News that was making news in years gone by.
April 2, 1943:
** Groundbreaking for Arlington Hospital is set for next week.
** An investigation shows that 50 percent of Arlington households are not recycling tin cans for the war effort, as required.
** Arlington schoolchildren have purchased enough war savings stamps to fund 40 Jeeps.
** The War Production Board has decreed that new women’s skirts be shorter, in order to save fabric. The Sun’s editor wonders rather cheekily just how short they will get before the war is over.
** J. Maynard Magruder will succeed Charles Fenwick as chairman of the Arlington Democratic Executive Committee.
April 1, 1961:
** The Arlington Democratic Woman’s Club will host a joint appearance by the two Democrats running for governor: Lt. Gov. A.E.S. Stephens and Attorney General Albertis Harrison.
** Regional leaders promise to look into complaints about the cost of taking a taxi from the District of Columbia to the suburbs.
** All but a few bleacher seats have been sold for the Washington Senators’ home opener April 10 against the Chicago White Sox. President Kennedy will throw out the first pitch.
April 1, 1971:
** Printers have launched a strike against the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Richmond News Leader newspapers.
** At the movies: “Airport” and “Diary of a Mad Housewife.”
April 1, 1976:
** Gov. Godwin has signed legislation imposing a mandatory prison sentence on anyone convicted of using a firearm in commission of a felony.
** Northern Virginia leaders are asking Gov. Godwin to approve legislation permitting localities to enact a 4-percent gas tax to fund transit.
April 1, 1986:
** Helen Fahey and Brendan Feeley appear likely to run to succeed Commonwealth’s Attorney Henry Hudson, who has been nominated by President Reagan to be U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
** After five years of declines, the number of Virginia students graduating from college with teaching degrees is again on the rise.