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World events

The Korean war began on June 25, 1950, when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. By July, American troops had entered the war on South Korea’s behalf.

Ongoing events

  • Summer Polio epidemics (1916-1955). In the summer of 1950, the small town of Wytheville (population 5,550; 185 miles southwest of Charlottesville) made national news by accounting for 185 polio cases--or 15% of all cases in the State of Virginia. While polio could occur during the school year, outbreaks peaked during the summer months, and children were the most susceptible.


  • July 1 – Under the revised charter, Charlottesville changed from the modified city manager form of government to the straight city manager form. [1]
  • July 18 – This Tuesday morning, the first case of poliomyelitis of the summer was announced by the Joint Health Department. A five-year-old Charlottesville boy was stricken Saturday. [2]
  • September 19Charlottesville Planning Commission approves subdivision for homes on Calhoun Street in the Locust Grove neighborhood, but a rezoning request from the City Laundry at Preston Avenue and Tenth Street was denied. [3]




  1. Web. City Halts Home Gas Line Work Will Make Connection At Edge Of Property, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, September 6, 1950, retrieved August 10, 2019 from University of Virginia Library. Print. September 6, 1950 page 3.
  2. Web. First Polio Case Reported Here, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, Tuesday afternoon, July 18, 1950, retrieved April 19, 2020.
  3. Web. Sudivision Gets Final Approval, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, September 20, 1950, retrieved September 19, 2022. Print. September 20, 1950 page 3.