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5 Fun Facts About September 3 In West Virginia History

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1. West Virginia Statehood: On September 3, 1861, seven northwestern Virginia counties declared their independence from Virginia and were admitted to the Union as the state of West Virginia, becoming the 35th state.

2. Hatfield-McCoy Feud: On September 3, 1888, a skirmish broke out between the infamous Hatfields and McCoys in Mingo County, West Virginia. The feud became one of the most notorious and deadly family feuds in American history, lasting for several decades.

3. John Nash: On September 3, 2002, John Nash, a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician portrayed in the movie "A Beautiful Mind," was awarded the West Virginia Order of Merit for his contributions to the field of mathematics. Nash was born in Bluefield, West Virginia in 1928.

4. Coal Mining Disaster: On September 3, 1913, the deadliest coal mining disaster in West Virginia history occurred at the Eccles Mine in Raleigh County. A total of 180 miners were killed in an explosion that rocked the mine, which was owned by the Raleigh-Wyoming Mining Company.

5. First Female Governor: On September 3, 1985, West Virginia Governor Arch Moore appointed former associate commissioner of agriculture, A. James Manchin as the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Sen. Jennings Randolph. This made the way for his wife, Shelley Moore Capito, to be the first female governor of West Virginia in 2002.
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