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5 Fun Facts About September 25 In West Virginia History

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1. On September 25, 1862, the Battle of Shepherdstown took place in Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia) during the American Civil War. The battle was fought between Union and Confederate forces, with the Confederates coming out victorious.

2. In 1904, the first electric streetcar line in West Virginia started running in Wheeling on September 25. The streetcars were a popular mode of transportation in the city until the system was dismantled in the 1940s.

3. On September 25, 1937, the Glen Rogers Mine Disaster occurred in Raleigh County, West Virginia, when an explosion killed 27 coal miners. This tragedy was one of many in the state's history of mining disasters.

4. The West Virginia School Building Authority was established on September 25, 1989. This organization's mission is to facilitate the construction and renovation of public school buildings across the state.

5. On September 25, 2012, the Boy Scouts of America announced that it would release documents from its "ineligible volunteer" files, which contained records of individuals who had been removed from the organization due to allegations of sexual abuse. This decision came after years of pressure from victims' rights advocates and media outlets, and was seen as a positive step towards increasing transparency and accountability in the organization.
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