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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 16, 1937: Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller died in Florida

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Novelist Mittie Frances Clarke Point (April 30, 1850-December 26, 1937) wrote as Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller, the name of her second husband. The author of 80 dime novels published from 1881 to 1915, she was one of the best-known romance writers of her age. Her fiction brought her wealth and fame.

A native of Doswell, Virginia, she was educated at home and at the Richmond Female Institute, from which she graduated on June 30, 1868. After graduation, she married Thomas Jefferson Davis ...

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