News that was making news in years gone by:
December 12, 1935:
* The first edition of the Northern Virginia Sun rolled off the presses, promising non-partisan coverage of news across the region.
* The ongoing expansion of the Arlington courthouse is slated for completion in June.
* Gov. Perry is looking for ways to reduce the increasing number of traffic deaths on Virginia’s highways.
* Washington-Lee’s basketball team defeated Jefferson High of Falls Church, 20-13.
December 9, 1949:
* The Arlington County Civic Federation is seeking elimination of Virginia’s poll tax, and wants a new state constitution.
* The Arlington YMCA is celebrating its five-year anniversary with plans for expansion.
* The Arlington School Board has sold $2.5 million in bonds at an interest rate of 1.862 percent.
December 8, 1962:
* Gov. Harrison says the state will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after Virginia’s legislative districting was ruled unconstitutional by a three-judge panel for discriminating against urban areas of the commonwealth.
* The Arlington County Civic Federation is seeking higher teacher pay.
* Rev. Billy Graham will speak at the Pentagon this week.
* It took four overtimes, but Yorktown defeated Wakefield in boys basketball. Hoffman-Boston defeated Walker-Grant, 49-40.
December 9, 1969:
* Groundbreaking for the Metro system this week was coupled with President Nixon’s signature on a $1.15 billion measure to help fund it.
* Gov.-elect Linwood Holton says he will outline his priorities during a speech on Jan. 19.
* David Brinkley will be the featured speaker at a community forum at Washington-Lee High School.
* At the movies: “Goodbye, Columbus,” “Midnight Cowboy,” Elvis in “The Trouble With Girls” and Paul Newman in “Hombre.”
* Wakefield is the only local team to have opened its basketball season so far, and it tallied a victory.
December 9-10, 1977:
* While ridership on Metro subway and bus service has fallen across most of the region, it has been stable in Northern Virginia.
* Republican John Dalton spent $1.9 million in his successful bid for governor, compared to $1.2 million for Henry Howell.
* Billy Carter has endorsed Republican John Warner for U.S. Senate.
* McLean defeated Washington-Lee, 26-24, in wrestling.
* Sun publisher Herman Obermayer opines that “I get nut calls almost daily.”