On This Day
in West Virginia History...


November 1
On November 1, 1848, renowned geologist Israel Charles White was born in Monongalia County.

November 2
On November 2, 1920, West Virginia voters passed the Good Roads Amendment.

November 3
The Kanawha Airport in Charleston, now known as Yeager Airport, was dedicated on November 3, 1947.

November 4
On November 4, 1958, Jennings Randolph was elected to his first term in the United States Senate.

November 5
On November 5, 1968, Leon P. Miller of McDowell County became the first African-American judge elected to office in West Virginia.

November 6
On November 6, 1863, Union troops under General William Averell defeated a Confederate force led by General John Echols at the Battle of Droop Mountain.

November 7
On November 7, 1985, President Ronald Reagan declared eight West Virginia counties a disaster area as a result of devastating flooding in the state.

On November 7, 1922, Anna Johnson Gates became the first woman elected to the West Virginia legislature.

November 8
The West Virginia Turnpike was dedicated on November 8, 1954.

November 9
On November 9, 1874, Matthew Mansfield Neely, who served as congressman, governor and United States senator, was born in a log cabin in Doddridge County.

November 10
On November 10, 1817, Kanawha Valley salt manufacturers formed the Kanawha Salt Company, the nation's first business trust.

November 11
The West Virginia Veterans Memorial was dedicated on November 11, 1995.

November 12
On November 12, 1910, WVU football player Rudolph Munk was fatally injured during the state championship game with Bethany College.

November 13
On November 13, 1923, Virginia Mae Brown, West Virginia's first woman insurance commissioner and the first woman to serve in the Interstate Commerce Commission, was born in Putnam County.

November 14
On November 14, 1970, a chartered plane carrying the Marshall University football team and supporters of the program crashed near Huntington, killing 75 people.

November 15
On November 15, 1964, fire destroyed the Cameron Clay Products plant in Cameron.

November 16
On November 16, 1898, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals held in the case of Williams v. Board of Education of Fairfax District that schools could not discriminate against African Americans with regard to length of school term.

November 17
On November 17, 1957, workers at Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood produced the first aluminum in the Ohio Valley.

November 18
On November 18, 1846, Virginia Governor William Smith issued a proclamation calling for the formation of a regiment for service in the Mexican War.

November 19
On November 19, 1928, Presbyterian mission worker Mary Behner arrived in Scotts Run, where she would serve until 1937.

November 20
On November 20, 1907, fire destroyed much of the business section of Oceana.

November 21
On November 21, 1968, a bomb exploded in the Physical Education at Bluefield State College.

November 22
On November 22, 1825, Anne Bailey, frontier heroine of the Kanawha Valley, died.

November 23
On November 23, 1862, General George Crook ordered the Second (West) Virginia Cavalry to launch a raid against a Confederate camp in the Sinking Creek Valley.

November 24
Greenbrier Baptist Church in Alderson was founded on November 24, 1781.

November 25
On November 25, 1807, Joseph Ray, the author of widely-used mathematics textbooks, was born near Wheeling.

November 26
A constitutional convention for the proposed state of Kanawha opened on November 26, 1861.

November 27
On November 27, 1883, workers completed track-laying in St. Marys for the Ohio River Railroad.

November 28
The West Virginia Academy of Science was organized in Morgantown on November 28, 1924.

November 29
On November 29, 1883, William Erskine Stevenson, who served as governor of West Virginia from 1869 to 1871, died in Parkersburg.

November 30
On November 30, 1968, the Consolidated Coal Company's Number 9 Mine was sealed, ten days after an explosion that resulted in the deaths of 78 miners.

On This Day in West Virginia History