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5 Fun Facts About November 11 In West Virginia History

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1. Armistice Day: November 11th is celebrated as Armistice Day in West Virginia, commemorating the anniversary of the end of World War I. It was declared a federal holiday in 1938 and was later renamed Veterans Day to honor all American veterans.

2. Bridge Day: November 11th is also celebrated in West Virginia as Bridge Day, where thousands of visitors come to watch BASE jumpers leap off the New River Gorge Bridge. This is the only day of the year where it is legal to jump off the bridge.

3. Statehood: West Virginia was officially granted statehood on June 20, 1863, but it was on November 11 that the U.S. Senate approved a resolution recognizing West Virginia as the 35th state.

4. Buffalo Creek Disaster: On November 11, 1970, the worst flood disaster in West Virginia's history occurred when a coal waste dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a wall of water through the Buffalo Creek hollow. The disaster killed 125 people and left thousands homeless.

5. Gasoline Explosion: On November 11, 1930, a gasoline explosion occurred in a store in Martinsburg, West Virginia, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more. The explosion was caused by a spark from a motorized bike being driven into the store.
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