News that was making news in years gone by
September 18, 1936:
•• Leaders of Washington Golf & Country Club say they plan to rebuild after a fire caused major damage this week.
•• County police will now direct traffic at all local schools before and after classes.
•• Clarence Ahalt of Arlington is the state Republican presidential campaign director.
•• U.S. Sen. Carter Glass, D-Va., has no Republican opposition for re-election, but is opposed by candidates of the Communist, Socialist and Prohibition parties.
•• The Sun’s editor says that “writing headlines is one of the most annoying things about putting a newspaper together.”
September 16, 1944:
•• Treasurer John Locke Green wants the county to ban outhouses as a health hazard.
•• The Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club will hold a family picnic and shooting competition tomorrow.
September 16, 1950:
•• The number of state polio cases has reached 700 this year, already tying the record set in 1944.
•• The University of Virginia Law School has admitted its first black student.
September 18, 1958:
•• U.S. District Court Judge Albert Bryan has ordered Arlington officials to admit four black students to all-white Stratford Junior High School by next February, but has rejected bids by 26 other black students to integrate the school.
•• State officials say more vehicles now cross the Potomac River each day than cross the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey.
•• Oops: The president of the Virginia Young Democrats inadvertently sent U.S. Rep. Joel Broyhill, R-10th, a letter pledging campaign support.
September 13, 1963:
•• Republican legislators from Northern Virginia are seeking a statewide vote on repeal of the poll tax. Meanwhile, a Sun editorial says “the poll tax must go.”
September 17, 1969:
•• A U.S. Senate committee held hearings on flood-control efforts along Four Mile Run.
•• Veteran county Democrat Lawrence Langley has become the first Arlingtonian to be appointed clerk of the state Senate.
September 16, 1976:
•• U.S. Sen. Harry Byrd Jr., I-Va., says he won’t participate in debates with his challengers.