2011-09-21 / Editorial & Columns

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

SEPTEMBER 19-25, 2011

September 20 - On this day in 1967, Hurricane Beulah, the third largest hurricane of the 20th century, struck South Texas. It battered the state for two days. The storm hit Brownsville with winds estimated at 140 miles an hour. President Johnson declared 24 counties in South Texas a disaster area. Property damage was estimated at $100 million.

September 21 - On this day in 1989, the worst bus accident in Texas history occured near the communities of Mission and Alton in Hidalgo County at 7:30 a.m. A Dr. Pepper truck hit a Mission school bus, knocking it into a caliche pit at the corner of Five Mile Road and Bryan Road. Twenty-one children from the Alton area were drowned.

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