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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips, June and July 1966

Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Sound | 1966

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  •  Baytown Plane Crash: Law enforcement rush to the scene of a plane crash in Baytown 
  •  Scharft on Ciurdom: An unidentified man laments the number of police officers in Houston, blaming the news media for public apathy about law enforcement. He then describes Houston as a city “ripe” for organized crime. According to the Houston Police Officers’ Union, the department had 1,337 officers in 1966. 
  •  Dallas Flood: Aftermath of flooding in the Dallas area 
  •  GT9 Rendevous [sic] NASA Color: The Gemini spacecraft attempts to rendezvous with the Augmented Target Docking Adapter while in orbit. Gemini 9A launched from Cape Kennedy on June 3, 1966. Its crew included astronauts Thomas Stafford and Eugene Cernan. In addition to rendezvousing with the adapter, Cernan also conducted a two-hour extravehicular activity. The spacecraft returned to Earth on June 6. 
  •  The nose fairing of the adapter failed to separate due to a launch preparation error, making docking with the Gemini spacecraft impossible.  
  •  S, 07/04/66: Dinner outside the headquarters of the Houston Harris County Economic Opportunity Organization 
  •  Ben Barnes: Ben Barnes, Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, comments on a grievance expressed by Houston Mayor Louie Welch about the Texas Legislature.  
  •  A KHOU reporter speaks with an airline passenger who experienced an emergency landing. After three failed attempts to land in Houston, the plane eventually landed in Dallas.  
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This film from KHOU-TV Channel 11 in Houston contains a series of short news segments that would have aired as highlights to news stories. Many are silent and would have been voiced over by the anchorperson during a live broadcast. The titles for each segment are the originals created by KHOU-TV. The clips on this reel all date from June and July 1966. This series includes news segments about a plane crash in Baytown, flooding in Dallas, and an emergency airline landing. Also included is color footage from the Gemini 9A mission.
The digital preservation of this collection was made possible by a grant to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and the Houston Public Library from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Many more films from the KHOU-TV Collection are available on the Houston Public Library Houston Area Digital Archives website.
Born in 1938 in Gorman, Ben Barnes won a seat to the Texas House of Representatives while still a student at University of Texas Austin. By 1963 he was chairman of the influential Rules Committee and in 1965, at the age of 26, Barnes was elected the youngest House speaker in state history. During his time as speaker, he prioritized the financial needs of the state's colleges and universities, helped pass legislation enforcing a minimum wage for farm laborers, and played a significant role in the passage of clean air and water legislation.