Monthly Archives: July 2008

Heroic Native Son Visits Houston Seventy Years Ago

On July, 30, 1938, Howard Hughes, Houston’s globe-circling aviator, landed in Houston. On a Saturday afternoon, around 10,000 people watched his 12:35 p.m. arrival at the Houston Municipal Airport. KPRC and KTRH radio broadcasted the landing around the world. Around … Continue reading

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  On July 29, 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was established to guide U.S. space exploration. When it began operations on October 1, 1958, NASA consisted mainly of the four laboratories and some 80 employees of the government’s … Continue reading

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Apollo 11 mission

 On July 19 Apollo 11 passed behind the Moon and fired its service propulsion engine to enter lunar orbit. In the thirty orbits that followed, the crew saw passing views of their landing site in the southern Sea of Tranquility … Continue reading

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Remembering Dr. Michael E. DeBakey

Dr. Michael DeBakey will lie in repose at City Hall today, Tuesday, July 15. This is the first time in Houston’s history that the 67-year-old government building will be used to pay such a tribute to one of the city’s greatest citizens. Dr. DeBakey … Continue reading

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Heart Surgeon DeBakey Has Died at 99

  (1908 – 2008) Pioneer, innovator, miracle maker, Samaritan Houston heart surgeon Michael Ellis DeBakey, who pioneered the now-common bypass surgery and developed innovative pumps and other life saving devices, has died at 99.  Dr. DeBakey died Friday night of … Continue reading

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