This Day in Texas History: The Circus Comes to Town

This Day in Texas History: The Circus Comes to Town November 8, 1852 On this day in 1852, the first recorded mention of the distinctive Mexican circus in Texas appeared in the San Antonio Ledger. Though the performing groups may have been in Texas prior to this date, this newspaper report marked the first documentation…
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This Day in Texas History: Castaways Begin Amazing Journey

This Day in Texas History: Castaways Begin Amazing Journey November 6, 1528 On this day in 1528, some eighty survivors of the Narváez expedition washed up on an island off the Texas coast. The castaways included Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and three other men: the slave Estevanico, Alonso Castillo Maldonado, and Andrés Dorantes de…
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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: Plane Crashes Into Religious Shrine

This Day in Texas History: Plane Crashes Into Religious Shrine October 23, 1970 On this day in 1970, the lower Rio Grande Valley town of San Juan made international headlines when Francis B. Alexander smashed a rented single-engine plane into the Virgen de San Juan del Valle Shrine. The town of San Juan was organized…
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This Day in Texas History: Aaron Burr Acquitted of Treason

This Day in Texas History: Aaron Burr Acquitted of Treason October 20, 1807 On this day in 1807, the treason trial of Aaron Burr, former vice president of the United States and a minor player in Texas history, came to a characteristically ambiguous ending. After leaving the vice presidency in 1804, Burr made a tour…
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This Day in Texas History: On Texas Soil, Presidents Meet for the First Time

This Day in Texas History: On Texas Soil, Presidents Meet for the First Time October 16, 1909 On this day in 1909, presidents William Howard Taft and Porfirio Díaz met in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, the first meeting in history between a president of the United States and a president of Mexico. The local…
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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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