December 31

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Significant events that happened (or will happen) on December 31.


  • 1888 – On West Main Street, City Policeman George T. Seal was shot and killed while in the act of arresting William Muscoe for a misdemeanor. Upon firing the fatal shot, Muscoe fled, and was apprehended the following day near Barboursville, in Orange county, as he was making his way northward on the Midland railway.[1] The Virginia Supreme Court overturned a later conviction. A second conviction was obtained, Muscoe was hanged in the Charlottesville jail yard on April 21, 1891. [2][3][4]
  • 1934 – The Alcoholic Beverage Control store in Charlottesville stayed open until 11 p.m. as people who wanted to drink alcohol to welcome in the new year could do so legally for the first time in 18 years. [5]
  • 2022David Oberg's term representing White Hall seat on Board of Supervisors is over due to his resignation. [6]



  • 1888 – On this Monday night, just after dark, City Policeman George T. Seal was shot and killed while in the act of making an arrest.[7][8][9]


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