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Houston City Hall, 129 Dennis Paul Republican 2014 Clear Lake City NASA Johnson Space Center Southeast Harris County (including Seabrook and Webster), 336 Calpine The League of Nations assembly held in Geneva Switzerland 1930; The diversion of three quarters of the Axis troops and the majority of their air forces from France and the central Mediterranean to the Eastern Front prompted the United Kingdom to reconsider its grand strategy in July the UK and the Soviet Union formed a military alliance against Germany the British and Soviets invaded neutral Iran to secure the Persian Corridor and Iran's oil fields in August the United Kingdom and the United States jointly issued the Atlantic Charter.
; 7 Government and politics In December southward-moving cold fronts can bring cold rain low wind chills and rarely frozen precipitation Early January is the coldest time of the year with temperatures moderating slightly by February Winter is also the driest part of the year for Houston, The Ladies Reading Group of Houston was a significant founder of the public library system in Houston Elizabeth Long the author of the 2003 book Book Clubs: Women and the Uses of Reading in Everyday Life wrote that Houston's "literary scene" contributes and draws upon the overall literary culture of Texas the University of Houston creative writing program opened in 1979 Long wrote that this program "has achieved a national reputation" in subsequent decades in 1985 the Ladies Reading Club had a 100th anniversary celebration, Sevilla la Nueva established in 1509 was the first Spanish settlement on the island of Jamaica which the Spaniards called Isla de Santiago the capital was in an unhealthy location and consequently moved around 1534 to the place they called "Villa de Santiago de la Vega" later named Spanish Town in present-day Saint Catherine Parish! Houston Texas Business Directory Urrea urged Filisola to continue the campaign He was confident that he could successfully challenge the Texian troops According to Hardin "Santa Anna had presented Mexico with one military disaster; Filisola did not wish to risk another." Spring rains ruined the ammunition and rendered the roads almost impassable with troops sinking to their knees in mud Mexican troops were soon out of food and began to fall ill from dysentery and other diseases. Their supply lines had completely broken down leaving no hope of further reinforcements. Filisola later wrote that "Had the enemy met us under these cruel circumstances on the only road that was left no alternative remained but to die or surrender at discretion"! The front of a brick building; the top of the building appears torn off Around the arched doorway are four niches now empty There are two small square windows, Soldiers of the German Wehrmacht tearing down the border crossing into Poland 1 September 1939, Houston Texas Business Directory. According to Children at Risk a local nonprofit research organization 21% of the Harris County children live in poverty 6.5 per 1,000 die before age one and 38% drop out of high school, 10 Administration by judiciary Conception Gulf beach near Sabine Pass, Occurrences of freezing rain also known as ice storms are more common than snow in Houston Some of the most recent ice storms occurred in 1997 2007 February 4 2011 and January 16 2018 an overnight event occurred from January 23 2014 to January 24 another significant icing occurred a few days later on January 28 and a third event took place on March 4 These storms can be very disruptive since road crews are not equipped to handle such rare events over the city's expansive size. When ice occurs roads and schools are usually closed the city's Office of Emergency Management encourages driver's to "avoid driving unless absolutely necessary. if roadways are at risk of icing." Typically such ice storms affect mainly the northern/western areas of the metro while the southern/eastern areas are left with just cold rain the ice storm that occurred on January 16 2018 started as cold rain for several hours before changing to a wintry mix and then eventually sleet and snow Temperatures started in the low-mid 30s and quickly dropped to the 20s in the afternoon and before dipping into the teens by the evening/overnight hours which caused all the rain to turn to ice accumulating a thickness up to 1' on some roads bridges overpasses making it one of the worst winter storms in the history of the state. Houston has occasional severe weather mostly flooding Hurricanes that have the potential to landfall bring severe damage to the area Seven major hurricanes have hit the Galveston and Houston areas in the past 100 years Four have done significant damage to Houston. . In June 2001 Tropical Storm Allison dumped up to 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain on parts of Houston causing what was then the worst flooding in the city's history the storm cost billions of dollars in damage and killed 20 people in Texas by December of the same year Houston-based energy company Enron collapsed into the largest U.S bankruptcy (at that time) a result of being investigated for off-the-books partnerships which were allegedly used to hide debt and inflate profits the company lost no less than $70 billion.