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5 Fun Facts About November 16 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1930, the West Virginia Ordnance Works was established in Nitro, West Virginia. This facility played a crucial role during World War II in the production of nitrocellulose and other high explosives.

2. In 1963, the West Virginia Mountaineers football team defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions 16-7 in a game that has been dubbed the "Divine Interception." With less than three minutes remaining in the game, WVU safety Bruce Bosley intercepted a pass from Penn State quarterback Gary Wydman at the WVU 22-yard line, preserving the victory for the Mountaineers.

3. In 1994, John William King was arrested in Jasper, Texas, for the murder of James Byrd Jr. in June of that year. King, along with two other white supremacists, had beaten Byrd, a black man, and then dragged him to death behind a pickup truck. King was eventually convicted and sentenced to death for the crime.

4. In 2013, West Virginia University formally dedicated the Milan Puskar Center, a state-of-the-art football facility that includes a weight room, training room, locker room, and coaches' offices. The center is named after Milan Puskar, a WVU alumnus and co-founder of Mylan, Inc., a pharmaceutical company.

5. In 2018, the West Virginia House of Delegates impeached all four of the state's Supreme Court justices, citing alleged corruption and mismanagement. The Senate later removed Justice Robin Davis and Justice Menis Ketchum from office, while Justices Margaret Workman and Beth Walker were censured but allowed to remain in their positions. The proceedings marked the first time in state history that a complete impeachment of the Supreme Court had occurred.
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