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5 Fun Facts About October 29 In West Virginia History

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1. In 1863, during the Civil War, a Union Army victory occurred at the Battle of Droop Mountain in Pocahontas County. This battle is considered a turning point in the war in West Virginia.

2. On October 29, 1938, a massive fire broke out in downtown Charleston, West Virginia, destroying more than 130 buildings and causing $2 million in damage. The fire was one of the worst disasters in the city's history.

3. Another notable event in West Virginia history occurred on October 29, 1960, when John F. Kennedy visited the city of Wheeling during his presidential campaign. Kennedy gave a speech criticizing the Eisenhower administration's economic policies and calling for a more active government role in stimulating the economy.

4. In 1985, on October 29, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled that the state's ban on Sunday hunting was unconstitutional. The ruling allowed hunters to legally hunt on Sundays in West Virginia for the first time in over 100 years.

5. Finally, on October 29, 2002, the West Virginia Mountaineers football team pulled off a stunning upset over the then top-ranked Miami Hurricanes. The Mountaineers won the game 28-7, and the victory is considered one of the biggest upsets in college football history.
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