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This Day in Texas History: 1st Artificial Heart Implanted in Houston

This Day in Texas History: Houston Surgeon Implants First Artificial Heart April 04, 1969 On this day in 1969, Dr. Denton Cooley implanted the first complete artificial heart in a human being. The device, developed at Cooley’s Cullen Cardiovascular Laboratories in Houston, kept the patient, Haskell Karp, alive for sixty-four hours, until a suitable heart…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Berkeley Breathed

Today’s Notable Texan: Berkeley Breathed (from Wikipedia) Guy Berkeley Breathed (June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, children’s book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip that dealt with sociopolitical issues as understood by fanciful characters (e.g., Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin) and through humorous analogies. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. Born in Encino, California, and raised in Houston,…
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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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This Day in Texas History: Galveston Connects to Virginia Point by Railroad Bridge

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Galveston Connects to Virginia Point by Railroad Bridge February 06, 1860 On this day in 1860, the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad completed its bridge from Virginia Point to Galveston Island. Virginia Point, on the mainland west of Galveston, was an outlying part of Stephen…
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This day in Texas History: Waterloo Approved as New Capital of Texas

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Waterloo Approved as New Capital of Texas January 19, 1839 On this day in 1839, Waterloo (soon to be renamed Austin) was approved as the new capital of the Republic of Texas. In 1836 Columbia (now West Columbia) had become the first capital of an…
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This day in Texas History: Scandal Purges Body Politic

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Scandal Purges Body Politic January 18, 1971 On this day in 1971, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit in federal court alleging stock fraud against a number of Texas state officials accused of making profitable, quick-turnover, bank-financed stock purchases in return for the passage…
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From Peck to Tomball to “Oil Town U.S.A.” December 02, 1907

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) From Peck to Tomball to “Oil Town U.S.A.” December 02, 1907 On this day in 1907, citizens of Peck, located about thirty miles north of Houston, renamed their community Tomball in honor of Thomas Henry Ball, a well-known politician and prohibition advocate. Ball…
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