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  • October 21Albemarle County Board of Supervisors discuss whether to support an effort to repeal a state law requiring a referendum to implement a zoning ordinance. [1]
  • November 3 – Election Day in Virginia with a contested legislative race but no contested races in Charlottesville. For the House of Delegates seat that covered Charlottesville, incumbent Democrat Henry B. Gordon faced Republican Thomas Wylie. [2]
  • November 10 – The very first Mason-Dixon Intercollegiate Pipe-Smoking Championship is held at Madison Hall sponsored by the Cavalier Daily. The winner was second-year medical student James T. Gillespie who lasted one hour, 39 minutes, and 52 seconds. This beat the time of Walter Bossert, a student at Columbia University. Bossert blamed the southern air for his loss. [3]


  • August 31 Maurice Franklin Greaver (age 67), Chief of Police for the City of Charlottesville for twenty-seven years. [4]
  • December 11 – Following an ailment being caused by an internal rupture, Seal (the second unofficial canine mascot of the UVA football team) is put down by a local veterinarian named Dr. W.B. White.



  1. Web. Board Slates Further Talks on County Zoning Proposal, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, October 21, 1933, retrieved October 21, 2022. Print. October 21, 1933 page 1.
  2. Web. Forenoon Balloting Indicates 3,500 Vote Total for City, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, November 3, 1953, retrieved November 3, 2022. Print. November 3, 1953 page 1.
  3. Web. [1], University Student Captures Pipe-Smoking Championship, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, November 11, 1953, retrieved November 11, 2022. Print. November 11, 1953 page 3.
  4. http://weblink.charlottesville.org/Public/0/doc/307384/Page1.aspx