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This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time

This Day in Texas History: “Bandit Queen” Marries for the Last Time June 05, 1880 On this day in 1880, Myra Maybelle (Belle) Shirley Reed, the “Bandit Queen,” married her second, or possibly third, husband, Sam Starr, in the Cherokee Nation. Belle Starr was born near Carthage, Missouri in 1848. During the Civil War her…
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This Day in Texas History: Bonnie and Clyde Gunned Down in Louisiana

This Day in Texas History: Bonnie and Clyde Gunned Down in Louisiana May 23, 1934 On this day in 1934, celebrated Depression-era Texas outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were killed in a roadside ambush arranged by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer outside of Gibsland, Louisiana. Riddled by some 167 bullets, the bodies were taken to…
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This day in Texas History: Majestic Theatre Opens in Dallas

This day in Texas History: Majestic Theatre Opens in Dallas April 11, 1921 On this day in 1921, the Majestic Theatre opened on Elm Street in downtown Dallas. The five-story structure, designed by Chicago architect John Eberson in the Renaissance Revival style, was the flagship of Karl Hoblitzelle‘s Interstate Amusement Company chain of vaudeville houses.…
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This day in Texas History: Failed Assassination Attempt on General Walker

This day in Texas History: Failed Assassination Attempt on General Walker April 10, 1963 On April 10, 1963, Walker was victim of an assassination attempt while he sat at a desk in his Dallas home; the bullet missed by inches. Edwin A. Walker (1909–1993), United States army general, was born in Center Point, Kerr County,…
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This Day in Texas History: Dallas Tornado Outbreak Devastates Oak Cliff

This Day in Texas History: (from Wikipedia) Dallas Tornado Outbreak Devastates Oak Cliff April 2, 1957 On April 2, a low pressure system was situated over the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles with a warm front stretching into central Arkansas and a cold front stretching into western Texas east of El Paso, Lubbock, and Amarillo. Temperatures on that day reached the 70s in northern Texas with dewpoints in the upper 60s to near 70…
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This Day in Texas History: Historic Fire Decimates Paris

This Day in Texas History: Historic Fire Decimates Paris March 21, 1916 Although Paris was founded in the mid-1840s, many of its historic structures were lost in America’s third largest fire that destroyed almost half the town in 1916. The blaze started about five o’clock on the afternoon of March 21, 1916, at the S.…
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This Day in Texas History: Pappy O’Daniel Born in Ohio

This Day in Texas History: Pappy O’Daniel Born in Ohio March 11, 1890 On this day in 1890, future Texas governor and U.S. senator W. Lee (Pappy) O’Daniel was born in Malta, Ohio. He came to Texas in 1925 as sales manager of the Burrus Mill and Elevator Company in Fort Worth, manufacturer of Light…
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Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan

Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan John Neely Bryan (1810–1877), Indian trader, farmer, lawyer, and founder of Dallas, son of James and Elizabeth (Neely) Bryan, was born on December 24, 1810, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He attended Fayetteville Military Academy and after reading law was admitted to the Tennessee bar. Around 1833 he moved to Arkansas,…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Powers Boothe

February 10, 2013 Today’s Notable Texan: Powers Boothe Powers Boothe was born June 1, 1948 on a farm in Snyder, Texas to Emily Kathryn Reeves and Merrill Vestal Boothe.  He attended Texas State University in San Marcos and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University of Dallas. Boothe’s classical acting background includes…
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This Day in Texas History: NAACP Leader Born in Round Rock

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) NAACP Leader Born in Round Rock February 09, 1902 On this day in 1902, Juanita Shanks Craft was born in Round Rock, Texas. Her long record as a civil-rights activist began when she joined the Dallas branch of the NAACP in 1935. She was appointed…
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