Month: June 2014

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This Day in Texas History: Red Adair is Born

This Day in Texas History: Red Adair is Born June 18, 1915 Paul Neal “Red” Adair, the Texas oil well firefighter, was born on June 18, 1915, in Houston, Texas, to Charles and Mary Adair. He had four brothers and three sisters. Red grew up in the Houston Heights and went to school at Harvard…
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Today’s Notable Texan – Cyd Charisse

Today’s Notable Texan – Cyd Charisse (Texas State Historical Association) Tula Ellice Finklea (better known as Cyd Charisse), dancer and actress, was born on March 8, 1922, in Amarillo, Texas, to Lela (Norwood) and Ernest Enos Finklea, Sr., owner of a jewelry store. She grew up at the family‚Äôs 1616 Tyler Street home, receiving her…
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This Day in Texas History: Race Riot Erupts in Beaumont

This Day in Texas History: Race Riot Erupts in Beaumont June 15, 1943 On this day in 1943, whites and blacks clashed in Beaumont after workers at a local shipyard learned that a white woman had accused a black man of raping her. On the evening of June 15 more than 2,000 workers, plus perhaps…
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This Day in Texas History: Novelist Dies After Fistfight

This Day in Texas History: Novelist Dies After Fistfight June 07, 1979 On this day in 1979, Asa Earl Carter, part Indian, segregationist, politician, speechwriter, and novelist, died as a result of a fistfight with his son in Abilene. Carter was born in Anniston, Alabama, in 1925. By the late 1950s he was in Birmingham,…
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On This Day in Texas History: Convention Meets to Discuss Sectional Crisis

On This Day in Texas History: Convention Meets to Discuss Sectional Crisis June 03, 1850 On this day in 1850, delegates from the southern states collected in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss the sectional crisis resulting from the Mexican War. In 1849 a bipartisan convention met at Jackson, Mississippi, and called for a southern convention to…
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