Way back when: Today in history
BY GENE CURTIS
Saturday, January 19, 2013
1/19/13 at 3:10 AM
1958 - Katy makes final run
Hundreds of residents from Cushing to Coffeyville, Kan., took a nostalgic ride as the Katy train made its last passenger run, which signaled the end of an era.
At least 50 people crowded into the single passenger car at Yale, and others boarded at Hominy, Osage, Cleveland and several "whistle-stops."
Passengers carried Brownie box cameras and movie cameras to record the last trip of a Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Co. train that had served the area since Feb. 10, 1904.
The trip was marred by a collision with a truck at the Hallett crossing, making the train two hours late arriving at Cushing.
1966 - Indira Gandhi chosen
Indira Gandhi, who was schooled in politics by her prime minister father, was elected prime minister of India by parliament's dominant Congress party to replace Lal Bahadur Shastri, who had died a week earlier. Gandhi, 49, who had been minister of information in Shastri's government, said she would follow the socialism of her late father, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Gandhi's father and Shastri had been lieutenants of Mohandas K. Gandhi, but her late husband, Feroze Gandhi, was not related to Mohandas. She was elected to a five-year term the following year and was killed in 1984 by Sikh members of her security guard.
1977 - Snow falls in Miami
While a deep freeze continued farther north where industry, business and transportation were crippled, snow fell in Miami for the first - and possibly only - time.
A radio reporter who was doing a traffic report from a helicopter told listeners, "You're not going to believe this, but it's snowing." A weather forecaster said the snow would not go into record books because the snow did not fall at any of Miami's official Weather Service stations "but it really snowed and we just have to accept it."
1993 - PLO ban annulled
A 1986 law that barred Israelis from meeting with members of the Palestine Liberation Organization was annulled by the Israeli parliament following four hours of debate that involved right-wing members trying to water down the government bill. The 7-year-old law barred Israelis from meeting with members of terror organizations, the government's designation of the PLO.
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi speaks at the National Press Club in Washington in March 1966. Associated Press file