Kure Beach (pronounced "CURE-ee") is located on the Atlantic Coast of Southeastern North Carolina, 18 miles south of the historic city of Wilmington, North Carolina, in New Hanover, County. The town is situated between the Cape Fear River to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
The Kure Beach fishing pier is one of North Carolina's oldest. It is 712 feet in length and has recently been rebuilt and restored.
Kure Beach was incorporated in 1947 when it was a "T" city with K Avenue running down the center of town from east to west, and U.S. 421 going north and south creating a "T".
Kure Beach was a major part of the Civil War battle fought at Fort Fisher in 1865. Hans Kure purchased 900 acres at Federal Point back in 1885 and in 1923 L. C. Kure built the first public fishing pier on the island.
In the 1930's the Dow Chemical Plant was built and operated in Kure Beach for many years. During World War II the Shipyard in Wilmington increased the population of Kure Beach. The Fort Fisher Air Force Base was to the South of the town and served as an Anti-Aircraft Training center in the 1940's.
After the war many vacation homes were constructed in the area forcing Kure Beach to seek Incorporation in 1946.
The eastern half of the state was underwater, and giant megalodon sharks roamed the waters.
On land, there were wooly mammoths and mastodons. Archaeologists believe the first Native Americans crossed into the New World from Siberia some 12,000 to 10,000 years ago.
ca. 40,000-15,000 B.C.; People migrate to North America from Asia at irregular intervals by way of the Bering Land Bridge.
10,000-8000 B.C.; Paleo-Indian-period American Indians are nomadic and hunt large animals for food. They also eat small game and wild plants. They leave no evidence of permanent dwellings in North Carolina.
2,500 BC - 100 BC; Gulf Formational Period of Indian culture with increasing sophistication in ceramic development with tempered pottery.
1,000 B.C.-A.D. 1550; Woodland-culture American Indians settle in permanent locations, usually beside streams, and practice a mixed subsistence lifestyle of hunting, gathering, and some agriculture. They create pottery and also develop elaborate funeral procedures, such as building mounds, to honor their dead.
A.D. 700-1550; Mississippian-culture American Indians create large political units called chiefdoms, uniting people under stronger leadership than the Woodland cultures have. Towns become larger and last longer. People construct flat-topped, pyramidal mounds to serve as foundations for temples, mortuaries, chiefs' houses, and other important buildings. Towns are usually situated beside streams and surrounded by defensive structures. The Etowah Indian Mounds just west of the confluence of Pumpkinvine Creek and the Etowah River south of Cartersville, GA, are an example of the mounds built during this period.
Approximately 30 Native American tribes are scattered across North Carolina. Chief among these are the Cherokee, the Catawba, the Tuscarora, and the Croatans. Native Americans build the Town Creek Indian Mound.
1540: Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto explores the southwestern part of the state in search of gold.
Sir Walter Raleigh
sends several shiploads of people to establish the New World's first English colony on North Carolina's Roanoke Island. The colonists are forced to return to England due to hardships.
1590 - White returns to Roanoke to find that the settlers have all disappeared. The word "CROATOAN" is found carved into a tree. The fate of "The Lost Colony" remains one of the state's most enduring mysteries.
1607; First permanent English colony in North America established at Jamestown, VA.
1767, June 29: The Townshend Revenue Act passed by Parliament. The Act imposes duties on tea, glass, paint, oil, lead and paper imported into the colonies. The estimated revenue is £40,000 per annum. Charles Townsend, is Chancellor of the Exchequer. Townshend said, "These colonies are children of the mother country. They were planted by our care and nurtured by us. They will not grudge us their mite to help with the heavy burden we bear. "James Habersham warns the British, "If you persist in your right to tax the colonists, you will drive them to rebellion."
1770, January 19-20: The battle of Golden Hill, New York, is the first clash between British forces and colonists.
1770, March 5: Boston Massacre. British troops fire into a rioting mob killing five men and wounding six. Three men die instantly and two die later of wounds. The British Captain and his men are tried for murder and acquitted. The prosecutor is Robert Treat Paine and the defense attorneys are John Adams and Josiah Quincy II.
1781 Dec; When news reaches London of Washington´s defeat of Cornwallis at Yorktown, the British Parliament resolves to bring the war to an end.
1783: The Treaty of Paris is signed formally ending the American War of Independence. The United States was bounded by British Canada on the north, Spanish Florida on the south, and the Mississippi River on the west.
1789: November 21: North Carolina becomes the 12th state of the United States of America.
1820: With the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, both the United States and Great Britain agreed to work towards ending the slave trade. The U.S. Navy's role in the struggle against slavery began in 1820 when warships deployed off West Africa to catch American slave ships.[Ref 1][Ref 2]
1828: North Carolina Native Andrew Jackson becomes the 7th president of the United States.
1837: The US Government establishes a mint in Charlotte, NC. All gold coinage coming from this mint has a "C" mint mark. The mint operated until October 1861 when the Confederate Government converted the mint into a hospital and military office space. 
1842, August: The Webster-Ashburton Treaty, between the United States and Great Britain is signed in to suppress the slave trade. To enforce the anti-slave trade, the US Navy deployed a permanent African Squadron. Despite the vigilance of American, as well as British and French, warships in African waters, the overseas slave trade increased in the 1850s, owing to the high demand for slaves in Latin America. The U.S. Navy's participation ended with the start of the U.S. Civil War, April 1861.[Ref 1][Ref 2]
1845: James Polk becomes the 11th president of the United States.
1848, February 2; The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed. The treaty established the U.S. - Mexican border of the Rio Grande River, and ceded to the United States the present-day states of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, most of Arizona and Colorado, and parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Wyoming. In return, Mexico received US $18,250,000 ($461,725,000 )-less than half the amount the U.S. had attempted to offer Mexico for the land before the opening of hostilities-and the U.S. agreed to assume $3.25-million ($82,225,000 ) in debts that the Mexican government owed to U.S. citizens. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo specified that, language and cultural rights of the existing inhabitants being considered as inviolable.[Ref]
1848: Gold is discovered in California. The gold is easier to recover in California so the focus of gold mining moves out of North Carolina. 
Before 1820, the number of enslaved Africans transported across the Atlantic to the New World was triple the number of Europeans who reached North and South American shores. At the time this was the largest oceanic displacement or migration in history, eclipsing even the far-flung, but less-dense, expansion of Austronesian-Polynesian explorers.
The number of Africans who arrived in each region is calculated from the total number of slaves imported, about 10,000,000
The Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves of 1807 did not completely end slave imports to the United States and it is estimated that between 1808 and 1861 roughly fifty-four thousand (54,000) slaves were smuggled into the nation.[Ref ]
1868, July 4; North Carolina is readmitted to the Union.
Late 1800s: The textile and furniture industries grow rapidly in North Carolina.
1892, October 5; The Women´s College at Greensboro opened. It is the first and only public university in North Carolina founded for the purpose of educating women. Men were admitted in 1963 and today the collage is named the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
1914, August 1: Germany demands free passage of its troop through neutral Belgium. The demand is rejected.[Ref a][Ref b]
1914, August 3: Germany declares war on France and invades Belgium.[Ref] In the first battle of World War I,
the Germans assaulted the heavily fortified city of Liège , using the most powerful weapons in their arsenal—enormous siege cannons—to capture the city by August 15.
[Battle of Liège] [Ref a][Ref b]
1918, November 11: Armistice Day. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Germany signs an
armistice with the Allies. The war is officially over. More than 8.5 million have been killed and over twice as many wounded from across the globe. New technology has been created,
America has risen to prominence as an economic power and new countries are forming in Europe and the Middle East.
The beginning of the Great Depression in the United States is associated with the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. The depression had devastating effects in both the industrialized countries and those which exported raw materials.
The New Deal is the title President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave to a sequence of programs and promises he initiated between 1933 and 1938 with the goal of giving relief, reform and recovery to the people and economy of the United States during the Great Depression.
1935, October 3; The Second Italo-Abyssinian War. Italian armed forces from Eritrea invaded Ethiopia without a declaration of war. In response Ethiopia declares war on Italy. On October 7, the League of Nations declared Italy to be the aggressor, and started the slow process of imposing limited sanctions on Italy.
1940, June 17: The British ocean liner,
RMS Lancastria, requisitioned by the UK Government during the Second World War was sunk
during Operation Aerial
off the cost of Saint-Nazaire, France. At the time of the sinking, there were an estimated 4,000 to 9,000
British military personal and forty civilian refugees, including embassy staff and employees of
Fairey Aviation Company of Belgium with their
families aboard the ship when the ship was struck by 3 to 4 bombs and quickly capsizes and sinks. Estimates of the death toll vary from fewer than 3,000 to 5,800 people to as many as 6,500 people, the largest loss of life in British maritime history.
The estimated number of people that perished during World War II is 70 to 85 million. This was about 3 % of the world’s population in 1940. (Estimated to be 2.3 billion).
This makes World War II the deadliest military conflict in history.
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September 16: Second consignment of SS-4 MRBMs and SS-5s with a 4,000 kilometer-range (2,400 statute miles) arrived in Cuba.
October 1: Four attack submarines -- B-4, B-36, B-59, and B-130--of the Soviet Sixty-Ninth Submarine Brigade depart from Sayda Bay, near Murmank, heading for Mariel Bay, Cuba. The submarines are of the "Foxtrot" (F-class) category, as designated by NATO. Armed with nuclear-tipped torpedoes and supplied with tropical clothing, the submarines and their crews have orders to sail covertly to Cuba and establish a base at Mariel.
October 22: President John F. Kennedy delivers a televised address announcing the discovery of the missile installations. He proclaimed that the United States would "...regard any nuclear missile launched from the island of Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response..." He also placed a naval "quarantine" on Cuba to prevent further Soviet shipments of military weapons from arriving there.
October 24: Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara informs President Kennedy that a Soviet submarine is close to two Soviet ships that the U.S. Navy intends to intercept. He stresses the danger of the situation, but assures Kennedy that the Navy is prepared. The USS Essex group was instructed to block the progress of the submarine and was authorized to use "small explosives" if necessary. Unbeknownst to the Navy, the submarine carried a nuclear-tipped torpedo with orders that allowed its use if the submarine was "hulled" . At 10:25 a.m. John McCone received an intelligence message and announced that the ships had gone dead in the water.
October 28: a new message from Nikita Khrushchev is broadcast on Radio Moscow. Khrushchev stated "the Soviet government, in addition to previously issued instructions on the cessation of further work at the building sites for the weapons, has issued a new order on the dismantling of the weapons which you describe as 'offensive' and their crating and return to the Soviet Union."
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)
1991, Oct-1993; From Oct. of ‘91-1993 Pfiesteria piscicida dinoflagellates were linked to major fish kills that occurred in the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers (North Carolina), which empty into the Albemarle-Pamlico Sound, the second largest estuary on the US mainland. The microbe continued to plague the Chesapeake Bay region into 1997. (Nat. Hist. 3/96, p.18)(SFC, 9/20/97, p.A6)
1992, Dec 23; An American mission to save lives in Somalia lost the first of its own when a U.S. vehicle hit a land mine near Bardera, killing civilian Army employee Lawrence N. Freedman of Fayetteville, N.C. (AP, 12/23/97)
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, 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. (www.panthers.com/team/history.jsp)
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, 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)
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, July 8; A US Army Black Hawk helicopter crashed at Fort Bragg, NC, and killed 8 soldiers. (SFC, 7/9/97, p.A3)
1997, Juyl 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, 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)
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, June 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, July 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 25; Hurricane Bonnie hit North Carolina with winds up to 115 mph. (SFC, 8/26/98, p.A3)
1998, October 29; A statutory amendment is signed into law, eliminating execution by lethal gas and making lethal injection North Carolina's only method of execution.
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, June 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 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 - 2009
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)
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, Sep 3; A man died from a shark attack off the Outer Banks. (SFC, 9/4/01, p.A3)
2001, Oct ; 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. (https://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, May 3; In Bakersville, North Carolina, 8 inmates died inside the Mitchell County jail after a fire broke out. (SSFC, 5/5/02, p.A8)(AP, 5/3/03)
2002, May 10, NBA owners approved the Hornets' move to New Orleans, ending the team's 14-year era in Charlotte, NC. (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)
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 Univ. Medical Center in North Carolina; however, Jesica Santillan suffered brain damage and later died. (AP, 2/20/04)
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 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, May; In High Point, NC, 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, 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 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; The CIA hired Blackwater USA (Academi) 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) on April 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)
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." All charges were dropped on Dec 22, 2007. (Econ, 9/15/07, p.46)(Econ, 4/12/14, p.83) . (AP, 12/22/07)
2006, Mar 23; Police took DNA samples from 46 members of the Duke Univ. 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, 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)(https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6283153)
2006, Nov 16; A tornado struck Riegelwood, NC, 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; 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 Univ. 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, 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, 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 Univ. 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 Univ. 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)
2007, Dec 22; Rape charges were dropped against three Duke Univ. lacrosse players, but kidnapping and sexual offense charges remained. Those charges were later dropped as well. (AP, 12/22/07)
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, 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, 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 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 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, Jan. 20; Barack Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States. Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the United States.
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, Apr 29, The WHO raised its alert for swine flu from level 4 to level 5, its 2nd highest alert level. Austria and Germany confirmed cases of swine flu, becoming the third and fourth European countries hit by the disease. US health officials reported that a 23-month-old child in Texas has died from the disease. The World Health Organization called an emergency meeting to consider its pandemic alert level. (AP, 4/29/09)(SFC, 4/30/09, p.A8)
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, 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; 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 - 2019
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, Apr 16; US federal prosecutors in North Carolina charged Gary Jackson, the former president of Blackwater USA (Academi) 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 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, 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, 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, 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) The Captain was not found and presumed dead on 2 November 2012. It was later reported that the Coast Guard had recovered one of the missing crew members, Claudene Christian, descendant of Fletcher Christian of the original HMS Bounty. Christian was found to be unresponsive and pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital in North Carolina.[Ref]
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)
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, 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, 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 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)
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, Apr 3; 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, 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, 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, Oct 9; Almost 2.2 million homes and businesses were without power morning after Hurricane Matthew (Category 5) pummeled Florida, Georgia, South and North Carolina with heavy rain and wind.[Ref] (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)
2017, Feb 18; Omar Abdel Rahman (b. May 3, 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, 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 3; 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, Oct 12; An attempted breakout from the Pasquotank Correctional Institutionin 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 ;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)
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, 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 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) . By 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 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, 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; 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 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, 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. (AP, 4/5/19)
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, Sep 6; Hurricane Dorian (Category 5) 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 20; It was reported that the US Education Department has ordered Duke Univ. 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)
2020 - 2029
2020, Jan 13; 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, February 4-7; A sever Winter Storm left more than 300,000 homes and businesses were without power and caused five deaths in the South before moved into the northeastern United States. Authorities confirmed five storm-related fatalities, in Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.[Ref] (AP, 2/7/20)
Although there had been attempts to settle the Cape Fear region in the 1600s, the first permanent English settlers established themselves in the area in the 1720s. The town of Wilmington was incorporated in 1739. A number of the first settlers of the region came from South Carolina and Barbados. Slavery came early to the region, as landowners used slave labor to exploit the region's natural resources. The forest provided the region's major industries through the 18th and most of the 19th century: naval stores and lumber fueled the economy both before and after the American Revolution.
Monthly average highs and low temperatures and the average amount of precipitation for Kure Beach, NC. Data from Southport 5 N Weather station, 6.45 miles from Kure Beach.
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conditions at Kure Beach and the 5 day forecast from the weather underground.
The climate in Kure Beach, NC, climate is hot during summer when temperatures tend to be in the upper 80´s
and cool to cold during winter when temperatures tend to be in the low 40´s. The yearly mean is 62.1 ° Fahrenheit.
The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 88.0 ° Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the
year is January with an average minimum temperature of 33.5 ° Fahrenheit.
The annual average precipitation at Kure Beach is 60.99 inches. Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year.
The wettest period of the year is in September with an average rainfall of 8.93 inches while the driest month is April with an average
rainfall of 3.08 inches.
Humid subtropical climate; coldest month averaging above 0 °C (32 °F) (or −3 °C (27 °F)), at least one month's average temperature above 22 °C (71.6 °F), and at least four months averaging above 10 °C (50 °F). No significant precipitation difference between seasons (neither abovementioned set of conditions fulfilled). No dry months in the summer. [Ref]
Between 05/12/1950 - 12/24/2014 North Carolina has had 1245 tornadoes killing 141 people and injuring 3054 people. The longest path for a tornado in that state occurred on Nov. 23, 1992 when a F3 tornado touched down between Angier and Coats near the Harnett and Johnston county line. This tornado then moved northeast for 160 miles before lifting. The deadliest tornado in this time period occurred on March 28, 1984 when a F4 ripped across northern Lenoir, central Greene, and into Pitt County. Six people lost their lives at Snow Hill in Greene county, two in Ayden, one in Winterville, and six on the east side of Greenville. In addition, the F4 tornado injured 153 and destroyed more than 300 homes as its path of destruction occasionally reached to more than 1200 yards wide. The outbreak on March 28, 1984, produced 22 tornadoes that killed 57 people, including 42 in North Carolina with 15 in South Carolina, and injured another 800.
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1875, Mar 20: There were 5 dead 30 and injured on plantations south of Florence and in Marion County.
1884, Feb 19: The 1884 Enigma outbreak is thought to be among the largest and most widespread tornado outbreaks in American history, striking on February 19-20, 1884. In outbreak left 32 dead 100 and injured in North Carolina. Two people died in the Pee Dee area; 15 other died in the town of Philadelphia.
1924, April 30: The April 1924 tornado outbreak affected Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia. There were least 28 tornadoes, 13 rated as F2, 11 F3s and 2 F4s. There were 114 dead and at least 1,166 injured. The most severe damage during this outbreak was seen in parts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia on April 30. During the April 1924 tornado outbreak, left 5 dead NC. A small home and a sawmill were destroyed north of Pittsboro, Chatham County.
1931, Jan 5: A tornado that left 6 dead 10 and injured. A man and his four sons were killed as their home was swept away near Norlina.
1936, April 2: The Cordele-Greensboro tornado outbreak, in NC an F4 tornado left damage along a 7-mile-long path (up to 800 yds in width) through the southern part of downtown Greensboro; 56 buildings completely destroyed, with many 233 more damaged. ~$2 million in damage, in 1936 dollars.
1943, April 19; An F3 tornado that left 7 dead 15 and injured. A tornado damaged or destroyed every building in the town of Roxobel.
1957, April 2-5; The April 1957 Dallas tornado outbreak struck most of the Southern United States from April 2 to April 5, 1957, producing 57 tornadoes. Twenty-one (21) people were killed by this outbreak in four states, 1 in Mississippi, 2 in Georgia, 6 in Oklahoma and 12 in Texas. On April 2, a F3 tornado hit a densely populated area of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, killing 10 people and injuring 200 or more. The states affected by the Early-April 1957 tornado outbreak sequence were Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
1975, January 10; The Great Storm of 1975 (also known as the Super Bowl Blizzard, Minnesota's Storm of the Century, or the Tornado Outbreak of January, 1975) was an intense storm system that impacted a large portion of the Central and Southeast United States from January 9 to January 12, 1975. The storm produced 45 tornadoes in the Southeast U.S. resulting in 12 fatalities, while later dropping over 2 feet (61 cm) of snow and killing 58 people in the Midwest. This storm remains one of the worst blizzards to ever strike parts of the Midwest, as well as one of the largest January tornado outbreaks on record in the United States A total of 7 tornadoes struck Mississippi on January 10, 1975. An F4 tornado moving from southwest of McComb, MS, to southwest of Pinola, MS, caused 9 deaths and 210 injuries. Tornadoes also struck Alabama (1 death), Arkansas, Florida (1 death), Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana (1 death), North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. 
1975, April 8; An F4 tornado that left 4 dead and and injured. Between Roseboro and Parkersburg, about 20 homes were destroyed and four people were killed.
1984, Mar 28;
An F3 tornado that left 6 dead 19 injured. This tornado struck a trailer park near Lewiston, killing five members of one family.
An F4 tornado that left 16 dead 153 and injured. Six people were killed near Snow Hill, two at Ayden, one at Winterville, and six near Greenville.
An F4 tornado that left 12 dead 101 and injured. Deaths were at Beaver Dam (2), Salemburg (1), Roseboro (2), and Clinton (6).
1988, Nov 28; An F4 tornado that left 4 dead 154 and injured.The funnel crossed the northwest part of Raleigh, New Hope, Justice, Ita, Halifax, and Jackson.
1989, May 5; An F4 tornado that left 4 dead and 52 injured. Damage was in the millions as the funnel cut a swath across Cleveland, Lincoln, and Catawba counties.
1992, Nov. 21-23; The November 1992 tornado outbreak struck large parts of the eastern and Midwestern. The storm spawned 95 tornadoes, 6 of them F4s. There were 26 fatalities and 641 injuries in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The tornado outbreak began on November 21 with a cluster of 6 tornadoes (ranging from F1 to F4) intensities that struck parts of the Houston, TX, area. There were 12 fatalities and 122 injuries on Nov. 21, when devastating, long-tracked (128 miles), violent F4 tornado began near Hopewell, MS, and moved northeast and ending west of Sherwood. During this outbreak, there were 5 confirmed tornadoes in North Carolina resulting in 2 deaths.[Ref][S-2]
1996, April 19-22; The April 1996 Tornado Outbreak Sequence affected Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ontario, Missouri, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Louisiana, Quebec and Arkansas. There were 117 confirmed tornadoes with 11 F3s and six people were killed. In Arkansas there 2 deaths, 8 homes and a mobile home destroyed and a church was also damaged. Six people were injured. In the Ft. Smith, Oklahoma, area 2 people were killed, 498 homes were destroyed while 620 had major damage and 1,275 had minor damage, 98 businesses were damaged or destroyed and 246 apartment units were damaged and 89 people were injured.
2007, February 28 - March 1; The February-March 2007 Tornado Outbreak affected Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. There were 55 confirmed tornadoes, 3 EF3s and 3 EF4s with 19 fatalities. An EF4 struck the Enterprise, Alabama, high school killing 9 and injuring 50. One person was also killed in Millers Ferry, Alabama by an EF4. One person was killed in Caulfield, Missouri. In Georgia there was 1 death and 4 injuries in Reynolds, 2 deaths and 11 injuries in Americus, GA, and 6 deaths 3 injuries in the Newton area.[Ref]
2008, March 14-15; The 2008 Atlanta tornado outbreak Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. There were 45 confirmed tornadoes, with 3 EF3s. On Friday, March 14, 2008, an EF2 struck the downtown Atlanta Area, damaging the CNN Center, the Georgia World Congress Center the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, Ritz Carlton, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Georgia-Pacific Building, SunTrust Tower, Equitable Building, Georgia State University and other downtown businesses. Fortunately only one death was caused by this tornado. On March 15, an EF3 hit in the Aragon, Georgia area, killing two.
2009, April 9-10; The April 2009 tornado outbreak affected Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Kentucky, South Carolina and North Carolina. There were 85 confirmed tornadoes, 9 EF3s and 1 EF4. There were 5 deaths caused by this outbreak two in Tennessee and 3 in Arkansas. An EF3 tornado hit the Mena, Arkansas area killing three people; an EF4 tornado hit Murfreesboro, Tennessee killing two people.[Ref]
2010, March 28-29; The March 2010 Carolinas tornado outbreak affected Florida, North and South Carolina, Virginia and The Bahamas. In total there were 13 Tornadoes, 4 EF0, 5 EF1, 3 EF2 and 1 EF3 in High Point, NC. On March 28, nine were injured across North Carolina. On March 29, a tornado of unknown strength hit Freeport, Bahamas, toppling a crane and killing 3 workers and injuring 4 more.[Ref]
2011, April 4-5; The April 2011 derecho and tornado outbreak affected Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and Maryland. "derecho" is Spanish: meaning straight. There were 46 confirmed tornadoes, 6 EF 2s. There were 9 fatalities. An EF2 in struck a mobile home near Eastman, Georgia, killing one and injuring two others.[Ref]
2011, April 14-16; The April 14-16, 2011 tornado outbreak affected Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. There were 162 confirmed tornadoes, 14 EF3s and 43 fatalities.[Ref] In North Carolina a tornado first touched down about one mile south of Askewville (east of U.S. Rt. 13), producing minor tree and building damage. The tornado began producing significant damage on the east side of Askewville, where numerous structures and several mobile homes sustained major damage or were destroyed. The tornado then tracked continuously for nearly 19 miles finally lifting east of Harrellsville. This tornado killed 12, injured 22 and caused 2.25 million in property damage. [Ref] Across the state 24 people lost their live, 55 were injured and there was $ 387.72 in property damages. [Ref]
2011, April 25-28; The 2011 Super Outbreak affected the Southern, Midwestern, and Northeastern United States. It was the largest, costliest, and one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks ever recorded. The 317 fatalities on April 27, was the highest number of tornado-related fatalities in the United States in a single day since the "Tri-State" outbreak on March 18, 1925 when at least 747 people were killed. The outbreak produced 15 violent (EF4-EF5) tornadoes all on April 27. During the four days, 348 people were killed as a result of the outbreak, which includes 324 tornado-related deaths across six states (Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia) and an additional 24 fatalities caused by other thunderstorm-related events such as straight-line winds, hail, flash flooding or lightning. The 2011 Super Outbreak affected Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. There were 334 confirmed tornadoes, 22 EF3s, 11 EF4s and 4 EF5s. There were 328 fatalities, 237 in Alabama, 6 in Arkansas, 14 in Georgia, 31 in Mississippi, 32 in Tennessee, and 4 in Virigina. There were 238 fatalities in Alabama, 32 in Tennessee, 31 in Mississippi, 14 in Georgia, 5 in Arkansas and 4 in Virginia. One of the longest-lived tornadoes on record, an EF5 traveled 132 mi (212 km) across northwest Alabama, devastating Hackleburg and other communities, killing 72 people. In total there were 324 deaths and over 3,200 injuries.[Ref] A strong EF1 tornado touched down in Rabun County, GA, late on the 27th, with additional tornadoes affecting the North Carolina foothills during the early morning hours of the 28th. At least three supercell thunderstorms crossed the western Carolinas and northeast Georgia during this time. A greater number of supercells and tornadoes affected areas to the west of the Appalachians. Scattered areas of straight line wind damage and large hail also accompanied the storms. One person was injured in North carolina.[Ref]
2011, Nov 14-16; The tornado outbreak of November 14–16, 2011 was a relatively small but deadly tornado outbreak. The outbreak produced a total of 23 tornadoes, 6 EF0, 10 EF1 and 7 EF2. The outbreak affected Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. On March 16, an EF2 damaged dozens of homes and businesses in Auburn, Alabama. Damage was also reported on the Auburn University campus, where a veterinary school was damaged and two horses were fatally injured. The tornado crossed into Georgia where damage occurred to numerous homes, the Harris County School Complex, the county's 911 center, and several other structures. Three people were injured. Two deaths were caused by an EF2, east of Linwood, North Carolina and 3 deaths occurred south west of Rock Hill, South Carolina. [Ref]
Hurricane Hugo - category: 4. Hugo crossed into South Carolina coast near the Isle of Palms on September 22, 1989. Surface winds were recorded at 138 miles per hour, with gusts of 160+ miles per hour. The National Weather Service at Charleston recorded a minimum barometric pressure of 27.85 inches. Damage to coastal and inland properties, utilities, agriculture, timber and commerce exceed $6 billion. 50,000 - 70,000 people were left homeless and 26 people were killed.
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Hurricane Gracie - category: 3. Hurricane Gracie: On September 29, 1959, Gracie made landfall between Charleston and Savannah, Georgia. Winds reached 140 mph and tides reached 8 ft. Damage was estimated at $20 million (1959 dollars), and seven lives were lost.
◊ Beaufort County, SC
◊ CHC - Canada
1876, June; Named the June Freshet, it was exceeded only by the 1916 flood at Asheville.
1908, Aug.; Flood of record on Haw and upper Neuse Rivers; stage 34 feet over flood stage on Cape Fear River at Fayetteville.
1913, March 23 and March 26; The storms that created the floods in 1913 continued over several days and produced record-breaking rain. The storms affected Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia.
1916, July 14-16; Most extensive and destructive in State's history.
1928, Aug. 15-16; More than 10 inches of rain in 2 days.
1928, Sept. 17-18; Flood of record on Lumber River; Cape Fear River 30 feet above flood stage at Fayetteville.
1933, Sept. 15-17; Storm tides rose 2 feet above previous high-water marks in New Bern. lives lost, 21; damage, S3 million.
1940, Aug. 14-17 and 30; Floods of record in rivers of northern Blue Ridge province. Lives lost, 30-40; damage, S30 million.
1945, Sept. 17; Floods on upper Neuse, Haw, Cape Fear, Lumber, Rocky, and lower Pee Dee Rivers. Cape Fear River at Fayetteville was 34 feet above flood stage.
1954, Oct. 15; Hurricane Hazel was the costliest storm in the State's history. Lives lost 19; damage, S125 million.
1940, Aug. 12 and 17, 30; Hurricanes Connie and Diane. Estuaries of Neuse and Pamlico Rivers hardest hit. Damage, S58 million.
1945, Sept. 19; Hurricane lone caused flooding from New River to Chowan River. Lives lost, 7; damage, S88 million.
1964, Sept 28 and Oct 4; Two floods on the upper French Broad, Little Tennessee, and Hiwassee Rivers caused damage of S2.7 million.
1977, Nov. 6-7; Storm produced 8 to 14 inches of rain. Lives lost, 13; damage S50 million.
1886, Jan 6-11; The January 1886 Blizzard was caused by a strong
extratropical cyclone which initially dropped southeast across Texas
before strengthening while it moved through the South and East, near the Eastern Seaboard through New England. Across the
Texas Panhandle, at least five die due to exposure on January 6.
A mix of rain, sleet, and snow fell in Jasper, AL, on January 8 and 9. Savannah, GA, reported a light snowfall for the first time in six years. On January 8, Fort Macon, NC,
registered winds up to 62 miles per hour (100 km/h) from the southwest. A significant chunk of arctic air from the north filtered down into the South in the wake of this system.
Portions of North Carolina saw temperatures fall well below 0 °F (-18 °C) from Jan 11 through 14, with readings as low at -18 °F (-28 °C)
in Wilkes County, NC, on Jan 12.
1899, Feb. 11; The Great Blizzard of 1899 was an unprecedented winter storm that affected
the southern United States. Record low temperatures for February were reported across the US. Atlanta, Ga: -9 °F (-23 °C) all-time record low, Fort Logan, MT: -61 °F
(-51 °C), Dallas, TX: -8 °F (-22 °C), all-time record low, Gainesville, FL: 6 °F (-14 °C) all-time record low, Harrison, AK: -24 °F (-31 °C), all-time record
low, Raleigh, NC: -2 °F (-19 °C), Santuc, SC: -11 °F (-24 °C) and Marienville, PA: -40 °F and C.
1950, Nov. 24 - 30; The Great Appalachian Storm of November 1950
was a large extratropical cyclone that moved through the Eastern United States.
The storm caused significant winds, heavy rains east of the Appalachians, and blizzard conditions along the western slopes of the mountain chain. The storm impacted 22 states, killing 353,
injuring over 160, and creating US$66.7 million in damage (1950 dollars). All-time record lows for November were set at Asheville, NC, -5 °F (-21 °C), Wilmington, NC,
16 °F (-9 °C), Charleston, SC, (17°F), Greenville, SC, (11°F), Birmingham, AL. 5 °F (-15 °C), Mobile, AL, 22 °F (-6 °C) Montgomery, AL, 13 °F (-11 °C)
Atlanta, GA, (-3°F), Columbus, GA, (10°F), Augusta, GA, (11°F), and Savannah, GA (15°F).
1956, April 24; A sever storm struck North Carolina and a State of Disaster was declaration (DR-56).
1968, Feb. 10; A Severe Ice Storm struck North Carolina and a State of Disaster was declaration (DR-234).
The storm affected Beaufort, Bertie, Chowan, Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Harnett, Hertford, Johnston, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Pitt, Wake, Washington, Wayne
and Wilson Counties.
1993, March 17; A low pressure system strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico and move northeast. North Carolina experiences Severe Snowfall and a Winter Storm. A state if emergency was
declared (EM-3110). Known as the
Storm of the Century,
Boone, North Carolina, received 33 inches of snow.
 The storm affected Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Beaufort, Brunswick, Buncombe,
Burke, Caldwell, Carteret, Caswell, Catawba, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Columbus, Craven, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Graham, Granville, Guilford, Haywood,
Henderson, Hyde, Iredell, Jackson, Lenoir, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, New Hanover, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Polk, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry,
Swain, Transylvania, Vance, Wake, Warren, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin and Yancey Counties.
1996, Jan. 6-12; The Blizzard of 1996 paralyzed
the U.S. East Coast with up to 4 feet (1.2 m) of wind-driven snow from January 6 to January 8, 1996. A second storm struck on January 12. A Major Disaster is declared on January 13
(DR-1087). The areas affected were Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Bertie, Buncombe, Burke,
Cabarrus, Caldwell, Camden, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cherokee, Chowan, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Gates, Graham, Granville, Guilford,
Halifax, Harnett, Haywood, Henderson, Hertford, Iredell, Jackson, Johnston, Lee, Lincoln, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mecklenburg, Mitchell, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, Northampton, Orange,
Pasquotank, Person, Pitt, Polk, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Watauga, Wilkes, Wilson, Yadkin and Yancey
2000, Jan 24 - Feb. 1;
January 2000 North
: North Carolina counties are blanketed by January 24-25's record-breaking snowfall. The
Raleigh-Durham airport airport
received 20.3 inches of snow. A Major Disaster Declaration was declared on January 31, 2000
(DR-1312). Other snow fall totals: 10 inches in Charlotte, 26 inches in Monroe, 9 inches in Kannapolis,
5 inches in Salisbury, 7 inches in Winston-Salem, 15 inches in Asheboro, 10 inches in Greensboro, 16 inches in Sanford, 14 inches in Carrboro, 16 inches in Chapel Hill, 18 inches in
Durham, 16 inches in Fayetteville, 24 inches in Raleigh and 10 inches in Smithfield. The storm affected Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin,
Granville, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Scotland, Stanly, Union,
Vance, Wake, Warren and Wilson Counties.
2002, Dec. 4-5; On December 4 and 5, 2002, a major ice storm (the “December 2002 Ice Storm” or the “Ice Storm”) blanketed 40 North Carolina counties with up to one inch of ice, Raleigh, NC more than doubled its previous record for freezing rain totals from a single storm (February 2, 1996 with 0.69 inches) Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 12, 2002 (DR-1448).
2003, March 27-28; The North American blizzard of 2003 developed in the southern Rockies on February 14, and moved through southern Missouri and the Lower Tennessee Valley during the next few days. It brought heavy rain, ice and severe weather to North Carolina and other areas of the South, including the nation's first tornado of the year. Farther north, snow and ice affected the Midwest. Southern Iowa and eastern Illinois also got significant snow. In central Kentucky the storm produced mostly ice. Much of Ohio received heavy snowfall. Major Disaster Declaration declared in NC on March 27, 2003 (DR-1457).
2005, Dec. 15-16; The December 2005 North American ice storm affceted a large portion of the Southern United States. One death was reorted in Gwinnett County. The ice storm left more than a million people without power in and near the Appalachians, affceting 630,000 customers in Georgia, 358,000 in South Carolina, 328,000 in North Carolina and 13,000 in Virginia..
2006, Nov 20 - Dec 1; The November 2006 nor'easter was a powerful extratropical cyclone that formed offshore of the Southeastern United States on November 20. The storm brought heavy rains, high winds, beach erosion, and coastal flooding to the Carolinas and southern New England. In addition, the earliest snowfall ever noted in both Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia occurred on the southwest side of this cyclone. Over 10,000 were without power during the storm. On Nov 21, extreme southeast Georgia received 5 to 7 inches of snow. In South Carolina, 4.13 inches (105 mm) measured at Chester, and winds gusted to 44 mph (38 knots) at Folly Beach. Heavy rainfall fell throughout central and eastern North Carolina. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport set a record for its wettest November on record. Winds gusted to 70 knots (80 mph) at Alligator River, with numerous gusts above 50 knots (60 mph) throughout the Outer Banks.
2007, Jan 11-24; The January 2007 North American ice storm was a severe ice storm that affected a large of North America from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to New England and southeastern Canada. The first wave occurred between Jan 11, 2007 through January 16. This was followed by a second wave in the Southern United States from Texas to the Carolinas from January 16 through January 18 and a third one that hit the southern Plains and mid-Atlantic states as well as Newfoundland and Labrador from January 19 to January 24. The storm resulted in at least 74 deaths across 12 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces, and caused hundreds of thousands of residents across the U.S and Canada to lose electric power. In Oklahoma, 40,000 customers lost power on Jan 12. After additional waves of ice and sleet, 120,000 customers were without power (60 000 of them for over a week). Freezing rain hit the Carolinas on Jan. 17th and 18th, leading to school closures in both states. In North Carolina police reported over 600 traffic accidents, including two resulting in fatalities. 
2009, Dec. 16-20; The North American blizzard of 2009 was a powerful nor'easter that formed over the Gulf of Mexico. Metrologies' identified a storm forming in the Gulf of Mexico Dec. 16, 2009. By midnight Saturday morning, snowfall in Boone, North Carolina had reached 14-18 inches (36-46 cm), Asheville, North Carolina accumulated up to 12 inches (30 cm), while Greensboro, North Carolina received 3-7 inches (7.6-17.8 cm).
2009, Dec. 22-28; The 2009 North American Christmas blizzard was a powerful winter storm and severe weather event that affected the Midwestern United States, Great Plains, Southeastern United States, the Eastern Seaboard, and parts of Ontario Canada. The storm started on Dec. 22, was reported to have claimed at least 21 lives. In the Southeastern and Central United States, there were 27 reported tornadoes on December 23-24. Major Disaster Declaration declared for NC on February 2, 2010 (DR-1871).
2010, Feb 1-6; The February 5-6, 2010 North American blizzard formed on February 1, 2010 and moved ashore on the West Coast near Baja California Sur, Mexico, and moved north east. The storm moved off the east coast on Feb 6, 2010. The storm brought a mixture of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and flooding, in Mexico the heavy rains resulting in at least 15 fatalities. The storm affected Arizona and New Mexico from February 1 to 4 with up to 1 foot of snow in the mountains east of Albuquerque, New Mexico. On February 4, Oklahoma and northern Texas saw rain and snow, with severe thunderstorms further south. Feb. 4 brought widespread rainfall totals of 1 inch to 4 inches of rain were reported in portions of Central and Southern Mississippi. Jackson, MS, broke a daily rainfall record with 2.51 inches (6.4 cm) of rainfall. On Friday Feb, 5., power outages effecting about 40,000 customers, were reported in the North Carolina's mountain counties as the winter storm brought a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain to much of the state. A drenching rain fell early Friday in the Charlotte, NC, and in Atlanta, GA, which transitioned to a few inches of snow later in the day, while several inches of snow accumulated farther north. To the north, Howard, MD, received 38.3 inches of snow, while Washington Dulles International Airport measured 32.9 inches. Fatalities occurred in to Mexico, New Mexico, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The storm was classed as a Category 3 (“major”) nor'easter and severe weather event. [Ref]
2010, Oct 23 - Nov 5; The October 2010 North American storm complex was a Extratropical cyclone, Blizzard and Tornado outbreak. The storm brought a major serial derecho stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes, a widespread tornado outbreak across the Southeast United States and Midwest and a blizzard across portions of the Canadian Prairies and the Dakotas. The heaviest snow fell in St. Louis County, Minnesota where 9 inches (22.5 cm) of snow fell. The storm produced 69 tornadoes, 8 rated as EF2s. Tornadoes struck Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. No fatalities where reported.[Ref]
2010, Dec 5 - Jan 15; The December 2010 North American blizzard was a major nor'easter and historic blizzard affecting the Contiguous United States, and portions of Canada. The system moved across the Atlantic and was known as Windstorm Benjamin in Europe. The storm formed in the western Gulf of Alaska on Dec 5. From Dec 15 through Dec 22, the system stalled off the coast of the Pacific Northwest bringing with it as much as 2 feet (61 cm) of rain to the San Gabriel Mountains and over 13 feet (4.0 m) of snow in the Sierra Nevada. Although the entire state of Califoria was affected, the Southern California counties of San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego, and Los Angeles bore the brunt of the system of storms as coastal and hillside areas were impacted by mudslides and major flooding. The storms weaken while crossing the America west. The storm began strengthen again on Dec 24, when it moved into the Gulf of Mexico and began a period of rapid intensification off the North Carolina coast. Trenton, GA, received 6" of snow while Rocky Mount and Wilson, NC, both received 12" of snow.[Ref]
2012, Dec 25-26; The December 25-28, 2012 North American storm complex was a massive Extratropical cyclone, Blizzard and Tornado outbreak across the southern and eastern United States. On Christmas Day 2012, 30 confirmed tornadoes occurred in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Two of the tornadoes were rated as EF3. On Dec 26, an EF1 tornado touchdown north of Beaufort, NC. This tornado outbreak occurred in conjunction with a much larger winter storm event that brought blizzard conditions to much of the interior United States. There were 16 fatalities as a result of the related blizzard, and thousands were without power.[Source1]
2014, Jan. 27-31; The January 2014 Gulf Coast winter storm was a winter storm that impacted the eastern and southeastern United States, as well as Mexico. Freezing rain and sleet were recorded in cites along the Gulf Coast including Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA, Mobile, AL and Tallahassee, FL. On Jan 27, warnings were issued for Atlanta'a south metro area, while the central region (from east to west) was placed under a winter weather advisory. At 3:38 AM, on Jan. 28, the winter storm warning was expanded northward. A tweet issued by the NWSFO in Peachtree City at 3:08 pm and repeated on the local news read: “Winter precip will make travel risky across GA midday Tues into Weds. Not a bad idea to stay off the roads if you're able!”. Many believed that the storm would not occur until midday and planned accordingly. The NWSFO was correct in its forecast, but the roads became slippery faster than anyone anticipated. Thinking they would have time to get home before the road condition deteriorated, many business and school systems planned to work a half day. The results was a higher than normal volume of traffic on the Atlanta roads and with the slippery conditions and hilly terrain in Atlanta, traffic stooped. Many people were not able to reach their homes and had to find shelter where they could. Coastal South Carolina got some of the freezing rain that closed bridges around Charleston, SC. The Outer Banks of North Carolina and the Tidewater region of southeastern Virginia received significant snows.[Ref]
2014, Feburary 11-17; The 2014 North American winter storm, was a snow and ice storm that affected the American South and East Coast. In North Carolina 6-12 inches of snow was dropped in some areas, along with accumulating ice. Winston-Salem reported 8 inches of Snow. Damage was estimated at $15 million+ with $65 million worth of timber damaged in Georgia. There were 22 fatalities.
2014, March 6-7; A Severe Winter Storm struck NC. Asheboro, Burlington, Lexington and Welcome, NC each recorded 0.50 inches of freezing rain. “A narrow swath of 4 to 6 inch
snowfall totals, with isolated amounts of up to 15 inches, was reported from western North Carolina into south central Virginia.”
 Major Disaster Declaration for NC issued on March 31, 2014 (DR-4167). The counties affected were Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Granville, Guilford, Orange, Person and Randolph counties.