Atlantic off Cape Hatteras, NC, nearly 140
years after the historic warship sank during a storm. Two skeletons
and the remains of their uniforms were found. They were interred in
Arlington National Cemetery on March 8, 2013.
(AP, 8/5/03)(SFC, 2/13/13, p.A6)
2002 Dec 5, A severe ice and
snow storm snarled the eastern US down into the Carolinas, where
over a million customers lost power. 29 deaths were blamed on the
storm and its aftermath.
(SFC, 12/6/02, p.A3)(SSFC, 12/8/02, p.A14)
2002 Dec 18, Robert Johnson,
the billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television, became
the 1st African American to own a major sports team. The NBA awarded
him rights to the expansion franchise in Charlotte.
(SFC, 12/19/02, p.A2)
2002 Elizabeth Gilbert
authored: “The Last American Man," a quasi-biography of Eustace
Conway, developer and keeper of Turtle Island, a primitive farming
community in the northern part of the state.
(SSFC, 5/26/02, p.M6)
2003 Jan 2, Sen. John Edwards
of North Carolina announced that he would seek the Democratic
nomination for president.
(WSJ, 11/3/04, p.A6)
2003 Jan 8, In Charlotte, NC, a
US Airways Express Beech 1900 turboprop crashed on takeoff and all
21 aboard were killed.
(SFC, 1/9/03, p.A3)
2003 Jan 29, In Kinston, NC, 6
people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion at West
(SFC, 1/30/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/31/03, p.A1)(AP,
2003 Feb 20, A 17-year-old
Mexican girl mistakenly given a heart and lungs with the wrong blood
type received a second set of organs at Duke University Medical
Center in North Carolina; however, Jesica Santillan suffered brain
damage and later died.
2003 Mar 14, Amanda Davis (32),
writing professor at Mills College in Oakland, Ca., was killed in a
small plane crash near Ashville, NC, along with her parents. She was
on a book signing tour for her novel “Wonder When You’ll Miss Me."
(SFC, 1/19/02, p.D4)
2003 May 31, Eric Rudolph, the
longtime fugitive charged in the 1996 Olympic Park bombing and in
attacks at an abortion clinic and a gay nightclub, was arrested in
the mountains of North Carolina.
2003 Jul 30, Textile
manufacturer Pillowtex filed for bankruptcy saying it will close 16
plants and sell its assets. 4,300 people in the Kannopolis, NC, area
lost their jobs.
(WSJ, 1/2/04, p.R10)(Econ, 4/23/05, p.30)
2003 Sep 16, North Carolina (D)
Sen. John Edwards (50) entered the US presidential race.
(SFC, 9/17/03, p.A6)
2003 Sep 18, Hurricane Isabel
plowed into North Carolina's Outer Banks with 100 mile-an-hour winds
and pushed its way up the Eastern Seaboard; the storm was later
blamed for 30 deaths.
2003 Oct 13, It was reported
that scientists in North Carolina had built a brain implant that
lets monkeys control a robotic arm with their thoughts.
(SFC, 10/13/03, p.A1)
2004 Jan 19, In the Iowa caucus
John Kerry led the Democrats with 38%, John Edwards was 2nd with
32%, Howard Dean was 3rd with 18% and Dick Gephardt 4th with 11%.
Entrance polls showed that economic issues held top priority.
(SFC, 1/20/04, p.A1)(WSJ, 1/21/04, p.A1)
2004 May, In High Point, North
Carolina, police presented nine suspected drug dealers with
community members, who confronted them on the harm they were causing
as well as incriminating evidence of their activities. The suspects
were offered a chance to stop dealing, which most accepted. Over 2
years later crime was down 25% in the area. The drug market
intervention (DMI) program was the brain-child of Prof. David
Kennedy of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
(WSJ, 9/27/06, p.A1)(Econ, 3/3/12, p.42)
2004 Jul 6, US Democratic
presidential candidate John Kerry selected former rival John Edwards
to be his running mate.
2004 Sep 17, The violent
remains of Hurricane Ivan pounded a large swath of the eastern
United States, drenching an area from Georgia to Ohio. Ivan left 70
dead in the Caribbean and 40 dead in the US including 4 in Alabama,
16 in Florida, 4 in Georgia, 4 in Louisiana, 3 in Mississippi, and 8
in North Carolina.
(AP, 9/17/04)(SFC, 9/18/04, p.A16)
2004 Nov 2, Mike Easley (D) was
elected governor of North Carolina. Pres. Bush carried the state
with 56.3% of the vote. Voting problems plagued the state and
impacted local races. A machine in Carteret County lost 4,438 votes.
(SFC, 11/4/04, p.A18)(SFC, 11/13/04, p.A6)
2004 Nov 3, Jeremy Jaynes of
North Carolina became the first person in the US to be convicted of
a felony for sending unsolicited bulk email. He was charged in
Virginia because his emails went through an AOL server there. In
2008 the Virginia Supreme Court declared the state’s antispam law
unconstitutional and reversed Jaynes’ conviction.
2004 Dec 26, Reggie White (43),
NFL defensive star, died in Huntersville, NC. White played 15
seasons with Philadelphia, Green Bay and Carolina. He retired after
the 2000 season as the NFL's career sacks leader with 198. The mark
has since been passed by Bruce Smith.
2004 The CIA hired Blackwater
USA as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top
operatives of Al-Qaida. Blackwater of North Carolina, later renamed
Xe Services, helped with planning, training and surveillance until
the unsuccessful program was cancelled.
(SFC, 8/20/09, p.A2)
2005 Apr 4, The North Carolina
Tarheels won the NCAA men’s basketball championship over Illinois,
(WSJ, 4/5/05, p.A1)
2005 Apr 11, Chelsea Cooley,
the reigning Miss North Carolina, was crowned Miss USA in the 54th
2005 Apr 21, Army Sgt. Hasan
Akbar was convicted by a military jury at Fort Bragg, N.C., of
premeditated murder and attempted murder in an attack that killed
two of his comrades and wounded 14 others in Kuwait.
2005 Apr, John Boyer, a North
Carolina long-haul trucker, picked up prostitute Jennifer Smith (25)
and brought her to an abandoned parking lot just off Interstate 40.
The two argued over money, and Boyer strangled the victim with the
seat belt of his truck, dumped her body from the cab, and drove off.
In 2001 Boyer pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing
Scarlett Wood (31) in Wilmington four years earlier and began
serving a 12-year sentence. Investigators believed that Boyer was
responsible for a number of other unsolved killings.
2005 May 27, In North Carolina
Junior Allen (65) walked out of prison after 35 years in prison for
stealing a black-and-white television set.
2005 Apr 28, A military jury at
Fort Bragg, N.C., sentenced Sgt. Hasan Akbar to death for the 2003
murders of two officers in Kuwait.
2005 Sep 15, Hurricane Ophelia
weakened slightly as it crawled along the North Carolina coast.
Early indications were that the storm had not caused the severe
flooding many feared.
2005 Nov 17, Robert Stein of
North Carolina, arrested on Nov 14, was charged with accepting
kickbacks and bribes during his tenure as a controller and financial
officer of the US occupation authority in Iraq. He steered
construction contracts to Philip Bloom, who was charged with a range
of crimes on Nov 16.
(SFC, 11/18/05, p.A15)
2005 Dec 2, In North Carolina
Kenneth Lee Boyd, a double murderer who said he didn't want to be
known as a number, became the 1,000th person executed in the United
States since capital punishment resumed 28 years ago.
2006 Feb 24, In North Carolina
more than a thousand flounder, spot and pin fish beached themselves
at the Marine Corps' New River air base, and then swam away. State
and local wildlife experts believed it was related to a popular
phenomenon known in coastal Alabama as "jubilee." Scientists know
that a jubilee occurs when variety of factors deoxygenate the water,
forcing fish to the shore.
2006 Mar 13, The 47 lacrosse
players at Duke Univ., North Carolina, paid a couple of strippers to
entertain them. Events this night led to the arrest of 2 players on
April 18. In 2014 William Cohan authored “The Price of Silence: The
Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of
Our Great Universities."
(Econ, 9/15/07, p.46)(Econ, 4/12/14, p.83)
2006 Mar 23, Police took DNA
samples from 46 members of the Duke University lacrosse team after a
woman hired to dance for a party charged she'd been raped.
(AP, 3/23/07)(SFC, 4/12/07, p.A2)
2006 Apr 5, Mike Pressler, the
lacrosse coach of Duke Univ., resigned amid allegations that 3
players had raped a stripper at an off-campus party in March. Duke
cancelled the lacrosse season. The rape charges were later dropped,
but the players still faced allegations of sexual offense and
kidnapping; all maintained their innocence.
(SFC, 4/6/06, p.A2)(AP, 4/5/07)
2006 Apr 18, Two Duke
University lacrosse players were arrested on charges of raping and
kidnapping a stripper hired to dance at an off-campus party on March
13. The DA said he hoped to charge a third person soon. A Dec
pre-trial hearing disclosed that no DNA material from the players
had been found in the stripper and that this information had been
withheld in an initial report. DNA evidence from several other men
was found. In late December rape counts were dropped when the
alleged victim changed her story. On April 11, 2007, all charges
were dropped. Stuart Taylor and K.C. Johnson soon authored “Until
Proven Innocent" (2007), their evaluation of the incident and
(AP, 4/18/06)(WSJ, 12/23/06, p.A1)(SSFC,
12/24/06, p.A18)(Econ, 9/15/07, p.46)
2006 Jun 17, The Edmonton
Oilers shut out the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 to take the Stanley Cup
finals to a seventh and deciding game.
2006 Jun 19, In Raleigh, NC,
the Carolina Hurricanes blunted an historic comeback bid by the
Edmonton Oilers with a 3-1 Game Seven win to lift their first
2006 Jul 3, Former Private
Steven D. Green was charged in federal court in Charlotte, N.C.,
with raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl (Abeer Qassim al-Janabi) and
killing her (March 11), her parents and sister. Four members of
Green's unit were charged as well; one later pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 100 years in prison.
2006 Sep, Rielle Hunter, a film
producer and mistress of North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, created a
video sex tape with Edwards. In 2008 she had a child, fathered by
Edwards, who only admitted paternity in 2010. Andrew Young, a former
Edward’s loyalist, later viewed the tape and in 2010 authored a book
that chronicled the affair.
(SFC, 1/30/10, p.A6)
2006 Oct 5, In Apex, North
Carolina, a fire began at the EQ Industrial Services hazardous waste
plant and a chlorine cloud rose high over the area. The next morning
as many as 17,000 people were urged to flee homes on the outskirts
2006 Oct 17, Pres. Bush signed
into law a bill to provide grant money for the Gullah/Geechee
Cultural Heritage Corridor. In September Congress had declared a
swathe of coastline from North Carolina to Florida the
Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, in an effort to preserve
the region’s distinctive black culture and creole language.
2006 Nov 16, In North Carolina
a tornado struck Riegelwood, a tiny riverside community, killing 8
people as thunderstorms continued a path of destruction across the
South. Another person died earlier in Louisiana, and a car crash
death near Charlotte was also blamed on the storms.
(AP, 11/16/06)(SFC, 11/17/06, p.A4)
2006 Dec 22, Rape charges were
dropped against three Duke University lacrosse players, but
kidnapping and sexual offense charges remained. Those charges were
later dropped as well.
2006 In North Carolina Anthony
Atala and colleagues at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative
Medicine made new bladders for 7 patients. Patient tissue cells were
used to grow the bladders on scaffolds. As of 2010 the bladders were
(Econ, 2/20/10, p.77)
2007 Jan 12, Durham County,
N.C., District Attorney Mike Nifong asked to be removed from the
Duke lacrosse rape investigation. State prosecutors later exonerated
2007 Jan 13, The North Carolina
state attorney general's office agreed to take over the sexual
assault case against three Duke University lacrosse players at the
request of embattled Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong.
All three players were later exonerated.
2007 Jan 19, North Carolina’s
Gov. Mike Easley said Google will invest up to $600 million to build
a data center in his state.
(SFC, 1/20/07, p.C1)
2007 Jan 26, It was reported
that Dr. Robert Bohannon, a Durham, North Carolina, molecular
scientist, has come up with a way to add caffeine to baked goods,
without the bitter taste of caffeine. Each piece of pastry is the
equivalent of about two cups of coffee.
2007 Feb 15, Jim Black (72), US
House speaker from North Carolina, pleaded guilty to illegally
taking thousands of dollars from chiropractors while pushing their
legislative agenda. Black was sentenced to 5 years in prison for
2007 Feb 16, An annual survey
released Forbes.com said Raleigh, North Carolina, topped the list of
the best US cities for getting a job.
2007 Mar 20, Rescuers found
Michael Auberry, a 12-year-old Boy Scout, who was dehydrated and
disoriented after four days in the wooded mountains of North
2007 Mar 22, North Carolina
Sen. John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth made a joint announcement
that he will continue his bid for the White House despite the
recurrence of her breast cancer.
(SFC, 3/23/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 1, In Charlotte, North
Carolina, 2 police officers shot during a struggle with a suspect
outside an apartment complex died, and a suspect was charged with
2007 Apr 11, North Carolina's
top prosecutor dropped all charges against three former Duke
University lacrosse players accused of sexually assaulting a
stripper at a party, saying the athletes were innocent victims of a
"tragic rush to accuse."
2007 May 31, Former Presidents
Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush attended the
dedication of the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C.
2007 Jun 12, The CDC said up to
75,000 US Marine family members may have drunk water at Camp Lejeune
tainted by dry-cleaning fluid over a 30-year period.
2007 Jun 15, During his ethics
trial, a tearful Mike Nifong announced he would resign as district
attorney of Durham County, NC, after admitting that he'd made
improper statements about three Duke University lacrosse players who
were once charged with raping a stripper. The players were later
declared innocent by state prosecutors.
2007 Jun 16, A North Carolina
State Bar disciplinary committee said disgraced prosecutor Mike
Nifong would be disbarred for his disastrous prosecution of three
Duke University lacrosse players falsely accused of rape.
(SSFC, 6/17/07, p.A4)(AP, 6/16/08)
2007 Aug 8, Researchers from
the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill reported that coral
coverage in the Indo-Pacific, an area stretching from Indonesia's
Sumatra island to French Polynesia, had dropped 20 percent in the
past two decades. They said the decline was driven by climate
change, disease and coastal development.
2007 Aug 28, In North Carolina
Dwayne Allen Dail (39), a man who remained in prison for 18 years
after being wrongly convicted of a 1987 child rape, was released
after new DNA testing cleared him of the crime. In October of 2007
he received a pardon from Gov. Mike Easley based on his innocence.
Dail also received some compensation from the state; he was eligible
for $20,000 per year of incarceration.
2007 Aug 31, Mike Nifong,
the disgraced former district attorney of Durham County, N.C., was
sentenced to a day in jail after being held in criminal contempt of
court for lying to a judge when pursuing rape charges against three
falsely accused Duke University lacrosse players.
2007 Sep 1, The Mountaineers of
Boone, North Carolina, pulled off one of the greatest upsets in
college football history as Appalachian State beat No. 5
2007 Sep 1, It was reported
that it is now more expensive to execute someone in the US that to
jail him for life. In North Carolina each capital case was said to
cost some $2 million to legal fees.
(Econ, 9/1/07, p.21)
2007 Oct 15, In North Carolina
Gov. Mike Easley asked residents to stop washing cars and watering
lawns as the Southeast US experienced a severe drought.
(SFC, 10/16/07, p.A3)
2007 Oct 28, A beach house
erupted into a storm of fire and smoke in Ocean Isle Beach, N.C. Six
of the seven students killed attended the University of South
2007 Nov 30, Scientists at Duke
Univ. reported the creation of the first map of genes that are
inherited as “silenced genes." The Duke map verified 40 and
identified another 156. Humans were first shown to have silenced
genes in 1991. They help explain why some people get sick and others
(SFC, 11/30/07, p.A7)
2007 Nov, a new light rail
system began operating in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(Econ, 11/29/08, p.35)
2007 Dec 19, Lance Cpl. Maria
Frances Lauterbach (20) disappeared, just days after meeting with
military prosecutors to talk about her allegation that Marine Cpl.
Cesar Armando Laurean (21) raped her. Her cell phone was found Dec.
20 near the main gate at Camp Lejeune, NC. On Jan 11 her burned
remains were found in the backyard of Laurean’s home as a nationwide
search for Laurean continued. In 2010 a jury found Laurean guilty of
first degree murder and sentenced him to life in prison.
(AP, 1/12/08)(SFC, 1/12/08, p.A4)(SFC, 8/24/10,
2008 Jan 30, Democrat John
Edwards exited the presidential race, ending a scrappy underdog bid
in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while
grappling with family hardship that roused voters' sympathies.
2008 Mar 5, In North Carolina
Eve Carson (22), Univ. of North Carolina student body president, was
found dead on a street not far from the Chapel Hill campus. She had
been shot several times, including once in the right temple. On
March 12 Lawrence Alvin Lovette Jr. (17) and Demario James
Atwater (21) were charged with first-degree murder in the death of
Carson. A day later Lovette was also charged with first-degree
murder in the death of Abhijit Mahato, a doctoral student in
computational mechanics, who was found shot to death inside his
apartment a few blocks south of Duke's campus in January. In 2010
Atwater pleaded guilty to several federal crimes and agreed to a
(AP, 3/8/08)(AP, 3/13/08)(SFC, 4/20/10, p.A6)
2008 Mar 20, North Carolina
lawmakers voted 109-5 to boot Rep. Thomas Wright, a Wilmington
Democrat, from office for mishandling $340,000 in loans and
(SFC, 3/21/08, p.A4)
2008 Mar 20, In North Carolina
Darryl Turner was killed after being shocked by a police officer’s
Taser. In 2011 a jury ordered Taser Int’l. to pay Turner’s family
$10 million. Lawyers said the company had failed to warn that a
Taser shot near the heart poses a substantial risk of cardiac
(SFC, 7/21/11, p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/3homyou)
2008 Apr 7, In North Carolina
Thomas Wright, a former state lawmaker, was convicted of mishandling
charitable contributions and fraudulently obtaining a loan. He was
sentenced to 6-8 years in prison.
(WSJ, 4/8/08, p.A2)
2008 Apr 10, In Mexico police,
working with FBI agents in the small town of Tacambaro, arrested
Cpl. Cesar Laurean (21). He is charged with first-degree murder in
the December, 2007, death at Camp Lejeune, NC, of Marine Lance Cpl.
Maria Lauterbach, who had accused him of rape.
2008 May 6, Sen. Barack Obama
climbed within 200 delegates of clinching the Democratic
presidential nomination. In the Indiana primary Clinton won 51% to
49%. In North Carolina Obama won 56% to 42%.
(AP, 5/7/08)(SFC, 5/7/08, p.A1)
2008 May 14, Sen. Obama won the
support of John Edwards, former North Carolina Senator and
(WSJ, 5/15/08, p.A1)
2008 Jun 20, Wilbur Hardee
(b.1917), founder of the Hardee’s restaurant chain (1960), died in
(SFC, 6/24/08, p.B5)
2008 Jun 24, In North Carolina
a federal grand jury indicted 26 suspected members of the MS-13
int’l. gang on charges that included racketeering and drug
(SFC, 6/25/08, p.A3)
2008 Jul 4, Jesse Helms
(b.1921), former 5-term US Senator from North Carolina, died in
Raleigh, NC. Helms had switched to the Republican Party in 1970 and
was elected to the Senate in 1972, the first Republican from North
Carolina in the 20th century. The conservative senator earned the
title “Senator No" as a leading crusader against communism,
liberalism, tax increases, abortion, homosexuality, affirmative
action and court-ordered busing to desegregate schools.
(SFC, 7/4/08, p.A2)
2008 Jul 22, North
Carolina-based Wachovia Corp., the 4th largest US bank, lost $8.86
billion in the 2nd quarter, and said it was slashing its dividend
and cutting 6,350 jobs after losses tied to mortgages soared.
2008 Aug 8, John Edwards,
former North Carolina senator and Democratic presidential candidate,
admitted that he had an extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter in
2006, but denied fathering a daughter with her.
(AP, 8/9/08)(Econ, 8/16/08,
2008 Aug, The population of
North Carolina stood at nearly 9 million people, up from 8 million
(Econ, 8/16/08, p.31)
2008 Sep 6, Tropical Storm
Hanna blew hard and dumped rain in eastern North Carolina and
Virginia, but caused little damage beyond isolated flooding and
power outages as it quickly headed north toward New England.
2008 Sep 19, Former Blink-182
drummer Travis Barker and celebrity DJ AM were critically injured in
a fiery Learjet crash in South Carolina that killed four people just
2008 Sep 29, Citigroup bought
the operations of Charlotte-based Wachovia Corp. for $2.2 billion in
stock and assumed $42 billion in losses on the bank’s risky $312
billion loan portfolio, in exchange for the FDIC backstopping losses
beyond that. Citigroup agreed to give the FDIC $12 billion in
preferred stock. Wachovia shares fell 8.20 to close at $1.80.
Wachovia’s new 48-story headquarters in Charlotte, NC, was still
(AFP, 9/29/08)(SFC, 9/30/08, p.D1)(WSJ, 9/30/08,
2008 Nov 4, In North Carolina
Democrat Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue was elected governor. Democrat Kay
Hagan defeated Republican state Sen. Elizabeth Dole.
(SFC, 11/5/08, p.A14)(WSJ, 11/5/08, p.A1)
2008 Nov 15, In North Carolina
tornadoes killed 2 people.
(SSFC, 11/16/08, p.A2)
2009 Jan 15, Swiss
pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG said it has secured a $486 million
contract to build a new flu vaccine plant in North Carolina.
2009 Feb 25, A Federal Grand
Jury returned a single count indictment charging Kody Ray
Brittingham (20) of Camp Lejeune, NC, with threatening the
President-Elect of the United States, in violation of Title 18,
United States Code, Section 871, which has a maximum penalty of 5
years imprisonment followed by up to three years of supervised
release and a fine of up to $250,000. In August Brittingham pleaded
guilty to charges of threatening to kill Pres. Obama and armed
robbery. Brittingham was arrested in mid-December on an unrelated
armed robbery charge and, as a result, separated from the service on
Jan 3. But a search of his barracks also turned up a journal
containing white supremacist material and a plan to kill Obama.
2009 Mar 9, In North Carolina
Philip Guyett (42) pleaded guilty to falsifying records so that he
could sell human tissue from corpses that were riddled with cancer
or showed intravenous drug use. He was sentenced in October to 8
years in prison.
2009 Mar 17, In Utah Chiew Chan
Saevang (37), a suspected opium trafficker, killed himself and his
girlfriend, Yer Yang (40), after sheriff’s deputies chased them down
on a state highway. Saevang was also wanted in the March 12 slaying
of four Conover, NC, family members.
(SFC, 3/19/09, p.A5)
2009 Mar 29, In North Carolina
Robert Stewart (45) went on a terrifying rampage in the Pinelake
Health and Rehab center, killing seven residents and a nurse and
wounding three other people. He was stopped by a single shot to the
chest fired by Justin Garner, a decorated police officer responding
to a 911 call. Stewart survived and was charged with 8 counts of 1st
degree murder. In 2011 Stewart was convicted of 2nd degree murder
and sentenced from 141 to 177 years in prison.
(AP, 3/30/09)(SFC, 3/31/09, p.A7)(SSFC, 9/4/11,
2009 May 13, In North Carolina,
the country’s top tobacco growing state by sales, legislators
approved a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.
(SFC, 5/14/09, p.A4)
2009 Jun 8, North Carolina
State Univ. terminated former first lady Mary Easley’s
$170,000-a-year job after e-mails showed that former Gov. Mike
Easley had served as an intermediary when the school hire her.
(SFC, 6/9/09, p.A5)
2009 Jun 9, In Garner, North
Carolina, an unexplained explosion at a ConAgra Slim Jim factory
left at least 2 people dead.
2009 Jul 4, In North Carolina 2
workers were killed when a truckload of fireworks exploded on a dock
at the southern end of Ocracoke Island. 2 others soon died from
(AP, 7/5/09)(SFC, 7/6/09, p.A10)
2009 Jul 6, In North Carolina
suspected killer Patrick Burris (41), a career criminal paroled just
two months ago, was shot to death by officers investigating a
burglary complaint at a home in Gastonia, 30 miles from Gaffney, SC,
where the killing spree started June 27.
2009 Jul 8, In Chesnee, North
Carolina, Ricky Lee Blackwell shot a girl (8) twice in the driveway
of a home where he had taken her and his estranged wife to swim and
play. The girl's father was dating Blackwell's estranged wife.
Blackwell shot himself as police closed in. He was taken to a
hospital but his condition wasn't released.
2009 Jul 27, In North Carolina
Daniel Patrick Boyd (39) was arrested with his two sons and four
other North Carolina men. Prosecutors accused them of military-style
training at home and plotting "violent jihad" through a series of
terror attacks abroad. In 1991 Boyd and his brother were convicted
of bank robbery in Pakistan. They were also accused of carrying
identification showing they belonged to the radical Afghan guerrilla
group, Hezb-e-Islami, or Party of Islam. Each was sentenced to have
a foot and a hand cut off for the robbery, but the decision was
later overturned. In 2011 Zakarija Boyd (22) pleaded guilty to one
charge of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists. In
June, 2012, Anes Subasic was sentenced to 30 years in jail. On Aug
24, 2012, Daniel Patrick Boyd was sentenced to 18 years in
(AP, 7/28/09)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A8)(SFC, 8/25/12,
2009 Aug 11, North Carolina
Gov. Beverley Purdue signed the Racial Justice Act into law.
(Econ, 4/28/12, p.34)(http://tinyurl.com/yj8xuzw)
2009 Aug 14, It was reported
that in North Carolina nine women, who lived at the edges of the
poor community in Rocky Mount, have disappeared since 2005. Six
bodies have been found along rural roads just a few miles outside
town, most so decomposed that investigators could not tell how they
died. At least one of the women was strangled. All the deaths have
been classified as homicides. Three women were still missing.
2009 Oct 13, It was reported
that the FBI has begun using facial-recognition technology on
millions of motorists comparing driver’s license photos with
pictures of convicts. The project in North Carolina had already
helped nab at least one suspect.
(SFC, 10/13/09, p.A6)
2009 Nov 12, The Atlantic
seaboard was drenched in rain from Tropical Storm Ida. 3 deaths were
reported in Virginia and one in North Carolina.
(SFC, 11/13/09, p.A8)
2009 Nov 14, In North Carolina
the Fayetteville Police Department said Antoinette Nicole Davis, the
mother of Shaniya Davis (5), faced a child abuse charge involving
prostitution as well as filing a false police report. The child
hadn't been seen since Nov 10, when surveillance footage showed
Mario Andrette McNeill carrying Shaniya into a hotel room. He was
arrested and charged with kidnapping on Nov 13. The body of Shaniya
Davis was found on Nov 16 in woods 30 miles from Fayetteville. She
had been sexually assaulted and asphyxiated on Nov 10, the day her
mother reported her missing.
(AP, 11/15/09)(SFC, 11/17/09, p.A26)(SFC,
2009 Dec 17, Cincinnati Bengals
receiver Chris Henry (26) died in North Carolina, a day after
falling out of the back of a pickup truck during what police said
was a domestic dispute with his fiancee.
2009 In North Carolina Terry
Ledford (53) found a roughly 2-inch-square emerald rimmed with spots
of iron on a 200-acre farm owned by business partner Renn Adams (90)
and his siblings. The rural community of Hiddenite is named for a
paler stone that resembles emerald. After the gem was cut and
re-cut, the finished product was about one-fifth the weight of the
original find. Finders marketed the nearly 65-carat emerald under
the name Carolina Emperor.
2010 Jan 2, In North Carolina,
the nation's leading tobacco producer, a ban on smoking in
restaurants and bars went into effect. This made it least the 29th
state to ban smoking in restaurants and 24th for bars.
2010 Jan 12, Officials shut
down a North Carolina port and urged people to leave the area after
nine containers with highly explosive materials were accidentally
punctured by a fork lift operator. The chemical involved is
pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETV), a powerful explosive.
(AP, 1/12/10)(SFC, 1/13/10, p.A6)
2010 Jan 21, In North Carolina
John Edwards, former Democratic presidential candidate, admitted
that he fathered a child during an affair before his 2nd White House
bid, dropping long-standing denials just ahead of a book by a former
(SFC, 1/23/10, p.A6)
2010 Apr 16, US federal
prosecutors in North Carolina charged Gary Jackson, the former
president of Blackwater Worldwide, and 4 other senior company
officials with weapons violations and making false statements. A 15
count indictment charged that they tried to hide purchases of
weapons and trying to hide gifts of expensive weapons to Jordanian
officials as the company tried to win contracts.
(SFC, 4/17/10, p.A5)
2010 May 28, Jonathan Trappe
(36) of Raleigh, North Carolina, crossed the English Channel carried
by a bundle of helium balloons, ending a quiet and serene flight by
touching down in a French cabbage patch.
2010 Jun 17, In Kosovo Bajram
Asllani (29) of Mitrovica was arrested and accused of being part of
a terrorism plot that originated in North Carolina among people who
planned attacks both at a US military installation and abroad.
2010 Aug 18, The North Carolina
justice system shook as an audit commissioned by Attorney General
Roy Cooper revealed that the State Bureau of Investigation withheld
or distorted evidence in more than 200 cases at the expense of
potentially innocent men and women. 3 defendants in botched cases
have been executed.
(SFC, 8/19/10, p.A6)
2010 Sep 3, A weakened
Hurricane Earl delivered only a glancing blow to North Carolina's
Outer Banks on its way up the East Coast, flooding roads on the
narrow vacation islands and knocking out power but staying farther
offshore than feared.
2010 Sep 14, In North Carolina
Ariana Iacono (14) went back to school with her mother and her nose
ring, after her first suspension for a nose piercing ended. She was
suspended again for five days because her nose ring violated the
Johnston County school system's dress code. If she comes back to
school on Sept. 21 with the nose stud, she'll face a 10-day
suspension or referral to "alternative schooling." A similar
situation went to the courts in 2002, when a woman was fired from
her job at a Costco store over her eyebrow ring. The woman was also
a member of the Church of Body Modification, but the courts
eventually ruled that her religious beliefs did not require her to
always wear her jewelry.
2010 Oct 1, Medicago, a
Canadian company, broke ground at Durham, NC, on its first American
facility. The company genetically manipulates tobacco plants to
produce proteins used in making flu vaccines.
(Econ, 10/23/10, p.36)
2010 Oct 9, In North Carolina
the parents of Zahra Baker (10) reportedly saw her alive for the
last time. Stepmother Eliza Baker told police on Oct 24 that Zahra
was dead and that her body had been dismembered. On Nov 12 police
found a bone that matched Zahra’s DNA. On Feb 21, 2011, Elisa Baker
was indicted for the murder of Zahra.
(SFC, 11/16/10, p.A18)(SFC, 2/22/11, p.A4)
2010 Nov 14, Delvonte Tisdale
(16) apparently fell from the sky after stowing away in an
airplane’s wheel well at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport
in Charlotte, NC. His mutilated body was found in a Boston suburb.
(SFC, 12/11/10, p.A4)(http://tinyurl.com/2dmblgm)
2010 Dec 7, Elizabeth Edwards
(b.1949), separated wife of former presidential candidate John
Edwards, died in North Carolina of cancer.
(SFC, 12/8/10, p.A8)
2011 Jan 10, North
Carolina-based Duke Energy announced that it would buy Progress
Energy for $13.7 billion.
(Econ, 2/12/11, p.39)
2011 Feb 10, In Cary, North
Carolina, Devon Mitchell (19), who took 6 people hostage at a
Raleigh suburb bank, was shot to death as he tried to leave with a
woman hostage. Police later reported that Mitchell did not have a
(SFC, 2/11/11, p.A6)(SFC, 2/14/11, p.A4)
2011 Apr 5, Storms pummeled the
US South with tornadoes. At least 8 people were reported killed in
the Carolinas, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.
(SFC, 4/6/11, p.A11)
2011 Apr 17, A furious storm
system that kicked up tornadoes, flash floods and hail as big as
softballs has left at least 45 people dead on a rampage that
stretched for days as it barreled from Oklahoma to North Carolina
and Virginia. 11 people were confirmed dead in Bertie County, NC,
bringing the state's death toll to at least 18 people. Authorities
have said 7 died in Arkansas; 7 in Alabama; 2 in Oklahoma; one in
Mississippi and at least 5 in Virginia.
(AP, 4/17/11)(AP, 4/18/11)
2011 Apr 18, In North Carolina
Crystal Mangum (32) was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder
and two counts of larceny. She has been in jail since April 3, when
police charged her with assault in the stabbing of her boyfriend
Reginald Daye (46). He died after nearly two weeks at a hospital.
Mangum had falsely accused white lacrosse players of raping her at a
2006 party for which she was hired to perform as a stripper.
2011 Jun 3, Former North
Carolina US Senator John Edwards (57) was charged with using
$925,000 in under-the-table campaign contributions to hide his
pregnant mistress during 2008 run for president.
(SFC, 6/4/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 10, In Kinston, North
Carolina, Deputy Warren Lewis was shot and killed while serving a
murder warrant on suspects. 5 suspects were taken into custody.
(SFC, 6/11/11, p.A5)
2011 Jun 11, In North Carolina
the bodies of 4 people were found shot to death along a highway in
(SSFC, 6/19/11, p.A8)
2011 Jun 12, North Carolina’s
Democrat Gov. Beverly Perdue became the state’s first governor to
veto a budget bill since the chief executive was given the power in
1997. She said the Republican led Legislature’s $20 billion proposal
would do generational damage to public education.
(SFC, 6/13/11, p.A6)
2011 Jun 13, The death of Betty
Neumar, a 79 year old grandmother, left authorities with many
unanswered questions. Neumar was a suspect in a North Carolina
murder: she was accused of soliciting someone to kill her husband.
But investigators also discovered that over the years, she had been
married five times, and several of her husbands died under
suspicious circumstances. Authorities were looking into those other
cases, but her death may mean they will never be
2011 Jun 23, The Wild Goose
Festival, a music fest for theological liberals, kicked off in North
Carolina with some 1500 people attending.
(Econ, 7/2/11, p.26)
2011 Jul 21, The US Federal
Election Committee ruled that John Edwards, the former North
Carolina presidential candidate, must repay $2.3 million to the US
Treasury mostly as a result of excessive matching funds that his
2008 campaign accepted. On Aug 5 the US Federal Election Commission
ruled that Edwards must repay $2.2 million.
(SFC, 7/22/11, p.A12)(SFC, 8/6/11, p.A6)
2011 Aug 27, Hurricane Irene
knocked out power to nearly 250,000 customers in North Carolina and
Virginia and a nuclear power station in the storm's path reduced
power but remained undamaged.
2011 Aug 28, Seawater surged
into the streets of Manhattan as Tropical Storm Irene slammed into
New York, downgraded from a hurricane but still unleashing furious
wind and rain. The flooding threatened Wall Street and the heart of
the global financial network. At least 16 people were reported
killed in 6 states: 5 in North Carolina, 4 in Virginia, 3 in New
Jersey, 2 in Florida and one each in Maryland and Connecticut.
(AP, 8/28/11)(SFC, 8/29/11, p.A10)
2011 Sep 11, It was reported
that 14,000 rounds of ammunition has gone missing at Fort Bragg Army
base in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
(SSFC, 9/11/11, p.A8)
2011 Sep 15, In North Carolina
Elisa Baker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of
her 10-year-old stepdaughter, a cancer survivor whose prosthetic leg
and other remains were found scattered at several sites. Zahra
Baker, a freckled Australian native was reported missing last
October in the small town of Hickory. Elisa accused Adam Baker, her
husband and the girl's father, of dismembering Zahra.
2011 Oct 25, A US federal judge
blocked part of North Carolina’s new abortion law ruling that
providers do not have to place an ultrasound image next to a
pregnant woman so she can view it, nor do they have to describe
features and offer a chance to listen to the heartbeat.
(SFC, 10/26/11, p.A5)
2012 Jan 10, In North Carolina
a task force said the state should pay $50,000 to some 2,000 people
who were forcibly sterilized from 1929-1974.
(SFC, 1/11/12, p.A5)
2012 Jan 13, In Star, North
Carolina, Ronald Dean Davis (50) shot a killed 3 co-workers at a
lumber company, then went home and shot himself.
(SSFC, 1/15/12, p.A9)
2012 Jan 13, Hysen Sherifi
(b.1984), a legal US resident from Kosovo, was sentenced to 45 years
in prison for conspiracy to attack the US marine base at Quantico,
Va. He was among 7 men arrested on 27 July, 2009, near Raleigh,
North Carolina on charges of participating in a conspiracy to commit
"violent jihad." According to a federal indictment he had paid
Daniel Patrick Boyd $500 in April 2008 to help fund an overseas
jihad and traveled to Kosovo in July 2008 to engage in "violent
jihad." He returned to North Carolina in April 2009 and trained in
military tactics in Caswell County in summer of 2009 and Planned an
attack on the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., with Daniel Boyd
in June and July 2009. On Nov 8 Sherifi was found guilty in a
murder-for-hire plot to behead witnesses who testified against him.
p.A5)(http://tinyurl.com/6myl2m2)(SFC, 11/9/12, p.A10)
2012 Feb 21, A US federal grand
jury indicted Jacquline Hoegel (55) of American Canyon, Ca., and
William Wise (62) of Raleigh, NC, for bilking investors of $75
million while running a nation-wide $129 million Ponzi scheme, which
was shut down in March, 2009.
(SFC, 3/1/12, p.C2)
2012 Mar 6, In North Carolina a
decorated Green Beret leapt from the second-story of his burning
home, wrapped himself in a blanket and ran back inside in an attempt
to save his two young daughters. Firefighters recovered the body of
Chief Warrant Officer Edward Cantrell (36) on the second floor of
his Hope Mills home, not far from the remains of 6-year-old Isabella
and 4-year-old Natalia.
2012 May 31, North Carolina
jurors acquitted John Edwards on one count and deadlocked on five
others ending his campaign finance fraud case in a mistrial.
(SFC, 6/1/12, p.A6)
2012 Jun 13, The US Justice
Dept. dismissed all remaining charges against former North Carolina
Senator John Edwards.
(SFC, 6/14/12, p.A8)
2012 Jun 17, Webb Simpson (26)
of North Carolina won the US Open golf tournament at the San
Francisco’s Olympic Club with one stroke over par.
(SFC, 6/18/12, p.A1)
2012 Jun 28, In North Carolina
US Army battalion commander Lt .Col. Roy Tisdale was killed by
fellow soldier Spc. Ricky Elder (27) in a shooting incident at Fort
Bragg. The alleged gunman then shot himself and is in custody; a
third soldier was slightly injured in the shooting. Elder, recently
charged with larceny, died of his wounds on June 29.
(AFP, 6/29/12)(SSFC, 7/1/12, p.A9)(SFC, 7/2/12,
2012 Jul 3, Andy Griffith (86),
TV actor, died at his home in Dare County, North Carolina. He was
best known for his role as Sheriff Andy Taylor in “The Andy Griffith
Show" (1960 to 1968), and later for his role as a criminal defense
lawyer on "Matlock" 1986 to 1995).
2012 Aug 7, In North Carolina
Academi LLC, formerly knows as Blackwater, agreed to pay $7.5
million to settle federal crime charges related to arms smuggling
and other crimes.
(SFC, 8/8/12, p.A4)
2012 Sep 17, In North Carolina
new DNA evidence was presented in the case against convicted Dr.
Jerry MacDonald (68) regarding the Feb 17, 1970 murders of his wife
and 2 daughters. The evidence pointed to other suspects.
(SFC, 9/18/12, p.A7)
2012 Sep 26, US defense
officials said Fort Bragg, NC, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair faces
possible courts martial on charges that include forced sex with
several female subordinates and fraudulent claims on a government
charge card. In 2014 Sinclair (51) pleaded guilty to less serious
counts of misconduct in a deal that included the dropping of sexual
(SFC, 9/27/12, p.A7)(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A8)(SFC,
2012 Oct 29, The HMS Bounty, a
three-masted replica of the ship featured in the film "Mutiny on the
Bounty," sank 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, NC, as it tried to go
around Hurricane Sandy. 14 people were rescued and two remained
2012 Nov 6, In North Carolina
Pat McCrory, a Republican former mayor of Charlotte, defeated Walter
Dalton to become the state’s first Republican governor in 20 years.
(Econ, 11/10/12, p.32)
2012 Dec 31, Outgoing North
Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue issued pardons to the Wilmington 10, a
group wrongly convicted in the 1971 firebombing of a Wilmington
grocery store. A federal appeals had thrown out their convictions in
(SFC, 1/1/13, p.A4)
2013 Jan 5, In North Carolina
Pat McCrory was sworn in as governor, becoming the first Republican
to head the state in 20 years.
(SSFC, 1/6/13, p.A7)
2013 Sep 14, North Carolina
police Officer Randall Kerrick shot Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed
man, ten times. Ferrell, an ex-college football player, was
reportedly seeking assistance after a car accident. On Jan 289,
2014, Kerrick was indicted on a charge of voluntary manslaughter.
2013 Dec 5, A study by the US
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said water pollution at
the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina has been linked to
increased risk of birth defects and childhood cancers.
2013 Dec 11, In Minnesota Keith
Michael Novak (25) was put under federal custody following fraud
charges in connection with the ID theft of some 400 members of his
former Army unit in Fort Bragg, NC.
(SFC, 12/13/13, p.A17)
2014 Feb 2, In North Carolina a
leaking pipe dumped 82,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River
in Eden. A permanent plug was installed and tested on Feb 8.
(SFC, 2/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Mar 20, In North Carolina
US Army Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who carried on a three-year affair
with a captain and had two other inappropriate relationships with
subordinates, was reprimanded and docked $20,000 in pay, avoiding
jail time in one of the military's most closely watched
2014 Mar 26, Charlotte, NC,
Mayor Patrick Cannon, in office for less than six months, resigned
hours after he was arrested and accused of taking over $48,000 in
bribes from undercover FBI agents.
(SFC, 3/28/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 3, Frank Janssen, the
father of a North Carolina prosecutor, was kidnapped from his home
in Wake Forest. He was held for five days in Atlanta before being
rescued by the FBI. Seven people were soon arrested in the case.
Janssen’s daughter had prosecuted a high-ranking member of the
Bloods street gang.
(SFC, 4/22/14, p.A6)
2014 Apr 25, Multiple tornadoes
hit eastern North Carolina damaging over 200 homes.
(SSFC, 4/27/14, p.A13)
2014 May 28 Maya Angelou
(b.1928), American poet, writer and civil rights activist, died at
her home in Winston-Salem, NC. Her 1969 memoir “I Know Why the Caged
Bird Sings" was the first of her seven memoirs.
(SFC, 5/29/14, p.A11)(Econ, 6/7/14, p.98)
2014 Jun 3, In North Carolina
Patrick Cannon, the mayor of Charlotte, pleaded guilty to one count
of honest services wire fraud as he admitted his guilt in accepting
thousands of dollars in cash and airline tickets. From undercover
federal agents posing as businessmen.
(SFC, 6/4/14, p.A6)
2014 Jul 3, Category 2
Hurricane Arthur, the first hurricane of the season, made landfall
near the outer banks of North Carolina forcing thousands of
vacationers to abandon their Independence Day plans.
(AP, 7/3/14)(SFC, 7/4/14, p.A6)
2014 Aug 2, Donald Ray Morgan
(44), of Landis, NC, wanted for selling an assault rifle and other
weapons over the Internet was intercepted at Kennedy Airport and
questioned about the Islamic State. A judge ordered him held without
bail and sent him to NC to face the gun charge.
2014 Aug 29, In North Carolina
Lennon Lacy (17) was found hanging by a dog leash and a belt in
Bladenboro. A medical examiner ruled the black teen’s death a
suicide but the family questioned the ruling and the FBI opened an
(SFC, 12/13/14, p.A5)
2014 Oct 10, A US federal judge
in North Carolina struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.
(SFC, 10/11/14, p.A10)
2014 Oct 14, In North Carolina
Patrick Cannon (49), the former mayor of Charlotte, was sentenced to
almost four years in jail for taking bribes from undercover federal
(SFC, 10/15/14, p.A9)
2014 Oct 28, In Concord, North
Carolina, the Swiss company Alevo opened a factory for manufacturing
batteries to be used by power-grid operators.
(Econ, 12/6/14, TQ p.14)
2014 Dec 6, In North Carolina a
fire in an oceanfront condominium killed Mary Cochran (72) and
Darlene Maslar (43). In 2016 Marshall Doran (24) pleaded guilty to
two counts of murder and arson and was sentenced to life in prison.
(http://tinyurl.com/juaddjb)(SFC, 8/5/16, p.A5)
2015 Feb 10, In North Carolina
3 Muslim students: Deah Shaddy Bakarat (23) his wife of two months
Yusor Mohammad (21) and Ms. Mohammad’s sister Razan Mohammad
Abu-Salha (19), were shot and killed near the campus of the Univ. of
NC. Craig Stephen Hicks (46) turned himself in to the nearby Chatham
County Sheriff’s Office and was charged with three counts of
first-degree murder. A long-running dispute over parking was said to
be a potential motive. Police found at least a dozen firearms and a
large stash of ammunition at the home of Hicks.
p.A12)(SFC, 2/14/15, p.A8)
2015 Feb 12, The US multi-state
$564.1 Powerball lottery was won by ticket holders in North
Carolina, Texas and Puerto Rico.
(SFC, 2/12/15, p.A7)
2015 Feb 20, Duke Energy Corp.
said it has agreed to pay a fine of about $102 million for
environmental violations related to a power plant's coal ash spill
into a North Carolina river last year and the company's management
of coal ash basins in the state.
2015 Feb 25, The US
Supreme Court ruled that the North Carolina state regulatory board,
made up mostly of dentists, violated federal law against unfair
competition when it tried to prevent lower-cost competitors in other
fields from offering teeth-whitening procedures.
(SFC, 2/26/15, p.A12)
2015 Feb 26, More than 220,000
homes and businesses remained without power in North Carolina and
South Carolina today due to a winter storm with high winds.
2015 Mar 1, In North Carolina
three armed robbers stole $4.8 million in gold bars from an armored
truck on I-95 in Wilson County. On March 2, 2016, the FBI arrested
Adalberto Perez (46) at his home in South Florida for his role in
(SFC, 3/3/15, p.A6)(SFC, 3/5/15, p.A5)(SFC,
2015 Mar 3, Federal court
documents in North Carolina indicated that retired general and
former CIA director David Petraeus has reached an agreement with
federal prosecutors to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for
mishandling classified materials. He had given notebooks with
sensitive national security information to Paula Broadwell, his
mistress and biographer.
(SFC, 3/4/15, p.A9)
2015 Mar 17, In North Carolina
3 Burmese children — ages 1, 5, and 12 — were stabbed to death and
two other people were hurt in an attack at a home in New Bern.
Police identified the suspect as Eh Lar Doh Htoo (18).
2015 Mar 21, Jose Lantigua
(62), a Jacksonville businessman reported dead two years ago in
Venezuela, was arrested in North Carolina on alleged fraud charges
after his life insurance companies filed a lawsuit alleging he was
alive and they shouldn't be making payments.
2015 Apr 3, US power company
Duke Energy Corp said it has agreed to a $2.5 million settlement
proposed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
relating to the 2014 coal ash spill into the Dan River in North
2015 Apr 13, In North Carolina
Ronald Lane (44) was shot and killed inside a print shop at Wayne
Community College in Goldsboro. Kenneth Stancil III (20), who had
worked with Lane, was arrested the next day in Florida. Stancil
accused the victim of molesting his younger brother.
(SFC, 4/15/15, p.A5)
2015 Apr 23, In North Carolina
former US military commander and CIA director David Petraeus was
sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $100,000
fine but was spared prison time after pleading guilty to mishandling
2015 Jun 17, In South Carolina
white gunman Dylann Storm Roof (21) shot and killed 9 people at the
Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. The dead
included state Sen. Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney. Roof was arrested the
next day in Shelby, NC.
(AFP, 6/18/15)(SFC, 6/19/15, p.A9)
2015 Aug 11, In North Carolina
the GlaxoSmithKline plant in Zebulon was shut down after routine
testing found the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s in cooling
(SFC, 8/12/15, p.A5)
2015 Sep 2, In North Carolina
Staff Sgt. Jonathan Lewis (31) was killed in a helicopter accident
during night time training at Camp Lejeune.
(SFC, 9/5/15, p.A7)
2015 Sep 15, In North Carolina
the town council in coastal Surf City approved the retirement of
Police Chief Mike Halstead, who said he was forced to retire after
he described the Black Lives Matter movement as "an American-born
terrorist group" in a post on his personal Facebook page this month.
2015 Oct 6, Billy Joe Royal
(b.1942), popular county singer, died at his home in North Carolina.
He is best known for his 1965 hit “Down in the Boondocks" written
and produced by Joe South.
(SFC, 10/15/15, p.D4)
2016 Jan 23, A deadly blizzard
walloped the eastern United States, paralyzing Washington and other
cities under a heavy blanket of snow as officials warned millions of
people to remain indoors until the storm eases up. At least 8 people
were killed in three states in road accidents: 6 in North Carolina,
one in Kentucky and one in Virginia.
2016 Mar 23, North Carolina
Gov. Pat McCrory signed a new law that blocks local governments from
passing antidiscrimination rules and requiring transgender students
to use bathrooms assigned to their biological sex.
(SFC, 3/29/16, p.A5)
2016 Apr 5, PayPal became the
first and only prominent tech company to commit moving operations
out of North Carolina, whose governor last week signed into law a
bill that bars local governments from passing antidiscrimination
protections for LGBT people.
(SFC, 4/6/16, p.C1)
2016 May 9, The US Justice
Dept. sued North Carolina over the state’s new bathroom law
requiring transgender people to use restrooms corresponding to the
gender on their birth certificates.
(SFC, 5/10/16, p.A6)
2016 Jun 7, Tropical Storm
Colin blasted torrential rain and winds across the US Southeast,
triggering a mix of floods, hazardous surf and other severe weather
conditions in a broad swath between Florida and North Carolina as it
moved out to sea.
2016 Jul 21, The National
Basketball Association (NBA) decided not to host the 2017 All Star
Game in Charlotte, N.C., because of a state law regarding gendered
bathroom use that many consider discriminatory. A new location for
the games was not yet announced.
2016 Sep 20, In North Carolina
Keith Scott (43), a black man, was shot and killed by Charlotte
police Officer Brentley Vinson. Scott’s death touched off civil
unrest. Evidence later showed that Scott was armed with a handgun.
On Nov 30 a prosecutor cleared Vinson of any charges.
(SFC, 12/1/16, p.A10)
2016 Sep 22, North Carolina
officials declared a state of emergency less than two days after
police fatally shot Keith Scott, a black man, in Charlotte. Governor
Pat McCrory deployed the National Guard and State Highway Patrol
officers to the city.
2016 Oct 9, Almost 2.2 million
homes and businesses were without power morning after Hurricane
Matthew pummeled Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina with
heavy rain and wind.
2016 Oct 11, The US death toll
from Hurricane Matthew rose to 34 with half the deaths in North
Carolina. Thousands more people in the state were urged to evacuate
as high waters from the hurricane pushed downstream. Damages in
North Carolina from Matthew were later estimated at $1.5 billion.
(SFC, 10/12/16, p.A5)(SFC, 10/17/16, p.A4)
2016 Dec 5, North Carolina Gov.
Pat McCrory (R) ended his legal challenges to the election,
conceding that he had lost his bid for a second term to Democrat Roy
2016 Dec 16, North Carolina
Republican stripped incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of some of
his authority and were on the cusp of an even greater power grab.
(SFC, 12/17/16, p.A8)
2017 Feb 8, In North Carolina a
3-judge panel temporarily blocked a new law requiring state Senate
confirmation for Gov. Roy Cooper’s Cabinet members. The law was
passed in the waning days of Rep. Gov. Pat McCrory.
(SFC, 2/9/17, p.A6)
2017 Feb 18, Omar Abdel Rahman
(b.1938), the Egyptian jihadist spiritual leader linked to the 1993
World Trade Center bombing, died at the Federal correction Complex
in Butner, N.C., While serving a life sentence.
(AFP, 2/18/17)(SSFC, 2/19/17, p.A10)
2017 Feb, In North Carolina
officers fired at and killed Kenneth Lee Bailey (24) after he ran
from a house where officers had come to arrest him. Bailey had
violated terms of his pre-trial release on armed-robbery charges.
State criminal investigators found empty bullet shells and a handgun
near where Bailey fell. In September a prosecutor said no
charges would be filed because the officers were afraid for their
(http://tinyurl.com/y77h9lzx)(SFC, 9/27/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 6, In North Carolina
Oliver Funes Machada (18), reportedly an illegal immigrant from
Honduras, beheaded his mother (35). In 2018 he was judged not guilty
by reason of insanity.
2017 Mar 17, A North Carolina
judicial panel threw out laws approved two weeks before Gov. Roy
Cooper took office that limited his authority in carrying out
elections and protected hundreds of former Rep. Gov. Pat McCrory’s
political appointees. The panel upheld a new law subjecting Cooper’s
Cabinet secretaries to formal confirmation by a majority of the
(SFC, 3/18/17, p.A6)
2017 Mar 30, North Carolina’s
Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill rolling back the state’s “bathroom
bill" to end a yearlong backlash over transgender rights that has
cost the state dearly in various business projects, conventions and
(SFC, 3/30/17, p.A12)
2017 Apr 14, The US Justice
Dept. said it is dismissing a federal lawsuit against North Carolina
over the state’s 2016 “bathroom bill," which required transgender
people to use public restrooms corresponding to the sex on their
(SFC, 4/15/17, p.A7)
2017 May 23, North Carolina’s
Charlotte Observer reported that Lavon Williams (38) has been
sentenced to 24 years in federal prison. He made at least 11 round
trips between San Francisco and Charlotte between October 2014 and
February 2015, carrying about 40 pounds of the drug aboard each
(SFC, 5/23/17, p.A6)
2017 Jun 2, North Carolina
police found two adults dead and a toddler alone in a bedroom in
Wilson. Michael Allen Joyner (38) flew to Los Angeles where he was
arrested for killing his father and wife with an ax.
(SFC, 6/5/17, p.A4)
2017 Aug 24, In North Carolina
the Durham Public Schools’ board voted unanimously to revise its
dress code to prohibit the Confederate flag, Ku Klux Klan symbols
(SFC, 8/26/17, p.A5)
2017 Sep 30, In North Carolina
a stolen vehicle chased by a sheriff’s deputy ran a red light in
Greensboro around midnight and slammed into another car killing five
people in both cars.
(SFC, 10/2/17, p.A4)
2017 Oct 8, In North Carolina a
boy (4) accidentally shot and killed his grandfather, Danny Patrick
(57), as they were shooting a rifle in Pasquotank County.
2017 Oct 12, In North Carolina
an attempted breakout from the Pasquotank Correctional Institution
in Elizabeth City left two employees dead. Prison guard Wendy
Shannon, another guard, a maintenance worker and a sewing plant
manager were killed in the disturbance. Prisoners also set a fire as
a diversion during the episode.
p.A6)(http://tinyurl.com/y68xs3xo)(SSFC, 10/20/19, p.A8)
2017 Nov 10, In North Carolina
a military jury sentenced former Marine Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix
guilty of maltreatment for terrorizing three Muslim recruits at the
Marine boot camp in Paris Island. Recruit Raheel Siddiqui died last
year when he fell 40 feet onto a concrete stairwell following abuse
by the drill sergeant.
(SFC, 11/11/17, p.A7)
2017 Nov 27, In North Carolina
Kristy Woods reported that her daughter, Mariah Woods (3), was
missing. The child’s body was found on Dec. 2 in a creek in Pender
County, one day after Earl Kimrey (32), the mother’s boyfriend, was
charged with hiding the body after knowing she did not die of
(SFC, 12/4/17, p.A6)
2018 Jan 4, Four people were
reported killed in North Carolina and South Carolina after their
vehicles ran off snow-covered roads. More than 5,000 flights were
reported cancelled across the US.
(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A5)
2018 Jan 9, US federal judges
ruled that North Carolina’s congressional district map, drawn by
legislative Republicans, is illegally gerrymandered and must be
(SFC, 1/11/18, p.A5)
2018 Jan 12, In North Carolina
police shot and killed Jonathan Bennett, a suspect in the shooting
death of Brittan White (24), the mother of his baby.
(SFC, 1/13/18, p.A6)
2018 Feb 21, Reverend Billy
Graham (b.1918) died at his home in North Carolina. The influential
Southern preacher had been a spiritual advisor to several US
presidents and millions of Americans via their television sets.
(AFP, 2/21/18)(SFC, 2/22/18, p.A4)
2018 May 11, In North Carolina
Dr. Jerry Gross (72), and his son, Jason Lee Gross (51), both
members of the Word of Faith Fellowship Church in Spindale, were
charged with wire fraud in US District Court in Asheville. They were
charged in a criminal bill of information, which generally means
defendants have agreed to waive indictment and plead guilty.
2018 May 16, In North Carolina
thousands of teachers filled the streets of Raleigh demanding better
pay and more funding for public schools.
(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A14)
2018 May 20, In North Carolina
Roger Self intentionally rammed into the Surf and Turf Lodge in
Bessemer City killing his daughter (26) and daughter-in-law.
(SFC, 5/21/18, p.A5)
2018 May 30, In North Carolina
two people were killed after floods triggered a landslide, as
Alberto was downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone with diminished
2018 Aug 20, In North Carolina
a Confederate statue nicknamed "Silent Sam" was yanked down at the
Univ. of North Carolina. Protesters said it symbolized racism and
white supremacist views. On Aug. 25 seven people were arrested
at a rally calling for the statue, dating back to 1913, to be
returned. In 2019 a judge ruled that students cannot interfere in a
settlement that gave a Confederate heritage group money to preserve
(SSFC, 8/26/18, p.A10)(SFC, 12/23/19, p.A5)
2018 Sep 9, In North Carolina
police in Greenville, responding to a reported fight in an alleyway,
shot dead a gunman who was firing into a crowd of people early
(SFC, 9/10/18, p.A5)
2018 Sep 11, South Carolina
Governor Henry McMaster ordered as many as one million coastal
residents to leave their homes ahead of the projected arrival of
Hurricane Florence on September 13. The governor of neighboring
North Carolina ordered an evacuation of the Outer Banks.
2018 Sep 14, Hurricane Florence
made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 hurricane but was
soon downgraded to a tropical storm, even as it continued to wreak
havoc along the East Coast, downing trees and power lines and
forcing 20,000 people to flee to shelters. The storm eventually left
39 people dead. Damages in the state were later put at nearly $17
(AP, 9/15/18)(SFC, 10/3/18, p.A7)(SFC, 11/2/18,
2018 Sep 15, US authorities
warned residents displaced by a killer hurricane against returning
home, as storm Florence dumped "epic amounts of rainfall" across the
eastern United States, resulting in life-threatening flooding. Five
deaths were officially confirmed in North Carolina.
2018 Sep 16, Flooding from
Hurricane Florence spread across the Carolinas as the death toll
climbed to 17.
(SFC, 9/17/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 18, It was reported
that millions of animals trapped inside of North Carolina’s factory
farm operations died from drowning during Hurricane Florence.
2018 Sep 21, Residents in
communities of North Carolina and South Carolina were still being
forced to flee to higher ground eight days after Hurricane Florence
hit with nearly 3 feet of rain. The death toll reached at least 42
(SFC, 9/22/18, p.A7)
2018 Sep 27, North Carolina
police said search crews have found the body of Maddox Ritch (6).
The autistic boy had disappeared Sept. 22 after running after a
(SFC, 9/28/18, p.A4)
2018 Sep 27, US Interior Sec.
Ryan Zinke said 76 people have been arrested over the last few weeks
on drug charges in a sweep of traffickers on reservation land in
western North Carolina of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
2018 Sep 27, US Maj. Gen.
Sidney Shachnow (b.1934) died in Pinehurst, NC. He had escaped a
Nazi labor camp in Lithuania as a boy and rose through the ranks of
the US Army. His 2004 autobiography, "Hope and Honor," was written
with Jan Robbins.
(SSFC, 10/14/18, p.C12)
2018 Oct 17, In North Carolina
state Trooper Kevin Conner was shot and killed during a traffic stop
in Columbus County. Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis (20) was soon
charged first-degree murder.
(SFC, 10/18/18, p.A5)
2018 Oct 29, In North Carolina
Jatwan Craig Cuffie (16) shot and killed fellow student Bobby
McKeithen (16) at Butler High School in Matthews.
(SFC, 10/30/18, p.A5)
2018 Nov 5, In North Carolina
Hania Noelia Aguilar (13) was kidnapped from a mobile home park as
she prepared to leave for a bus stop. Police found her body several
weeks later in a body of water 10 miles away. On Dec. 8 the FBI said
Michael Ray McLellan (34) has been charged with murder, rape and
eight other felonies.
(SFC, 11/8/18, p.A6)(SSFC, 12/9/18, p.A8)
2018 Nov 28, US authorities
said five inmates in the Carolinas had been indicted for extorting
more than half a million dollars from military personnel across the
country, using illegal cell phones to pose as underage women on
(SFC, 11/29/18, p.A7)
2018 Dec 6, It was reported
that a North Carolina court has struck down more legislation
Republicans approved for their lame-duck governor's signature to
erode powers of an incoming Democrat.
(SFC, 12/6/18, p.A6)
2018 Dec 11, North Carolina
reported three deaths after melting snow from a winter storm in
several southern states transformed to ice.
(SFC, 12/12/18, p.A7)
2018 Dec 30, In North Carolina
a lion killed Alexandra Black (22) after it got loose from a locked
space at a wildlife conservatory in Burlington. The lion was killed
after attempts to tranquilize it failed.
(SFC, 12/31/18, p.A5)
2019 Feb 27, In North Carolina
political operative Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. (63) was arrested on
charges of illegal ballot handling and conspiracy. Four other people
working for him were also charged.
(SFC, 2/28/19, p.A6)
2019 Mar 9, In North Carolina
Diana Alejandra Keel went missing. Her body was found days later
with multiple stab wounds. Her husband Rexford Lynn Keel Jr. (57)
was arrested after being sighted on March 17 near Tucson.
(SFC, 3/19/19, p.A8)
2019 Mar 25, Prosecutors said
that faked data by a research technician was used to obtain federal
grants for North Carolina's Duke Univ. The problem was discovered in
2013 after the technician was fired for embezzling university money.
A former Duke employee will get nearly $34 million for alerting the
government. Duke pay $112 million to settle the whistle-blower
(SFC, 3/26/19, p.A6)
2019 Mar 25, In North Carolina
five inmates escaped from the Nash County Detention center. Four of
the five were caught within 24 hours.
(SFC, 3/27/19, p.A4)
2019 Mar 29, A US federal judge
in North Carolina ruled that a charter school promoting traditional
values is engaging in unconstitutional sex discrimination by
requiring girls to wear skirts.
(SFC, 3/30/19, p.A6)
2019 Apr 5, A small Russian
bank owned by former US congressman Charles Taylor was stripped of
its license after allegedly breaking anti-money laundering rules.
Taylor, a Republican widely considered a hard-line conservative, was
a congressman from North Carolina between 1991 and 2007. Taylor
bought CBI in 2003 alongside his business partner Boris Bolshakov, a
former KGB agent and Supreme Soviet deputy who is listed as the
bank's second-largest shareholder.
2019 Apr 30, In North Carolina
Trystan Andrew Terrell (22) shot and killed two people and wounded
four others at the Univ. of North Carolina-Charlotte. Student Riley
Howell (21) tackled the gunman saving other students, but losing his
(SFC, 5/1/19, p.A7)(SFC, 5/2/19, p.A6)
2019 Jun 7, In North Carolina
four people and two dogs from Florida died when their private plane
crashed about 40 miles east of Raleigh.
(SSFC, 6/9/19, p.A12)
2019 Jun 12, Craig Stephen
Hicks (50) of North Carolina, charged with killing three
much-admired Muslim university students, pleaded guilty, four years
after the slayings. In February 2015, Hicks burst into a condo in
Chapel Hill owned by Deah Barakat (23) and fatally shot Barakat, his
wife, Yusor Abu-Salha (21), and her sister Razan Abu-Salha (19).
2019 Jun 24, It was reported
that federal agents have broken up a theft ring involving 21 people
responsible for stealing $3.9 million worth of used cooking oil from
restaurants in North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia over the last
(SFC, 6/24/19, p.A4)
2019 Jun 27, North Carolina
authorities said Areli Aguirre Avilez (30), the man accused of
murdering his ex-wife, Maria Calderon, and her two children, is a
Mexican citizen who's in the United States illegally. The children
were found shot inside their burned home, while Calderon was
2019 Jun 27, In North Carolina
a single-engine plane crashed into a home late today killing the
pilot and one person inside the house in Hope Mills.
(SFC, 6/29/19, p.A5)
2019 Jul 23, In North Carolina
a federal judge approved a settlement saying state agencies and
universities cannot ban transgender people from using the bathroom
of the gender with which they identify.
(SFC, 7/24/19, p.A5)
2019 Jul 26, A US appeals court
invalidated a permit that deals with threatened species for the
600-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, designed to carry natural gas from
West Virginia into Virginia and North Carolina.
(SSFC, 7/28/19, p.A6)
2019 Jul 28, In North Carolina
Circe Baez (36) and Alexis Morales (38) were arrested at a Charlotte
hotel. FBI investigators believed Baez robbed four banks and Morales
was an accomplice in what's been dubbed the "Pink Lady Bandit" bank
robberies along the East Coast.
2019 Aug 13, A police officer
in Gastonia, North Carolina, shot a suspect late today after
responding to a call about a “subject with a weapon" at a popular
(Charlotte Observer, 8/14/19)
2019 Aug 26, In North Carolina
federal prosecutors announced long sentences for the wife and mother
of a jailed man. All three pleaded guilty to trafficking underage
girls for sex to raise money for Zerrell Fuentes’ bond. Brianna
Leshay Wright was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex
trafficking a minor. Her mother-in-law, Tanya Fuentes, was sentenced
to two years for conspiracy.
2019 Sep 3, A North Carolina
trial court rejected state legislative district maps, saying
lawmakers took extreme advantage from drawing districts to help
elect a maximum number of Republicans. An appeal was expected.
(SFC, 9/4/19, p.A5)
2019 Sep 6, Hurricane Dorian
made landfall on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, hitting the
beach resort area with powerful winds and battering waves days after
reducing parts of the Bahamas to rubble.
2019 Sep 10, In North Carolina
Republican Dan Bishop held onto a seat for the GOP in the Ninth
Congressional district in a narrow victory over Democrat Dan
(Yahoo News, 9/11/19)
2019 Sep 20, It was reported
that the US Education Department has ordered Duke University and the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to remake the Middle
East studies program run jointly by the two schools after concluding
that it was offering students a biased curriculum that, among other
complaints, did not present enough “positive" imagery of Judaism and
Christianity in the region.
(NY Times, 9/20/19)
2019 Oct 2, In North Carolina
Robin Hayes, a former state Republican Party chairman, pleaded
guilty to lying to federal agents conducting bribery investigations
in 2018. Hayes had used the party as a conduit of $250,000 to state
Insurance Commissioner Nike Causey's re-election campaign at the
request of insurance magnate Greg Lindberg.
(SFC, 10/3/19, p.A5)
2019 Oct 20, In North Carolina
a small plane crashed late today after disappearing from radar while
approaching Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Search crews found
the wreckage of missing plane the next morning. two people were
(AP, 10/21/19)(SFC, 10/22/19, p.A7)
2019 Nov 20, A North Carolina
county removed a Confederate statue from the historic outside the
historic Chatham County courthouse early today, joining the handful
of places around the state where such monuments have come down in
recent years despite a law protecting them.
2019 Nov, North Carolina's
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper warned that no more than 14 known red
wolves remain in the wild and that the breed is on the verge of
extinction. Red wolves were reintroduced to North Carolina in 1987.
An additional 200 live in captive breeding programs.
(SFC, 12/27/19, p.A11)
2019 Dec 4, Charlotte resident
Arlando M. Henderson (29), a former Wells Fargo employee, was
arrested in San Diego, of stealing more than $88,000 in cash from
the vault of a bank in North Carolina. An indictment unsealed later
alleged Henderson took the cash from customer deposits on at least
18 occasions throughout 2019 and then rigged the books to try to
hide his actions.
2019 Dec 20, In North Carolina
a city worker was killed and a police sergeant and third employee
were shot and injured when a man opened fire at a sanitation
department facility in Winston-Salem before being shot by police.
(ABC News, 12/21/19)
2020 Jan 13, In North Carolina
William Todd Chamberlain (46), a former US Army Green Beret, pleaded
guilty to his role in a conspiracy to steal money from the
government that was meant to support the armed forces' mission in
Afghanistan. Prosecutors said Chamberlain and four other members of
the 3rd Special Forces Group based at Fort Bragg, NC, stole about
$200,000 while deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and 2010.
2020 Jan 21, A North Carolina
appeals court upheld the legality of a legislative session
Republicans quickly called in December 2016 to push through laws
that weakened the power of incoming Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper.
2020 Feb 6, In North Carolina
Durham County sheriff’s deputies charged a record 18 people with
soliciting prostitution, targeting the customers in a new fight
against human trafficking. Deputies used the internet to arrange
meetings with men at a local hotel and then arrested them there.
(Charlotte Observer, 2/7/20)
2020 Feb 7, More than 300,000
homes and businesses were without power early today as a weather
system blamed for five deaths in the South moved into the
northeastern United States. Authorities confirmed five storm-related
fatalities, in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and
2020 Feb 25, In North Carolina
Democratic rivals held a critical debate ahead of the state's
primary that could dramatically reshape the race. Bernie
Sanders labeled Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu a "reactionary racist"
and said he'd consider reversing President Donald Trump's move of
the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
(AP, 2/25/20)(AP, 2/26/20)
2020 Mar 20, It was reported
that Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina and chairman
of the Intelligence Committee, sold hundreds of thousands of
dollars’ worth of stock before the markets plunged. Three other
senators — Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California; James Inhofe,
Republican of Oklahoma; and Kelly Loeffler, Republican of Georgia —
also sold major holdings, according to disclosure records.
(NY Times, 3/20/20)
2020 Mar 30, Rep. Mark Meadows
(R-N.C.) resigned from Congress to become President Trump's new
chief of staff. Meadows replaces former colleague Mick Mulvaney, who
had the job for just over a year.
(The Week, 3/31/20)
2020 Apr 13, Severe weather
swept across the southern US overnight, killing more than 30 people
and damaging hundreds of homes from Louisiana into the Appalachian
Mountains. Eleven people were killed in Mississippi. Nine people
died in South Carolina. Coroners said eight were killed in Georgia.
Tennessee officials said three people were killed in and around
Chattanooga, and others died under falling trees or inside collapsed
buildings in Arkansas and North Carolina.
(AP, 4/13/20)(AP, 4/13/20)
2020 May 13, US federal agents
seized a cellphone belonging to Republican Sen. Richard Burr of
North Carolina late today as part of the Justice Department’s
investigation into controversial stock trades he made as the novel
coronavirus first struck the US.
(New York, 5/14/20)
2020 May 14, North Carolina
Sen. Richard Burr announced that he was temporarily stepping down as
chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. He had received
classified briefings before he sold up to $1.7 million in stocks.
(The Week, 5/15/20)
2020 May 16, A US federal judge
issued an order that allows North Carolina religious leaders to
reopen their doors to their congregations in spite of Gov. Roy
Cooper's warning that they risk spreading coronavirus.
(Good Morning America, 5/17/20)
2020 May 23, North Carolina
reported its highest one-day increase of confirmed cases, with 1,107
cases. Total confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 22,725 with 737
(Good Morning America, 5/23/20)
2020 May 25, US President
Donald Trump warned that he may move the Republican National
Convention from North Carolina set for August if the event faces
state social distancing restrictions as a result of the coronavirus.
2020 May 30, Confederate
monuments were defaced in Virginia, the Carolinas, Tennessee and
Mississippi as protests swelled across the country over the May 25
death of George Floyd in Minnesota.
2020 Jun 2, President Donald
Trump said he is seeking a new state to host this summer’s
Republican National Convention after North Carolina refused to
guarantee the event could be held in Charlotte without public health
restrictions to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Jun 13, In North Carolina
two more prisoners died at the Federal Correctional Complex at
Butner from COVID-19 complications. Both men were in the
low-security prison, which has the largest coronavirus outbreak in
the federal prison system, with 623 total active cases, eight among
(Charlotte Observer, 6/15/20)
2020 Jun 20, In Raleigh, North
Carolina, crews worked to removed two Confederate statues outside
the state Capitol the morning after protesters toppled two nearby
(SSFC, 6/21/20, p.A8)
2020 Jun 22, In North Carolina
two people were killed and seven others were wounded in an early
morning shooting at an "impromptu block party" on Beatties Ford Road
in northern Charlotte.
2020 Jul 5, Dominion Energy and
Duke Energy, developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, announced
that they are cancelling the multi-state natural gas project citing
delays and increasing cost uncertainties. The $8 billion project was
designed to cross Virginia and West Virginia into North
(SFC, 7/6/20, p.A4)
2020 Jul 14, North Carolina
Governor Roy Cooper said that he was ordering public schools to
reopen for classroom instruction in August if they are able to
maintain social distancing for students and staff and meet other
2020 Jul 14, North
Carolina-based life sciences company IQVIA Holdings Inc said it
would collaborate with AstraZeneca Plc to speed up clinical studies
of the British drugmaker's potential COVID-19 vaccine in the United
2020 Jul 20, In North Carolina
the body of Keonna Graham (23) was found in a hotel room in
Shallotte. The following day suspect Michael Todd Hill (52), the
winner of a $10 million lottery in 2017, was arrested in Southport.
(SFC, 7/23/20, p.A3)
2020 Aug 4, Tropical Storm
Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain along the US East Coast
after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it
smashed boats together and caused floods and fires that displaced
dozens of people. One person in Maryland, one in Connecticut, one in
New York and two others in North Carolina died as a result of the
(AP, 8/4/20)(Good Morning America, 8/5/20)
2020 Aug 9, The most powerful
earthquake to hit North Carolina in more than 100 years shook much
of the state early today, rattling homes, businesses and residents.
the 5.1-magnitude temblor was the largest earthquake to hit the
state since 1916, when a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland.
2020 Aug 16, More than 100
demonstrators converged outside the North Carolina mansion of
postmaster general Louis DeJoy, protesting the cutbacks, delays and
other changes to the USPS that have created fears for mail-in voting
ahead of the November presidential election.
2020 Aug 17, The Univ. of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill became the first big university to move
in-person classes online after new coronavirus outbreaks. Just one
week into the semester, 177 students had tested positive, and
hundreds of others were in quarantine because of possible exposure.
2020 Aug 23, In North Carolina
protests opposing US President Donald Trump took to the streets of
Charlotte for a third straight night ahead of this week's Republican
2020 Aug 24, Republicans
gathered to formally nominate President Donald Trump for reelection
at a scaled-down convention kickoff in Charlotte, North Carolina,
that begins a weeklong effort to convince the American people that
the president deserves a second term. President Trump and Vice
President Pence were officially nominated for re-election. On the
first night of the Republican National Convention, Trump and his
allies presented a bleak vision of the country’s future under a
(AP, 8/24/20)(The Week, 8/25/20)(NY Times,
2020 Aug 27, In North Carolina
Ronnie Long (64) was freed after the state filed a motion in federal
court a day earlier seeking to vacate his 1976 conviction by an
all-white jury. He was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree
rape and first-degree burglary. His attorney said forensic reports
implicating another suspect weren't turned over to the defense by
the state and that police "perjured themselves" during Long's trial.
(NBC News, 8/27/20)
2020 Sep 2, President Trump
suggested that people in North Carolina stress-test the security of
their elections systems by voting twice. Voting twice is illegal.
(NY Times, 9/3/20)
2020 Sep 4, Mail balloting in
the presidential election began as North Carolina started sending
out more than 600,000 ballots to voters — responding to a massive
spike in requests that has played out across the country as voters
look for a safer way to cast ballots during the pandemic.
2020 Sep 6, The Washington Post
reported that US Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for years reimbursed
workers of his New Breed Technologies company who made political
contributions to Republican candidates. DeJoy sold the business in
2014. North Carolina has called for an investigation into the
(SFC, 9/7/20, p.A7)
2020 Oct 2, North Carolina Sen.
Thom Tillis and Utah Sen. Mike Lee, both Republican members of the
Senate Judiciary Committee, said that they had tested positive for
2020 Oct 3, A federal judge
halted new North Carolina absentee voting rules that gave voters
more leeway to fix witness problems and extended the period when
election boards could accept mailed-in ballots.
(SSFC, 10/4/20, p.A8)
2020 Oct 14, A US federal judge
ordered North Carolina to ensure that absentee ballots have a
witness signature in a mixed ruling that allows voters to fix other
minor problems without casting a new ballot from scratch.
(SFC, 10/15/20, p.A6)
2020 Oct 20, A US federal
appeals court left in place North Carolina's plan for counting
absentee ballots that arrive after Election Day, dealing a setback
to President Donald Trump's re-election campaign.
2020 Oct 25, President Trump's
campaign appealed to the US Supreme Court seeking to block North
Carolina's plan to extend the counting of absentee ballots.
(The Week, 10/26/20)
2020 Oct 28, The US Supreme
Court allowed election officials in two battleground states,
Pennsylvania and North Carolina, to accept absentee ballots for
several days after Election Day.
(NY Times, 10/29/20)
2020 Nov 10, In North Carolina
Democrat Cal Cunningham conceded to incumbent Republican US Sen.
Thom Tillis, saying “the voters have spoken" and it was clear Tillis
2020 Nov 12, In North Carolina
at least seven people died in flash floods, as the same weather
system driving Tropical Storm Eta dropped 10 inches of rain on some
parts of the state.
(The Week, 11/13/20)
2020 Nov 13, The 2020
presidential election's final states were called, with
President-elect Joe Biden winning Georgia, and President Trump
winning North Carolina. The results bring Biden's total Electoral
College win to a margin of 306-232, the exact number Trump won in
(The Week, 11/14/20)