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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the comprehensive reference resource for the Mountain State of West Virginia. Based on the best-selling West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV offers thousands of articles on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture.

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  • Battle of Philippi The first land battle of the Civil War took place at Philippi, June 3, 1861 Read More »

  • Glass Sand Mining June 7, 1926: An explosion at a glass sand mining operation in Morgan County killed six men. Read More »

  • Cass Scenic Railroad The first passenger trip on Cass Scenic Railroad was June 15, 1963, during West Virginia’s Centennial celebration. Read More »

  • Blind Alfred Reed Born June 15, 1880, Blind Alfred Reed was a street singer and fiddler in Summers County. He sometimes performed with his son and a fiddler neighbor as the West Virginia Night Owls. Read More »

  • New Capitol dedicated Built for slightly more than $9 million, the new state capitol was officially dedicated on West Virginia Day, June 20, 1932. Read More »

  • West Virginia Day West Virginia Day is celebrated each year on June 20, the anniversary of the day West Virginia became the 35th state, June 20, 1863. Read More »

  • Flood of 2016 From June 21-23, over 8 inches of rain fell on Clay, Nicholas, Webster and Greenbrier counties, leading to what the National Weather Service would describe as a “thousand year” flood Read More »

  • Visiting Lewisburg America’s “coolest small town” has a rich history, as well as an active arts scene and a bustling downtown. Many visitors choose to stay in the General Lewis Inn, built in 1834. Read More »

  • Deadly twister A tornado that struck the Shinnston area of Harrison County June 23, 1944, killed more than 100 people and destroyed numerous homes. Read More »

This Date in History

June 13, 1928: John Fobes Nash Jr. was born in Bluefield


Nobel Prize mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr. (June 13, 1928-May 23, 2015) was born in Bluefield. Nash excelled in mathematics at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon University) before entering the doctoral program at Princeton University in 1948. Inspired by professor John von Neumann, who contributed to the development of the computer and the hydrogen bomb, Nash focused on game theory, a theoretical approach to rivalries. His doctoral thesis greatly affected economics in that it demonstr...

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