After the failed plans of past years the Astrodome Revitalization Project was proposed in September 2016 This plan would turn the dome into a massive underground parking garage Specifically the first step would raise the dome floor and use the space underneath that as parking leaving the floor above for other uses on September 27 2016 the Harris County Commissioners approved the first part of the plan This marked a major turning point for the dome as some feared if the plan wasn't approved the building would be demolished on January 27 2017 the Texas Historical Commission voted unanimously to designate the dome a State Antiquities Landmark. Under the designation the Astrodome may no longer be removed altered damaged salvaged or excavated without a permit from the commission the Harris County Commissioners voted to approve a $105 million renovation plan on February 13 2018 This plan keeps the parking garage from the Revitalization Project Construction is set to start in October 2018 and will be completed sometime in 2020 the construction start date was later moved to early 2019 and is expected to finish in 2020. . . The Allies had mixed success in mainland Asia in March 1944 the Japanese launched the first of two invasions an operation against British positions in Assam India and soon besieged Commonwealth positions at Imphal and Kohima in May 1944 British forces mounted a counter-offensive that drove Japanese troops back to Burma by July and Chinese forces that had invaded northern Burma in late 1943 besieged Japanese troops in Myitkyina the second Japanese invasion of China aimed to destroy China's main fighting forces secure railways between Japanese-held territory and capture Allied airfields by June the Japanese had conquered the province of Henan and begun a new attack on Changsha in Hunan province. With its capacity for aggressive action greatly diminished as a result of the Midway battle Japan chose to focus on a belated attempt to capture Port Moresby by an overland campaign in the Territory of Papua the Americans planned a counter-attack against Japanese positions in the southern Solomon Islands primarily Guadalcanal as a first step towards capturing Rabaul the main Japanese base in Southeast Asia, On their return to Goliad Westover's group encountered Governor Viesca After being freed by sympathetic soldiers Viesca had immediately traveled to Texas to recreate the state government Dimmitt welcomed Viesca but refused to recognize his authority as governor This caused an uproar in the garrison as many supported the governor Dimmitt declared martial law and soon alienated most of the local residents. Over the next few months the area between Goliad and Refugio descended into civil war Goliad native Carlos de la Garza led a guerrilla warfare campaign against the Texian troops. According to historian Paul Lack the Texian "antiguerilla tactics did too little to crush out opposition but quite enough to sway the uncommitted toward the centralists.". Sleet and freezing rain are more common than snow in the Houston area While accumulating snow events are rare in Houston brief snow flurries occur every winter in the greater Houston area These usually have no impacts on travel as they are light brief and isolated Hail can accumulate but only in small quantities, Main article: 2006 Gulf of Mexico earthquake. Evel Knievel jumped 13 cars two nights in a row drawing over 100,000 spectators to the Astrodome in January 1971 and though there was talk of him making an actual jump over the stadium itself sometime in the future it never happened, Coady Hernando de Soto and Spanish conquistadors seeing the Mississippi River for the first time, 12.2 Ship design Although the Red Army was preparing for strategic counter-offensives before the war Barbarossa forced the Soviet supreme command to adopt a strategic defence During the summer the Axis made significant gains into Soviet territory inflicting immense losses in both personnel and materiel By the middle of August however the German Army High Command decided to suspend the offensive of a considerably depleted Army Group Centre and to divert the 2nd Panzer Group to reinforce troops advancing towards central Ukraine and Leningrad the Kiev offensive was overwhelmingly successful resulting in encirclement and elimination of four Soviet armies and made possible further advance into Crimea and industrially developed Eastern Ukraine (the First Battle of Kharkov).
. . Determined to control politics in the state reduce competition from Republicans and Populists and close blacks out of politics in 1901 the Democrat-dominated state legislature passed a poll tax as a requirement for voting Given the economic difficulties of the times the poll tax caused participation by African Americans poor whites and Mexican Americans to drop sharply effectively disenfranchising more than one-third of the population of the state. 3 Pre-war events 1,3-butadiene - cancer and reproductive effects Asia and Oceania colonization and the Pacific exploration. .