Month: May 2013

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This Day in Texas History: Bonnie and Clyde Gunned Down in Louisiana

This Day in Texas History: Bonnie and Clyde Gunned Down in Louisiana May 23, 1934 On this day in 1934, celebrated Depression-era Texas outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were killed in a roadside ambush arranged by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer outside of Gibsland, Louisiana. Riddled by some 167 bullets, the bodies were taken to…
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This Day in Texas History: LBJ Library Dedicated in Austin

This Day in Texas History: LBJ Library Dedicated in Austin May 22, 1971 On this day in 1971, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum was dedicated on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It was the nation’s fifth presidential library and the first to be located on a university campus. It…
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This Day in Texas History: Meteorite from Halley’s Comet Strikes Northeast Texas

This Day in Texas History: Meteorite from Halley’s Comet Strikes Northeast Texas May 19, 1910 On this day in 1910, a 500-pound meteorite fell to earth outside the northeast Texas community of Charleston during the passage of Halley’s Comet. Delta County’s most publicized event of the decade was not without precedent, however, as more than…
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This Day in Texas History: Wagon Train Attack Precipitates Indian War

This Day in Texas History: Wagon Train Attack Precipitates Indian War May 18, 1871 On this day in 1871, more than 100 Kiowas, Comanches, Kiowa-Apaches, Arapahoes, and Cheyennes from the Fort Sill Reservation in Oklahoma attacked Henry Warren’s wagontrain on the Butterfield Overland Mail route. They killed the wagonmaster and six teamsters and allowed five…
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This Day in Texas History: Republic of Texas Defeats Revolutionary Plotters

This Day in Texas History: Republic of Texas Defeats Revolutionary Plotters May 17, 1839 On this day in 1839, Manuel Flores and his band were defeated on the North San Gabriel River by Texas Rangers. Flores had led an expedition from Matamoros carrying war supplies to Texas Indians whom the Mexicans were trying to organize…
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A very non-Texan-like rejection letter

A very non-Texan-like rejection letter… All y’all who know me are familiar with my conversational style of writing by now I imagine – and I try not to take myself too seriously (sometimes successful — sometimes not so much) so keep that in mind and check this out: I’ve had my share of “rejection letters”…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Germans Declare Slavery to be Evil

This Day in Texas History: Texas Germans Declare Slavery to be Evil May 14, 1854 On this day in 1854, Texas Germans gathered to discuss the national crisis over slavery. At the the annual Staats-Saengerfest (State Singers’ Festival), held on May 14 and 15, delegates from various local political clubs of German citizens in western…
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This Day in Texas History: Bob Wills Dies

This Day in Texas History: Bob Wills Dies May 13, 1975 On this day in 1975, Legendary Texas swing musician James Robert (Bob) Wills died. He was born in 1905, near Kosse, in Limestone County, Texas. In 1913 his family moved to Hall County, where Wills learned to play the fiddle. In 1915 he played…
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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you appreciate how fortunate you are if your mother is here to share her special day with you.

This Day in Texas History: Waco Decimated by Tornado

This Day in Texas History: Waco Decimated by Tornado May 11, 1953 On this day in 1953, Waco was ravaged by a tornado that tore through the heart of the city. The storm killed 114 people and seriously injured another 145; 196 business buildings were completely destroyed, and 396 were damaged so badly that they…
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