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Arlington History, 7/7/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

July 3, 1959:

•• A fire in a super-secret part of the Pentagon caused $30 million in damage and sent 35 firefighters to the hospital.

•• The State Milk Commission may decide it no longer needs to regulate milk prices in Northern Virginia.

•• After 47 years with 48 stars, the American flag gets its 49th star (welcoming Alaska as a state) beginning tomorrow.

•• The National Education Association is in the midst of a tumultuous debate over whether to integrate its membership.

July 5, 1963:

•• Democratic candidates for state Senate are lukewarm, at best, over plans to impose a sales tax in Virginia.

July 3, 1969:

•• The Board of Supervisors has lifted its moratorium on approving subsidized-housing projects.
•• A Fairfax jury found an 18-year-old Vienna woman guilty of armed robbery of the 7-Eleven at Pimmit Hills Shopping Center, and recommended she serve the minimum five years in prison.
•• The Buckaroo Steak House is offering a lunch special of ribeye steak, baked potato, salad and Texas toast for 89 cents.
•• On TV tonight: “That Girl,” “Ironside,” “Tom Jones,” “Bewitched,” “The Prisoner” and “The Dean Martin Show.”

July 3, 1976:

•• The Board of Supervisors has appointed Nancy Falck to the School Board, representing the Dranesville District.
•• Gov. Godwin says he is pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the constitutionality of executions, even though Virginia may need to rewrite its capital-punishment laws to follow the court ruling.

July 2, 1983:

•• The State Corporation Commission plans to reject VEPCO’s request for a hike in electricity rates.
•• Virginia’s unemployment rate has dropped to 6 percent, suggesting that the recession may be about over.
•• Independence Day will bring hazy, hot and humid temperatures in the local area.
•• Langley High School’s madrigals are about to embark on a concert tour of England, Scotland and Wales.
•• A Lynchburg minister has set a new world record for the longest sermon, clocking in at 96 hours, 52 minutes.

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