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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, March 1966
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
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    Peter Hope on Rhodesia Situation, 03/28/66: Sir Peter Hope, British intelligence officer and diplomat, speaks about the motives behind British foreign policy regarding Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe). He discusses Great Britain's decision to use economic sanctions, rather than military invasion, to overthrow Rhodesia's new government run by Ian Smith. In 1965, Smith signed the Unilateral Declaration of Independence, separating itself from Great Britain. British Prime Minister Harold Wilson labeled the declaration as racist and illegal, urging all countries and Rhodesians to ignore the post-UDI government. Wilson refused to overthrow the government, enforcing economic sanctions instead. He banned the supply of oil to Rhodesia as well as the import of Rhodesian goods to Britain. 
    Mrs. Albert Thomas, 03/30/66: Lera Millard Thomas, widow to former Congressman Albert Richard Thomas, speaks briefly about her election to Congress. Albert Thomas passed away in February 1966. Lera Thomas took over his late husband's seat in March to become the first woman elected to Congress from Texas. After finishing her term, Thomas worked for the Houston Chronicle in Vietnam and then founded Millard's Crossing Historic Village in Nacogdoches. 
    Lay in Architect Meeting, 03/30/66
    Apollo Crew Named, 03/30/66: NASA names the first Apollo flight crew: Command Pilot Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Edward White, and Pilot Roger Chaffee. The first manned Apollo mission, originally named AS-204, was scheduled for launch on February 21, 1967. During launch rehearsal on January 27, a fire broke out in the Command Module with the three astronauts fully suited and strapped into their benches. All three men died in the blaze. NASA consequently postponed all manned space flight missions for over a year. Apollo 7. launched on October 11, 1968, became the first manned Apollo mission. 
    Seated far left is Joseph Shea, manager of the Apollo Spacecraft Program Office. Next to him are astronauts Rusty Schweickart and James McDivitt, who served on the Apollo 1 backup crew alongside San Antonio-native David Scott. Apollo 1 crewmen Chaffee, White, and Grissom, and an unknown NASA official complete the table. 
    Shea outlines the objectives of the mission
    Charter Commission, 03/30/66
    Larry Fultz, 03/31/66: Houston Police Inspector Larry Fultz sits at his desk, surrounded by paperwork. In addition to working as police inspector, Fultz also worked as attorney at law, head of juvenile for Harris County, and director of security at the University of Houston. 
    Douglas in Big Thicket, 03/31/66: Supreme Court Justice William Orville Douglas (left) and Liberty Mayor Dempsie Henley (right) take a walk through the forests of the Big Thicket and shakes hands with a member of the Alabama-Coushatta nation. Douglas served on the Supreme Court for over 36 years, making his term the longest in the court's entire history. He was a well-known conservationist, leading protests, securing legal environmental protections, and jump-starting the modern environmental movement. Douglas visited East Texas in the spring of 1966 as part of his tour of the Big Thicket region. He came to see one of Big Thicket's most prized possessions, a 1000-year old magnolia. By the time he arrived, however, an unknown person had injected the tree with a metallic poison until it died. Douglas was appalled at the lack of public lands in Texas and even wrote a book one year later titled, Farewell to Texas: A Vanishing Wilderness.
    Rockwoll [sic] from File, 03/ /66: George Lincoln Rockwell eats lunch in a cafeteria, most likely at Rice University. Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party, gave a lecture at Rice on January 7. Two days later, Rockwell returned to the campus for a debate against Ben Levy, chairman of the Houston Socialist Forum, about antiwar demonstrators. While studying at Brown University, Rockwell began to argue against equality and integration. His anti-Semitic and racist political activism developed when he moved to San Diego at the beginning of the Korean War, becoming a full supporter of Adolf Hitler and Nazism, denying the Holocaust and eventually forming the American Nazi Party. On August 25, 1967, members of Rockwell's party shot and killed him in front of a laundromat. 
    Pickets/Welch, 03/ /66: Picketers march outside the supermarket where police fatally shot Eugene Edward Hill, a black man, on February 24. Patrolman J. L. Reece stated that he was attempting to search Hill under suspicion of shoplifting. According to him, Reece shot Hill in self-defense after a scuffle broke out over getting into a squad car. Protests led by the Reverend D. Leon Everett II, pastor of the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, began mere hours after the shooting. Picketers demonstrated outside the store for several days, urging customers to shop elsewhere. Everett also sent letters to both Mayor Louie Welch and Police Chief Herman Short asking for a full investigation. Welch responds here by insisting that the courts will justly handle the case.