Month: March 2013

Coffee Table Book Blog

This Day in Texas History: Ruby Found Guilty

This Day in Texas History: Ruby Found Guilty March 14, 1964 On this day in 1964, Dallas night club owner Jack Ruby was convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald. On November 24, 1963, Ruby, then proprietor of the Carousel Club, shot and killed Oswald, the accused assassin of President John F. Kennedy, in…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Fort Inge Established on Texas Frontier

This Day in Texas History: Fort Inge Established on Texas Frontier March 13, 1849 On this day in 1849, frontier artist and military officer Capt. Seth Eastman and his companies established Camp Leona on the Leona River in southern Uvalde County. The outpost, which was soon renamed Fort Inge, was part of a federal line…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Pappy O’Daniel Born in Ohio

This Day in Texas History: Pappy O’Daniel Born in Ohio March 11, 1890 On this day in 1890, future Texas governor and U.S. senator W. Lee (Pappy) O’Daniel was born in Malta, Ohio. He came to Texas in 1925 as sales manager of the Burrus Mill and Elevator Company in Fort Worth, manufacturer of Light…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Each Texan Promised a Silver Mine

This Day in Texas History: Each Texan Promised a Silver Mine March 10, 1756 On this day in 1756, Bernardo de Miranda y Flores, lieutenant governor of Texas, returned to San Antonio after his expedition to Los Almagres Mine in present-day Llano County. He announced the discovery of “a tremendous stratum of ore,” and he proclaimed…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: REA Brings Electricity to Rural Texas

This Day in Texas History: REA Brings Electricity to Rural Texas March 09, 1936 On this day in 1936, a fifty-eight-mile power line near Bartlett, Texas, was energized, according to some sources the first in the nation under the Rural Electrification Administration. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt began the REA in May 1935, only about…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Birth of “Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution”

This Day in Texas History: Birth of “Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution” March 08, 1798 On this day in 1798, Mathew Caldwell was born in Kentucky. He settled in Dewitt County, Texas, in 1831. Caldwell earned the name “Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution” because he rode from Gonzales to Bastrop to call men…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Bluebonnet Proclaimed State Flower

This Day in Texas History: Bluebonnet Proclaimed State Flower March 07, 1901 On this day in 1901, the Texas legislature proclaimed the bluebonnet the state flower. In the 1930s the state began a highway beautification program that included scattering bluebonnet seed beside roadways, thus extending the flower’s range. The flower – called in some Indian…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Day Thirteen of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day Thirteen of the Siege of the Alamo Sunday March 6, 1836 At Midnight on March 5, 1836, Santa Anna’s troops began moving into position for their planned attack of the Alamo compound. For several hours, the soldiers lay on the ground in complete darkness. About 5:30 A.M., they received…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Day Twelve of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day Twelve of the Siege of the Alamo Saturday March 5, 1836 Santa Anna issues orders for the assault to begin on the following day utilizing four assault columns and one reserve column. Santa Anna calls for reconnaissance to determine Mexican attack positions and approaches. A messenger arrives at the…
Read more

This Day in Texas History: Day Eleven of the Siege of the Alamo

This Day in Texas History: Day Eleven of the Siege of the Alamo Friday March 4, 1836 Santa Anna gathers his officers for a council of war. It is decided that when the final assault takes place, that they will take no prisoners. The time for the assault will be determined tomorrow. Having been consolidated…
Read more

%d bloggers like this: