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This Day in Texas History: Eisenhower Signs Bill Creating NASA

This Day in Texas History: Eisenhower Signs Bill Creating NASA July 29, 1958 On this day in 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, born in Denison, Texas, signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which established the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The national commitment to a broad program of space exploration, including manned space…
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This Day in Texas History: Civil Rights Activist Denied Vote in Harris County

This Day in Texas History: Civil Rights Activist Denied Vote in Harris County July 27, 1940 On this day in 1940, civil-rights activist Lonnie E. Smith attempted to vote in the Democratic primary in Harris County. Smith, an African-American dentist born in Yoakum in 1901, was denied a ballot under the white primary rules of…
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This Day in Texas History: Sweethearts of the Cattle Trail Marry

This Day in Texas History: Sweethearts of the Cattle Trail Marry July 26, 1870 On this day in 1870, rancher Charles Goodnight married his sweetheart Mary Ann (Molly) Dyer. The two first met at Fort Belknap about 1864. Goodnight, a veteran cattleman, helped blaze the Goodnight-Loving Trail in 1866. His wife Molly, orphaned in the…
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This Day in Texas History: Town of Kyle Established

This Day in Texas History: Town of Kyle Established July 24, 1880 On this day in 1880, the town of Kyle was established when David E. Moore and Fergus Kyle (for whom the town was named) deeded 200 acres for a townsite to the International-Great Northern Railroad. Kyle is on Interstate Highway 35 eight miles…
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This Day in Texas History: Future Film Actress Born in Houston

This Day in Texas History: Future Film Actress Born in Houston July 23, 1895 On this day in 1895, Florence Arto was born in Houston. She appeared in Texas filmmaker King Vidor’s first two-reel film, In Tow, as well as in a documentary on the sugar industry. In 1915 she and Vidor were married and…
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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’s 1616 Tyler Street home, receiving her…
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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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This Day in Texas History: Texas Radical Republican in Haymarket Massacre

This Day in Texas History: Texas Radical Republican in Haymarket 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…
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This Day in Texas History: Neiman Marcus Founder is Born

This Day in Texas History: Neiman Marcus Founder is Born May 03, 1883 Carrie Marcus Neiman (1883–1953), merchant and fashion authority, was born on May 3, 1883, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jacob and Delia (Bloomfield) Marcus, German immigrants. In 1895 she moved with her family to Hillsboro, Texas. Although Carrie did not complete a formal…
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