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Arlington History, 11/11/21 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

November 12, 1856:

** A new locomotive traveled along rail lines from Alexandria to the Long Bridge and back during trials.

November 12, 1936:


** The Civic Federation is seeking to have the County Board appoint a planning commission.
** Arlington Democrats will hold a victory party Saturday night at Lyon Park Community House.
** Rev. Edward Johnson has been appointed the first full-time pastor at St. Agnes Catholic Church.
** The Arlington County Library Association is suggesting creation of a central library to augment existing branches.

November 12, 1956:

** The liberal and conservative factions of the County Board are sparring over which side should get the chairmanship next year.
** Students at Washington-Lee High School are soliciting support to expand War Memorial Stadium from 6,000 seats to 10,000. Students at Wakefield High School also are seeking an expanded stadium.
** Washington-Lee ran its unbeaten streak to nine with a 20-0 blanking of Wakefield on the gridiron.
** Plans have been announced for the burial of Unknown Soldiers from World War II and Korea at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 1958.

November 11, 1972:

** The U.S. Supreme Court has voted 7-2 to halt, for the foreseeable future, construction on Interstate 66.
** Yorktown defeated Washington-Lee, 17-7, in the final Great Falls District game of the season for both football teams.

November 8, 1980:

** Ronald Reagan won 26 of 39 precincts in Arlington, according to final figures.
** County officials are discussing establishment of a public parking garage next to the Parkington Shopping Center in Ballston.
** The average price of a gallon of unleaded, self-service gas in Virginia has risen to $1.258, higher than in Maryland but lower than in the District of Columbia.
** On the gridiron, Yorktown whomped Washington-Lee, 35-3.

November 13, 1989:

** Final results show that while Douglas Wilder won 22 of 41 cities in the razor-close race for governor, Marshall Coleman won the vast majority of counties.
** No surprise here: Gov.-elect Wilder’s staff has started fielding large numbers of phone calls from job-seekers.

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