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Arlington History, 4/21/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

April 23, 1937:

** Arlington’s lone ambulance has been stuck in the repair shop since February, as the county manager, police and fire departments wrangle over its future.
** State officials are considering making Wednesdays and Thursdays “rest days” when game can’t be hunted.
** Army troops have been dispatched to repair dilapidated sections of Military Road. “Hallelujah!” declared the Sun’s editor.
** May 5 has been set as the date of the cornerstone-laying at the new Arlington post office. Meanwhile, Colonial Village is set to get its own branch postal facility.

April 21, 1952:


** Dry conditions are leading to concerns about fire across Northern Virginia.

April 21, 1959:

** The House of Delegates is considering legislation to hold a statewide referendum on shutting down Virginia’s public schools rather than integrating them.
** On the national scene: Police had to use fire hoses to disperse 5,000 fanatical fans trying to see teen idol Fabian in Jersey City.

April 21, 1966:

** County police are reporting a recent spike in burglary rates.
** VEPCO officials say Virginia’s use of residential energy is increasing at twice the national average.
** On the baseball diamond, Washington-Lee has started the season with a 6-1 record while Wakefield and Yorktown are 5-2 each. O’Connell has won six games in a row.

April 23, 1977:

** Arlington firefighters plan to battle new County Board regulations that they be clean-shaven and wear their hair short.
** The Wakefield girls came in first in the all-county track meet.
** On TV tonight: “Mary Tyler Moore,” “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Carol Burnett Show,” “All in the Family,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Paul Lynde Comedy Hour” and the Miss World pageant.

April 20, 1987:

** Construction has begun on the first phase of the $150 million Courthouse Plaza project.
** Rates for home loans have now topped 10 percent, raising fears that sales will plummet.

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