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ArlingtonLocal History, 6/16/22 edition

Local History, 6/16/22 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

June 17, 1938:

• Sheriff Howard Fields is improving at Georgetown University Hospital after a car accident left him with serious injuries.
• A total of 235 Washington-Lee High School seniors graduated in ceremonies last night.
• The Arlington chapter of the American Red Cross has presented Washington-Lee High School with a fully-stocked first-aid kit.
• The Kiwanis and Lions clubs will square off June 23 in a “donkey basketball game” at Washington-Lee High School.

June 17, 1949:

• Arlington teachers are irked by the proposal linking higher salaries to a longer work year.
• The School Board has hired the system’s first psychologist.
• The School Board says Bible classes for students can continue, so long as they don’t occur during regular class time.

June 18, 1958:

• The Arlington Committee to Preserve Schools has announced its membership has topped the 1,000 mark.
• Close to 10 percent of Washington-Lee High School’s 707 graduates have earned college scholarships.
• TV’s “Lone Ranger,” Clayton Moore, stopped by for a visit at the Hecht Co. store in Parkington.
• The Virginia High School League has approved Washington-Lee High School’s entry in England’s Royal Henley Regatta next month.

June 18, 1965:

• Unseasonably cold weather has settled over the local area, with the low of 60 last night breaking a 64-year-old record.

June 18, 1979:

• A new survey suggests Northern Virginia residents are more likely to favor gas rationing than those in other parts of the commonwealth.
• Virginia is “fertile ground” for haunted houses, one researcher believes.

June 18, 1993:

• Attorney General Janet Reno was the commencement speaker at last night’s Washington-Lee High School graduation ceremony.
• Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Sue Terry stumped in Northern Virginia yesterday, pushing for cooperation between Virginia’s rural and urban areas.
• The field for the 49th House of Delegates race is set, as incumbent Karen Darner will be challenged by Todd Sipe, Dorothy Patton and Richard Sincere.
• A nationwide search will be conducted for Arlington’s new fire chief, as current chief Thomas Hawkins is headed to Alexandria.
• A Sun editorial urges localities to enact a new state regulation requiring children under age 14 to wear a helmet while bicycling.

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