News that was making news in years gone by:
July 9, 1936:
* State transportation officials will take over maintenance of portions of Beulah and Vale roads in Vienna.
* The county public health department is hosting a tuberculosis clinic.
* Fairfax officials say they have collected all but 17 percent of taxes due for 1935.
* The Vienna Fireman’s Carnival, which was scratched due to rain over the weekend, is running this week.
* Will Rogers has died, but he lives on at the State Theater with a screening of “A Connecticut Yankee.”
July 10, 1944:
* The Virginia delegation to the Democratic National Convention will be formally uncommitted on its presidential choice, but has strict orders to vote against the renomination of Henry Wallace as vice president.
July 12, 1961:
* While the Byrd Machine’s slate of candidates cruised to victory in the statewide Democratic primary yesterday, Northern Virginia voted for a group of more moderate candidates.
* More than two-thirds of Fairfax’s registered voters have signed petitions seeking to have the county become a city.
* Four votes may be the margin of victory for a challenger, who appears to have toppled a veteran House of Delegates member in Alexandria.
* Small, furnished apartments are in short supply for new teachers coming to the local area this fall.
July 10, 1968:
* Democratic presidential aspirant Eugene McCarthy started his campaign swing through the South with a stop in Virginia.
* A total of 578 people have died on Virginia’s roads so far this year, with the commonwealth on track to set a record this year.
* BankAmericard [now Visa] has increased its availability from 18 states to 32 states over the past year.
* President Johnson, Pope Paul VI and heart surgeon Christiaan Barnard are among those named as “greatest man in the world” by Miss Universe contestants.
July 9, 1986:
* Superintendent Robert Spillane said black students are making progress in Fairfax on standardized tests.
* Virginia’s farmers are facing what could turn out to be one of the worst droughts in the commonwealth’s history.
* Wacky weather: Temperatures in Fairbanks, Alaska, are in the upper 80s this week.