29 Famous People You Had No Idea Were From North Carolina
There’s no denying that North Carolina has got a lot, including a lot of famous people and public figures born right here in “The Tar Heel State.” Listed below are 29 famous people from North Carolina. Some of them might even surprise you. Take a look and see how many of these famous people from North Carolina you’re familiar with.
A few honorable mentions include Maya Angelou, James Taylor, and Michael Jordan. While these people weren’t actually ‘born’ in North Carolina, their legacy is felt and known throughout the state.
So, who are some of your favorite famous people from North Carolina? Please let us know in the comments below.
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What are seven fun facts about North Carolina that just might surprise you?
There are many fun facts about North Carolina. Even though you're probably familiar with most of them, there are plenty that just might surprise you. Listed below are some of our favorite North Carolina facts.
1. On March 7, 1914, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
2. Because of its rich land and hot and moist climate, North Carolina grows more sweet potatoes than any other state.
3. In 1937, Krispy Kreme was founded in the Winston-Salem area of North Carolina. Who doesn't love a Krispy Kreme doughnut? They're the best!
4. With only 25 residents (as of the 2020 Census), Dellview, North Carolina is one of the smallest towns in the United States.
5. In 1954, Putt-Putt golf was created by Don Clayton in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
6. The North Carolina Zoo is the world's largest natural habitat zoo. This sprawling zoo is an absolute must-visit for animal lovers of all ages.
7. In 1799, America's first gold rush took place in North Carolina.
What three celebrities in North Carolina are some of the best athletes of all time?
Who doesn't love a little North Carolina trivia, especially about sports? There are plenty of famous people from North Carolina, including several athletes. Listed below are three of our favorite North Carolina athletes.
1. Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina and won six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. He was also a member of the '84 and '92 U.S. Olympic teams.
2. Richard Petty
Richard Petty is from Randleman, North Carolina and is a seven-time Daytona 500 champion.
3. Ray Floyd
Ray Floyd is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and was the only golfer on the PGA Tour and the Senior Tour in the same year, which was 1992.