Category Archives: Notable Texans

This Day in Texas History: Alamo Survivor Dies

This Day in Texas History: Alamo Survivor Dies October 7, 1883 On this day in 1883, Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson, survivor of the Alamo, died in Austin. The Tennessee native married Almaron Dickinson in 1829 and moved to Gonzales, Texas, in … Continue reading

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Today’s Notable Texan: Sly Stone

Apparently a lot of people aren’t aware of of the fact that Sly Stone is a native Texan.  That’s right, the immensely talented and controversial performer born Sylvester Stewart on May 15, 1943, was born in Denton, Texas, but his family moved … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time

This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time June 5, 1880 On this day in 1880, Myra Maybelle (Belle) Shirley Reed, the “Bandit Queen,” married her second, or possibly third, husband, Sam Starr, in the Cherokee … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Fess Parker Dies

This Day in Texas History: Fess Parker Dies March 19, 2010 On this day in 2010, Fess Parker, who portrayed both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, died at the age of 85. Parker, born August 16, 1924 in Fort Worth, … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Heroic Texan Graduates From Flight-Nurse School

This Day in Texas History: Heroic Texan Graduates From Flight-Nurse School February 18, 1943 On this day in 1943, Dolly Shea graduated with the first flight-nurse class of the United States Army Air Forces at Bowman Field, Kentucky. The San … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Space Shuttle Explosion Kills Texas Astronaut and Crew

This Day in Texas History: Space Shuttle Explosion Kills Texas Astronaut and Crew January 28, 1986 On this day in 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. Seven American astronauts were killed, including Texas resident Judith Arlene Resnik. … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Mason County Courthouse Burns

This Day in Texas History: Mason County Courthouse Burns January 21, 1877 On this day in 1877, the Mason County courthouse burned, destroying all early county records, including those pertaining to the Mason County War. This deadly episode began as … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: First Appearance of Popeye

This Day in Texas History: First Appearance of Popeye January 17, 1929 On this day in 1929, Popeye, the Sailor Man, renowned comic-strip character, first appeared in print. The Victoria Advocate is credited as the first newspaper in the nation … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Elvis Plays Lubbock’s Cotton Club

This Day in Texas History: Elvis Plays Lubbock’s Cotton Club January 6, 1955 On this day in 1955, Elvis Presley, while on the Louisiana Hayride tour played the Cotton Club in Lubbock. The up-and-coming, but still largely unknown, Elvis Presley … Continue reading

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This Day in Texas History: Rival Lubbock County Towns Consolidate

This Day in Texas History: Rival Lubbock County Towns Consolidate December 19, 1890 On this day in 1890, the rival Lubbock County towns of Lubbock and Monterey agreed to consolidate. In July 1890, W. E. Rayner and several associates found … Continue reading

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