From the archives of The Daily News for April 5:
- In 1914, the Galveston Equal Suffrage League planned a demonstration to occur that month.
- In 1914, ideal spring weather brought hundreds of visitors to Treasure Island.
- In 1964, Red Cross volunteer ham radio operators in the county were busy communicating with survivors of the strongest earthquake in American history, which rocked Alaska on March 27. The earthquake measured 8.4 on the Richter scale and created a deadly tsunami, leaving 125 people dead and thousands injured.
- In 1964, the Salvation Army’s new $52,000 youth and education building was dedicated.
- In 1989, a bill permitting casino gambling on cruise ships was passed by the House State Affairs committee. During the proceedings, Galveston Mayor Jan Coggeshall testified that the bill would help the Port of Galveston earn $7.5 million in the first five years cruise ships were to be berthed in the city.
- In 1989, Joe Max Taylor hired four new jailers after a riot at the jail. Commissioners operated under emergency procedures to authorize the hirings. Taylor said, “the situation is dangerous.”
From Staff Reports