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Arlington History, 4/1/21 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

April 1, 1949:

  • The county government has advertised a hike of 89 cents per $100 assessed value in the real estate tax rate, to $4.14 per $100.
  • The Fairlington Civic Association has come out swinging against a proposed new rental tax.
  • The price of milk in Arlington and Alexandria will drop a penny per quart, due to a ruling by the Virginia Milk Commission.
  • Residents of Arlington Forest are undertaking a massive tree-planting effort.
  • Local auto dealer Robert Peck has won the Arlington Jaycees’ oratorical contest, “Speak Up for Democracy.”
  • Penney’s has girls cotton dresses on sale for $1 each.

April 3, 1961:

  • Del. Harrison Mann, D-Arlington, has announced plans to see a fifth term.
  • A total of 70 Kennedy administration officials and top Democratic leaders are slated to attend the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner hosted by the Arlington County Democratic Committee.
  • The unemployment picture in Northern Virginia has “brightened considerably” in the past three weeks.
  • Judy Garland will perform at Constitution Hall on Saturday night.

April 5, 1969:

  • The School Board has voted to maintain the ban on student smoking in schools.
  • “Persistent” inflation threatens to derail Virginia’s economic growth, a think tank says.
  • Bishop O’Connell High School baseball coach Al Burch notched his 100th victory as his team beat McNamara, 3-1.
  • Happy 65th wedding anniversary to John and Bessie Crack of Arlington!
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April 4, 1979:

  • School Board Chairman Mary Margaret Whipple has announced plans to run for County Board.
  • The dropout rate among Virginia schoolchildren spiked to 5.6 percent last school year.

April 3, 1987:

  • State Sen. Edward Holland, D-31st, has announced a plan to seek re-election. He has served since 1971.
  • School Board members say Memorial Day will not be used as a make-up day for time lost due to heavy winter snows.
  • The State Police are planning to start using Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
  • In softball action, O’Connell pounded Holy Names School, 29-0, while Yorktown blanked Madison, 4-0.
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