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Survivors of a mass shooting at the University of Texas at Austin are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.

On Aug. 1, 1966, 25-year-old former Marine and student Charles Whitman murdered his mother and wife before climbing to the top of the University of Texas Tower with six firearms. He shot and killed 14 people.

Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt speaks with one of the survivors from that day, Forrest Preece.

Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting” is Texas Standard’s oral history on the anniversary of the first public mass shooting of its kind.

Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting” is Texas Standard’s oral history on the anniversary of the first public mass shooting of its kind.

From Texas Standard:

Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting” is Texas Standard’s oral history on the anniversary of the first public mass shooting of its kind. Throughout the week, we'll be bringing you more stories about the impact the shooting had on Texas and the world.

The University at Texas at Austin motto is meant to inspire: "What starts here changes the world."

In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has upheld the University of Texas' affirmative action program.

"The race-conscious admissions program in use at the time of petitioner's application is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause," the court held.

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