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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: 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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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: Iconoclast Publisher Killed in Waco

This Day in Texas History: Iconoclast Publisher Killed in Waco April 01, 1898 On this day in 1898, controversial journalist William Cowper Brann was fatally shot in the back by Tom E. Davis on a Waco street. Brann managed to pull his own gun and kill Davis. Earlier in the decade Brann’s newspaper, the Iconoclast,…
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This day in Texas History: Preservationist Rebecca Fisher Dies

This day in Texas History: Preservationist Rebecca Fisher Dies March 21, 1926 On this day in 1926, Rebecca Fisher died in Austin. She was born Rebecca Gilleland in Philadelphia in 1831. Her family came to Texas around 1837 and settled in Refugio County. In 1840 Comanches attacked their home, killing Rebecca’s parents and taking Rebecca…
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This day in Texas History: Council House Fight Waylays Comanche-White Relations

This day in Texas History: Council House Fight Waylays Comanche-White Relations March 19, 1840 On this day in 1840, Republic of Texas soldiers killed some thirty Penateka Comanche leaders and warriors and five women and children in the Council House Fight in San Antonio. The Comanches had come to San Antonio seeking to make peace.…
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This day in Texas History: Script Writer / Future Texan Born in Chicago

This day in Texas History: Script Writer / Future Texan Born in Chicago March 16, 1939 On this day in 1939, Carol O’Brien Sobieski, television and film writer, was born in Chicago, Illinois. When she was five the family moved to the Frying Pan Ranch in the Texas Panhandle near Amarillo. In 1964 she was…
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This day in Texas History: Big Band Leader Born

This day in Texas History: Big Band Leader Born March 15, 1916 On this day in 1916, Harry James, jazz trumpet player and big-band leader, was born in Albany, Georgia. Though thought by many to be a native Texan, he did not arrive in Texas until the 1930s, when he and his parents moved to…
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This day in Texas History: Richard Henry Boyd Born into Slavery

This day in Texas History: Richard Henry Boyd Born into Slavery March 05, 1843 On this day in 1843, Richard Henry Boyd began his remarkable life. He was born in Mississippi and named Dick Gray, a slave of B. A. Gray, and was later taken to his owner’s new plantation near Brenham, Texas. Boyd accompanied…
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