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Arlington History, 4/8/21 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

April 9, 1943:

  • The U.S. Senate has postponed action on a bill that would place certain federal areas in Arlington under control of the District of Columbia.

Arlington officials are vigorously opposing the measure, as is U.S. Sen. Carter Glass (D-Va.).

  • At Penney’s, men’s all-wool suits are on sale for $29.75, with sports slacks at $5.90 and ties from 49 cents to 98 cents.

April 10, 1958:

  • Superintendent Edward Rutter has announced plans to take a job at a school system near Philadelphia.
  • The School Board will decide whether to uphold the superintendent’s decision to fire a teacher who admitted membership in the Communist Party during the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Three Democrats have lined up to seek the nomination for the 10th District U.S. House of Representatives seat held by Arlington Republican Joel Broyhill.

April 9-10, 1965:

  • The Planning Commission has launched a beautification effort.
  • At the movies: “The Pink Panther,” “Night of the Iguana” and “Goldfinger.”
  • Washington-Lee topped Marshall, 2-1, in its baseball opener.

April 10, 1973:

  • The Northern Virginia Sun sent a number of its top-selling newsboys to Florida, with stops at Disney World, Daytona and the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Democrat Ira Lechner has announced plans to seek a House of Delegates seat.

April 10, 1984:

  • Gov. Robb has signed legislation creating a state holiday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Three years before, Gov. Dalton had vetoed similar legislation.
  • A private firm plans to provide helicopter service between the area’s airports. The trip from Dulles to National will take 12 minutes.
  • Northern Virginia researchers are attempting to determine how many of the world’s 2,000 species of fleas reside in Virginia. So far, they have identified 31.
  • Lyman Kelley Sr., who in 1931 was elected one of the first five County Board members in Arlington, has died at age 82.

April 10, 1992:

  • Recovery in the housing market is a precursor to the overall health of the local economy, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors officials said at a forum.
  • Many Arlington Democrats are expected to support an uncommitted slate of delegates to the district and state presidential nominating conventions.
  • About 600 cyclists have signed up to pedal from Northern Virginia to Richmond, part of the Clean Air Challenge.
  • The annual Arbor Day celebration is set for Saturday at Bon Air Park.
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