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FairfaxFairfax History, 6/30/22 edition

Fairfax History, 6/30/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

June 24, 1955:
•• State officials say there will be no integration of Virginia’s public schools during the 1955-56 school year.
June 23, 1961:
•• W.T. Woodson is retiring this week as superintendent of schools in Fairfax County, a post he has held since 1925. Woodson has individually signed the diploma of every graduate for the past 36 years.
•• The School Board is seeking a $5.6 million bond referendum to pay for new schools.
•• The opening of Virginia’s visitor center commemorating the centennial of the Civil War has been postponed again.
•• The Northern Virginia Swimming League is set to open its new season with six more teams, including McLean and Kent Gardens.
•• Must have been a slow news day: The Sun put out a banner headline noting that “Kennedy Kept in Bed by Virus.”

June 22-23, 1969:
•• A Fairfax police private caught smoking marijuana got a quick ultimatum from superiors: resign, or be fired.
•• Gov. Godwin will crown the new Miss Virginia at a pageant in Roanoke this weekend. A total of 32 women are participating.
•• U.S. Rep. Joel Broyhill (R-10th) called for a tough law-and-order stance during a commencement speech at the Northern Virginia Police Academy.
•• Warren Burger has been sworn in as chief justice of the United States.

June 22, 1974:
•• Rates for electric power across Virginia are headed up on July 1.
•• The Board of Supervisors will set aside dollars to fund locally-based bus routes in the county.
•• U.S. Rep. Stan Parris (D-8th) has reported his net worth at $1.6 million.
•• At the movies: “Billy Jack,” “The Great Gatsby” and “The Lords of Flatbush.”

June 22, 1984:
•• John Flannery’s energy helped him easily defeat Harris Miller for the Democratic nomination to face U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th), a Sun analysis suggests.
•• Gas prices will be the lowest across the region for the past three Independence Day weekends, at an average of $1.34 per gallon.
•• Vinson Hall retirement facility in McLean is celebrating its 15-year anniversary.
•• Metro officials have postponed a decision on whether to give free rides to police and fire personnel.

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