Past Times Blog
Posted by Teresa Leonard on December 23, 2014
Looking back at how Christmas was observed in 1968 is like opening a time capsule for the entire decade, as the war continued in Vietnam and the U.S. made progress toward its goal of reaching the moon.
Only the rattle of gunfire in South Vietnam and mortar bursts from Israeli and Jordanian troops near the Dead Sea broke the Christmas calm.
With a Merry Christmas to the world, three American astronauts headed back toward home in Apollo 8 across the black expanse of space after 20 hours of orbiting the moon. They took time out for another space first, a Christmas dinner of turkey.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on December 16, 2014
The crew of an ill-fated fishing boat in 1931 was rescued from the Graveyard of the Atlantic by the Coast Guard. Here are two eyewitness accounts.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on December 9, 2014
North Carolina passed a referendum on prohibition in 1908, 12 years before it became the law of the land as the 18th Amendment. Carrie Nation visited North Carolina a year earlier to crusade against drinking, smoking, even dancing.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on December 2, 2014
Old Chapel Hill hotel, known by many names, including Alsobrook's, the Eagle Hotel, the Union Hotel, the Watson Hotel and the University Inn, burned in 1921.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on November 25, 2014
In 1939, The News & Observer published a first-hand account of the end of the Civil War from a Raleigh farm.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on November 18, 2014
Famous magician Harry Houdini visited Chapel Hill in 1926 to debunk spiritualism. Years later, his niece moved to North Carolina. She knew the secret word to communicate with him from beyond the grave.
Posted by Teresa Leonard on November 11, 2014
One hundred years ago Wednesday, Locke Craig Jr. was born in the Governor's Mansion. The birth was only the second to occur in the mansion.