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From the files of Texas’ oldest newspaper for March 13, 2014 - The Galveston County Daily News : Today In History

November 27, 2014

From the files of Texas’ oldest newspaper for March 13, 2014

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 12:00 am

From the archives of The Daily News for March 13, 2014:

In 1914, it was Friday the 13th, reported as “Hoodoo Day” in The Galveston Daily News, and superstitious Galvestonians were looking for their lucky rabbits feet. Adding to the worries of the superstitious on this day was the realization that by adding the number of letters in “Friday” and “March” along with the number of numerals in “13” totaled 13.

In 1914, the decision to add two U.S. Army regiments of infantry to the troops stationed along the U.S.-Mexico boarder meant the entire First Army Division would be mobilized to Texas, possibly at or near Galveston.

In 1964, days after a 15-year-old Galveston student died of meningococcemia, a bacterial infection of the bloodstream, the acting city health director told officials and residents there was little chance the infection would recur on the island. A UTMB doctor refuted an initial report that meningococcemia was a rare disease and said it is one of the less contagious communicable diseases.

In 1989, several thousands of students on spring break packed R.A. Apffel Park in Galveston for a free concert. Galveston Police Chief Robert Steen said the department was staffing officers at several beaches to deal with the large crowds and the expected increase in “misdemeanor-types of crimes.”

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