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August 1, 1792
The UNC Board of Trustees met on August 1, 1792 to choose a site for the University of North Carolina. Charlotte, Smithfield, and Pittsboro were among the locations considered before ultimately deciding on Chapel Hill.

August 3, 1961
On August 3, 1961, the University of North Carolina officially named thirty-year-old Dean E. Smith as the Tar Heels' men's basketball coach. Smith retired October 9, 1997, having led UNC to 879 wins and two NCAA championships.

August 19, 2018
UNC Women's Soccer coach Anson Dorrance earns his 1,000th career coaching victory as the Tar Heels beat Ohio State, 2-0 in Chapel Hill. Of Dorrance's 1,000 wins, 828 came as UNC's women's coach while 172 were as the men's coach from 1977-88.

August 20, 2018
Protesters on August 20, 2018 toppled "Silent Sam", the controversial statue of a Confederate soldier that had been standing on the UNC campus since 1913.

August 24, 2018
The court at the Dean E. Smith Center is named in honor of Hall-Of-Fame coach Roy Williams and celebrated during a weekend reunion of the Carolina Basketball family.

August 30, 1986
On August 30, 1986, the UNC Women's Soccer team beat the University of Massachusetts, beginning a streak of 103 games without a loss.


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