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Calendar for June 20th, 2014

West Virginia Day

West Virginia Day celebrates the statehood of West Virginia. The 35th state was formed when several northwestern counties of Virginia objected to that state’s decision in 1861 to join the Confederacy during the Civil War. These counties worked for two years to form their own state and join the Union. They succeeded on June 20, 1863. Since 1927, West Virginians have officially celebrated this event on June 20 each year.

Every Year

  • World Refugee Day

  • 1780s

  • 1782: Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States

  • 1830s

  • 1837: Queen Victoria gained the British throne

  • 1840s

  • 1840: A patent for the telegraph was granted to Samuel Morse

  • 1860s

  • 1863: West Virginia was admitted to the Union as the 35th state

  • 1880s

  • 1887: Queen Victoria’s 2-day Golden Jubilee celebration began

  • 1900s

  • Born 1909: Errol Flynn (actor)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1942: Brian Wilson (singer)

  • Born 1945: Anne Murray (singer)

  • 1945: First "Baby Bonus" checks were sent to Canadian families

  • Born 1946: Bob Vila (handyman)

  • Died 1947: Bugsy Siegel (gangster)

  • 1948: The microgroove, long-playing, Vinylite record, called the LP, was formally introduced at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City by CBS (Columbia Records)

  • Born 1949: Lionel Richie (singer)

  • 1950s

  • 1950: Fred H. Howard received patent for a red hybrid tea rose

  • Born 1952: John Goodman (actor)

  • 1960s

  • 1963: The U.S. and the Soviet Union signed an agreement in Geneva to establish a so-called "hot line" emergency communication system, linking Washington and Moscow

  • Born 1967: Nicole Kidman (actress)

  • 1970s

  • Born 1971: Josh Lucas (actor)

  • 1977: The first oil from Alaska's frozen north slope began flowing into the trans-Alaska pipeline system (TAPS)

  • 1980s

  • Born 1988: Shefali Chowdhury (actress; plays Parvati Patil in the Harry Potter movies)

  • 2000s

  • 2004: In Russia, Sir Paul McCartney performed his 3,000th gig

  • Died 2005: Jack Kilby (the man who pioneered the development of the microchip and helped to create the first hand-held calculator)

  • 2007: A minor earthquake (magnitude 1.0) shook the New Hampshire seacoast

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