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American Revolution
Captain William Foreman and a company of Hampshire County militia were ambushed by Native Americans in the "Narrows," south of Wheeling (September 27, 1777)
Elizabeth Zane made a daring run to procure gunpowder for the defenders of Fort Henry, who were besieged by a Native American force (September 12, 1782)

African Americans
Birth of noted educator Byrd Prillerman (October 19, 1859)
Storer College in Harpers Ferry, the first African-American college in West Virginia, admitted its first students (October 2, 1867)
James Arthur Jackson, who served as West Virginia Supreme Court librarian from 1925 to 1965, was born in Coal Valley (January 17, 1885)
Ground was broken on construction of the first building of West Virginia Colored Institute, now West Virginia State University, in Institute (August 25, 1891)
African- American railroad worker John Hardy was hanged at Welch, McDowell County. Hardy later became the subject of a popular folk song (January 19, 1894)
Prominent educator J. McHenry Jones, whose novel Hearts of Gold was the first published by an African-American in West Virginia, was installed as principal of the West Virginia State Colored Institute on (September 21, 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 on (November 16, 1898)
The Niagara Movement met at Storer College in Harpers Ferry (August 15, 1906)
Christopher H. Payne, a Monroe County native who was the first African-American elected to the West Virginia legislature, died on (December 5, 1925)
Dr. Leon Sullivan born in Charleston (October 16, 1922)
A group of students at Matoaka High School walked out in protest over school integration (September 30, 1957)
Minneapolis Lakers basketball star Elgin Baylor boycotted a game in Charleston to protest a local hotel's refusal to accommodate the team's African American players (January 16, 1959) Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached at Charleston's First Baptist Church (January 24, 1960)
Leon P. Miller of McDowell County became the first African-American judge elected to office in West Virginia on (November 5, 1968)
The John Henry statue at Talcott, commemorating the "steel drivin' man" who participated in the construction of the Big Bend railroad tunnel, was erected on (December 28, 1972)

Arts and Entertainment
The Virginia Theater in Wheeling opened (January 20, 1908)
Author Rebecca Harding Davis died (September 29, 1910)
Movie star Gloria Swanson was in New Martinsville filming Stage Struck (August 20, 1925)
WMMN radio station in Fairmont began broadcasting on (December 22, 1928)
The Pocahontas Theater in Welch opened on (December 25, 1928)
A horse racing track opened at Charles Town on (December 2, 1933)
Noted singer Susanne Fisher, a native of Sutton, made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera on (December 26, 1935)
West Virginia native Pearl S. Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for her book The Good Earth on (December 10, 1938)
Appointment of Roy Lee Harmon of Raleigh County as poet laureate of West Virginia (October 11, 1946)

Business and Industry
Kanawha Valley salt manufacturers formed the Kanawha Salt Company, the nation's first business trust, on (November 10, 1817)
Rufus Maxwell of Lewis County was issued a patent for his improvement in churns (August 24, 1852)
The first Baltimore & Ohio train arrived in Wheeling from Baltimore, connecting the Atlantic with the Ohio River (January 1, 1853)
The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway was completed from Huntington, West Virginia, to Richmond, Virginia (January 29, 1873)
The Snow Hill Salt Company of Charleston was incorporated on (December 30, 1876)
One of the biggest gas wells ever drilled was completed on Moses Spencer's farm on Indian Creek, Tyler County (September 6, 1894)
A labor strike at the Tyler Window Glass Company in Sistersville ended on (December 24, 1903)
The Virginia Theater in Wheeling opened (January 20, 1908)
Struggle for control over Wetzel Times (August 8, 1912)
Official groundbreaking ceremonies for the explosives plant at Nitro were held on (January 2, 1918)
Bank run at The Citizens Bank of Weston (October 3, 1932)
Workers at Kaiser Aluminum in Ravenswood produced the first aluminum in West Virginia's Ohio Valley on (November 17, 1957)
Fire destroyed the Cameron Clay Products plant in Cameron on (November 15, 1964)
Representatives of Snowshoe and Silver Creek resorts announced a preliminary agreement to merge operations (September 25, 1992)

Civil War
Battle of Carnifex Ferry, (September 10, 1861)
Confederate troops of the Army of the Northwest, led by Colonel Edward Johnson, repulsed an attack by a Union force under the command of General Robert Milroy at the Battle of Allegheny Mountain on (December 13, 1861)
The town of Sutton was burned by Confederate raiders on (December 29, 1861)
Union troops destroyed the Mercer Salt Works in present-day Summers County (August 10, 1862)
Joseph Snider of Monongalia County appointed colonel of the 7th (West) Virginia Infantry (August 22, 1862)
Union General Jesse Lee Reno killed at the Battle of South Mountain (September 14, 1862)
Battle of White Sulphur Springs (August 26-27, 1863)
Battle of Bulltown (October 13, 1863)
Battle of Droop Mountain on (November 6, 1863)
West Virginia Division of Confederate veterans held their annual reunion in Moorefield (October 9, 1912)
General John McCausland of Mason County died (January 21, 1927)

Coal Mining
William E. Eubank, who commanded the National Guard force at the Battle of Blair Mountain, was born on (December 12, 1880)
A meeting called by Governor William Dawson to discuss immigration to West Virginia was quickly adjourned amidst speculation that its termination was due to the presence of UMWA president John Mitchell (September 19, 1907)
The worst mining disaster in American history occurred when an underground explosion at Monongah in Marion County killed 362 miners on (December 6, 1907)
The Battle of Blair Mountain, the culmination of the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War, ended (September 4, 1921)
A fire in the Pursglove No. 15 coal mine on Scott's Run, Monongalia County, killed 13. Six months earlier, an explosion at the No. 2 mine, pictured above, killed twenty miners (January 8, 1943)
Explosion at Oglebay Norton's Burton coal mine in Nicholas County (October 28, 1958)
The Consolidated Coal Company's Number 9 Mine was sealed, ten days after an explosion that resulted in the deaths of 78 miners on (November 30, 1968)
Dedication of Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley (August 17, 1976)

Crime and Punishment
Harman Blennerhassett was released from prison after being found "not guilty" of treason for his role in the Aaron Burr conspiracy (January 4, 1808)
The Virginia General Assembly passed an act compensating $1,500 to state attorney Andrew Hunter of Charles Town, Jefferson County, for his legal services in prosecuting John Brown and his raiders (January 7, 1860)
Ellison Hatfield mortally wounded at election day gathering in Kentucky (August 7, 1882)
The last public hanging in West Virginia occurred on (December 16, 1897), in Ripley.
A Federal judge sentenced ten persons to prison for conspiring to defraud the federal government in a Lincoln County bankruptcy case on (December 11, 1907)
Jail sentences for a gang of counterfeiters from Mercer County were announced in a federal court sitting in Huntington (September 22, 1911)
Elias and Troy Hatfield, sons of Devil Anse Hatfield, killed in shootout at Harewood (October 17, 1911)
Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield died of pneumonia in Logan County (January 6, 1921)
Confession to planning kidnapping of Bloch Brothers heiress Betty Bloch of Wheeling (October 4, 1934)
Federal trial of former Governor W. W. Barron began in Charleston (August 12, 1968)
Senate President Larry Tucker resigned from office (September 7, 1989)

Disasters
Wreck of C & O train near Hinton (October 23, 1890)
Fire destroyed much of the business section of Oceana on (November 20, 1907)
The worst mining disaster in American history occurred when an underground explosion at Monongah in Marion County killed 362 miners on (December 6, 1907)
The State Capitol in Charleston was destroyed by fire (January 3, 1921)
Explosion at Pure Oil Company plant at Cabin Creek (October 26, 1923)
A boiler in a locomotive hauling mine workers at McDunn in Fayette County exploded, resulting in the death of eighteen miners on (December 27, 1934)
A fire in the Pursglove No. 15 coal mine on Scott's Run, Monongalia County, killed 13. Six months earlier, an explosion at the No. 2 mine, pictured above, killed twenty miners (January 8, 1943)
Explosion at Oglebay Norton's Burton coal mine in Nicholas County (October 28, 1958)
Fire destroyed the Cameron Clay Products plant in Cameron on (November 15, 1964)
The Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant collapsed, resulting in the deaths of 46 persons on (December 15, 1967)
A bomb exploded in the Physical Education at Bluefield State College on (November 21, 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 (November 30, 1968)
A chartered plane carrying the Marshall University football team and supporters of the program crashed near Huntington, killing 75 people on (November 14, 1970)
President Ronald Reagan declared eight West Virginia counties a disaster area as a result of devastating flooding in the region on (November 7, 1985)
A telethon to benefit West Virginia flood victims was held at the Cultural Center in Charleston on (December 8, 1985)
President Clinton declared all of West Virginia part of federal drought disaster area (August 2, 1999)

Education
Joseph Ray, the author of widely-used mathematics textbooks, was born near Wheeling on (November 25, 1807)
Birth of noted educator Byrd Prillerman (October 19, 1859)
The West Virginia Agricultural College, later named West Virginia University, began its first term (September 2, 1867)
Storer College in Harpers Ferry, the first African-American college in West Virginia, admitted its first students (October 2, 1867)
Glenville Normal School opened with T. Marcellus Marshall as acting principal. It later became Glenville State College (January 14, 1873)
W. W. Trent, who served as West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools from 1933 to 1957, was born in Nicholas County (January 31, 1878)
Kanawha County schools were closed in the wake of violence in the county's textbook controversy (September 13, 1974)
Alderson Academy opened (September 18, 1901)
Prominent educator J. McHenry Jones, whose novel Hearts of Gold was the first published by an African-American in West Virginia, was installed as principal of the West Virginia State Colored Institute (September 21, 1898)
The State Board of Education adopted a resolution mandating the salute to the flag as a regular part of school activities for teachers and students. The following year, the law requiring such a salute was found unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court (January 9, 1942)
The Freedom Train stopped in Bluefield (September 28, 1948)
A group of students at Matoaka High School walked out in protest over school integration (September 30, 1957)
Chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) formed at Marshall University (October 31, 1968)
State Board of Education took control of Logan County schools (August 5, 1992)

Exploration and Settlement
A party led by Virginia Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood, exploring lands in western Virginia, reached the crest of the Appalachian Mountains on (September 5, 1716)
French explorer Celeron de Blainville planted lead plate at present-day Point Pleasant (August 18, 1749)
King George III issued Proclamation of 1763 (October 7, 1763
Battle of Point Pleasant ()October 10, 1774
Greenbrier Baptist Church in Alderson was founded on (November 24, 1781)
Elizabeth Zane made a daring run to procure gunpowder for the defenders of Fort Henry, who were besieged by a Native American force (September 12, 1782)
Frontiersman Daniel Boone ran his last survey in the Kanawha Valley (September 8, 1798)
Meriwether Lewis departed from Wheeling on the first leg of the Corps of Discovery's expedition to explore western lands purchased from France (September 9, 1803)
The Cabell County community of Guyandotte was established on (January 5, 1810)
Anne Bailey, frontier heroine of the Kanawha Valley, died on (November 22, 1825)
The Virginia General Assembly passed an act establishing the town of Suttonsville, now Sutton (January 27, 1826)
The Virginia General Assembly created Wayne County from part of Cabell County (January 18, 1842)
The first Baltimore & Ohio train arrived in Wheeling from Baltimore, connecting the Atlantic with the Ohio River (January 1, 1853)

Fairs and Festivals
First Mountain State Forest Festival ()October 30, 1930
First Spud and Splinter Festival held in Richwood (August 26, 1937)
West Virginia Day at the New York World’s Fair (August 3, 1940)
First West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival held in Clarksburg (August 31, 1979)
First Masonic Heritage Day Celebration held in Charleston (August 21, 1993)

French and Indian War
George Washington appointed colonel of the Virginia Regiment (August 14, 1755)

Government and Politics
Two prominent Shepherdstown residents wrote to President George Washington to recommend that the capital of the United States be located in Shepherdstown on (December 1, 1790)
President George Washington wrote Secretary of War Timothy Pickering proposing that the federal government establish an armory and arsenal at Harpers Ferry (September 16, 1795)
The Cabell County community of Guyandotte was established on (January 5, 1810)
Francis Pierpont, who served as Governor of the Reorganized Government of Virginia and is known as the "Father of West Virginia," was born in Monongalia County (January 25, 1814)
Daniel Duane Tompkins Farnsworth, who served as governor of West Virginia for seven days in 1869, was born on (December 23, 1819)
Citizens of Greenbrier County held a public dinner in honor of United States Secretary of State Henry Clay (August 30, 1826)
Second Virginia constitutional convention opened in Richmond (October 5, 1829
The Virginia General Assembly created Wayne County from part of Cabell County (January 18, 1842)
Nathan Bay Scott, who served as United States senator from West Virginia from 1899 to 1911, was born on (December 18, 1842)
Virginia Governor William Smith issued a proclamation calling for the formation of a regiment for service in the Mexican War on (November 18, 1846)
Governor Arthur I. Boreman re-elected (October 25, 1866)
William Hope “Coin” Harvey, who ran for president in 1932, was born in Buffalo, Putnam County (August 16, 1851)
President James Buchanan appointed Democrat Charles Faulkner of Berkeley County as American Minister to France. Faulkner had been recently defeated in the election to retain his seat in the United States House of Representatives (January 10, 1859)
At a mass meeting held at the Greenbrier County Courthouse, Samuel Price was elected delegate to the Richmond Convention (January 28, 1861)
A constitutional convention for the proposed state of Kanawha opened on (November 26, 1861)
Henry Ruffner, minister, educator and author of the anti-slavery publication Address to the People of West Virginia, died in Malden on (December 17, 1861)
President Abraham Lincoln signed the West Virginia statehood bill on (December 31, 1862)
Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia met for first time in Charlestown (August 6, 1873)
Matthew Mansfield Neely, who served as congressman, governor and United States senator, was born in a log cabin in Doddridge County on (November 9, 1874)
Sobieski Brady of Wheeling was appointed state treasurer, replacing John Burdett, who was impeached (January 30, 1876)
W. W. Trent, who served as West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools from 1933 to 1957, was born in Nicholas County (January 31, 1878)
West Virginia University president William Lyne Wilson was nominated as the Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives from the Second District (September 20, 1882)
William Erskine Stevenson, who served as governor of West Virginia from 1869 to 1871, died in Parkersburg on (November 29, 1883)
James Arthur Jackson, who served as West Virginia Supreme Court librarian from 1925 to 1965, was born in Coal Valley (January 17, 1885)
An extra session of the West Virginia Legislature convened in Charleston to determine the winner of the disputed 1888 gubernatorial election between Democrat Aretas B. Fleming and Republican Nathan Goff (January 15, 1890)
United States Senator John E. Kenna of West Virginia died in Washington at the age of 44 (January 11, 1893)
Forcible removal of county seat of Tucker County from St. George to Parsons (August 1, 1893)
W. E. Stathers, superintendent of Weston Hospital for the Insane, found not guilty of charges of improper relations with female employees (August 19, 1899)
State legislature passed act providing for reassessment of all real estate in state (August 11, 1904)
Joseph H. Diss Debar, legislator, Commissioner of Immigration, and designer of the State Seal, died in Philadelphia (January 13, 1905)
The State Capitol in Charleston was destroyed by fire (January 3, 1921)
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 on (November 13, 1923)
Christopher H. Payne, a Monroe County native who was the first African-American elected to the West Virginia legislature, died on (December 5, 1925)
Congressman Frank L. Bowman announced that a federal fish hatchery would be located at Leetown in Jefferson County on (December 20, 1930)
Federal Relief Administration field representative Howard O. Hunter, speaking to a joint session of the West Virginia legislature, informed lawmakers that federal aid to the state would be stopped unless the state provided more funding for relief in West Virginia on (December 14, 1933)
Death of former Governor William G. Conley (October 21, 1940)
Doddridge County native Matthew Neely resigned from the United States Senate to become governor of West Virginia (January 12, 1941)
The State Board of Education adopted a resolution mandating the salute to the flag as a regular part of school activities for teachers and students. The following year, the law requiring such a salute was found unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court (January 9, 1942)
A fire in the Pursglove No. 15 coal mine on Scott's Run, Monongalia County, killed 13. Six months earlier, an explosion at the No. 2 mine, pictured above, killed twenty miners (January 8, 1943)
Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower and vice-presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon met in Wheeling to determine whether Nixon would remain on the ticket (September 24, 1952)
Helen Holt was sworn in as secretary of state, the first woman to hold the position on (December 4, 1957)
Jennings Randolph was elected to his first term in the United States Senate on (November 4, 1958)
President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson spoke at the dedication of the Summersville Reservoir (September 3, 1966)
Leon P. Miller of McDowell County became the first African-American judge elected to office in West Virginia on (November 5, 1968)
Presidential candidate George McGovern campaigned in Huntington (September 17, 1972)
Death of former United States Senator Chapman Revercomb (October 6, 1979)
President Ronald Reagan made campaign stop in Parkersburg (October 6, 1979)
Governor Gaston Caperton announced creation of West Virginia Streams Restoration Program (August 13, 1992)

John Brown
Marines stormed the armory engine house at Harpers Ferry, capturing John Brown and his men (October 18, 1859)
The Virginia General Assembly passed an act compensating $1,500 to state attorney Andrew Hunter of Charles Town, Jefferson County, for his legal services in prosecuting John Brown and his raiders (January 7, 1860)

Labor
William E. Eubank, who commanded the National Guard force at the Battle of Blair Mountain, was born on (December 12, 1880)
A labor strike at the Tyler Window Glass Company in Sistersville ended on (December 24, 1903)
Labor leader Walter Reuther born in Wheeling (September 1, 1907)
A meeting called by Governor William Dawson to discuss immigration to West Virginia was quickly adjourned amidst speculation that its termination was due to the presence of UMWA president John Mitchell (September 19, 1907)
The Battle of Blair Mountain, the culmination of the largest armed insurrection in the United States since the Civil War, ended (September 4, 1921)
United Mine Workers of America strike at Widen, 1952 (October 1, 1952)
Former Logan County sheriff Don Chafin died in Huntington (August 9, 1954)

Memorials and Monuments
Confederate monument unveiled at Union (August 29, 1901)
Herbert J. Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston, named for the World War II Congressional Medal of Honor winner, opened on (December 9, 1946)
A chartered plane carrying the Marshall University football team and supporters of the program crashed near Huntington, killing 75 people on (November 14, 1970)
The West Virginia Veterans Memorial was dedicated on (November 11, 1995)

Military and Wartime
Battle of Point Pleasant (October 10, 1774)
Northwestern Brigade of Virginia militia depart from Point Pleasant, War of 1812 (October 20, 1812)
Virginia Governor William Smith issued a proclamation calling for the formation of a regiment for service in the Mexican War on (November 18, 1846)
Major William H. Powell was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at Sinking Creek on (November 23, 1862)
Newton Diehl Baker, who served as secretary of war during World War I, was born in Martinsburg on (December 3, 1871)
The West Virginia Legislature adopted a joint resolution honoring Spanish- American War hero and West Virginia native Captain Andrew S. Rowan (January 22, 1901)
General John McCausland of Mason County died (January 21, 1927)
A Japanese attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor initiated American entry into World War II. One of the ships sunk on that day was the USS West Virginia on (December 7, 1941)
Start of production at West Virginia Ordnance Works (October 12, 1942)
Sinking of Arisan Maru, Japanese cargo ship carrying American prisoners of war (October 24, 1944)

Parks and Recreation
The West Virginia Legislature adopted a joint resolution declaring the rhododendron, also known as the big laurel, to be the state flower (January 23, 1903)
Congressman Frank L. Bowman announced that a federal fish hatchery would be located at Leetown in Jefferson County on (December 20, 1930)
The Mingo Oak, estimated to date before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas, was cut down (September 23, 1938)
The John Henry statue at Talcott, commemorating the "steel drivin' man" who participated in the construction of the Big Bend railroad tunnel, was erected on (December 28, 1972)

Religion
Greenbrier Baptist Church in Alderson was founded on (November 24, 1781)
On (November 19, 1928), Presbyterian mission worker Mary Behner arrived in Scotts Run, where she would serve until 1937
Monsignor Thomas Acquinas Quirk died in Lewis County (September 15, 1937)
Civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached at Charleston's First Baptist Church (January 24, 1960)

Science and Technology
Renowned geologist Israel Charles White was born in Monongalia County on (November 1, 1848)
The West Virginia Academy of Science was organized in Morgantown on (November 28, 1924)
WMMN radio station in Fairmont began broadcasting on (December 22, 1928)
Lincoln County native Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier (October 14, 1947)

Sports
WVU football player Rudolph Munk was fatally injured during the state championship game with Bethany College on (November 12, 1910)
Cincinnati Reds play baseball in McDowell County (October 8, 1924)
A horse racing track opened at Charles Town on (December 2, 1933)
Minneapolis Lakers basketball star Elgin Baylor boycotted a game in Charleston to protest a local hotel's refusal to accommodate the team's African American players (January 16, 1959)
Burnsville High School basketball star Danny Heater set a national record by scoring 135 points in a game against Widen High School (January 26, 1960)
A chartered plane carrying the Marshall University football team and supporters of the program crashed near Huntington, killing 75 people on (November 14, 1970)
Georgeann Wells of West Virginia University became the first woman to dunk a basketball in a college game on (December 21, 1984)

Statehood
Francis Pierpont, who served as Governor of the Reorganized Government of Virginia and is known as the "Father of West Virginia," was born in Monongalia County (January 25, 1814)
Daniel Duane Tompkins Farnsworth, who served as governor of West Virginia for seven days in 1869, was born on (December 23, 1819)
A constitutional convention for the proposed state of Kanawha opened on (November 26, 1861)
President Abraham Lincoln signed the West Virginia statehood bill on (December 31, 1862)
William Erskine Stevenson, who served as governor of West Virginia from 1869 to 1871, died in Parkersburg on (November 29, 1883)
Chester D. Hubbard of Wheeling, one of the founding fathers of West Virginia, died in Wheeling (August 23, 1891)
Joseph H. Diss Debar, legislator, Commissioner of Immigration, and designer of the State Seal, died in Philadelphia (January 13, 1905)

Transportation
The first Baltimore & Ohio train arrived in Wheeling from Baltimore, connecting the Atlantic with the Ohio River (January 1, 1853)
The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway was completed from Huntington, West Virginia, to Richmond, Virginia (January 29, 1873)
Workers completed track-laying in St. Marys for the Ohio River Railroad on (November 27, 1883)
Voters in Webster County approved an appropriation to aid in the construction of a railroad from Palmer Junction in Braxton County to Addison, present-day Webster Springs on (December 19, 1899)
Wreck of C & O train near Hinton (October 23, 1890)
West Virginia voters passed the Good Roads Amendment on (November 2, 1920)
Charles Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis at Langin Field in Moundsville (August 4, 1927)
Centennial celebration of construction of Philippi Covered Bridge (August 28, 1952)
The Terra Alta-Kingwood Road, now part of State Route 7, was officially opened (September 11, 1924)
Truck driver Ray Tenney of Buckhannon was killed when his gasoline truck broke through the floor of a covered bridge in Upshur County (September 26, 1928)
A boiler in a locomotive hauling mine workers at McDunn in Fayette County exploded, resulting in the death of eighteen miners on (December 27, 1934)
The Kanawha Airport in Charleston, now known as Yeager Airport, was dedicated on (November 3, 1947)
The Freedom Train stopped in Bluefield (September 28, 1948)
The Silver Bridge in Point Pleasant collapsed, resulting in the deaths of 46 persons on (December 15, 1967)
New bridge replaces Brinkley Bridge at Wayne (October 15, 1971)
Dedication of New River Gorge Bridge (October 22, 1977)

Women
On March 10, 1920, the West Virginia Legislature passed a joint resolution ratifying the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote.
Elizabeth Zane made a daring run to procure gunpowder for the defenders of Fort Henry, who were besieged by a Native American force (September 12, 1782)
Anne Bailey, frontier heroine of the Kanawha Valley, died on (November 22, 1825)
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 on (November 13, 1923)
On (November 19, 1928), Presbyterian mission worker Mary Behner arrived in Scotts Run, where she would serve until 1937.
Noted singer Susanne Fisher, a native of Sutton, made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera on (December 26, 1935)
Death of newspaper editor Livia Nye Simpson Poffenbarger (October 27, 1937)
West Virginia native Pearl S. Buck was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for her book The Good Earth on (December 10, 1938)
Helen Holt was sworn in as secretary of state, the first woman to hold the position on (December 4, 1957)
Georgeann Wells of West Virginia University became the first woman to dunk a basketball in a college game on (December 21, 1984)


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