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5 Fun Facts About September 27 In West Virginia History

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1. On September 27, 1960, the first telethon to benefit the West Virginia Society for Crippled Children was held. The telethon was hosted by comedian Jerry Lewis and raised $240,000 for the organization.

2. In 1777, a group of Native Americans led by the Shawnee chief Cornstalk attacked the Fort Randolph settlement on the Ohio River in present-day Mason County, West Virginia. The attack resulted in the deaths of several settlers and soldiers, including the fort's commander, Captain Matthew Arbuckle.

3. On September 27, 1969, the West Virginia University Mountaineers football team defeated the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in a thrilling 17-15 victory. The game was played in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and marked the first time the Mountaineers had ever beaten the Tar Heels in football.

4. In 1898, the town of Ceredo, West Virginia was incorporated. The town was founded by Civil War veteran Eli Thayer as part of his plan to create a series of model towns along the Ohio River that would be free of slavery.

5. On September 27, 1913, the first West Virginia State Fair opened in Wheeling, West Virginia. The fair featured exhibits, livestock shows, and demonstrations of the latest agricultural technology. Today, the West Virginia State Fair is held annually in August and attracts thousands of visitors from around the state.
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