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ArlingtonArlington History, 2/10/22 edition

Arlington History, 2/10/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

February 14, 1941:

  • Gov. Price has appointed a 30-member Northern Virginia Defense Council. Arlington members include political leaders Elizabeth Magruder, Freeland Chew, H. Bruce Green, Frank Ball Sr., Charles Fenwick and Frank Hanrahan.
  • The county’s Young Democrats are complaining that Arlington police are setting up “speed traps.”
  • Cowboy actor Ray “Crash” Corrigan will appear in person today at the Ashton Theatre.
  • Washington-Lee nipped Central, 31-30, in boys basketball.

February 11, 1949:

  • The Arlington school system’s enrollment of 13,174 is up 12 percent in a single year.
  • A budget of $30,000 has been set for construction of the Lyon Village Community House.

February 11, 1960:

  • A bill to abolish the death penalty in Virginia has been introduced by a number of Arlington and Fairfax legislators.
  • The state highway department continues to tinker with the proposed route of Interstate 66 inside the Beltway.

February 12, 1968:

  • According to the Census Bureau, Arlington has 1,664 retail outlets, or one for every 176 residents.
  • Yorktown and Washington-Lee will share the Potomac District title in wrestling.
  • The Bishop O’Connell boys basketball team won the Virginia Catholic League championship.

February 13, 1970:

  • Gov. Holton said he is open to changing the lyrics to the state song, after state Sen. Douglas Wilder said he found them offensive.

February 13, 1973:

  • Democrat Warren Stambaugh has announced plans to run for House of Delegates, blasting Republican incumbent George Mason Green for four years of ineffectiveness.
  • Democrat Henry Howell is already challenging Republican Mills Godwin to a series of gubernatorial debates, even though neither candidate has officially been nominated.
  • The House of Delegates has approved allowing charitable organizations to run bingo games.

February 14, 1980:

  • Residents of Northern Virginia may be owed refunds from the District of Columbia government, now that the city’s “commuter tax” has been ruled illegal.
  • The state Senate killed the proposed Equal Rights Amendment on a 20-19 vote (with 21 votes needed for passage); it marks the eighth consecutive year the measure has died in the General Assembly.
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