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5 Fun Facts About June 10 In West Virginia History

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1. On June 10, 1861, the state of West Virginia officially seceded from Virginia and was admitted as the 35th state in the Union. This was one of the few instances in U.S. history where a state was created from the secession of another state.

2. In 1968, the town of Matewan, West Virginia became the site of a violent confrontation between coal miners and the local sheriff's department. The conflict, known as the "Matewan Massacre," left ten people dead and is considered a major event in the history of the labor movement in the U.S.

3. On June 10, 2016, devastating floods struck central and southern West Virginia, resulting in 23 deaths and significant damage to homes and infrastructure. The floods were caused by intense rainfall, with some areas receiving over 9 inches of rain in just 24 hours.

4. On June 10, 1901, the first statewide coal mining strike in West Virginia began. The strike involved over 15,000 miners and lasted for several months, with the miners ultimately winning higher wages and better working conditions.

5. Baseball great Babe Ruth played his first professional game in West Virginia on June 10, 1914, as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. Ruth, who was just 19 years old at the time, hit his first professional home run during the game.
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