Way back when: Today in history
BY GENE CURTIS
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
11/13/12 at 2:31 AM
1934 - Shelter opens
The first group of homeless men moved into the city's transient shelter in the former bathhouse at Newblock Park after it had been remodeled to accommodate them. The building that originally housed the city's waterworks pumping station now included a mess hall, kitchen and sleeping quarters for 850 men. The shelter would provide living quarters for single men from out of state who were stranded in Tulsa.
1956 - Bus segregation ban
Segregation on public buses was banned by the Supreme Court, which upheld a ruling by a special three-judge court in Montgomery, Ala. The court said segregation on buses violated the Constitution's due process and equal protection of the law. In a brief unanimous order, the court cited its 1954 decision against segregation in public schools and subsequent decisions outlawing segregation in public parks, playgrounds and golf courses.
1969 - 'March against death'
A two-day candle-lit "march against death" by about 45,000 marchers, each carrying the name of a man killed in Vietnam, began in Washington leading up to a second Moratorium Day protest that attracted at least 250,000. The marchers began at Arlington National Cemetery and filed past the White House, where they called out the names of the dead soldiers. The march was preceded by a memorial service of prayer that was led by Mrs. Judy Droz, widow of Lt. Donald Droz, who was killed in action while commanding a patrol boat in the Mekong Delta. Other antiwar prayers, vigils and rallies were held around the country.
1985 - Mudslide kills 23,000
An estimated 23,000 people were killed by a mudslide that buried four sleeping towns after a volcano that had been rumbling for months erupted, melting its snowcap and sending a torrent of mud into an Andes Mountain valley in Colombia. The Langunilla River became a wall of mud that crashed through the four towns with a combined population of 70,000. Some people survived by clinging to trees they had climbed, getting on roofs that weren't reached by the mud and taking refuge behind a concrete wall in a cemetery. Some towns that were closer to the Nevado del Ruiz volcano were spared because they were on hills.
Rescue workers pull a woman on a makeshift chair to safety near Guayabal, Colombia, after her house was inundated by a mudslide. Associated Press file