From the archives of The Daily News for March 31:


  • In 1914, a large crowd attended a lecture on the West Indies at the island’s library by Frederick I. Monern.
  • In 1964, crews prepared the nuclear ship Savannah to enter dry dock to remove more than a year’s growth of barnacles. The maintenance was necessary because the ship had been unable to reach maximum cruising speeds at sea.
  • In 1964, a twin-speaker, 23-inch console television by Philco was on sale at Chalmers in Galveston for $199.95.
  • In 1989, the first Spring Festival kicked off in Hitchcock. A $5 fee provided entry to the carnival, which included many full-size rides.
  • In 1989, the tall ship Elissa arrived in Palacios ahead of schedule. Several hundred people were on hand as the ship motored into Turning Basin No. 3.

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