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5 Fun Facts About May 5 In West Virginia History

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1. The West Virginia State Capitol was completed on May 5, 1932. The building, which stands on the site of the former state capitol, took six years to build and cost $10 million dollars. It is one of the most notable landmarks in the state.

2. On May 5, 1864, the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain took place in Pulaski County, Virginia, just south of the West Virginia border. This battle was fought as part of General Ulysses S. Grant's campaign to capture Richmond during the American Civil War, and was a significant victory for the Union army.

3. The first daily newspaper in West Virginia, The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, began publication on May 5, 1852. Owned and operated by Archibald Campbell, the newspaper quickly became one of the most influential in the state and remains in operation today as The Intelligencer.

4. In 1961, Robert C. Byrd was first elected to the United States Senate from West Virginia on May 5th. He would go on to serve in the Senate for over 51 years, becoming the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history.

5. The West Virginia lottery was launched on May 5, 1986, making the state one of the first in the country to operate a state-run lottery. The lottery has generated billions of dollars in revenue for the state over the past 35 years and has helped fund a number of important programs and initiatives.
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