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5 Fun Facts About February 5 In West Virginia History

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1. On February 5, 1778, the Treaty of Fort Pitt was signed between the United States and several Native American tribes, including the Delaware, Wyandot, and Shawnee. The treaty established peace between the Native Americans and the Americans during the American Revolutionary War.

2. February 5, 1861, marks the day when West Virginia voted to secede from Virginia and form its own state amidst the Civil War. The decision was ultimately approved by the federal government and West Virginia became the 35th state on June 20, 1863.

3. In 1937, on February 5, flooding in West Virginia caused by heavy rainfall and melting snow resulted in a devastating flood that killed over 500 people and caused millions of dollars in damage. It remains one of the deadliest floods in US history.

4. On February 5, 1958, Sugar Ray Robinson fought in Charleston, West Virginia, defending his middleweight boxing title against Carmen Basilio. The fight is considered one of the greatest in boxing history, featuring a dramatic 15th round where Robinson took a beating but managed to stay on his feet.

5. The West Virginia state flag was officially adopted on February 5, 1929. The flag features the state seal in the center, surrounded by a white field with a blue border and the state's name in blue letters. The design was created by artist Charles Hodel and was selected through a statewide competition.
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