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West Virginia - Historical Events
Date Event
1861-04-27

West Virginia secedes from Virginia after Virginia secedes from Union (US Civil War)

1861-06-19

Francis Pierpont is elected provisional governor of West Virginia

1861-09-10

-15] Battle at Cheat Mountain, Elkwater West Virginia

1861-10-24

West Virginia seceded from Virginia

1861-11-26

West Virginia created as a result of dispute over slavery with Virginia

1862-09-14

Federal troops escape from beleaguered Harpers Ferry West Virginia

1862-12-31

President Lincoln signs act admitting West Virginia to the Union

1863-03-26

Voters in West Virginia approve gradual emancipation of slaves

1863-06-20

West Virginia admitted as 35th US state

1863-11-01

-8] Averell's Raid (on)to Lewisburg, West Virginia

1864-05-21

Gen David Hunter takes command of Dept of West Virginia

1897-01-23

Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The resulting murder trial of her husband is perhaps the only case in United States history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction.

1897-03-11

A meteorite enters the earth's atmosphere and explodes over New Martinsville, West Virginia. The debris causes damage but no human injuries are reported.

1921-05-03

West Virginia imposes 1st state sales tax

1921-08-25

The first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain, a civil uprising in Logan County, West Virginia

1924-04-28

119 die in Benwood West Virginia coal mine disaster

1925-08-12

The first cast of Alpha Psi Omega, drawn from The Masquers of Fairmont College, West Virginia, is initiated.

1936-07-10

112°F (44°C) at Martinsburg, West Virginia (state record)

1960-05-10

John F Kennedy wins primary in West Virginia

1970-11-14

DC-9 crashes in West Virginia, 75 killed

1972-02-26

Slag heap dam collapses above Buffalo Creek West Virginia, kills 125

1979-09-16

23rd Ryder Cup: US wins, 17-11 at The Greenbrier (White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, US)

1980-08-03

Sandra Post wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic

1981-08-09

Hollis Stacy wins LPGA West Virginia Bank Golf Classic

1982-07-11

Hollis Stacy wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic

1983-06-05

Alice Miller wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic

1984-08-05

Alice Miller wins West Virginia LPGA Golf Classic

1989-01-02

Notre Dame beats West Virginia for college football championship

1989-07-18

48 cm rainfall at Rockport, West Virginia (state record)

1995-01-02

Carquest Bowl 5: South Carolina beats West Virginia, 24-21

1997-12-29

Carquest Bowl 8: Georgia Tech beats West Virginia, 35-30

2016-06-26

West Virginia's worst flooding in a century has killed 23

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West Virginia - Notable Birthdays

Jerry WestMay 28, 1938

George BrettMay 15, 1953

West Virginia - Birthdays
Date Event
1864-01-15

Frances Benjamin Johnston, Grafton West Virginia, early female photographer

1912-02-05

Tex Atchison, The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

1920-02-03

George A. Miller, Charleston, West Virginia, cognitive psychologist (the magical number seven), (d. 2012)

1926-08-19

Johnny Boyd, The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

1926-11-29

Dagmar, Huntington, West Virginia, American actress (Broadway's Open House)

1933-11-16

Garrett "Garnet" Mimms, Ashland West Virginia, singer (Enchanters-Cry Baby)

1938-05-28

Jerry West, West Virginia, NBA superstar (LA Lakers, Olympic-gold-1960)

1953-05-15

George Brett, Glen Dale West Virginia, KC Royal 3rd baseman (1980 AL MVP)

1974-11-23

Regina Fisher, Miss West Virginia USA (1996)

1977-03-05

Natalie Bevins, Miss USA-West Virginia (1997)

1977-11-14

Heather Gray, Miss West Virginia Teen USA (1996)

1980-01-25

Amanda Michelle Burns, Miss West Virginia Teen USA (1997)

West Virginia - Notable Weddings

James MadisonSep 15, 1794

Jerry WestApr 10, 1960

West Virginia - Weddings
Date Event
1794-09-15

4th US President James Madison (43) weds Dolley Madison (26) in Jefferson County, West Virginia

1891-03-21

A Hatfield marries a McCoy, ends long feud in West Virginia it started with an accusation of pig-stealing & lasted 20 years

1960-04-10

NBA guard Jerry West (21) weds his college sweetheart Martha Kane in Morgantown, West Virginia

West Virginia - Deaths
Date Event
1930-09-24

William A. MacCorkle, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1857)

1940-10-21

William G. Conley, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1866)

1982-08-04

Tex Atchison, The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

1995-10-21

Linda Goodman, Morgantown, West Virginia, American astrologer and poet, dies from complications of diabetes at 70

2003-10-27

Johnny Boyd, The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia

2008-11-24

Cecil H. Underwood, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1922)


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