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  • Hatfield’s death On August 1, 1921, Sid Hatfield and his friend, Ed Chambers, were killed by Baldwin-Felts detectives on the steps of the McDowell County Courthouse. Their deaths sparked outrage among miners and led to the Miners’ March on Logan. Read More »

  • Wildlife Refuge August 11, 1994, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge became the 500th refuge in the National Wildlife Refuge system Read More »

  • Niagara Movement August 15, 1906: The Niagara Movement began a five-day meeting at Storer College in Harpers Ferry Read More »

  • West Virginia State Fair The fair was founded by cattlemen as the Greenbrier Valley Fair in 1921. Due to the pandemic, the next event is scheduled for August 12-21, 2021. Read More »

  • Astronomy August 25, 2000: The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope, the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope, was dedicated. Read More »

  • NASA "computer" NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson was born August 26, 1918. Her work was crucial to the Mercury and Apollo space programs, and she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. Read More »

  • West Virginia Turnpike On August 29, 1952, a groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of construction on the West Virginia Turnpike Read More »

This Date in History

August 04, 2003: Jack Whittaker was temporarily robbed of $545,000 outside a Charleston area dance club

Andrew Jackson ‘‘Jack’’ Whittaker Jr. of Putnam County won what was then the largest single lottery jackpot in history. The contractor, already wealthy from his businesses, won $314.9 million in the Powerball lottery on Christmas Day 2002. Whittaker, who was born October 9, 1947 at Jumping Branch in Summers County, chose to take the cash option and netted $113,386,407.77.

Whittaker gave substantially to charity from his lotte...

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