This Day In History – North Carolina Became a State

1783

With the Marquis d’Arlandes, Pilâtre de Rozier made the first free flight in a balloon, reaching a peak altitude of about 3,000 ft and traveling about 5 1/2 mi in 20 min.

1789

North Carolina became the 12th state.

1922

Georgia’s Rebecca Felton was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman U.S. Senator.

1934

Cole Porter’s musical Anything Goes opened in New York City.

1969

For the first time since 1930, the U.S. Senate rejected a Supreme Court nominee, Clement Haynsworth.

1973

The 18 1/2 min gap in the Richard Nixon Watergate tapes was revealed.

Birthdays

Voltaire

1694–1778, French Philosopher and Author whose name was François Marie Arouet de Voltaire.

Hetty Green

financier (1834)

Rene Magritte

painter (1898)

Coleman Hawkins

jazz musician (1904)

Stan Musial

baseball player (1920)

Goldie Hawn

actress (1945)

Tina Brown

magazine publisher (1953)

Björk

singer, songwriter (1965)

Troy Aikman

football player, TV commentator (1966)

1991

Egypt’s Boutros Boutros-Ghali was chosen to become secretary-general by the UN Security Council.

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