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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


January 4, 1986
The men's basketball team won its final game in Carmichael Auditorium, defeating North Carolina State University 90-79. The team moved to the newly completed Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center following this game.
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January 18, 1986
The men’s basketball team played its first game in the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. The number one-ranked Tar Heels defeated bitter rival and third-ranked Duke University by the score of 95-92. North Carolina forward Warren Martin scored the first Tar Heel basket in the new arena.
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March 1, 1986
Clemmie Dixon ("C. D.") Spangler, Jr., assumed the duties of president of the University of North Carolina (multi-campus system). A 1954 graduate of the University, Spangler was the second president of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina.
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March 18, 1986
The Anti-Apartheid Support Group protested the University's investment in companies that conducted business in racially segregated South Africa. Constructing mock "shanties" on Polk Place, the group attempted to portray living conditions for black South Africans. Later, the College Republicans and Students for America built a mock Berlin Wall to protest the Anti-Apartheid Support Group's activities.
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April 11, 1986
The Walter Royal Davis Library's main reading room was named for former chancellor Nelson Ferebee Taylor.
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April 12, 1986
Country music singer Kenny Rogers appeared in concert at the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center, the first to be held in the new arena.
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August 30, 1986
The women's soccer team defeated the University of Massachusetts, beginning an NCAA record 103 consecutive games without a loss.
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September 6, 1986
On Dedication Day, the University honored twelve former men's basketball players, hanging replicas of their jerseys from the rafters of the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. The front six jerseys honored players whose numbers have been retired from use. They are: Jack Cobb (not numbered), George Glamack #20, Lennie Rosenbluth #10, Phil Ford #12, James Worthy #52, and Michael Jordan #23.
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October 17, 1986
Clemmie Dixon ("C. D.") Spangler, Jr. was inaugurated as president of the University of North Carolina (multi-campus system). Prior to this, he worked in business and also held several public positions. A 1954 graduate of the University, Spangler served as president until 1997.
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