This Week in Durham History

Dec. 21, 2013 @ 09:35 PM

Durham officer cited for bravery in Korea

The U.S. Army cited Durham resident Lt. E.C. Wynn for bravery during his mixed-race company's fierce stand against the Chinese Communists in a recent engagement. His company entered action with 125 men and withdrew 24 hours later with just  24 men not wounded or killed. Col. S. L. A. Marshall called the company's performance "perhaps unequalled in American military history."

James Buchanan Duke born

Born Dec. 23, 1856,  James B. Duke expanded his father's tobacco business and, with his brother Ben, in 1905launched Southern Power Company, which grew into Duke Power. Sympathetic to the less fortunate, James B. Duke established The Duke Endowment in 1924, now one of the largest foundations in the United States, which "distributed more than one billion dollars to its beneficiaries," such as Duke University and other colleges, non-profit hospitals, and religious institutions.

Forbes: Durham best place in N.C. to educate your kids

In its study, "How to Educate Your Children," Forbes Magazine ranked the top 20 Census Bureau- defined metropolitan statistical areas in the country in how well they educated their children.  Durham came in at #20.  This ranking was based on resources and investment. 

Ernest Crossley Brown  born

Dec. 27, 1898, Ernest Crossley Thomas Brown was born. As a doctor of chiropractic, he served as president of the N.C. Association of Chiropractors from 1928 to 1929, president of N.C .State Board of Chiropractic from 1933 to 1936, and director for the International Chiropractic Research Foundation for Southeastern Seaboard States. In addition, Dr. Brown served on Durham's City Council for four years on the Legislative, Public Works, and Safety  Committees, and was a director for the Durham Public Library from 1945 to 1951.