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5 Fun Facts About November 12 In West Virginia History

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1. The Battle of Guyandotte took place on November 12, 1861. The Union army, led by Col. John Wolcott, attacked Confederate forces near the town of Guyandotte on the Ohio River. The battle resulted in a Union victory and helped secure control of the region for the Union.

2. On November 12, 1898, the Lewisburg Female Institute in Greenbrier County burned down. The school was a leading educational institution for young women and had been in operation for over 50 years. The cause of the fire is unknown, but the school was eventually rebuilt and continued to operate until 1972.

3. The first public radio station in West Virginia, WVHI, began broadcasting on November 12, 1935. The station was owned by the West Virginia Board of Education and was located in Charleston. It played a mix of music and educational programming.

4. November 12, 1968, marked the opening of the Greenbrier Resort's ice skating rink. The rink was part of a multi-million dollar renovation of the historic resort and was the first indoor ice skating rink in West Virginia. Today, the rink is still in operation and is a popular attraction for guests.

5. West Virginia became the first state to recognize the Sago Mine disaster as a state disaster on November 12, 2005. The disaster, which occurred on January 2, 2006, claimed the lives of 12 miners and led to increased safety regulations in the mining industry. The state recognized the disaster to provide support to the families of the victims and to raise awareness of the dangers facing miners.
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