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ArlingtonArlington History, 5/6/21 edition

Arlington History, 5/6/21 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

May 5, 1944:

** Arlington has won the National Pedestrian Safety Award for communities of its size.

May 5, 1950:


** Virginia’s poll tax of $1.75 is due tomorrow.

May 6, 1955:

** A low bid of $1.32 million has been accepted for construction of Kenmore Junior High School.
** Arlington Hall is one of six sites being considered for the new CIA headquarters.
** Arlington Democrats are debating the need for a state sales tax.
** U.S. Rep. Joel Broyhill has met with the Woman’s Club of Arlington.
** Swanson Junior High School ninth-graders have traveled to New York City to see the United Nations.

May 5, 1959:

** Arlington Hospital is seeking donations to fund its $1.5 million expansion plan.
** A state commission is urging higher tuition at public colleges and universities.
** Winston Churchill is visiting Washington to see President Eisenhower and the ailing George C. Marshall.

May 6, 1968:

** The County Board has approved creation of a tax on utility service.
** Nearly 200,000 striking Bell Telephone workers are headed back to work after a settlement has been reached. The cost to the company: $2 billion in higher wages and benefits.
** The Sun’s editorial page looks at the proposal for parity among boys and girls varsity sports at local high schools.
** On the baseball diamond, Yorktown is 10-3, O’Connell is 9-3, Washington-Lee is 7-5 and Wakefield is 6-6.

May 5-6, 1979:

** Henry Hudson plans to launch his bid for commonwealth’s attorney this week.
** Virginia is at the top of the pack among states where residents follow the 55-mph speed limit.

May 3, 1986:

** The University of Virginia says it is seeing an upswing in the number of students who are considering teaching careers.
** On the baseball diamond, O’Connell topped Gonzaga, 5-2. In tennis, Washington-Lee fell to Langley, 8-1, while in softball, Yorktown defeated Langley, 7-4, as Wakefield won over Chantilly, 8-6.
** On TV tonight: “Gimme a Break,” “Golden Girls,” “Love Boat” and “Facts of Life.”

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