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ArlingtonArlington History, 9/8/22 edition

Arlington History, 9/8/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

September 10, 1943:
•• Circuit Court Judge Walter McCarthy has approved plans to place a $100,000 referendum on the fall ballot, to purchase land for new county playgrounds.
•• Democratic Commissioner of Revenue Harry K. Green and his Republican challenger, Leroy Rider, swapped barbs at a debate sponsored by the Organized Women Voters.
•• Arlington’s school system will open with 9,253 students, up nearly 1,500 from a year ago.
•• A civil-defense parade will be held Sept. 16 at Washington-Lee High School.
•• Arlington Methodist Church is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

September 11, 1958:
•• Federal funding would be lost if Virginia officials opt to close public schools rather than comply with court-ordered integration.
•• County Board candidate Leo Urbanske and his wife have adopted three children.
•• Hey, isn’t it still summertime? Tonight’s temperature is expected to dip into the 40s.

September 11, 1968:
•• A severe storm dumped more than four inches of rain on the local area, causing major flooding, road closures and plenty of accidents.
•• U.S. Rep. Joel Broyhill, R-10th, said he initially was “a little disappointed” in the selection of Spiro Agnew as the party’s vice presidential nominee, but feels better now.
•• Parents of students at Patrick Henry Elementary School are mobilizing to block plans to build the new Thomas Jefferson Junior High School on the Patrick Henry site.
•• A Sun editorial is backing singer Sonny Bono’s call for a national commission to study the generation gap. “The older-timers don’t have all the answers,” the paper opined. “We’ve muffed it pretty badly.”
•• Yorktown opened the football season with a win, while Washington-Lee and Wakefield started with losses.


September 11, 1978:
•• Former Democratic presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy surprised onlookers by attending a state Republican pig roast and warmly embracing Republican Senate candidate John Warner.
•• O’Connell fell to Friendly, 6-0, in football action.

September 12, 1988:
•• Despite a personal plea from the airline’s chairman, County Board members declined to make an exception to allow US Airways to place a sign on top of its corporate headquarters in Crystal City.
•• After just six months as the county’s GOP chairman, Joseph Vasapoli has resigned, citing personal reasons.

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