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5 Fun Facts About January 24 In West Virginia History

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1. The first meeting of the West Virginia State Bar was held on January 24, 1947 in Charleston, WV. The State Bar was created to help regulate the legal profession and provide educational and professional development opportunities for its members.

2. On January 24, 1902, the Monongahela River flooded in West Virginia, causing extensive damage to homes and businesses in the surrounding areas. The flood was caused by heavy rains and melting snow, and led to the deaths of at least 6 people.

3. West Virginia became the 35th state in the United States on June 20, 1863. However, it was not until January 24, 1865 that the U.S. Congress officially recognized West Virginia as a state, following a statehood bill passed by the West Virginia Legislature.

4. On January 24, 1936, a coal mine explosion in the town of Eccles, WV, killed 21 miners and injured many others. The mine was known for its dangerous working conditions, and the tragedy led to increased safety regulations and scrutiny of the coal mining industry in the state.

5. West Virginia native and country music legend Hank Williams Jr. was born on January 24, 1949 in Shreveport, LA. Williams is known for hits like "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" and "A Country Boy Can Survive," and has won multiple Grammy Awards and other honors throughout his career.
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