West Virginia Timeline History

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 1865

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arrow 1641: The first European settlers arrive

arrow 1732: Shepherdstown becomes the first permanent settlement

arrow 1753: European settlers journey to the area in great numbers

arrow 1763: French loses continent and French and Indian War begins to end

arrow 1776: Residents petition the Continental Congress for separate statehood

arrow 1782: The Battle of Fort Henry in Wheeling: is called the "Last Battle of the Revolutionary War"

arrow 1836: First railroad arrives in Harpers Ferry

arrow 1859: Abolitionist John Brown stages raids on federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry

arrow 1861: West Virginia refuses to secede from the Union, and separates from Virginia

arrow 1863: West Virginia becomes the 35th U.S. State

arrow 1885: Capital moved to Charleston

arrow 1907: Mine explosion in Monongah kills 361

arrow 1921: Blair Mountain miners: labor dispute begins

arrow 1943: Large and valuable salt deposits found along the Ohio River valley

arrow 1960: John Kennedy wins presidential primary here, defeating Hubert Humphrey

arrow 1965: Capital punishment abolished in the state
arrow (1966) Explosion at Siltix Mine killed seven

arrow (1968) Piedmont Airlines crash at Kanawha County Airport killed 35; Farmington Mine explosions and fire killed 78

arrow (1969) Former governor, W.W. Barron, sentenced to five years in prison for jury tampering; Coal Mine Health and Safety Act law enacted

arrow (1970) Southern Airways plane crashed, 75 Marshall University football team players, coaches, department personnel killed

arrow (1971) 40,000 miners ended 44-day coal strike

arrow (1972) Coal waste dam collapsed at Buffalo Creek, killed 125

arrow (1976) Wildcat mine strike began in Logan, spread to eight states

arrow (1977) World's longest steel-arch bridge opened near Fayetteville (New River Gorge Bridge)

arrow (1981) Miners ended 72-day strike; WVU Mountaineers won Peach Bowl

arrow (1984) Mary Lou Retton of Fairmont first woman to win gold medal in gymnastics in Olympics

arrow (1985) State lottery established; heavy flooding killed 71, damages of $1.2 billion

arrow (1988) Oil spill pollutes Monongahela and Ohio Rivers

arrow (1993) Blizzard paralyzed West Virginia

arrow (1996) Coal industry set production record with 174 million tons

arrow (2000 Peace talks between Israel and Syria held at Shepherdstown

arrow (2001) Flooding wiped out several communities, many left homeless

arrow (2006) 13 miners trapped in mine, one survived

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