Month: May 2013

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This Day in Texas History: Joan Crawford Dies

This Day in Texas History: Joan Crawford Dies May 10, 1977 On this day in 1977, legendary actress Joan Crawford died of a heart attack at her home in New York. Crawford was born Lucille LeSeur in San Antonio in 1906. As a teenager, she caught the eye of a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer talent scout and moved…
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This Day in Texas History: Sherman Lynch Mob Touches Off Riot

This Day in Texas History: Sherman Lynch Mob Touches Off Riot May 09, 1930 On this day in 1930, an angry mob stormed the Grayson County courthouse in Sherman and lynched an African-American farm hand accused of raping a white woman. The ensuing riot was one of the earliest and worst examples of racial violence…
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This Day in Texas History: First battle of the Mexican War

This Day in Texas History: First battle of the Mexican War May 08, 1846 On this day in 1846, the battle of Palo Alto, the first major engagement of the Mexican War, was fought. At the site north of Brownsville, American forces under Gen. Zachary Taylor clashed with Mexican troops commanded by Gen. Mariano Arista.…
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This Day in Texas History: Birth of Texas Author and Women’s Advocate

This Day in Texas History: Birth of Texas Author and Women’s Advocate May 07, 1861 On this day in 1861, Anna Pennybacker, clubwoman, woman suffrage advocate, author, and lecturer, was born in Petersburg, Virginia. She graduated from the first class of Sam Houston Normal School in Huntsville, Texas, continued her education in Europe, and subsequently…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Brigade Rallies Around General Lee

This Day in Texas History: Texas Brigade Rallies Around General Lee May 06, 1864 On this day in 1864, in one of the most moving incidents of the Civil War, Confederate general Robert E. Lee ordered the celebrated Hood’s Texas Brigade to the front, and they in turn ordered him to the rear. During a…
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This Day in Texas History: Cinco de Mayo Originates in Victory Over French

This Day in Texas History: Cinco de Mayo Originates in Victory Over French May 05, 1862 On this day in 1862, Mexican general Ignacio Zaragoza defeated French expeditionary forces at Puebla, Mexico. This event is celebrated annually as El Cinco de Mayo. Along with El Diez y Seis de Septiembre (September 16), on which is commemorated…
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The Best-Kept Secret in Texas Music

The Best-Kept Secret in Texas Music If y’all are not yet familiar with The Derailers out of Austin, you’re missing out. My personal favorite Texas band, these guys perform a very cool blend of Classic Country with a British Invasion sound added to the arrangements. They also do some killer Rockabilly, Buck Owens and put…
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This Day in Texas History: Radical Republican Involved in Massacre

This Day in Texas History: Radical Republican Involved in Massacre May 04, 1886 On this day in 1886, Albert Richard Parsons, a labor organizer from Texas, was implicated in the infamous Chicago Haymarket Massacre. The brother of Confederate colonel William Henry Parsons, Albert served in Parsons’s Brigade, a unit of Texas cavalry commanded by his…
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Growing Collection of Texas Pride

In case y’all haven’t noticed this unique fact, Texas is the only place on earth where a large number of our citizens will take anything that holds still long enough and paint it like the state flag. Yep.  Walls, roofs, cars, trucks, planes, mailboxes, gates, you name it.  At the first opportunity we’ll paint it…
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This Day in Texas History: First Heart Transplanted in Houston

This Day in Texas History: First Heart Transplanted in Houston May 03, 1968 On this day in 1968, surgeon Denton Cooley and his associates at Houston’s St. Luke’s Hospital performed the first heart transplant in the United States. The patient, Everett Thomas, lived for 204 days with the heart donated from a fifteen-year-old girl. Texas…
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