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5 Fun Facts About March 28 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1908, the first West Virginia state-wide primary election was held on March 28. This election allowed voters to directly choose party nominees for state and local offices rather than having them selected by party conventions.

2. On March 28, 1910, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, one of West Virginia's oldest newspapers, was founded. The newspaper has since been awarded numerous honors for its journalism, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for its coverage of the Farmville, Virginia prison uprising.

3. In 1964, the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, hosted a secret bunker designed to shelter the U.S. Congress in the event of a nuclear war. The facility, codenamed "Project Greek Island," was operational for nearly 30 years and was only declassified in 1992. It was designed to be self-sufficient for up to 60 days and included a library, medical clinic, and a communications center.

4. On March 28, 1987, the "Great Peace March" passed through Charleston, West Virginia, during its cross-country trek for nuclear disarmament. The march began in Los Angeles in March 1986 and consisted of over 1,000 participants who walked over 3,700 miles to Washington, D.C.

5. On March 28, 2018, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed into law a bill legalizing sports betting in the state, making it one of the first states to do so following the Supreme Court's ruling lifting the federal ban on sports betting. The law allows sports betting at existing casinos and off-track betting locations, as well as through mobile devices.
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