In the News

September, 1970
President Nixon deplored the "spreading disease of violence" and asked Congress for authority to have the FBI investigate campus bombings. Vice President Spiro Agnew called liberal democrats "Troglodytic leftists" and accused them of "whimper-isolationism" in foreign policy and "pisillanimous pussy-footing" on law and order. Socialist Salvadore Allende was elected President of Child. Top pop hits: Bobby Sherman's Julie, Do Ya Love Me, Clarence Carter's Patches, Eric Burden and War's Spill the Wine. Big flicks: The Virgin and the Gypsy, Soldier Blue, Sexual Freedom in Denmark. The Arlington Youth Council vowed to determine basic goals for the school system, to ascertain whether these goals are being met, and develop methods for better meeting them. Yorktown's Italian AFS student "adapted to our life. We are already almost brothers." Varsity Gridmen defeated the Spartans in their first game.
October, 1970
Canada's Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau put the nation on war emergency footing after a group known as specialists in terror kidnapped two officials. The President's Commission on Campus Unrest decried the Kent State University shootings as "unnecessary, unwarranted and inexcusable." The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. Top pop hits: Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed, Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogie, Led Zepplin III, Grand Funk Railroad's On Time. Big flicks: Woodstock, Joe, They Call Me Mr. Tibbs. For reasons of economy, Yorktown and other county schools switched to the pre-packaged lunch system. The Sentry reported that nearby Marshall High School does not have hall passes and does not require notes from home after absences. Officials considered moving high school football games from Friday night to Saturday afternoon to "avoid fights, cherry bombs exploding near the ears of small children and the cars of visiting cheerleaders being tampered with such that a tow truck must be called."
November, 1970
U. S. bombers pounded the Ho Chi Minh trail daily to thwart an enemy build-up as heavy monsoon-end rains hampered ground action. Former French President General Charles de Gaulle died. A Marin County Grand Jury indicted a 26-year old Angela Davis for murder, kidnapping and conspiracy. Top pop hits: Partridge Family's I Think I Love You, Smokey Robinson's Tears of a Clown, Jackson 5's I'll Be There, and the Carpenters' We've Only Just Begun. Big flicks: Cactus Flower, MASH, Beneath the Planet of the Apes. Arlington County detectives denied the existence of lists of suspected drug-users in high schools. Visiting students from Highland High School in Monterey, Virginia (student body of 225) arrived for domestic exchange with Yorktown (student body of 1900). In a letter attacking The Sentry, a student decreed that "these monopoly socialist policies must give way to more free enterprise in school media." The soccer team was plagued by injuries.
December, 1970
A U. S. proposal that North and South Vietnam open their prisoner-of-war camps for Red Cross inspection was rejected by the Communists. The Italian Chamber of Deputies made divorce legal in Italy for the first time since 1815. Food price hikes sparked a week of riots in Gdansk and other Polish cities and toppled the Communist Party leadership. Top pop hits: George Harrison's My Sweet Lord, the Fifth Dimension's One Less Bell to Answer, Dawn's Knock Three Times. Big flicks: Patton, The Out-of-Towners, Lovers and Other Strangers. Theme for the Yorktown Homecoming Dance was "A Christmas Odyssey." A student group investigated the freedom to leave school grounds during lunch and study hall. Black students responded to a poll by saying, "We are not satisfied with things the way they are and we are going to initiate most definitely."
January, 1971
President Nixon asked Congress for a "new revolution," to make government "fully responsive to the needs and wishes of the American people." The Apollo 14 Mission put the third U. S. team on the moon. Ugandan President Milton Obote was overthrown in a coup by Maj. Generl Idi Amin. Charles Manson and followers were found guilty of the first degree murders of Sharon Tate and 6 others. The Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys 16-13 in the Super Bowl. Top pop hits: Brian Hyland's Gypsy Woman, Tom Jones' I Who Have Nothing, John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. Big flicks: Love Story, Catch-22, The Stewardesses. A Yorktown English Department poll found "some discrepancy between what students and teachers felt was of top importance in the classroom." The "assembly committee" was attacked in the Sentry for cancelling -- for the third time -- a student singer's performance in favor of a pep rally. Women overcame the Patriot Marksmen.
February, 1971
The Census Bureau reported that the black population of inner cities rose sharply in the 1960's, while more whites fled to the suburbs. Eleven persons died in new Ulster riots as the IRA factions and Protestants and Catholics fought each other. Some 600 delegates from Jewish groups of many nations gathers in Brussels to affirm solidarity with Jews in the Soviet Union. Top pop hits: Lynn Anderson's Rose Garden, the Osmond Brothers' One Bad Apple, Chicago III, Elton John, Janis Joplin's Pearl. Big flicks: Five Easy Pieces, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Tora! Tora! Tora!. The Yorktown Student Council passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a smoking court to remedy smoking in the school restrooms. A Progressive Education (PIE) student committee planned free-form courses in case of a threated work stoppage by teachers. The strike was averted by an agreement which, as the Sentry reported, teachers found "Amenicable." A coalition challenged the need for I-66. J. V. matmen completed another year.
March, 1971
A bomb went off in a Capitol Hill restroom causing $300,000 damage and the Weather Underground claimed responsibility. A Constitutional Amendment lowering the voting age to 18 was approved in the Senate 94-0. A court martial convicted Lt. William L. Calley, Jr. of the premeditated murder of 22 Vietnamese men, women and children at the hamlet of My Lai in March, 1968. Top pop hits: The Partridge Family's Doesn't Somebody Want to be Wanted?, Creedence Clearwater Revival's Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap's Greatest Hits, Tom Jones' She's a Lady, Bee Gees' Lonely Days. Big flicks: Little Big Man, Airport, Ryan's Daughter. Responding to a poll of Yorktown students who were attending meetings of a new religious group, a student noted: "Anyone who's ever felt insecure, unwanted, ugly, mean or apathetic should become a member of Young Life." During one meeting, protesting students burned a cross outside on th elawn. The SCA considered the role of the faculty and the principal. The Variety Show chairman said, "I hope the show is a success." The thinclads opened the season against the visiting Titans.
April, 1971
Fighting in South Vietnam remained relatively light as 45 GIs were killed during the week of April 18-24, bringing the toll to 45,019 since 1961. A throng of some 200,000 marched for peace in Washington April 24. The U. S. Ping-Pong Team penetrated Re China's bamboo curtain. New York City opened off-track betting windows. Top pop hits: Jimi Hendrix's The Cry of Love, Three Dog Night's Joy to the World, Terry Nelson's The Battle Hymn of Lt. Calley, James Taylor's Mud Slide Slim. Big flicks: Little Murders, The Aristocats, Brewster McCloud. Yorktown held Earth Day workshops in "an attempt to acquaint students with the environmental problems of our world and what we as students can do about them." Arlington County made plans to build swimming pools at three high schools. A citizen's committee proposed establishment of a new high school in Arlington where the individual student would be responsible for his own education. The crew team learned to love cold breezes on the Potomac.
May, 1971
5,000 D. C. policemen, backed by 12,000 federal troops, outmaneuvered May Day "beseigers" attempting to shut down the nation's Capitol. Police evacuated campers after a rock festival at East Potomac Park, and a total of 12,614 were arrested. Amtrak, the nation's new rail passenger system, went into operation. Inaugurating the age of faster-than-sound travel, the Franco-British Concorde and the Soviet Tupolev 144 flew across Africa and Europe. 13 Black Panthers were acquitted on 156 counts of conspiring to bomb civic centers in New York. Top pop hits: The Ocean's Put Your Hand in the Hand of the Man, Ike and Tina Turner's Proud Mary, Cat Steven's Tea for the Tillerman, The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers. Big flicks: Performance, Valdez is Coming, Gimme Shelter. A Yorktown student tested the legality of the county's ban against political literature at school by distributing anti-war rally announcements openly. She went unchallenged. Senior week privileges included a prom and "senior lunch line" cards that allowed the bearer to cut in line. Since the previous Club Carnival was well-attended, the Club Council administrator hoped this year's would be equally successful. The Pats blew a game 6-4.
June, 1971
President Nixon launched a national offensive and world-wide attack against drug abuse. Pulbication of classified Pentagon documents on the U. S. involvement in Vietnam in Jun precipitated a crucial legal battle between government and the press over "the people's right to know." Thirty five U. S. Marshals recaptured the island of Alcatraz after a 19-month occupation by American Indians. Top pop hits: Paul and Linca McCartney's Ram, Carole King's Tapestry, Gordon Lightfoot's If You Could Read My Mind, The Guess Who's Greatest Hits, Paul Revere and the Raider's Indian Reservation. Big flicks: A New Leaf, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Andromeda Strain. Yorktown students voted in a school-wide referendum to establish a student-faculty administration. The SCA President commented "Make no mistake, some progress has already been achieved this year." A poll of seniors shows that 70% felt their college boards didn't indicate their true ability. Teams recognized the finest sportsmen.