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ArlingtonArlington History, 6/9/22 edition

Arlington History, 6/9/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

June 11, 1943:

• Virginia officials are wary of a congressional proposal to extend federal sovereignty over its land holdings in Northern Virginia.
• Recurring gas famines are hitting the local region hard.
• Arnold Bus Lines has started to employ women as bus drivers.
• The minister of Ballston Baptist Church is headed off to the Army.
• The federal government will pay for half the $6,000 cost for a fire engine to serve Fairlington.
• The U.S. Navy is reducing some of its physical requirements for enlistment.

June 9, 1950:


• The School Board has put the Page, Maury, Wilson and Cherrydale school sites up for sale.
• Before a crowd of about 1,250, county firefighters defeated the police, 23-12, in baseball action at Washington-Lee High School.

June 8-9, 1956:

• Wakefield High School’s 374 seniors will participate in the school’s first commencement exercises this week.
• Five Washington-Lee seniors and four from Wakefield earned straight A’s throughout their high school careers.
• The County Board is “unalterably” opposed to imposition of a state sales tax.
• The Kiwanis Club of Arlington celebrated its 25th anniversary with a dinner at Army Navy Country Club.
• The federal government will end its fiscal year with a $1.8 billion surplus.

June 8, 1963:

• The General Assembly is set to strip the County Board’s power to appoint School Board members.
• A secret deal may be in the works to pave the way for integration of theaters in Virginia.
• Pan Am is offering 103 jet flights per week between U.S. and Europe, with fares starting at $403.
• Thirteen Major League teams are wooing recent Bishop O’Connell High School catcher (and new grad) Eddie McGuinness.

June 9, 1970:

• The county’s fire chief suggests that as many as four fire stations may be relocated in coming years.
• Arlington government officials have launched a bid to eradicate rabies in the county.
• Sierra Leone’s ambassador to the U.S. was the commencement speaker at George Mason College, while Margaret Mead will speak at Northern Virginia Community College’s commencement.
• Virginia Republican leaders are trying to entice U.S. Sen. Harry Byrd Jr. to join the GOP.

June 9, 1986:

• Metro’s Orange Line yesterday was extended from East Falls Church to Vienna.

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