October 3

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Significant events that happened (or will happen) on October 3.


  • 1825 – After many incidents of student disorder and drunkenness culminate in violent rioting on the Lawn, the entire faculty threatens to resign. The 82-year-old Jefferson summons all to the Rotunda. Confronting the failure of student self-rule and the threat to his dream of a university, he breaks into tears. Rioting students confess, some are expelled, and strict rules replace the former code of student self-government. Student mayhem is quelled, briefly. [1]
  • 1918 – Charlottesville Mayor E.G. Haden ordered public gatherings to be canceled to stop the spread of the influenza strain that was spreading around the world at the time. [2]
  • 1925Jefferson Theater reopens after a remodel [3]
  • 1933 – A referendum is held in Albemarle County and Charlottesville to determine local opinion on whether Prohibition should be repealed. The repeal vote won on a three to one margin. [4] [5]




  1. Web. Serpentine Timeline, Winter 2018, retrieved April 16, 2021.
  2. Web. Public Gatherings are Discontinued, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, October 3, 1918, retrieved April 11, 2020. Print. October 3, 1918 page 1.
  3. Web. New Jefferson Open Tomorrow, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, October 2, 1925, retrieved October 2, 2022. Print. October 2, 1925 page 1.
  4. Web. Chamberlain Explains Marking of Ballots in Virginia Referendum, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, September 26, 1933, retrieved September 25, 2022. Print. September 26, 1933 page 3.
  5. Web. City and County Give More Than 3 to 1 for Repeal and Control, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, October 4, 1933, retrieved October 3, 2022. Print. October 4, 1933 page 1.

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