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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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  • 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. The event is scheduled for August 11-20, 2022. 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 11, 2003: Bob Wise announced he would not seek reelection

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Elected West Virginia’s 33rd governor in 2000, Robert Ellsworth ‘‘Bob’’ Wise Jr. was born January 6, 1948, in Washington, D.C. He grew up with his parents and two sisters in the Kanawha Valley, where his father worked for 30 years for McDonough Caperton Insurance Group. After graduating from George Washington High School in Charleston in 1966, Wise enrolled at Duke University, receiving a B.A. in 1970. After leaving Duke, Wise appli...

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