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5 Fun Facts About February 7 In West Virginia History

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1. West Virginia's state motto was adopted on February 7, 1863. The motto, "Montani Semper Liberi," translates to "Mountaineers are always free."

2. On February 7, 1861, the Virginia State Convention voted to secede from the United States. However, the western counties of Virginia opposed this decision and later created the state of West Virginia in 1863, during the Civil War.

3. In 1948, the humanitarian organization CARE was founded in Morgantown, West Virginia, by a group of American businessmen who wanted to send food aid to war-torn Europe. Today, CARE works in over 100 countries, providing emergency relief and empowering communities to fight poverty.

4. February 7, 1920, marked the beginning of the prohibition era in the United States, which lasted until 1933. West Virginia was one of the first states to pass its own prohibition law in 1914, six years before the federal law was enacted.

5. In 2013, on February 7, a massive snowstorm hit West Virginia, dumping up to 40 inches of snow in some areas and causing widespread power outages. The storm was dubbed "Snowmageddon" and resulted in several state emergency declarations and school closures.
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