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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 »

  • The Shinnston Tornado On June 23, 1944, a twister struck Shinnston, killing 103 people in the town and the surrounding area. It was the deadliest tornado in the history of the state. Read More »

  • County Fairs Summer is a time of county fairs throughout the state. Read More »

This Date in History

June 24, 1971: Supreme Court Justice Chauncey H. Browning Sr. died of a heart attack

Jurist Chauncey Hoyt Browning (May 15, 1903-June 24, 1971) was a member of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals for the final 19 years of his life. Browning was born at Chauncey, Logan County, and graduated from Logan High School in 1920. He taught history and government there in 1924–25. He graduated from West Virgin...

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