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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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  • Flood of 1985 Heavy rains in the last days of October 1985 brought fatal flooding to West Virginia in early November. Forty-seven people were killed, and several towns, including Moorefield, were heavily damaged. Read More »

  • Election Day West Virginians take a lively interest in politics. November 8 is the midterm election day. Read More »

  • Showcase for art The Huntington Museum of Art opened on November 9, 1952, as the Huntington Galleries. The state’s largest art museum hosts traveling exhibits and has permanent collections that include Ohio Valley glass, firearms, and fine art. Read More »

  • Veterans Day World War I ended on November 11, 1918. More than 1,100 soldiers from West Virginia were killed in action during the war. Read More »

  • Marshall plane crash On November 14, 1970, a chartered plane crashed, killing all 75 passengers and crew members. The victims included nearly the entire Marshall football team, most of the team’s coaches, and several fans. Read More »

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra On November 14, 1939, the Charleston Civic Orchestra gave its first performance. Today, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra schedules a full season of symphonic and pops concerts. Read More »

  • Fatal day Twenty-one miners escaped alive, but another 78 perished in the explosion at Consolidation Coal’s No. 9 mine near Farmington on November 20, 1968. Photo by Bob Campione, courtesy Charleston Newspapers. Read More »

  • White tail deer Traditional buck hunting season begins around Thanksgiving. Read More »

This Date in History

December 01, 1923: The USS West Virginia joined the fleet


The USS West Virginia was badly damaged at Pearl Harbor, but rose from that disaster to take revenge on the Japanese navy.

The battleship was christened on November 19, 1921, the second ship to be named for West Virginia. On December 1, 1923, the West Virginia joined the fleet. The new battleship was 624 feet long, 94 feet wide, and had a displacement of 33,590 tons. The main battery was eight 16-inch guns in four turrets, with 12 five-inc...

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