Month: April 2014

Coffee Table Book Blog

This Day in Texas History: U.S. Recognizes Republic of Texas Claims to Disputed Territory

This Day in Texas History: U.S. Recognizes Republic of Texas Claims to Disputed Territory April 25, 1838 On this day in 1838, the United States and the Republic of Texas signed the Convention of Limits, which recognized Texas claims to disputed territory in Red River County (the present Bowie, Red River, Franklin, Titus, Morris, and…
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This Day in Texas History: Author Releases Fictional UFO Story

This Day in Texas History: Author Releases Fictional UFO Story April 18, 1897 On this day in 1897, S. E. Hayden, a cotton buyer in the small Wise County community of Aurora, released a fictional “news” story describing the crash of a mysterious airship just outside of town. Aurora was founded in the late 1850s…
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This Day in Texas History: Failed Assassination Attempt in El Paso

This Day in Texas History: Failed Assassination Attempt in El Paso April 17, 1881 On this day in 1881, Dallas Stoudenmire survived an assassination attempt by former city marshall Bill Johnston by shooting him down in the city streets. Dallas Stoudenmire (1845–1882), gunfighter-cum-lawman, was born on December 11, 1845, in Aberfoil, Macon County, Alabama, to…
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This Day in Texas History: Tejana Superstar Born in Lake Jackson

This Day in Texas History: Tejana Superstar Born in Lake Jackson April 16, 1971 On this day in 1971, Tejana superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez was born in Lake Jackson. She won the first of eight Tejano Music Awards as female entertainer of the year in 1987. Her 1992 album Entre a Mi Mundo made her…
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This Day in Texas History: Rockabilly Star is Born in Nacogdoches

This Day in Texas History: Rockabilly Star is Born in Nacogdoches Aprii 15, 1937 Robert Glynn (Bob) Luman, guitarist and country and rockabilly singer, was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on April 15, 1937, the son of Joe and Lavine Luman. Luman was introduced to music by his father, who played the fiddle, guitar, and harmonica…
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Today’s Quote on Texas As I See It

I just received this via email: Warren, remember the book you signed and donated to us? we had it as an auction item at our big fundraiser gala at the country club last weekend – brought in $150! 4 people were bidding on it (fighting over it is more accurate!)…

This Day in Texas History: Mexican Forces Capture Key Brazos Crossing

This Day in Texas History: Mexican Forces Capture Key Brazos Crossing April 12, 1836 On this day in 1836, Mexican forces under General Santa Anna captured Thompson’s Ferry, on the Brazos River between San Felipe and Fort Bend. As Sam Houston’s army retreated eastward, a rear-guard under Moseley Baker at San Felipe and Wyly Martin…
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We Will Be In Deep Ellum All Weekend

Join us for the 20th annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Dallas this weekend. Over 200 artists Live music on 2 stages Lots of food, beverages and night life Friday, Saturday and Sunday This is our third year exhibiting in Deep Ellum and we have expanded our booth to a 10×20 configuration to provide more…
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This Day in Texas History: Legendary Texan Born in Virginia

This Day in Texas History: Legendary Texan Born in Virginia April 03, 1817 On this day in 1817, Bigfoot Wallace was born in Lexington, Virginia. He arrived in Texas during the Texas Revolution, fought Gen. Adrián Woll‘s invading Mexican army near San Antonio in 1842, and then volunteered for the Somervell and Mier expeditions. Some…
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This Day in Texas History: Slave Smuggler Revealed as Forger

This Day in Texas History: Slave Smuggler Revealed as Forger April 02, 1840 On this day in 1840, the slave smuggler Monroe Edwards was convicted of having forged a bill of sale from his partner, Christopher Dart. Although Edwards retained two distinguished lawyers, John C. Watrous and John W. Harris, the forgery was discovered during…
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