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See WV: Skiing West Virginia is the only state that lies entirely within the Appalachian Mountain region, so it’s not surprising it has some of the best skiing in the East.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learning about the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom.
This Date in History
December 26, 1906: George Bird Evans was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Sportsman George Bird Evans (December 26, 1906-May 5, 1998) was an author, illustrator, and dog breeder. He was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, and was educated at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Tech and the Chicago Art Institute. He earned pocket money playing jazz saxophone. Having married Kay Harris of Wheeling in January 1931, he moved to New York City where he freelanced as an illustrator for Cosmopolitan and other publications.
In 1939, Evans bought a historic farm near Brand...
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