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FairfaxFairfax County History, 2/10/22 edition

Fairfax County History, 2/10/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

February 14, 1941:

** Gov. Price has appointed a 30-member Northern Virginia Defense Council. Board of Supervisors Chairman G. Wallace Carper is a member.

February 11, 1949:


** The Sun’s editor is lauding the milestone of 100 million motor vehicles produced in the U.S. since 1896.

February 11, 1960:

** A bill to abolish the death penalty in Virginia has been introduced by a number of Fairfax and Arlington legislators.
** The state highway department continues to tinker with the proposed route of Interstate 66 inside the Beltway.

February 12, 1968:

** Ford’s Theatre is set for a gala reopening a century after it was closed following the assassination of President Lincoln.
** The Bishop O’Connell boys basketball team won the Virginia Catholic League championship.

February 13, 1970:

** Gov. Holton said he is open to changing the lyrics to the state song, after state Sen. Douglas Wilder said he found them offensive.

February 13, 1973:

** Walter Pennino, the husband of Supervisor Martha Pennino (D-Centreville), has announced plans to run for Vienna Town Council.
** Democrat Henry Howell is already challenging Republican Mills Godwin to a series of gubernatorial debates, even though neither candidate has officially been nominated.
** The House of Delegates has approved allowing charitable organizations to run bingo games.

February 13, 1980:

** Residents of Northern Virginia may be owed refunds from the District of Columbia government, now that the city’s “commuter tax” has been ruled illegal.
** The state Senate killed the proposed Equal Rights Amendment on a 20-19 vote (with 21 votes needed for passage); it marks the eighth consecutive year the measure has died in the General Assembly.
** Fairfax students plan to mobilize in protest of a plan to raise the state’s drinking age for beer from 18 to either 20 or 21.
** McLean High School’s boys basketball team snapped an 18-game losing streak, defeating Washington-Lee.

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