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5 Fun Facts About April 27 In Virginia History

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1. In 1861, Virginia officially seceded from the Union on April 27, becoming an independent state until joining the Confederacy a month later.

2. On April 27, 1927, the town of Blackey, Virginia was devastated by a flood that killed 89 people and caused significant damage to homes and businesses in the area.

3. Thomas Jefferson was born in Shadwell, Virginia on April 13, 1743. However, due to the difference between the Julian and Gregorian calendars, his birthday is sometimes listed as April 2 or April 27.

4. On April 27, 1984, artist Keith Haring created a mural on the side of a building in Norfolk, Virginia as part of his "Crack is Wack" campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of drug addiction.

5. The Virginia state flag features a blue field, the state seal in the center, and a white banner with the words "Virginia" and "Sic Semper Tyrannis" (Thus Always to Tyrants) on April 27, 1861, Virginia state troops seized the United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry.
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