From the archives of The Daily News for March 11:


  • In 1914, the state board of health put quarantines on ships arriving in the Port of Galveston from Mexico.
  • In 1914, Capt. James F. Phillips was appointed superintendent of the ninth life-saving district.
  • In 1914, the sale of municipal bond issues was postponed for 30 days.
  • In 1964, Dr. Martin L. Towler of the University of Texas Medical Branch returned to Galveston from Dallas where he appeared as a witness in the murder trial of Jack Ruby.
  • In 1964, Galveston police were searching for a re-repossessor. The unknown individual took a repossessed television valued at $150 from the car of a finance company man who had stopped on the Island for lunch before returning to Houston.
  • In 1989, at least five Houston teenagers were hospitalized, six arrested and 1,000 ejected from R.A. Apffel Park after a pre-spring break beach gathering turned into a melee.
  • In 1989, John Rutter of Galveston was getting ready to test his patented Surfquacker — the fastest rubber ducky in existence and only one with a winged keel — against 30,000 other rubber ducks in The Great Houston Duck Race.

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