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5 Fun Facts About March 20 In West Virginia History

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1. West Virginia became a state on June 20, 1863, during the Civil War. However, before West Virginia achieved statehood, there were multiple legislative sessions held in Wheeling, Virginia (which would later become West Virginia) to discuss the issue. The first legislative session held to discuss statehood for West Virginia took place on March 20, 1861.

2. On March 20, 1933, West Virginia was hit by a massive flood caused by several days of heavy rain. The flood caused widespread damage and resulted in the deaths of over 100 people. The flood took a heavy toll on West Virginia's economy, with many businesses and farms destroyed.

3. The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a resolution on March 20, 1961, calling for an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the Electoral College. The resolution did not ultimately have any impact on the Electoral College system.

4. On March 20, 1980, a group of coal miners in the town of Richwood, West Virginia went on strike to protest low wages and dangerous working conditions. The strike lasted for several months and resulted in significant changes to the coal industry and labor laws in West Virginia.

5. In 2015, the West Virginia Department of Education announced on March 20 that it would be implementing a new program called "WVReads" aimed at improving literacy rates in the state. The program included initiatives such as providing additional training for teachers and increasing access to books for students.
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