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  • Luna Park On May 5, 1923, a fire started by welders destroyed most of this Charleston amusement park. Read More »

  • Opening night The Keith-Albee in Huntington showed its first movie on May 7, 1928, but it was the lavish theater itself that was the star of the show. Read More »

  • First Mother's Day The first official Mother's Day observance was held May 10, 1908, at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton and simultaneously in Philadelphia. Read More »

  • Hominy Falls On May 16, 1968, the final six miners were rescued after being trapped for ten days. Laws regulating preservation of mine maps were passed following this disaster. Read More »

  • Matewan Massacre May 19, 1920, police chief Sid Hatfield and angry miners confronted Baldwin-Felts agents on the streets of Matewan. A shootout left ten people dead. Read More »

  • Vandalia Gathering The Vandalia Gathering celebrates West Virginia’s heritage of music, dance, crafts, food, and folklore. The festival takes place Memorial Day weekend at the Culture Center and the adjoining grounds of the state capitol. Read More »

  • Baseball Professional baseball has been played in West Virginia for over 110 years. Read More »

This Date in History

May 27, 1863: John Harrington Cox was born in Madison County, Illinois


John Harrington Cox (May 27, 1863-November 21, 1945) was one of the pioneers in the field of American folk song scholarship. Cox was born in Madison County, Illinois. Educated at Brown and Harvard (Ph.D. 1923) universities, he received an appointment on the English Department faculty at West Virginia University in 1903. His early efforts at the university were devoted to the study of Old and Middle English, and Medieval literature, ...

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