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5 Fun Facts About May 25 In West Virginia History

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1. Birth of John F. Kennedy - May 25, 1917, is the birthdate of JFK who went on to become the 35th President of the United States. Although born in Massachusetts, JFK has a special place in the heart of West Virginians due to his speech during the 1960 presidential election where he spoke about the poverty and resiliency of the people of West Virginia.

2. The Great Flood of 1889 - On May 25, 1889, the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, broke causing a flood that killed over 2,200 people in Pennsylvania. The floodwaters also affected West Virginia causing destruction and loss of life. 55 of the fatalities were from West Virginia.

3. West Virginia becomes a state - On May 25, 1863, West Virginia officially became the 35th state of the United States. It was born out of the Civil War with the western counties of Virginia breaking away from the Confederacy and forming their own state.

4. First radio station in West Virginia - On May 25th, 1923, WWVA radio station was established in Wheeling, West Virginia. The station is still in operation today and is known for its country music programming.

5. Senator Robert Byrd's record-breaking tenure - On May 25th, 2010, Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia surpassed Senator Strom Thurmond's record for longest U.S. Senate tenure. Byrd served in the Senate for almost 52 years before his death in 2010.
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