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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the comprehensive reference resource for the Mountain State of West Virginia. Based on the best-selling West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV offers thousands of articles on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture.

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  • Statehood The creation of West Virginia was an outcome of the Civil War. Read More »

  • Battle of Philippi The first land battle of the Civil War took place at Philippi, June 3, 1861 Read More »

  • Glass Sand Mining June 7, 1926: An explosion at a glass sand mining operation in Morgan County killed six men. Read More »

  • Cass Scenic Railroad The first passenger trip on Cass Scenic Railroad was June 15, 1963, during West Virginia’s Centennial celebration. Read More »

  • Blind Alfred Reed Born June 15, 1880, Blind Alfred Reed was a street singer and fiddler in Summers County. He sometimes performed with his son and a fiddler neighbor as the West Virginia Night Owls. Read More »

  • New Capitol dedicated Built for slightly more than $9 million, the new state capitol was officially dedicated on West Virginia Day, June 20, 1932. Read More »

  • West Virginia Day West Virginia Day is celebrated each year on June 20, the anniversary of the day West Virginia became the 35th state, June 20, 1863. Read More »

  • Flood of 2016 From June 21-23, over 8 inches of rain fell on Clay, Nicholas, Webster and Greenbrier counties, leading to what the National Weather Service would describe as a “thousand year” flood Read More »

  • Deadly twister A tornado that struck the Shinnston area of Harrison County June 23, 1944, killed more than 100 people and destroyed numerous homes. Read More »

This Date in History

June 18, 1937: John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV was born in New York City

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John Davison ‘‘Jay’’ Rockefeller IV became West Virginia’s 29th governor in 1977. Rockefeller, whose great-grandfather was at one time considered the richest man in the world, was born in New York City, June 18, 1937. At the age of 12, he enrolled at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, where he became interested in Far Eastern studies. He later obtained a degree in Asian languages and history from Harvard, and spent from 1957 to 1960 at the International Christian University in Tokyo...

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