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News that was making news in years gone by:

January 19, 1944:

* An argument is raging over whether, in the future, to build bridges over or tunnels under the Potomac River.

January 20, 1958:

* A Sun editorial calls for more state highway funds to be spent in the urbanizing areas of the commonwealth, including Northern Virginia.

* State Republicans say they plan to run candidates in all 10 congressional districts this November.

* Work has started on a 14-store addition to the Salona Village Shopping Center in McLean.

* The Vienna Woman’s Club enters its third year in a push to expand membership.

* A mix of rain and snow is in the forecast for tonight.

January 20, 1970:

* Vienna officials are moving ahead with their plan to have utility wires placed underground around the town.

* Gov. Holton has issued an executive order banning discrimination in hiring and promotion within state government, based on race or ethnicity.

* Vice President Agnew is back from a 21-day tour of the Far East, saying the U.S. is liked and respected there.

* On TV tonight: The NBA all-stars compete in Philadelphia.

January 20, 1972:

* State legislators are set to consider “right turn on red” this session.

* Metro has awarded a $23.1 million contract for the Pentagon City rail station.

January 20, 1977:

* Virginia Democrats whooped it up at a local celebration of the pending inauguration of Jimmy Carter.

* Several supervisors say they feel the need to rein in board chairman Jack Herrity, who they say is bullying staff into working on his projects.

* The appointment of Lt. Col. George Lovelace to the Vienna Town Council may be a violation of Army rules. The appointment is on hold until a definitive ruling is made.

* Virginia’s highway death toll of 1,011 in 1976 was down slightly from a year before.

January 21, 1986:

* Ceremonies were held across Northern Virginia marking the first federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

* Legislators continue to quibble over whether to hold a statewide referendum on starting a lottery.

* Former Gov. John Dalton says he is going to work every day, despite treatment for lung cancer.

* In girls basketball action, McLean fell to Langley, 33-31.

* On TV tonight: “Growing Pains,” “Dynasty,” “A-Team” and “Spenser: For Hire.”

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