Monthly Archives: January 2014

This day in Texas History: Lightnin’ Hopkins Dies

This day in Texas History: Lightnin’ Hopkins Dies January 30, 1982 On this day in 1982, blues singer Sam (Lightnin’) Hopkins died of cancer. Hopkins was born in Centerville, Texas, in 1912. At age eight he made his first instrument, … Continue reading

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Challenger Explosion Kills Texas Astronaut and Her Colleagues

This day in Texas History: Challenger Explosion Kills Texas Astronaut and Her Colleagues January 28, 1986 On this day in 1986, the space shuttle Challenger (Mission STS-51-L) exploded shortly after takeoff. Seven American astronauts were killed, including Texas resident Judith … Continue reading

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Baseball Legend Bibb Falk Born in Austin

This day in Texas History: Baseball Legend Bibb Falk Born in Austin January 27, 1899 On this day in 1899, Bibb Falk was born in Austin. As a boy he sold peanuts and worked as a batboy at the local … Continue reading

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