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5 Fun Facts About May 28 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1830, the first steamboat arrived in Wheeling, West Virginia, marking the beginning of a thriving river transportation industry for the state.

2. On May 28, 1861, West Virginia seceded from Virginia and was admitted into the Union as a separate state during the Civil War. This made it the only state to be formed as a result of the Civil War.

3. In 1928, Lionel Hampton, the famous jazz musician and bandleader, was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He grew up in West Virginia and became a prominent figure in the state's music scene.

4. The Hatfield-McCoy Feud, one of the most infamous family feuds in American history, took place in West Virginia during the late 1800s. On May 28, 1897, the feud reached a climax when a group of Hatfields attacked the McCoy family and killed several members.

5. On May 28, 1944, the Greenbrier Hotel, a famous resort located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, was purchased by the U.S. government and converted into a secret bunker for the relocation of Congress in the event of a nuclear attack. The bunker was kept secret for over 30 years and was finally declassified in the 1990s.
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