North Carolina

A Pirate’s Exile: Booty of Brunswick

When I got home from the trip on the sailboat, I tried to make things work, I really did.  I wanted to get to a point where I could   I got a job and tried very hard to make it worth my time.  I worked 60-75 hour weeks so […]

Wake Forest Institute Opens

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 3, 2014 – On February 3, 1834, Wake Forest Institute opened with an initial enrollment of 16 students. The school’s first building, a simple provincial house, was the home of Dr. Calvin Jones, a founder of the Medical Society of North Carolina , officer in the War […]

Newport Barracks Contested, 1864

RALEIGH, NC February 2, 2014 – On February 2, 1864, Confederate troops engaged the men of the 9th Vermont Infantry at the Newport Barracks in Carteret County. The 7th Regiment North Carolina Infantry built the barracks south of Newport for quarters in the winter of 1861 and 1862. Shortly thereafter, the […]

Streetcar Era Opened in Asheville, 1889

RALEIGH, NC Feb. 1, 1889 – On February 1, 1889, the first streetcar in North Carolina made its debut in Asheville. The first line extended from Pack Square down Biltmore Avenue and Southside Avenue, and then was routed west of present-day McDowell Street to a train depot. The system’s roots […]

Red Cross calls for blood and platelet donations after severe winter weather impacts collections

Urgent need for blood donors with types O, A negative and B negative & platelet donors WILMINGTON, NC  January 31, 2014 — As severe winter weather begins to subside, the American Red Cross is asking all eligible blood and platelet donors to help offset a weather-related shortfall in donations. Since […]

A Trust to Bust: American Tobacco Company Organized, 1890

RALEIGH, NC January 31, 2014 – On January 31, 1890, the American Tobacco Company was incorporated, creating the world’s largest tobacco conglomerate. Driving the creation of this industrial giant was James B. “Buck” Duke of the Durham-based W. Duke, Sons and Company. Facing tough competition from another Durham-based smoking tobacco […]

Ice Hockey’s Southern Debut

RALEIGH, NC January 30, 2014 – On January 30, 1956, professional ice hockey debuted in North Carolina. A week earlier, a fire destroyed the home arena of the Baltimore Clippers, an Eastern Hockey League team. Charlotte representatives convinced the team to play five of their remaining home games at the […]

Justice John L. Taylor and the Beginnings of the N.C. Supreme Court

RALEIGH, NC January 29, 2014 – On January 29, 1829, John Louis Taylor, the first North Carolina Supreme Court chief justice, died. Born in England, Taylor moved to America when he was 12. He attended William and Mary College, but was unable to complete his studies due to financial problems. […]

Fire Suppression Stymied at Wrightsville Beach, 1934

RALEIGH, NC January 28, 2014 – On January 28, 1934, a devastating fire destroyed much of Wrightsville Beach, including the legendary Oceanic Hotel. Just after noon on that Sunday, smoke poured out of the Kitty Cottage, a boarding house on the north end of the island. In less than three […]

NWS Issues Winter Storm Watch for southeastern NC

WILMINGTON NC January 26, 2014 – The National Weather Service Sunday issued a winter storm watch for southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina. It will be in effect Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, another Arctic front is set move into the region […]