7 March 1980
On this date in 1980...
Coal Miner's Daughter, the Academy Award-winning movie about the life of Loretta Lynn was released. Texans Sissy Spacek played Loretta and Tommy Lee Jones played the part of Moony Lynn. (Urban legend claims that Bologna sales increased ten-fold.)
- 1524 - Giovanni da Verrazano, sailing for France, anchored his ship, the Dauphine, near Wilmington, North Carolina.
- 1887 - North Carolina State University was founded by the North Carolina General Assembly.
- 1965 - State troopers and sheriff’s deputies broke up a march by 600 civil rights demonstrators at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
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