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  • 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. Read More »

  • FDR's filmmaker "Pare" Lorentz, known as “FDR’s filmmaker,” was born in Clarksburg December 11, 1905. He created The Roosevelt Year: 1933 documenting Roosevelt's first year in the White House. Read More »

  • Silver Bridge disaster December 15, 1967, 46 people were killed when the Silver Bridge collapsed at about 5:00 p.m., sending vehicles plummeting into the Ohio River and onto the riverbank. Read More »

  • Charleston established On December 19, 1794, a 40-acre tract of George Clendenin's land was designated a town that became Charleston Read More »

  • Winter sports 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. Read More »

  • 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. Read More »

This Date in History

December 18, 1842: Nathan Bay Scott was born in Guernsey County, Ohio

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U.S. Senator Nathan Bay Scott (December 18, 1842-January 2, 1924) was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, west of Wheeling. He worked in a general store as a boy and in 1859, traveled to Leavenworth, Kansas, then worked as an ox driver from Leavenworth to Denver. Returning to Ohio, he enlisted in the Union army about 1863.

From these modest beginnings Scott rose to become one of West Virginia’s four ‘‘richest and most powerful men...

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