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USS West Virginia On December 7, 1941, the USS West Virginia suffered massive damage in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The ship was raised from the sea in time to see service in the final year of the war.
FDR's filmmaker ‘Pare’’ Lorentz, known as “FDR’s filmmaker,” was born in Clarksburg December 11, 1905. He created The Roosevelt Year: 1933 documenting Roosevelt's first year in the White House.
Silver Bridge disaster Forty-six people were killed on December 15, 1967, when the Silver Bridge collapsed, sending vehicles plummeting into the Ohio River and onto the riverbank.
Charleston established On December 19, 1794, a 40-acre tract of George Clendenin's land was designated a town that became Charleston
Winter Weather The coldest day on record in West Virginia was December 30, 1917. The thermometer dropped to 37 degrees below zero at Lewisburg.
Death of a legend Country singer Hank Williams was to perform in Charleston on New Year’s Eve, but he never made it. He died in Oak Hill the next day.
This Date in History
December 02, 1990: Clint Thomas died in Charleston
Athlete Clinton Cyrus Thomas (November 25, 1896-December 2, 1990) was a star in the Negro Leagues, during the days of racial segregation in major league baseball. Thomas settled in Charleston after his playing days and made a long career in state government.
Thomas was born in Greenup, Kentucky. He moved to Columbus, Ohio, as a teenager and joined the army when he was 18. Returning to Columbus in 1919, Thomas, who had spent h...
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