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5 Fun Facts About October 30 In West Virginia History

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1. On October 30, 1862, the Battle of Fayetteville took place during the American Civil War. Confederate soldiers, led by General John B. Floyd, attacked Union troops under the command of Colonel Joseph T. Toland. The Union troops were able to repel the attack, forcing the Confederate troops to withdraw from the area.

2. In 1907, on October 30, the first Governor's Mansion in West Virginia was completed. The mansion was built in Charleston and served as the residence for the state's governors until a new mansion was constructed in 1925.

3. On October 30, 1929, West Virginia University played its first football game against Syracuse University. The game was played in Syracuse, New York, and WVU lost 15-0.

4. In 1951, the first television station in West Virginia began broadcasting on October 30. WSAZ-TV, which was located in Huntington, began airing programming on the NBC network.

5. Finally, on October 30, 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast of the United States, causing widespread damage and power outages in West Virginia. The storm caused 10 deaths in the state and left more than 280,000 people without power.
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