News that was making news in years gone by.
December 23, 1942:
** Firefighters are being hampered by the extremely cold conditions across the region.
** A car-sharing drive, aimed at conserving rubber for the war effort, is coming locally in January.
** The Sun’s editor says the recent cold snap should remind Northern Virginians about the situations faced by our men fighting the Japanese in the Aleutians and our Soviet allies battling the Nazis.
December 23, 1958:
** Light rain or snow is predicted for Christmas Eve across the region.
** Pope John XXIII will give his first Christmas message as pontiff.
** Wakefield High School students have held a door-decorating contest for the holidays.
** George Preston Marshall says he is willing to sell the Redskins, but only if the new owner allows him to run the team for the next 10 years.
December 23, 1963:
** A white Christmas is likely across Northern Virginia, forecasters say.
** At a ceremony last night at the Lincoln Memorial, President Johnson officially ended the national mourning period for John F. Kennedy.
** Lawyers for Jack Ruby are attempting to get the alleged killer of Lee Harvey Oswald out on bail so they can obtain psychological evaluations.
** Pending congressional business may keep President Johnson in town, but he still hopes to get to his Texas ranch for Christmas.
** Pope Paul VI plans to stress Christian unity in his first Christmas message as pontiff.
December 23, 1970:
** Gov. Holton says he wants legislation passed to allow 18-year-olds to vote in state elections.
** A ground-breaking ceremony kicked off the $12 million expansion of Arlington Hospital.
** Each of Arlington’s three public high schools and six middle schools has won accreditation.
** A state Senate committee has failed to come up with a workable redistricting plan for Virginia’s congressional districts.
** Dr. Timothy Kelly has been tapped as president of the Arlington County Medical Society.
** At the movies: “Dirty Dingus Magee,” “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever” and “The Out of Towners.”
December 21, 1985:
** A few inches of powdery precipitation marked Northern Virginia’s first taste of snow this season.
** Stephen Caruthers has been tapped to lead the Arlington Chamber of Commerce for 1986.
** In basketball, Washington-Lee’s boys were nipped by West Potomac, 64-62.