News that was making news in years gone by.
February 26, 1958:
** The Fairfax County Federation of PTAs is critical of a proposal to put all first-graders on half-day sessions.
** Sen. Byrd has rescinded his plan to retire, and says he will run for a fifth term.
** The House of Delegates has voted 75-5 to allow teachers to spank students. Fairfax currently permits spanking, while several neighboring jurisdictions do not.
** First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and 29 of her best friends have descended on Arizona for a spa week.
February 22, 1963:
** Superintendent Earl Funderburk told a panel of the American Association of School Administrators he believes no one should be allowed to teach U.S. teenagers unless “he or she believes in a Supreme Being or Creator.”
** A new regional teletype system is linking police departments across Northern Virginia.
February 22, 1968:
** The State Board of Pharmacy has declared LSD to be a hallucenogenic and dangerous drug, making possession in Virginia a felony.
February 26, 1973:
** Rep. Joel Broyhill, R-10th, has introduced legislation to provide federal funds connecting the future Metro system to Dulles Airport.
** George Mason University officials over the weekend broke ground for a new library and a classroom building.
** Vienna Town Council member Neil Walp said he plans to seek re-election.
** About 30 percent of Virginia taxpayers already have filed their federal income tax returns.
** In boys basketball action, Marshall nipped Herndon, 55-54. On the distaff side, Langley’s girls sit atop the Great Falls District with a 12-2 record. Madison is 11-3, McLean is 8-6 and Marshall is 5-9.
February 22, 1988:
** A state Senate panel has endorsed continuing the policy requiring local school systems to open after Labor Day.
** Major crime across Virginia was up 4.7 percent in 1987 from a year before.
February 26, 1993:
** Among General Assembly legislation passed this year: It is now a crime to carry cigarettes or other smoking materials into coal mines.
** A new state law bans collective bargaining by state-government employees.
** State officials say the new law against carjacking has teeth, as it imposes a 15-year sentence on those convicted.