Each week, KHOU 11 News will bring you "This week in Houston history", as a way to highlight the achievements and advancements made each day in this great city of ours.

July 31, 1817 - Pirate Louis Michel Aury resigned his Mexican commission to rule Galveston Island. Rebel envoy José Manuel de Herrera proclaimed Galveston a port of the Mexican republic, made Aury resident commissioner, and raised the rebel flag on September 13, 1816. Aury's tenure was stormy.

August 2, 1952 - The Gulf Freeway, connecting Houston to Galveston, is dedicated.

August 5, 1838 - The first permanent settler arrives at Point Bolivar, the western tip of the Bolivar Peninsula.

Information provided by the Texas State Historical Association.