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620Mil BC    In 1975 animal fossils of about this time were discovered in North Carolina.

1524        Mar 19, Giovanni de Verrazano of France sighted land around area of Carolinas.
    (MC, 3/19/02)

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, 10/01, p.1)

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 White.
    (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 Roanoke Island.
    (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]
    (HN, 3/24/99)

1663        Apr 6, King Charles II signed the Carolina Charter. [see Mar 24]
    (MC, 4/6/02)

1709        Sep 3, The 1st major group of Swiss and German colonists reached the Carolinas.
    (MC, 9/3/01)

1729        Jul 25, North Carolina became a royal colony.
    (SC, 7/25/02)

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 children.
    (HN, 9/22/98)

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, p.A3)(www.qaronline.org/history/search.htm)

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.
    (AP, 11/22/97)(www.outerbankschamber.com/relocation/history/ocracoke.cfm)

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.
    (AP, 4/12/07)

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, N.C.
    (HN, 2/25/98)

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.
    (AP, 11/21/97)

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.
    (HNQ, 12/3/01)

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.
    (AP, 2/13/04)

1795        Nov 2, James Knox Polk, the 11th president of the United States, was born in Mecklenburg County, N.C.
    (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.
    (MC, 11/21/01)

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 do so.
    (AP, 5/20/97)(HN, 5/20/98)

1861        Jul 14, Naval Engagement at Wilmington, NC. USS Daylight established a blockade.
    (MC, 7/14/02)

1861        Aug 27, Union troops made an amphibious landing at Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
    (HN, 8/27/98)

1861        Aug 28, The Battle of Fort Hatteras, NC.
    (MC, 8/28/01)

1862        Feb 7, Federal fleet attacked Roanoke Island, NC.
    (MC, 2/7/02)

1862        Feb 8, Union troops under Gen. Ambrose Burnside defeated a Confederate defense force at the Battle of Roanoke Island, N.C.
    (HN, 2/8/99)

1862        Mar 14, Battle of New Bern, NC. General Burnside conquered New Bern, a strategic port and rail hub.
    (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, p.5)

1863        Jan 25, Battle of Kingston, NC.
    (MC, 1/25/02)

1863        Mar 18, Confederate women rioted in Salisbury, N.C. to protest the lack of flour and salt in the South.
    (HN, 3/18/00)

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 Wilmington.
    (HN, 2/29/00)

1864        Oct 1, The Condor, a British blockade-runner, was grounded near Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
    (HN, 10/1/98)

1864        Dec 20-27, Battle of Ft. Fisher, NC.
    (MC, 12/20/01)

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.
    (HN, 1/16/99)

1865        Feb 18, Union troops forced the Confederates to abandon Fort Anderson, N.C.
    (HN, 2/18/98)

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.
    (HN, 2/8/98)

1865        Mar 7-10, Battles were fought around Kingston, NC.
    (MC, 3/7/02)

1865        Mar 8, Battle of Kingston, NC (Wilcox's ridge, Wise's Forks).
    (MC, 3/8/02)

1865        Mar 10, Battle of Monroe's Crossroads, NC.
    (MC, 3/10/02)

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.
    (HN, 3/11/98)

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 20-21]
    (MC, 3/19/02)

1865        Mar 20, Battle of Bentonville, N.C.
    (HN, 3/20/98)

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 point.
    (HN, 3/21/98)

1865        Mar 23, General Sherman and Cox's troops reached Goldsboro, NC.
    (SS, 3/23/02)

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.
    (MC, 4/18/02)

1865        Apr 23, Union cavalry units continued to skirmish with Confederate forces in Henderson, North Carolina and Munsford Station, Alabama.
    (HN, 4/23/99)

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.
    (MC, 4/2/02)

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.
    (AP, 6/25/97)

1869        Apr 12, North Carolina legislature passed an anti-Klan Law.
    (MC, 4/12/02)

1870        Feb 26, Wyatt Outlaw, black leader of Union League in North Carolina, was lynched.
    (SC, 2/26/02)

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 Carolina."
    (WSJ, 7/31/01, p.A16)

1871        Mar 22, William Holden of NC became the 1st US governor removed by impeachment.
    (MC, 3/22/02)

1871        The 208-foot, brick Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was built. In 1999 it was moved 2,900 feet inland.
    (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 Life-Saving Service.
    (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.
    (MC, 8/27/01)

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."
    (WSJ, 3/20/09, p.W11)(www.theridgebooks.com/si/7107.html)

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).
    (WSJ, 8/25/07, p.A8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belk)

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.
    (MC, 2/21/02)

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 Hatteras Island.
    (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 origin.
    (AP, 11/28/09)

1898            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.
    (http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/nc/bio/afro/riot.htm)(WSJ, 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.
    (SC, 3/3/02)

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."
    (HN, 8/7/99)

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 Hatteras, N.C.
    (AP, 8/11/97)

1916        In North Carolina a magnitude 5.5 quake occurred near Skyland.
    (AP, 8/9/20)

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.
    (SC, 8/17/02)

1922        Dec 24, Ava Gardner, actress (On the Beach, Night of the Iguana), was born in Grabtown, NC.
    (MC, 12/24/01)

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.
    (WSJ, 7/27/05, p.D10)(www.emusic.com/artist/11579/11579058.html)

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.
    (SSFC, 2/25/07, p.G5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Buchanan_Duke)

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 and others.

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.
    (HN, 8/23/00)

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 furniture.
    (SFC, 7/25/07, p.G2)

1937        Mar 15, The 1st state contraceptive clinic opened in Raleigh, NC.
    (MC, 3/15/02)

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 Univ.
    (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.
    (MC, 5/14/02)

1945        Aug 3, Ron Hendren, TV host (Entertainment Tonight), was born in Pinehurst, NC.
    (SC, 8/3/02)

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.
    (SC, 8/12/02)

1952        Feb 16, The FBI arrested 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
    (HN, 2/16/98)

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.
    (WSJ, 9/29/08, p.A12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandfather_Mountain)

1953        Sep 5, The 1st privately operated atomic reactor opened in Raleigh NC.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

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 years later.
    (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.
    (MC, 3/12/02)

1956        Black Mountain College in western North Carolina, founded in 1933 by Theodore Dreir (d.1997), closed.

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, 3/18/06, p.81)

1958        Sep 5, The 1st color video recording on magnetic tape was presented in Charlotte, NC.
    (MC, 9/5/01)

1959        May 4, Randy Travis, country singer (Diggin' Up Bones), was born in Marshville, NC.
    (MC, 5/4/02)

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.
    (HN, 2/23/98)

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.
    (www.willthomasonline.net/willthomasonline/Broken_Arrows.html)(CSM, 9/21/13)

1961-1965    Terry Sanford (d.1998 at 80) served as the governor.
    (SFEC, 4/19/98, p.C6)

1967        Jul 19, Race riots took place in Durham, NC.
    (MC, 7/19/02)

1967        Jul 22, Carl Sandburg (89), historian and poet (Abraham Lincoln: Prairie Years), died in North Carolina.
    (AP, 7/22/07)

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 students.

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, p.A1)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_R._MacDonald)

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.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilmington_Ten)(SFC, 2/25/97, p.A10)(SFC, 1/1/13, p.A4)(www.notablebiographies.com/Ch-Co/Chavis-Muhammad-Benjamin.html)

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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/6lntd5)(SFEC, 7/13/97, 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 murder.
    (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 20th Century."
    (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.
    (AP, 9/11/06)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Air_Lines)

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 qualified claimants.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/3/97)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greensboro_massacre)(SFC, 10/8/20, p.A6)

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.
    (AP, 7/25/17)

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.
    (AP, 2/5/06)

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 choices.

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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/nqn7hoz)(SFC, 9/4/14, 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.
    (AP, 4/17/11)

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.
    (AP, 11/2/99)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velma_Barfield)

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 resignation.

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.
    (AP, 6/13/08)

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.
    (AP, 7/29/08)

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.
    (AP, 10/10/97)

1988        Mar 31, The Charlotte (N.C) Observer won the prize for public service for its coverage of the Praise The Lord scandal.
    (AP, 3/31/98)

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.
    (AP, 12/5/98)

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 environment."
    (AP, 2/18/10)

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 defraud followers.
    (AP, 10/5/99)

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.
    (SFC, 4/21/12, p.A8)(http://www.wral.com/news/state/story/1169340/)

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 9, In North Carolina Kevin Dean Hodgin (35), a Domino's Pizza delivery driver, was beaten and killed during an armed robbery outside the Domino's store in Guilford County. In 2021 Shantu Jenkins, one of five young men charged in the slaying, was released on parole.
    (AP, 2/20/21)

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.
    (AP, 12/23/97)

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 environmental issues.
    (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.
    (SFC, 5/21/96, p.A-3)(http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1355/is_n1_v88/ai_16951730)

1993        Aug 31, Hurricane Emily hit North Carolina's Outer Banks, killing three people.
    (AP, 8/31/98)

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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/yakmejpj)(AP, 12/29/18)

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.
    (AP, 4/5/99)

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.
    (AP, 7/2/97)

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.
    (AP, 11/21/99)

1994        Dec 13, An American Eagle commuter plane carrying 20 people crashed short of Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina, killing 15.
    (AP, 12/13/98)

1994        The Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars, expansion football teams, began playing. They benefited from a newly established salary cap.
    (WSJ, 1/10/97, p.A1)(www.panthers.com/team/history.jsp)

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 Base, NC.
    (SFC, 7/9/97, p.A3)

1995        Jul 1, Rock-and-roll disc jockey Wolfman Jack died in Belvidere, North Carolina, at age 57.
    (AP, 7/1/00)

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.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(www.wunderground.com)

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.
    (AP, 2/27/98)

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.
    (AP, 10/23/03)

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 Charlotte.
    (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 80.
    (AP, 4/18/99)

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.
    (AP, 2/5/19)

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, 11/24/99, p.A13)

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.
    (AP, 9/11/04)(www.wunderground.com)

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.
    (AP, 1/12/05)

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" Us Store.
    (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 next year.
    (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 Delhi.
    (www.virginia.edu/soasia/newsletter/Fall01/stein.html)(SFC, 4/7/07, p.F6)

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 Duke Univ.
    (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.
    {North Carolina}
    (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.
    (AP, 5/10/03)

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 and sailors.
    (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 Pharmaceuticals.
    (SFC, 1/30/03, p.A3)(WSJ, 1/31/03, p.A1)(AP, 1/29/04)

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.
    (AP, 2/20/04)

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.
    (AP, 5/31/03)

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.
    (AP, 9/18/08)

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.
    (AP, 7/6/04)

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.
    (WSJ, 9/13/08, p.A2)(www.phonebusters.com/english/legal_2004_nov3.html)

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.
    (AP, 12/27/04)

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, 75-70.
    (WSJ, 4/5/05, p.A1)

2005        Apr 11, Chelsea Cooley, the reigning Miss North Carolina, was crowned Miss USA in the 54th annual pageant.
    (AP, 4/12/05)

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.
    (AP, 4/21/06)

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.
    (AP, 9/18/11)

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.
    (AP, 5/29/05)

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.
    (AP, 4/28/06)

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.
    (AP, 9/15/05)

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.
    (AP, 12/02/05)

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.
    (AP, 2/26/06)

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 following trial.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 6/18/06)

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 Stanley Cup.
    (Reuters, 6/20/06)

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.
    (AP, 7/3/07)

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 of Raleigh.
    (AP, 10/6/06)

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.
    (Econ, 2/2/08, p.42)(www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6283153)

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.
    (AP, 12/22/07)

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 still working.
    (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 three suspects.
    (AP, 1/12/08)

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.
    (AP, 1/13/08)

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.
    (AP, 1/26/07)

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 political corruption.
    (SFC, 7/31/07, p.A3)(http://preview.tinyurl.com/369jo9)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/16/07)

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 Carolina.
    (AP, 3/20/08)

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 murder.
    (AP, 4/2/07)

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."
    (AP, 4/11/08)

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.
    (AP, 5/31/08)

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.
    (WSJ, 6/13/07, p.A1)(www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/)

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.
    (AP, 6/15/08)

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.
    (AP, 8/8/07)

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.
    (AP, 8/28/07)(www.innocenceproject.org/Content/832.php)

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.
    (AP, 8/31/08)

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 Michigan 34-32.
    (AP, 9/2/07)
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 Carolina.
    (AP, 10/29/07)

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 do not.
    (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, p.A4)

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.
    (AP, 1/30/08)

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 life sentence.
    (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 contributions.
    (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 arrest.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/11/08)

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 presidential candidate.
    (WSJ, 5/15/08, p.A1)

2008        Jun 20, Wilbur Hardee (b.1917), founder of the Hardee’s restaurant chain (1960), died in Greenville, NC.
    (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 trafficking.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/22/08)

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, p.34)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rielle_Hunter)

2008        Aug, The population of North Carolina stood at nearly 9 million people, up from 8 million in 2000.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/6/08)

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 before midnight.
    (AP, 9/20/08)

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 under construction.
    (AFP, 9/29/08)(SFC, 9/30/08, p.D1)(WSJ, 9/30/08, p.C6)

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.
    (AP, 1/15/09)

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.
    (www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2009/03/marine_obamathreats_032109w/)(SSFC, 12/6/09, p.A18)

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.
    (Econ, 10/24/09, p.38)(http://tinyurl.com/yfnbh8p)

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, p.A8)

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.
    (AP, 6/10/09)

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 their injuries.
    (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.
    (AP, 7/7/09)

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.
    (AP, 7/9/09)

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 prison. 
    (AP, 7/28/09)(SFC, 6/8/11, p.A8)(SFC, 8/25/12, p.A5)

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.
    (AP, 8/14/09)

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, 11/21/09, p.A4)

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.
    (AP, 12/17/09)

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.
    (AP, 9/1/10)

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.
    (AP, 1/2/10)

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 campaign aide.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/28/10)

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.
    (AP, 6/17/10)

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.
    (AP, 9/3/10)

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.
    (AP, 9/16/10)

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 firearm.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/19/11)

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 Durham.
    (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 resolved.  
            (AP, 6/13/11)

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.
    (Reuters, 8/27/11)

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.
    (AP, 9/15/11)

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.
    (SFC, 2/4/12, 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.
    (AP, 3/6/12)

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, p.A5)

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).
    (Reuters, 7/3/12)

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 assault charges.
    (SFC, 9/27/12, p.A7)(SFC, 3/6/14, p.A8)(SFC, 3/18/14, p.A7)

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 missing.
    (AP, 10/29/12)

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 1980.
    (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.
    (www.cnn.com/2014/01/27/us/north-carolina-police-shooting/)(Econ, 8/16/14, p.24)

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.
    (Reuters, 12/6/13)

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 courts-martial.
    (AP, 3/20/14)

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.
    (AP, 8/22/14)

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 investigation.
    (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 agents.
    (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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/lomuzs7)(SFC, 2/12/15, 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.
    (AP, 2/21/15)

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.
    (Reuters, 2/26/15)

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 the robbery.
    (SFC, 3/3/15, p.A6)(SFC, 3/5/15, p.A5)(SFC, 3/3/16, p.A4)

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).
    (AP, 3/18/15)

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.
    (AP, 3/23/15)

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 Carolina.
    (Reuters, 4/4/15)

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 classified information.
    (Reuters, 4/24/15)

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 towers.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 9/16/15)

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.
    (AFP, 1/23/16)

2016        Mar 2, In North Carolina the conviction of Howard Dudley was vacated and he was exonerated after new evidence demonstrated his innocence. Dudley had sat in prison for nearly 25 years, wrongly incarcerated after only a 15-minute police investigation. As of 2021 Dudley received no compensation for his wrongful conviction beyond the $45 gate check all incarcerated people receive upon release.
    (https://tinyurl.com/4kjef3ew)(Charlotte Observer, 5/10/21)

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. The ban expired on Dec. 1, 2020.
    (SFC, 3/29/16, p.A5)(Econ., 12/12/20, p.31)

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.
    (Reuters, 6/7/16)

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.
    (CSM, 7/22/16)

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.
    (CSM, 9/22/16)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/9/16)

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 Cooper.
    (CSM, 12/6/16)

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 lives.
    (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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/ybx4eysy)(SFC, 10/23/18, p.A7)

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 state Senate.
    (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 sport tournaments.
    (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 birth certificates.
    (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 flight.
    (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 and swastikas.
    (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.
    (http://tinyurl.com/y8hmvwo9)(SFC, 10/12/17, p.A5)

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.
    (SFC, 10/14/17, 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 natural causes.
    (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 redone.
    (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.
    (AP, 5/12/18)

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 rainfall.
    (Reuters, 5/31/18)

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 the monument.
    (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 today.
    (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.
    (AFP, 9/11/18)

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 billion.
    (AP, 9/15/18)(SFC, 10/3/18, p.A7)(SFC, 11/2/18, p.A6)

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.
    (AP, 9/15/18)

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 people.
    (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 jogger.
    (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.
    (AP, 9/28/18)
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 dating sites.
    (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 lawsuit.
    (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.
    (AP, 4/5/19)

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 own.
    (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).
    (AP, 6/12/19)

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 five years.
    (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 presumed dead.
    (AP, 6/27/19)
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.
    (AP, 7/29/19)

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 restaurant.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/27/19)

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.
    (AP, 9/6/19)

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 McCready.
    (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 killed.
    (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.
    (AP, 11/20/19)

2019        Nov 12, Haitian police arrested Jacques Yves Sebastien Duroseau, an active-duty US Marine and Haiti native, when he landed in the capital, Port-au-Prince. He landed with boxes filled with guns, ammunition and body armor. Federal prosecutors later indicted Duroseau in North Carolina on gun smuggling charges. On Dec 10, 2020, he was found guilty of weapons smuggling in US federal court.
    (Miami Herald, 12/2/19)(Miami Herald, 12/11/20)

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.
    (AP, 12/14/19)

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.
    (AP, 1/14/20)

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.
    (AP, 1/21/20)

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 Tennessee.
    (AP, 2/7/20)

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 deaths.
    (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.
    (Reuters, 5/25/20)

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.
    (AP, 5/31/20)

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.
    (AP, 6/2/20)

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 staff members.
    (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 statues.
    (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.
    (AP, 6/22/20)

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 Carolina.   
    (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 conditions.
    (Reuters, 7/14/20)
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 States.
    (Reuters, 7/14/20)

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 storm.
    (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.
    (AP, 8/9/20)

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.
    (AP, 8/17/20)

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.
    (AP, 8/18/20)

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 National Convention.
    (Reuters, 8/24/20)

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 Biden administration.
    (AP, 8/24/20)(The Week, 8/25/20)(NY Times, 8/25/20)

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.
    (AP, 9/4/20)

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 company.
    (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 the coronavirus.
    (AP, 10/2/20)

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.
    (Reuters, 10/20/20)

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 had won.
    (AP, 11/10/20)

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 2016.
    (The Week, 11/14/20)

2020        Nov 28, Alonzo “Lon" T. Adams II, the man who created the formula for Slim Jim beef jerky sticks, died in Raleigh, North Carolina, from complications of COVID-19.
    (AP, 12/2/20)

2020        Nov 30, North Carolina man Timothy Dalton Vaughn (22), a member of the “Apophis Squad" hacker collective and involved in threats to dozens of school districts and other crimes, was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison.
    (NBC News, 11/30/20)

2020        Dec 2, A US appeals court ruled that a federal judge wrongly blocked North Carolina's latest voter identification law. The decision improved the position of GOP lawmakers, who for years have sought IDs for voting.
    (SFC, 12/3/20, p.A6)
2020        Dec 2, In North Carolina the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Monroe Police Department seized over 27 pounds of the opioid painkiller fentanyl, one of the largest seizures of the narcotic in the county’s history.
    (Charlotte Observer, 12/3/20)

2020        Dec 3, North Carolina reported its highest single-day increase in coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic with more than 5,600 people testing positive.
    (SFC, 12/4/20, p.A5)

2020        Dec 11, In North Carolina Tyler Avery (25), a Mount Holly Police officer, died following an exchange of gunfire early today during a break-in at a car wash in the Belmont area of Gaston County. Joshua Tyler Funk (24) was soon arrested and charged with murder.
    (AP, 12/11/20)

2020        Dec 18, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced that it has suspended three fraternities that have been linked to a drug trafficking ring that federal prosecutors say funneled large amounts of drugs into three college campuses.
    (AP, 12/18/20)

2020        Dec 28, Former North Carolina state Sen. Marc Basnight (73), a Democrat from the barrier islands, died. He became one of North Carolina’s most powerful contemporary political leaders while serving a record 18 years as Senate leader.
    (AP, 12/28/20)

2021        Feb 15, The Republican Party of North Carolina unanimously approved a resolution to censure Sen. Richard Burr over his vote to convict former Pres. Donald Trump.
    (SFC, 2/16/21, p.A3)

2021        Feb 16, Killer tornadoes in the Southeast and historic subzero cold as far south as Texas were blamed for seven deaths and massive power outages. In North Carolina at least three people were found dead early today after a tornado tore through a seaside town at the rough edge of a blast of winter weather across the US.
    (Reuters, 2/16/21)(AP, 2/16/21)

2021        Mar 1, It was reported that North Carolina has agreed to release 3,500 prison inmates early to reduce the risk that they will catch or spread the coronavirus. The inamtes will be rleased over the next six months to finish out their sentences in home confinement.
    (SFC, 3/1/21, p.A5)

2021        Mar 15, County officials in coastal North Carolina voted on whether to raise property taxes to help save a main road from rising seas.
    (NY Times, 3/15/21)

2021        Apr 14, Bernie Madoff (82), a Wall Street financier disgraced after he admitted to one of the biggest frauds in US financial history, died at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, North Carolina.
    (AP, 4/14/21)

2021        Apr 21, North Carolina police shot and klled Andrew Brown Jr. (42), a Black man, as deputy sheriffs tried to serve a drug-related search and arrest warrant. Brown tried to drive away, but was shot dead in his car. An independent autopsy later showed he was shot five times and died from a 'kill shot' to his head as he tried to drive away.
    (SFC, 4/23/21, p.A7)(Reuters, 4/27/21)

2021        Apr 28, In North Carolina two sheriff's deputies died after an hours long standoff in Boone. The suspected shooter and two others were found dead inside the home after the standoff ended.
    (AP, 4/29/21)

2021        May 14, A jury in a North Carolina federal civil rights case awarded $75 million to two black, intellectually disabled half brothers who spent decades behind bars after being wrongfully convicted in the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.
    (The Telegraph, 5/16/21)

2021        May 18, North Carolina prosecutors said sheriff's deputies were justified in fatally shooting Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man, during an attempted arrest last April 21 and no charges will be filed against law enforcement. Brown was shot five times and that his immediate cause of death was a penetrating gunshot wound of the head.
    (NBC News, 5/18/21)

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