On October 1973, the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) began an oil embargo against America, Europe, and Japan because of U.S. involvement in the Yom Kippur War between Israel and an Arab coalition effort led by Egypt and Syria. America, in an effort to help Israel defend itself against the Arab coaltion, supplied the Israeli military and this angered the Arab coalition. As a result, OAPEC stopped their supply of oil to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries which inlcuded the U.S. This led to a huge oil price increase that put pressure on the U.S. The war eventually cooled down and American negotiators managed to help bring a ceasefire to the area, and consequently end the oil embargo in March 1974. As always, all this and more information on OAPEC, the Middle East, the Yom Kippur War, and the American energy crisis of the 1970s is available at your Jacinto City Library.

Discovering Uranus

On March 10, 1977 astronomers discovered several rings around Uranus. Astronomers Douglas J. Mink, Edward W. Dunham, and James L. Elliot made their discovery while examining the atmosphere of Uranus at the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. Over the years, other rings around the planet were found by the Voyager 2 spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope. Now a total of thirteen rings are known to exist around Uranus. For more information please come and visit your Jacinto City Library.

Texas Pride!

picture of alamo Did you know on March 2, 1836 Texas declared itself independent from Mexico?  175 years ago today, Texas was a nation separate from the United States as well. It would not become an official part of the U.S. until December 29, 1845, over 9 years after Texas declared its independence and named itself the Republic of Texas. It would become the 28th state to join the Union. Texans celebrate today as Texas Flag Day, a state holiday established in 1915 to observe Texas Independence Day.

Bridge Over Troubled Water Presents: "Telling Amy's Story"

The Bridge Over Troubled Waters Presents: "Telling Amy's Story" tomorrow tonight at 5 PM.  It is a film on domestic violence.  A discussion will follow the film.  For more information on the program, contact Kirby Gibbs or Lupe Cedillo at The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, 713-712-0753.


picture of nascar stock carThough stock car racing had existed before, NASCAR – the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing – was not established until February 21, 1948. The association was founded by William France, Sr. with the help of other stock car racers of the time and it will have existed for 63 years. The first true stock car race under the NASCAR title took place at the Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949 and was won by Jim Roper. For more information about the history of NASCAR, please stop by your Jacinto City Library.