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  • April 2 – President Woodrow Wilson asked Congress to declare war against Germany, saying, “The world must be made safe for democracy.” Four days later, Congress voted overwhelmingly in favor of a war, with numerous individuals from Charlottesville and Albemarle County serving in the American armed forces throughout the course of the conflict.
  • June 2 – This morning, Clerk Chas. E. Moran, of the Corporation Court, named Miss Lizzie A. Flannagan as his Deputy, under the authority given by statue adopted at the 1916 session of the Virginia Legislature. The consent of the Judge was required by the new law, and this Judge Archie D. Dabney very cheerfully gave, and Miss Flannagan was duly sworn in as a Deputy Clerk of the Court, giving bond as required by law. [1]
  • November 5 – The U.S. Supreme Court decided in Buchanan v. Warley, that residential segregation or ordinances were unconstitutional.
  • December 18 – The amendment to establish the prohibition of "intoxicating liquors" in the United States was proposed by Congress. The 18th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The amendment was ratified by the requisite number of states on January 16, 1919.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution founded a scholarship in the University of Virginia College department that insured an annual income of thirty dollars, and a maximum tenure of one year. Its holder must have graduated from the Charlottesville High School, with the highest mark of his class; and he must also be a resident of the town or the county.[2]



Context: Deaths associated with the seasonal influenza of 1916, 1917 and 1921 represented 19·7%, 12·5% and 21·0% of all deaths respectively, whereas during the rawest moments of the Spanish influenza, in 1918, the proportion of deaths due to flu for those aged between 15 and 44 years of age reached 68·2% in Paris and 66·3% in Madrid.
  • April 12 – Extra Policeman Meredith A. Thomas, age 41, was shot and killed as he confronted one of two men who he caught stealing hams from a warehouse. The killing of Mr. Thomas was the final of a series of thefts which had been going on in the wholesale section for many weeks. [3]



  1. Web. Lady Appointed Deputy Clerk, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, Saturday June 2, 1917, retrieved October 20, 2023.
  2. https://books.google.com/books?id=i68VAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA45&dq=edwin+alderman+philip+bruce&ei=wFHyR7iYJoOwsgPi1J2qDQ#v=onepage&q=edwin%20alderman%20philip%20bruce&f=false
  3. Web. Sub Policeman is Murdered, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, April 13, 1917, retrieved April 12, 2021 from University of Virginia Library. Print. April 13, 1917 page 1.