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  • Election Day West Virginia’s first election was conducted in 1863, following creation of the state. Read More »

  • Flood of 1985 Almost 30 years ago, heavy rains brought fatal flooding to West Virginia. Forty-seven people were killed, and several towns, including Moorefield, were heavily damaged. Read More »

  • New River The New River Gorge National River was established by Congress on November 10, 1978. It is one of only three national rivers in the country. Read More »

  • Showcase for art The Huntington Museum of Art opened on November 9, 1952, as the Huntington Galleries. The state’s largest art museum hosts traveling exhibits and has permanent collections that include Ohio Valley glass, firearms, and fine art. Read More »

  • Marshall plane crash On November 14, 1970, a chartered plane crashed, killing all 75 passengers and crew members. The victims included nearly the entire Marshall football team, most of the team’s coaches, and several fans. Read More »

  • Fatal day Twenty-one miners escaped alive, but another 78 perished in the explosion at Consolidation Coal’s No. 9 mine near Farmington on November 20, 1968. Photo courtesy Charleston Newspapers. Read More »

  • Learning about the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom. Read More »

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November 21, 1961: Roy Bird Cook died

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Pharmacist and historian Roy Bird Cook (April 1, 1886-November 21, 1961) was born at Roanoke, Lewis County. He was the son of David Bird Cook, a farmer and newspaper reporter, and Dora Conrad Cook. In 1898, David Cook moved his family to Weston, where he became the manager for the Weston Independent.

By the time of his graduation from high school in 1904, Roy Bird Cook had completed a home study course in pharmacy. At the age of 19, Cook was the youngest person to be licens...

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