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Arlington History, 3/24/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

March 25, 1938:

** The County Board’s budget hearing took less than two hours, a new record for brevity.
** The Civic Federation says local funding to help pay for the new George Washington Memorial Parkway is a good investment.
** Nearly half of all Arlington grade-schoolers were absent at least one day in February.
** Yeatman’s Hardware has opened in Clarendon.
** At the movies: “A Yank at Oxford,” “Swing Your Lady” and “Big Broadcast of 1938.”

March 25, 1959:


** State health officials have seen a huge spike in flu cases over the last week, centered largely in the Richmond area.
** Commonwealth’s Attorney William Hassan has been named to a state panel on eminent domain.
** Arlington students are off on spring break this week.
** The new Seven Corners Shopping Center is seeing lots of foot traffic.

March 26, 1969:

** The House of Delegates has approved and sent to the state Senate a plan to let Virginia voters decide whether to lower the voting age from 21 to 18.
** Leather-bound books of the first 25 years of programs of the Arlington Symphony have been donated to the county library system.
** Virginia State Police are adding vascar speed-detection devices and phasing out radar. The units cost about $1,000 each.
** The effort on Capitol Hill to abolish the Electoral College seems to have faded.
** At the movies: “Bullitt,” “The Graduate,” “Valley of the Dolls” and “Hotel.”

March 26-27, 1979:

** The County Board has lowered the real estate tax rate 12 cents, to $1.29 per $100.
** Republican County Board member Dorothy Grotos told County Manager Vernon Ford he should quit if he won’t cooperate with, and defer to, board members.
** Dr. Kenneth Haggerty has been sworn in as a new member of the George Mason University board of visitors.
** Planning is underway for the Washington-Lee High School Class of 1929’s 50-year reunion.

March 27, 1989:

** “Rain Man” is expected to dominate at the Academy Awards.

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