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Fairfax County History, 9/15/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by:

September 18, 1936:

•• Residents of Fairfax County are raising funds to convert the track-bed of the W&OD Railroad into a highway.
•• The Fairfax Red Cross plans to open an eye clinic and provide assistance to pregnant women in the coming year.
•• 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, 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:

•• 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 17, 1969:

•• A U.S. Senate committee held hearings on flood-control efforts along Four Mile Run.

September 16, 1976:

•• Despite efforts to use “noise bombs” to remove their presence, starlings have returned in force to a neighborhood in southeast Vienna.
•• U.S. Sen. Harry Byrd Jr., I-Va., says he won’t participate in debates with his challengers.
•• Men’s and women’s volleyball teams from the People’s Republic of China will pay games in Fairfax County as part of a 16-day tour of the United States.

September 16-17, 1986:

•• Gov. Baliles has unveiled a proposed $10 billion spending plan for transportation, which will include increases in the state sales tax and gasoline tax.
•• The Red Cross is issuing an urgent appeal for blood across Northern Virginia.
•• Fairfax Education Association officials plan to announce tonight whether the membership will support a new salary plan proposed by the School Board.

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