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5 Fun Facts About March 30 In West Virginia History

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1. On March 30, 1861, the West Virginia Statehood movement officially began with a rally in Wheeling. The movement led to the formation of the state of West Virginia on June 20, 1863, amidst the Civil War.

2. On March 30, 1933, the first federal Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in West Virginia was established at Watoga State Park. The CCC provided unpaid work and vocational training for unemployed, unmarried men during the Great Depression.

3. Baseball Hall of Famer Chuck Howley was born on March 30, 1936, in Wheeling, West Virginia. Howley played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1961 to 1973 and was named the MVP of Super Bowl V despite being on the losing team.

4. On March 30, 1979, the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania caused concerns about radioactive fallout in West Virginia. Governor John D. Rockefeller IV ordered state agencies to monitor the air, water, and food for radiation and assure the public's safety.

5. The New River Gorge Bridge, one of the longest steel single-arch bridges in the world, opened on March 30, 1977. The bridge spans the New River Gorge in Fayette County and is a popular tourist attraction for its scenic vistas and outdoor activities like bungee jumping and zip-lining.
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