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5 Fun Facts About March 14 In West Virginia History

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1. Statehood Day: March 14 marks the anniversary of West Virginia being admitted as the 35th state in the Union in 1863 during the Civil War.

2. Labor History: On March 14, 1907, a disagreement over wages and working conditions at the Red Jacket coal mine in McDowell County led to a deadly shootout between striking miners and company guards known as the "Red Jacket War."

3. Sports Milestones: In 1959, West Virginia University's basketball team, led by "Hot Rod" Hundley, won the NCAA Southern Conference tournament by defeating George Washington University 85-81.

4. Bridge Tragedy: The Silver Bridge, which spanned the Ohio River between Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and Gallipolis, Ohio, collapsed on December 15, 1967, killing 46 people. However, on March 14, 1969, the collapse was officially attributed to a combination of factors including corrosion, fatigue, and design flaws.

5. Medical Breakthrough: On March 14, 1990, surgeons at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown successfully transplanted a heart and liver into a 24-year-old patient, making it the first time such a procedure had been performed in the world. The patient reportedly lived for more than a decade.
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