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5 Fun Facts About March 26 In West Virginia History

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1) On March 26, 1890, the West Virginia State Capitol building was completed in Charleston. The building's design was inspired by the French Renaissance style and its construction took six years at a cost of $1 million.

2) In 1953, on March 26, the West Virginia Legislature passed a bill that created the state's first official state song, "The West Virginia Hills." The song was written by Ellen King, a teacher from Doddridge County, and its melody was composed by H.E. Engle.

3) John F. Kennedy visited West Virginia on March 26, 1960, during his presidential campaign. He spoke at a rally in Wheeling, where he emphasized his commitment to economic development in the state and praised the hardworking people of West Virginia.

4) In 2006, on March 26, the West Virginia Mine Safety Technology Task Force was created following the Sago Mine disaster that killed 12 miners. The task force was charged with developing new technologies and practices to improve mine safety and prevent future accidents.

5) On March 26, 2014, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. The bill, known as the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act, was signed into law by Governor Jim Justice on April 19, 2017. This made West Virginia the 29th state in the US to legalize medical marijuana.
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