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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.

e-WV is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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  • Rural Free Delivery Rural Free Delivery, the U.S. Post Office’s program to provide direct delivery of mail to every household in the country, began on October 1, 1896, in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. Read More »

  • Rocket man On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier by flying a Bell X-1 rocket airplane 700 miles per hour Read More »

  • Golf at Twin Falls Fall colors attract sports and nature fans to the Mountain State. Read More »

  • Turkey hunting season The wild turkey – the largest game bird in West Virginia – presents a great challenge to hunters. This year's fall turkey season begins 14 or 30, depending on the county. Read More »

  • Flood of 1985 Heavy rains in the last days of October 1985 brought fatal flooding to West Virginia in early November. Forty-seven people were killed, and several towns, including Moorefield, were heavily damaged. Read More »

  • Submarine West Virginia October 20, 1990, the current U.S.S. West Virginia, an Ohio Trident Class ballistic missile submarine, was commissioned. Read More »

  • New River Gorge Bridge After three years of work, the New River Gorge Bridge was dedicated on October 22, 1977. Read More »

  • October snowstorm Hurricane Sandy collided with a cold front, bringing heavy snows to West Virginia. The blizzard left seven people dead and more than 500,000 homes without electricity. Read More »

This Date in History

October 20, 1906: Thomas Michael Kromer was born in Huntington


Novelist and short story writer Thomas Michael Kromer (October 20, 1906-January 10, 1969) was born in Huntington to Grace Thornburg and Czech immigrant Albert Kromer, a coal miner and glass worker. The Kromers also lived at times in Fairmont, Kingwood, and Williamstown.

Best-known for his first novel, Waiting for Nothing (1935), Kromer chronicled the plight of the dispossessed of the Great Depression. His fiction attracted the attention of the literary left, including Linco...

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