News that was making news in years gone by.
February 3, 1962:
** As he waits for NASA to iron out some kinks in his planned orbital mission, John Glenn is back in Northern Virginia with his family. The Sun notes that Glenn earns $1,149 a month in pay (including hazardous-duty pay) as a lieutenant colonel in the Army.
** U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater was the keynote speaker at the National Young Republican Convention, held in Arlington.
** A flu outbreak has sidelined students at many local schools, with some Fairfax schools reporting absentee rates of up to 26 percent.
** On the basketball court, McLean’s boys were toppled by Mount Vernon, 59-55.
February 2, 1970:
** Gov. Holton wants legislators to approve a $9-per-resident rebate of the state sales tax on food.
** State Attorney General Andrew Miller wants to make first-offense marijuana possession a misdemeanor. It currently is a felony.
** George Mason College is adding to its existing faculty roster of 131.
** At the movies: “The Lion in Winter,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and the X-rated “Fanny Hill.”
February 2, 1979:
** A House of Delegates subcommittee has rejected the Equal Rights Amendment on a 12-8 vote.
** On the basketball court, McLean’s boys defeated Madison, 68-63, while Marshall held off Langley, 58-43. On the girls side, McLean whalloped Madison, 54-28.
** On TV tonight: “Welcome Back, Kotter,” “CHiPs” and a Valentine’s Day special starring Liberace.
February 1, 1986:
** The Board of Supervisors has agreed to spend $5 million to purchase 231 new school buses.
** County supervisors have established a task force to address teen pregnancy.
** The House of Delegates is considering “no pass, no play” legislation for state high school athletics.
** With interest rates for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages hovering above 12 percent, some local residents are opting for 15-year terms.
** After 54 years in Arlington, Barcroft Baptist Church is moving to Fairfax County.
February 4, 1992:
** The Vienna Town Council is seeking to have the county government fund some of the costs of operating a recycling center in the town.
** Gov. Wilder wants to cut spending for the Fairfax-based Center for Innovative Technology.