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5 Fun Facts About March 23 In West Virginia History

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1. The first West Virginia state basketball tournament was held on March 23, 1915 in Huntington. The Huntington High School "Blue Devils" defeated the "Golden Bears" of Parkersburg High School in the championship game.

2. On March 23, 1921, the West Virginia Legislature approved the formation of the State Road Commission, which was tasked with managing the construction and maintenance of the state's highways and bridges.

3. In 1965, on March 23, the state of West Virginia officially adopted the song "West Virginia Hills" as its state song. The song, written by Reverend David King and set to music by H. E. Engle, praises the beauty and majesty of the state's mountains and rivers.

4. On March 23, 1987, NASA astronaut Jon McBride visited his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia to speak to a group of students at Stonewall Jackson Junior High School. McBride had served as a mission specialist on the 1984 Space Shuttle Challenger mission.

5. In 2010, on March 23, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Massey Energy in a case involving the company's mountaintop removal mining operations. The decision was controversial and drew criticism from environmental groups and some members of the public.
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