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Arlington History, 5/12/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

May 14, 1943:

** A total of 410 Arlington men are slated for induction into the Armed Forces next week.
** Anna Hedrick has announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for House of Delegates.
** The Electoral Board has appointed Arlington’s first general registrar, but the appointee says she doesn’t want the job.
** The 35-mph speed limit imposed on Virginia highways for the duration of the war has led to a sharp increase in speeding.
** Car-sharing clubs are sprouting up across the region.
** The Sun editor notes that bus drivers are getting creative in their efforts to pack in more people during rush hour.

May 13, 1944:


** The U.S. is now spending about $300 million a day on the war effort.

May 13, 1957:

** It took County Board members nine hours to get through the first 17 items on their 50-item agenda, then they called it a night and will pick up deliberations tomorrow.
** County Board members plan to cut the real estate tax rate from $3.51 per $100 to $3.20.
** The polluted Potomac River is “a national disgrace,” one member of Congress says.
** Northern Virginia bird-watchers are fanning out for their annual count.
** An Arlington woman has won the crown as “Mrs. America.”

May 12, 1966:

** County Board member Harold Casto is demanding the school system make more cuts to its proposed budget.
** Rep. Joel Broyhill (R-10th) will not run for U.S. Senate, but plans instead to seek re-election to the House of Representatives.
** A Sun editorial calls for a 10-percent pay raise for county police and fire personnel.
** On the baseball diamond, Wakefield topped Yorktown, 7-4, while Washington-Lee defeated McLean, 5-2.

May 12, 1976:

** The proposal to establish a special gas tax in Northern Virginia to fund Metro service appears to be dead.
** On TV tonight: “Bionic Woman,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Cannon,” “Baretta,” “Starsky & Hutch” and “Chico and the Man.”

May 13-14, 1986:

** Traces of radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear accident are being found in central Virginia.
** The 11-story Shirlington Gateway office building will be finished by July 1.
** “Hands Across America” is set for May 25.

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