Happy birthday Houston!

August 27, 2010 2:03:49 PM PDT
The city of Houston marked its 174th birthday Thursday, and city officials celebrated with some new hall of famers. The Houston Hall of Fame was established to honor those Houstonians who have made significant, notable contributions to our city, our nation and our world. The Houston Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have achieved unmatched excellence in the arts, athletics, business, entertainment, law, medicine or public service. Inductees are selected by City Council during the month of June using a ballot process. This year's inductees are Kathryn Whitmire -- former Houston Mayor and the first woman voted into a Houston city office, retired Houston Astros great Jose Cruz , retired astronaut Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. and Houston Texans owner Robert McNair. They were recognized during a celebration for Houston's 174th birthday Thursday evening at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden accepted the Spirit of Houston Award from the city's Mayor Annise Parker on Thursday. The award was established in 2004 to honor Houstonians who motivated their fellow citizens with their everyday acts of leadership.

"It is an honor to accept the 2010 Spirit of Houston Award on behalf of all of the men and women of NASA," Bolden said. "Every one of us is absolutely committed to a vibrant future for exploration and improving life on Earth."

Parker recommended the NASA workforce receive the city's annual award for the iconic contributions they have made throughout the agency's history. It was presented at Houston's 174th Birthday Celebration at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The theme for this year's birthday event was "Houston, We Have the Moon and the Stars!" Former astronaut Bernard A. Harris Jr. was inducted into the 2010 Houston Hall of Fame at the event.

Earlier Thursday, Parker proclaimed Aug. 26, 2010, as "The NASA Family Spirit of Houston Day." The proclamation stated the "dedicated workforce reaches beyond the boundaries of the Johnson Space Center campus and makes Houston a better community at large."

For more than 50 years, NASA and its workforce have powered Houston and the nation into the 21st century through accomplishments that are enduring milestones of human achievement. Among those accomplishments are technological innovations and scientific discoveries that have improved lives on Earth.


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