; . . . See also: List of invasive marine fish in the Gulf of Mexico. 3.5 Taxation Stafford (mostly in Fort Bend County). On June 19 2013 the Astrodome was named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places as well as to its portfolio.
. ! See also: List of Texas counties Houston Texas Business Directory In the Pacific US forces continued to press back the Japanese perimeter in mid-June 1944 they began their offensive against the Mariana and Palau islands and decisively defeated Japanese forces in the Battle of the Philippine Sea These defeats led to the resignation of the Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and provided the United States with air bases to launch intensive heavy bomber attacks on the Japanese home islands in late October American forces invaded the Filipino island of Leyte; soon after Allied naval forces scored another large victory in the Battle of Leyte Gulf one of the largest naval battles in history. Houston has been called the Lightning Capital of Texas as its density of lightning strikes is higher than it is in other parts of the state This area of unusually high lightning activity stretches from Houston eastward into Southwest Louisiana Much of this can be explained by the natural occurrence of thunderstorms in the region which form almost daily during the wet season However the unusual clustering of lightning around the developed areas of Houston the Golden Triangle and Lake Charles Louisiana have led many researchers to believe that some combination of urban heat islands and air pollution are responsible for increasing the number of lightning strikes beyond even the already-high natural levels, Retail See also: List of events in Houston and List of people raised in Houston. Highlands Symbols 11.3 Oil, Houston Texas Business Directory In Asia the United States led the occupation of Japan and administrated Japan's former islands in the Western Pacific while the Soviets annexed Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. Korea formerly under Japanese rule was divided and occupied by the Soviet Union in the North and the United States in the South between 1945 and 1948 Separate republics emerged on both sides of the 38th parallel in 1948 each claiming to be the legitimate government for all of Korea which led ultimately to the Korean War.