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Arlington History, 6/2/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

May 29, 1941:

• A looming bus strike threatens to disrupt the commutes of thousands of Northern Virginians.
• A year after Arlington imposed speed limits on local roads, traffic accidents and injuries are down.
• Lubber Run Park will officially open on Flag Day.
• The Arlington Chamber of Commerce has heard a report about the need for a county hospital.

June 1-2, 1962:


• Arlington’s planning director sees big possibilities for Rosslyn.
• On TV tonight: Jack Benny, “Candid Camera,” “What’s My Line” and “Bonanza.”

June 2, 1963:

• A federal court has overturned Virginia’s policy of segregated theaters and public halls.

May 31, 1969:

• Vice President Agnew served as speaker during the Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
• Preston Caruthers has been reappointed to the School Board.
• A state agency’s secret report urging mandatory sex education has been leaked to the public.
• At the movies: “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Support Your Local Sheriff,” “Bullitt” and “Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.”

June 1, 1979:

• Sheriff Elwood Clements says a special grand jury has given a “clean bill of health” to the jail, although the report did find some problem areas.
• Virginia’s electric chair, unused since 1962, has been cleaned and varnished and is ready for its first execution since the reinstatement of the death penalty.

June 2-3, 1983:

• Former County Board member John Purdy will run as the Democratic opponent to Tom Davis in the Providence District race for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
• U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) wants a study to determine the feasibility of another inbound lane on the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge.
• Virginia’s taxable sales rose 5 percent last year, well above the national average.

June 4, 1991:

• Arlington activists question whether the county’s new affordable-housing requirements imposed on developers will be economically feasible.
• A study suggests that the lower speed limits for trucks on Virginia highways haven’t improved safety.
• Headline of the day: “Political Scientists: Unless Something Bizarre Happens, Bush Wins in ’92.”

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