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The KHOU-TV Collection - News Clips February 28 - March 3, 1966

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  •  Mixon Pickets, 02/28/66: 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. Everett is likely the person interviewed about the incident here.  
  •  Prince @ NASA, 03/01/66. Prince Philip, Duke and Edinburgh and wife to Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, visits the Manned Spacecraft Center. The royal was in Houston as part of United States tour promoting Variety Clubs International activities and British trade. He spent three days in Texas, landing in Houston (piloting the aircraft himself) on March 10. Governor John Connally and British Consul Gerald Simpson greeted the duke at the airport. That night, he dined at a reception at the general consul’s home. Prince Philip started the next day with an inspection tour of the Manned Spacecraft Center, followed by a luncheon at the Petroleum Club and a visit to the Houston Variety Boys’ Club. On March 12, Prince Philip departed for Dallas, where he conferred with Braniff International officials about the airline’s use of the British-built passenger plane, the BAC 1-11, before heading on to Tucson, Arizona.  
  •  Inside the Mission Control Center 
  •  An unknown building, perhaps a school 
  •  A group of men gather in an office, perhaps within City Hall, while reporters snap photographs 
  •  Grand Cham (Stock Show), 03/04/66: Ranchers prep their cattle for the Grand Champion Steer auction at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 
  •  Prince Philip, 03/08/66: Oil tycoon Eddy Scurlock explains the purpose of Prince Philip’s visit to Houston. Scurlock hosted the prince during his stay. He also chaired a fundraising dinner on March 11, which Prince Philip attended, to raise money for a second Houston Variety Boys’ Club. Prince Philip is a life member of Variety Clubs International.  
  •  Woody & Marion Arriving, 03/08/66: Attorneys Clyde Woody and Marion Rosen land at Hobby Airport. The pair were likely returning to Houston from Miami, after defending Houston socialite Candace Mossler at trial. Mossler and her nephew Melvin Lane Poweres were accused of murdering Mossler’s husband, Jacques. Jacques was stabbed and bludgeoned to death on June 30, 1964, at his home in Key Biscayne, Florida. Police arrested Powers three days later. Mossler was not indicted until July 1965. The accused went to trial in 1966, with the prosecution arguing that Powers and Mossler were lovers hoping to acquire the victim’s multi-million-dollar fortune. According to the New York Times, the Mossler-Powers trial was so lurid that the judge barred spectators under 21. The pair was acquitted in 1966. Powers went on to become a Houston real estate tycoon.    
  •  6LS Cop Shooting, 03/08/66: Doctors inspect a man, perhaps a police officer, while two other patrolmen watch. Later, officers search the Industrial Material Corp, a metal service center in Galveston County.  
  •  City Hassle, 03/09/66: Meeting of city officials 
  •  Houston Mayor Louie welch seated in the middle 
  •  Chief Short on New Code, 03/09/66: Houston Police Chief Herman Short questions the effectiveness of a new gun control ordinance in curbing crime. Short took over the Houston Police Department in 1964.  
 
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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 February 28 to March 3, 1966. This series includes news segments about a protest surrounding a police shooting, Prince Philip’s visit to the Manned Spacecraft Center, and a steer auction at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
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.
As the scope of the American space program grew, NASA’s Space Task Group realized it would need to expand into its own facility if it were to successfully land a man on the Moon. In 1961, the agency’s selection team chose a 1,000-acre cow pasture in Houston, Texas, as the proposed center’s location site, owing to its access to water transport and commercial jet service, moderate climate, and proximity to Rice University. In September 1963, the facility opened as the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC). 
 
The Center became the focal point of NASA’s manned spaceflight program, developing spacecraft for Projects Gemini and Apollo, selecting and training astronauts, and operating the Lunar Receiving Laboratory. Beginning with Gemini 4 in June 1965, MSC’s Mission Control Center also took over flight control duties from the Mercury Control Center at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As a result, the facility managed all subsequent manned space missions, including those related to Projects Gemini and Apollo, the Apollo Applications Program, the Space Shuttle Orbiters, and the International Space Station.
 
In 1973, the MSC was renamed in honor of the late President and Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson. (As Senate Majority Leader, Johnson sponsored the 1958 legislation that established NASA.) The Center continues to lead NASA’s efforts in space exploration, training both American and international astronauts, managing missions to and from the International Space Station, and operating scientific and medical research programs.
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