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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: 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: Legendary Texas Yodeler Silenced

This Day in Texas History: Legendary Texas Yodeler Silenced March 20, 1987 On this day in 1987, legendary Austin country singer and tavern owner Kenneth Threadgill died of a pulmonary embolism. Threadgill was born in Peniel, Texas, in 1909, the son of a minister. As a youngster, Threadgill was working at Beaumont’s Tivoli Theater when…
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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: Spindletop Oilfield Discovered

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Spindletop Oilfield Discovered January 10, 1901 On this day in 1901, the Spindletop Oilfield was discovered on a salt dome south of Beaumont, marking the birth of the modern petroleum industry. Pattillo Higgins, the “prophet of Spindletop,” and others had tried for years to find…
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