West Virginia Encyclopedia
RadioOn October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1 rocket airplane dropped from the belly of a B-29 bomber. Seconds later, Yeager entered the history books as the first pilot to break the sound barrier.
RadioOn October 1, 1896, mail carriers fanned out into the Jefferson County countryside and launched the nation’s first Rural Free Delivery, known as RFD, in West Virginia.
On September 21, 1929, a state commission ruled that Nancy Hanks—the mother of Abraham Lincoln—was born in what is now West Virginia.