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This week in W.Va. history

Nov. 12, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

The following events happened on these dates in West Virginia history. To read more, go to e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia, a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

NOV. 11, 1929: The Memorial Arch was dedicated on Armistice Day in Huntington. The arch pays tribute to Cabell County soldiers who fought in World War I.

NOV. 14, 1788: Kanawha County, named for the Kanawha River which flows through it, was created on this date. Kanawha County is West Virginia's fourth largest, at 913.4 square miles.

NOV. 14, 1915: Booker T. Washington died on the Tuskegee Institute campus. He came to West Virginia as a child and kept up his West Virginia connections throughout his life.

Nov. 14, 1939: The Charleston Civic Orchestra gave its first concert at the Municipal Auditorium. The group changed its name to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra in 1988.

NOV. 14, 1970: A chartered plane crashed into a hillside just short of Huntington's Tri- State Airport near Ceredo, killing all 75 of the passengers and crew. The victims included nearly the entire Marshall University football team, all but one of their coaches, and several fans.

NOV. 16, 1734: Samuel Washington was born at Pope's Creek, Virginia. Samuel, a younger brother of George Washington, was the first of several members of the Washington family to live in what is now the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

NOV. 16, 1823: Politician and industrialist Henry Gassaway Davis, known in the early 20th century as West Virginia's ''Grand Old Man,'' was born in Baltimore, Md. Equestrian statues of Davis stand in downtown Charleston and at the college gates in Elkins.

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