Timeline of Fairfax County History


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Date

Event

Monday, March 10, 1902
Town of Clifton Incorporated by Act of the Virginia General Assembly
Wednesday, June 01, 1904
John Q. Marr Monument dedicated on the Fairfax County Courthouse lawn
Thursday, September 15, 1904
Federal soldiers pass through Fairfax on their way to war games held at Manassas (@25,000 U. S. Army and National Guard troops replicated the strategic maneuvers of the 2nd Battle of Manassas as crowds of sightseers look observe
Wednesday, March 07, 1906
Washington & Old Dominion Railroad begins operation to Difficult Run, near Great Falls
Thursday, June 04, 1908
Susan Reviere Hetzel of Clifton, Va. Dies. One of the organizers of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Monday, July 11, 1910
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers purchases former Belvoir estate. New post is named Camp A. A. Humphries, later changed to Fort Belvoir
Wednesday, May 31, 1911
McLean Post Office Established
Monday, October 18, 1915
Will of Martha Washington returned to Clerk of Fairfax County Circuit Court after a 52 year sojourn
Thursday, March 22, 1917
Fire destroy’s much of the Town of Herndon's Business District
Tuesday, September 28, 1920
Annandale Grange organized (Unit #737 of the Patrons of Husbandry
Saturday, October 09, 1920
Great Falls Grange organized (Unit #738 of the Patrons of Husbandry
Thursday, September 01, 1921
Annandale Grange (Unit #737 of the Patrons of Husbandry) receives its charter
Saturday, January 28, 1922
“Knickerbocker Snow” of 1922. @26" of wet snow blankets the region. The heavy accumulation collapses the roof of the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington, killing 98 and injuring 133.
Wednesday, September 06, 1922
First meeting of the Fairfax County School Board
Friday, April 17, 1925
Invitation to join newly formed Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce published in the Fairfax Herald.
Saturday, June 26, 1926
War Memorial Monument (WW I) dedicated on the Fairfax Courthouse lawn by the Fairfax County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
Friday, May 27, 1927
Monument erected near Fairfax Circle to commemorate the capture of Pvt. Peyton Anderson, first confederate soldier wounded in the Civil War.
Wednesday, February 20, 1929
Gallows Road near Merrifield graveled.
Thursday, September 12, 1929
Fairfax Hunt requests registration from Masters of Foxhounds Association of America
Tuesday, June 03, 1930
Legato School closes
Friday, May 01, 1931
Fairfax Rotary Club Chartered.
Tuesday, June 01, 1937
Monument to John S. Mosby’s March 8, 1863 raid dedicated at Truro Episcopal Church by Fairfax Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy
Wednesday, February 01, 1939
BOS votes $250 to fund the countywide library system
Saturday, March 16, 1940
First Fairfax County Public Library Bookmobile begins operation.
Monday, July 01, 1940
Fairfax County Police Department formed
Saturday, February 08, 1941
R. Walton Moore dies, U. S. Congressman (1919-1931) and Asst. Secretary of State (1933-1941
Tuesday, May 05, 1942
Great Falls Volunteer Fire Department Organized
Saturday, July 06, 1946
League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area formed
Friday, May 09, 1947
Burke Communities Civic Association formed
Thursday, June 22, 1950
Dickey’s Tavern burns, last original building from Town of Matildaville.
Wednesday, December 06, 1950
Fairfax County Park Authority created
Wednesday, June 13, 1951
U. S. Department of Justice posts a notice at the Burke Post Office announcing its intention to condemn 4520 ac. to build an international airport for Washington, D. C.
Tuesday, January 01, 1952
First meeting of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors under the County Executive form of Government. Mr. G. W. Carper elected Chairman, Mrs. Edna A. Bicksler appointed Clerk of the Board, and Mr. Carlton C. Massey appointed County Executive.
Thursday, August 06, 1953
BOS approves the first land purchase for parks in Fairfax County
Friday, April 02, 1954
Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Incorporated
Wednesday, September 01, 1954
Luther Jackson H. S. opens. First black high school in Fairfax County
Saturday, September 25, 1954
First Annandale Day celebration held. Annandale Veterans Memorial (Cannon) dedicated by American Legion Post 107
Wednesday, October 10, 1956
Fairfax County Economic Development Authority created
Monday, September 23, 1957
University College of the University of Virginia (later George Mason College) opens at Baileys Crossroads
Thursday, September 03, 1959
“Ossian Hall” is burned as a training exercise by the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department
Tuesday, December 01, 1959
Sully Plantation leased to Fairfax County Park Authority
Saturday, December 12, 1959
University College renamed George Mason College
Wednesday, September 28, 1960
19 black students enroll at 8 previously all white Fairfax County schools
Saturday, October 15, 1960
Plaque honoring Fairfax County men killed in WW II and Korea added to the War Memorial Monument, Fairfax County Courthouse.
Monday, February 06, 1961
Fairfax Hospital opens ½ hour early, due to early arrival of baby.
Saturday, June 24, 1961
W. T. Woodson retires after 32 years as Superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools
Friday, June 30, 1961
Town of Fairfax becomes a City of the 2nd Class by order of the Fairfax County Circuit Court
Saturday, April 21, 1962
City of Fairfax takes control of Fairfax City Cemetery
Monday, November 19, 1962
Dulles International Airport opens
Monday, December 10, 1962
The Headquarters Library in Fairfax has been designated and posted as a public fall-out shelter for approximately 400 persons; responsibility for supplying the shelter with food, medical and other facilities rests with the Civil Defense officials.
Monday, August 17, 1964
Last section of Capital Beltway (Rte. 495) formally opened
Wednesday, December 09, 1964
First family (Samuel & Katie Furcrum of Waterview) moves into Reston
Wednesday, September 08, 1965
First day of class for completely desegregated Fairfax County Public Schools
Monday, September 20, 1965
Regular classes begin at Northern Virginia Technical College (later Northern Virginia Community College
Saturday, January 29, 1966
Blizzard of 1966. 12" - 24" of snow followed by winds up to 50 mph create drifts 10' high
Saturday, May 21, 1966
Official Dedication of Reston held at Lake Anne Plaza.
Friday, April 14, 1967
Northern Virginia Community College graduates its first class
Monday, August 07, 1967
Ground broken for Massey Building
Thursday, July 25, 1968
Tysons Corner Mall opens
Wednesday, September 04, 1968
BOS adopts Fair Housing Ordinance
Monday, September 09, 1968
Fairfax County opens new Kindergarten program, 8000 children enrolled
Wednesday, December 10, 1969
Flag raised for the first time at the Massey Building
Monday, March 15, 1971
George J. Kelley, Jr. assumes post of County Executive upon the retirement of Carlton C. Massey
Thursday, July 01, 1971
Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts opens
Wednesday, March 01, 1972
George Mason University created by Virginia General Assembly
Friday, March 02, 1973
Skyline Towers collapse, Baileys Crossroads, Va.
Sunday, April 01, 1973
Tornado touches down three times in central Fairfax County damaging homes in Middleridge Subdivision and the Zion Drive area and tearing the roof from Pickett Shopping Center. Extensive property damage, but only two serious injuries
Wednesday, April 11, 1973
Fairfax County’s last operating railroad station, Fairfax Station, closes.
Tuesday, May 29, 1973
Robert W. Wilson appointed County Executive (acting in post since October 30, 1972
Friday, August 16, 1974
Women’s Center of Northern Virginia formed
Friday, January 16, 1976
J. Hamilton Lambert made acting County Executive upon the resignation of Robert W. Wilson
Monday, May 24, 1976
Concorde (SST) makes its first flight into Dulles International Airport
Monday, June 21, 1976
Leonard L. Whorton appointed County Executive
Thursday, February 03, 1977
Dr. Edwin B. Henderson dies, Founder Fairfax County Chapter, NAACP.
Saturday, May 07, 1977
Dedication of Wakefield Recreation Center, Annandale, Va. First public indoor recreation center in Fairfax County.
Friday, July 14, 1978
Skyline Shopping Center open, Bailey’s Crossroads
Wednesday, November 01, 1978
J. Hamilton Lambert made acting County Executive upon the resignation of Leonard L. Whorton
Sunday, May 20, 1979
Reston Community Center opens at Hunters Woods Center
Saturday, June 23, 1979
Omer Hirst is named Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce’s first Citizen of the Year
Monday, September 03, 1979
Remnants of Hurricane David drops heavy rains and spawns a tornado that damages Woodson H. S. and several adjacent structures
Thursday, July 31, 1980
Fair Oaks Mall opens
Monday, August 04, 1980
J. Hamilton Lambert appointed County Executive
Tuesday, September 02, 1980
Terre Centre Elementary School opens
Sunday, September 19, 1982
Burke Historical Society sponsors the first Burke Historical Days
Wednesday, December 22, 1982
Interstate Route 66 opens between Rte. 495 and Washington, D. C.
Saturday, January 29, 1983
Ground Broken for Dulles Toll Road
Friday, February 11, 1983
Blizzard of 1983 drops 22" of snow on Fairfax
Wednesday, November 02, 1983
Frying Pan Baptist Meeting House (c. 1791) accepted by Fairfax County Park Authority
Friday, October 17, 1986
Dr. James M. Buchanan, Jr. (1919- ), George Mason University, awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics "for his development of the contractual and constitutional bases for the theory of economic and political decision-making."
Monday, December 31, 1990
Richard A. King made acting County Executive upon the resignation of J. Hamilton Lambert
Monday, May 27, 1991
Plaque honoring Fairfax County men killed in Vietnam added to the War Memorial Monument, Fairfax County Courthouse.
Sunday, May 12, 1992
BOS is one of the last agencies to move into the new Fairfax County Government Center
Saturday, June 08, 1992
BOS holds its first meeting in the Fairfax County Government Center
Saturday, July 04, 1992
Official opening of the Fairfax Museum and Vistors Center.
Tuesday, September 01, 1992
William J. Leidinger appointed County Executive
Friday, June 21, 1996
Olympic Flame carried through Fairfax County on its way to the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.
Monday, July 01, 1996
Alan G. Merton takes office as the fifth president of George Mason University.
Monday, October 28, 1996
Anthony H. Griffin made acting County Executive upon the firing of William J. Leidinger
Monday, June 09, 1997
Robert J. O’Neill, Jr. appointed County Executive.
Monday, November 22, 1999
Anthony H. Griffin appointed County Executive, to become effective Jan. 15, 2000.

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