Today in History for January 13th

(12 Jan 2019) Highlights of Today in HistoryJapan apologizes; Douglas Wilder of Virginia is sworn in; “J’accuse” published;Composer Stephen Fost dies.

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Santa waterskis by Virginia town in annual Christmas tradition

Santa exchanges his sleigh for a pair of water-skis, as he and his reindeer and elves cruise past a crowd gathered along the waterfront in Alexandria, Virginia, for the 33rd annual Waterski Santa Christmas show. Despite the DC suburb’s chilly winter temperatures, the show is the longest continuously running waterski Christmas show in the world.

Today in History for December 13th

(13 Dec 2018) U.S. forces capture Iraq’s ousted dictator Saddam Hussein; Authorities in communist Poland impose martial law; Union forces suffer defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia; Actor Dick Van Dyke is born. (Dec. 13)

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Melania Trump visits servicemembers and families

(12 Dec 2018) Melania Trump met with servicemembers and their famlies at a Virginia base Wednesday morning. The first lady visited Joint Base Langley-Eustis. (Dec. 12)

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Aaron Sorkin on timeliness of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

(10 Dec 2018) Aaron Sorkin is returning to Broadway with an adaptation of the beloved Harper Lee novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He says while writing the play, real world events seeped in, like President Trump’s decision to not denounce white supremacists rallying in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Dec. 10)

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Guilty verdict in Charlottesville car attack

(7 Dec 2018) A man who drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia was convicted of first-degree murder for killing a woman in an attack that inflamed acial and political tensions across the country. (Dec. 7)

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Jurors hear openings in trial of white nationalist

(30 Nov 2018) Jurors hear opening statements in the trial of a white nationalist who plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters in Virginia (Nov. 29)

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Maddie & Tae become elves on Santa Train

(27 Nov 2018) Country duo Maddie & Tae joined the annual CSX Santa Train this year, which travels 110 miles through Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia to bring Christmas gifts to small towns. (Nov. 27)

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Some cheer, others worry about Amazon’s Va. HQ2

(13 Nov 2018) Virginia lawmakers and business owners cheered Amazon’s announcement that it has chosen Arlington, Virginia as one of its new East Coast headquarters. But many residents expressed concern about housing prices and already overcrowded roads. (Nov. 13)

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