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e-WV is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.
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.
Capitol burns On January 3, 1921, West Virginia’s capitol building in downtown Charleston was destroyed by a fire. The cause of the blaze was never known.
Prohibition On January 8, 1919, West Virginia became the 21st state to ratify the prohibition amendment. National prohibition became effective on January 16, 1920.
Elk River Chemical Spill On January 9, 2014, a leak from a chemical storage facility on the Elk River, just upstream from West Virginia American Water's treatment plant, contaminated the drinking water for residents in nine counties.
Bartley Mine Disaster On January 10, 1940, the Pond Creek No. 1 mine, at Bartley, McDowell County, exploded. The blast killed 91 miners, with another 47 escaping.
The rhododendron On January 29, 1903, after a vote by schoolchildren, the rhododendron was designated West Virginia's official state flower .
This Date in History
January 22, 1810: Daniel Lamb was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania
State founder Daniel Lamb (January 22, 1810-June 28, 1876) was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, to Quaker parents. In 1823, Lamb’s family moved to Wheeling, where Lamb received his education. In 1831, he was elected city clerk. Shortly after, he became treasurer of the Fire and Marine insurance company. In 1834, he became secretary and treasurer of the Wheeling Savings Institution, an early bank. He also began to study law with ...
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