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5 Fun Facts About February 21 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1916, a massive flood swept through the state, causing widespread destruction and claiming the lives of at least 16 people. The flood was caused by heavy rainfall and melting snow, and it caused major damage to the towns of Buckhannon and Weston.

2. On February 21, 1863, the Union army under General William Rosecrans achieved a significant victory in the Battle of Okolona, which took place near Okolona, Jackson County, West Virginia. The battle was part of the wider American Civil War and was fought between Union and Confederate forces.

3. February 21, 1931, saw the birth of basketball player and coach Jerry West in Chelyan, Kanawha County, West Virginia. West is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980.

4. In 1963, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a resolution calling for the impeachment of Governor W. W. Barron. The move was sparked by allegations of corruption and misconduct by Barron, who was eventually removed from office later that year.

5. On February 21, 1985, a major snowstorm swept through West Virginia, dumping up to 20 inches of snow in some areas. The storm caused widespread disruption to transportation and resulted in several fatalities due to traffic accidents and exposure.
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