When Houston Last Got This Cold

The record for cold weather on a New Year’s Day in Houston is 18 degrees, set back in 1928.

To give you a little context to how long it has been since it has been this cold in Houston:

Calvin Coolidge was in the White House, and though it was a presidential election year he chose not to run again, setting the stage for the election of Hebert Hoover.

Though it was renamed the Hoover Dam in 1947, in 1928 the Boulder Dam was first proposed during the Coolidge administration, bringing water from the Colorado River to Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and California and allowing the U.S. population to move further into the new western states.

Mickey Mouse debuted on the world stage as Steamboat Willie in an animated short by a guy named Walt Disney.

Amelia Earhart set a record by becoming the first woman to fly as a passenger across the Atlantic Ocean. Her cross-country solo flight was still four years away and it would be another nine years before she was lost during a flight around the world.

In 1928 a Filipino immigrant in California introduced the Yo-Yo; Alexander Fleming introduced penicillin; though the Pope was opposed, women were allowed to compete in the Summer Olympics; the National Broadcasting Company, known as NBC, was created the year after the Columbia Broadcasting Company (CBS).

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