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This Day in Texas History: Rival Lubbock County Towns Consolidate

This Day in Texas History: Rival Lubbock County Towns Consolidate December 19, 1890 On this day in 1890, the rival Lubbock County towns of Lubbock and Monterey agreed to consolidate. In July 1890, W. E. Rayner and several associates found a suitable site for a town on the north side of Yellow House Draw in…
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This Day in Texas History: Founder of Negro National League Dies

This Day in Texas History: Founder of Negro National League Dies December 9, 1930 On this day in 1930, Andrew “Rube” Foster, “father of the Negro Baseball League,” died in Illinois. He was born in Calvert, Texas, in 1879. He began a barnstorming career at age seventeen pitching with the traveling Waco Yellow Jackets. By…
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This Day in Texas History: Johnny Horton Dies

This Day in Texas History: Johnny Horton Dies November 5, 1960 On this day in 1960, singer Johnny Horton died in a car accident in Milano, Texas. Though he was born in Los Angeles in 1925, Horton grew up in East Texas and graduated from high school in Gallatin. He attended junior college in Jacksonville…
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This Day in Texas History: Blues Queen Born in Houston

This Day in Texas History: Blues Queen Born in Houston November 1, 1898 On this day in 1898, blues singer Sippie Wallace was born in Houston. Beulah Thomas Wallace was part of a large and musically talented family; her older brother George W. Thomas, Jr., was a pianist, songwriter, and publisher, and her younger brother…
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This Day in Texas History: Crone Furr Dies in Amarillo

This Day in Texas History: Crone Furr Dies in Amarillo October 30, 1946 On this day in 1946, Crone Webster Furr, food merchant, died in Amarillo. Starting with a small crossroads grocery store near McKinney, Crone Furr and his family controlled, at the time of his death, a chain of forty-three supermarkets in an area…
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This Day in Texas History: Battle of Concepción Ignites Siege of Bexar

This Day in Texas History: Battle of Concepción Ignites Siege of Bexar October 28, 1835 On this day in 1835, Texans and Mexicans skirmished near San Antonio at the battle of Concepción, the opening engagement in the siege of Bexar. Some ninety Texans under the command of James Bowie and James W. Fannin, Jr., defeated…
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This Day in Texas History: Emmett Scott Appointed to Reduce Racial Tension

This Day in Texas History: Emmett Scott Appointed to Reduce Racial Tension October 15, 1917 On this day in 1917, Secretary of War Newton D. Baker appointed Emmett Jay Scott his special assistant to urge the equal and impartial application of Selective Service regulations, to improve the morale of black servicemen, and to investigate racial…
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This Day in Texas History: Future General and President Born in Denison

This Day in Texas History: Future General and President Born in Denison October 14, 1890 On this day in 1890, Dwight David Eisenhower, general of the army and thirty-fourth president of the United States, was born in a two-story frame house in Denison, Texas. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Abilene, Kansas. Other…
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This Day in Texas History: Texans Fight at Chickamauga

This Day in Texas History: Texans Fight at Chickamauga September 19, 1863 On this day in 1863, the two-day battle of Chickamauga began, ending in one of the last great field victories for the Confederacy. The first day’s action, fought in densely wooded terrain, became a classic “soldier’s battle” in which generalship counted for little…
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This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Elected President of the Republic of Texas

This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Elected President of the Republic of Texas September 5, 1836 On this day in 1836, Sam Houston, the victor of San Jacinto, was elected president of the newly founded Republic of Texas. Candidates for the office had included Henry Smith, governor of the provisional government, and Stephen F.…
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