From the archives of The Daily News for Feb. 17:

  • In 1914, about 700 people crowded the auditorium of The Hotel Galvez to hear a lecture on Christian Science by Virgil O. Strickler.
  • In 1964, an overflow crowd of about 1,000 people attended the dedication service of the Moody Memorial First Methodist Church in Galveston.
  • In 1964, the Ball High School football team was preparing for spring workouts. Coaches said 65 players, including five returners on offense, were expected to participate. The Tors finished the previous season with a 2-8 record.
  • In 1989, an employee of Todd Shipyards Corp., Galveston Division, died while working on the historic Battleship Texas. The 36-year-old Galveston resident died after falling into a large tank on the dreadnought-class battleship. After watching the man fall, a 28-year-old co-worker attempted to go into the tank but became lightheaded and dizzy halfway down and had to climb out. An autopsy was scheduled to determine cause of death.
  • In 1989, the Galveston City Council delayed a vote to show support for the sale of the Magnolia Homes public-housing project amid strong opposition to the sale.

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