Vol MMXVII, No 168
June 17, 1967
The UT Tower reopens, a year after shootings
Actress, Dancer Cyd Charisse dies in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES CA
On this date in 2008, movie star and dancer Cyd Charisse died of an apparent heart attack at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She appear in dozens of movies, most notably Singing in the Rain, and Brigadoon. Later she appear on television in documentaries about the golden age of movies, as well as guest appearances on the Love Boat and Frazier.
Cyd was born Tula Ellice Finklea in Amarillo Texas in 1932. As a child, her brother had difficulty pronouncing "Sis" and it came out "Sid". At MGM, she insisted on keeping Sid, but producers thought spelling it Cyd would add an aire of mystery to her name. In 1939, she married her dance instructor, Nico Charisse, whose name she retained after the divorce in 1947. She later married Tony Martin. She had one son by each marriage.
At the time of her death, she was 86.
She was 86.
Born This Date
Actor Thomas Haden Church born in El Paso
EL PASO (1961)
Perhaps best know as the soon-to-be married, yet still womanizing "Jack" in the 2004 film "Sideways", actor Thomas Haden Church was born on this date in 1961 in El Paso. His film credits also include Tombstone (1993), and George of the Jungle (1997). Haden was also one of the stars of the hit TV show "Wings", where he played Lowell Mather, a pilot for a small New England air line.
UT Tower reopens
On this date in 1967, the tower at the University of Texas at Austin was reopened just 10 months after ex-eagle scout Charles Whitman went on a shooting rampage, killing 14 and wounding another 31 from the observation deck atop the tower.
Philip Nolan ready to return to Texas
On this date in 1797, Philip Nolan received a third passport to enter Spanish Texas from the governor of Louisiana, Louis Héctor, Baron de Carondelet. His first expedition in 1791 saw his possessions confiscated, and Nolan of necessity, forced to live with the Indians for two years. Nolan eventually got permission from the Spanish Governor in San Antonio to round up wild mustangs in Texas and secure them for the Louisiana Militia.
Brazos River Floods, 284 Drown
On this date and for the next eleven days in 1899, unrelenting rainfall resulted in the flooding of the Brazos River, leaving over 12,000 square miles flooded, $9 million in damages, and 284 people known to have drowned in the flood.