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This Day in Texas History: Heroic Texan Graduates From Flight-Nurse School

This Day in Texas History: Heroic Texan Graduates From Flight-Nurse School February 18, 1943 On this day in 1943, Dolly Shea graduated with the first flight-nurse class of the United States Army Air Forces at Bowman Field, Kentucky. The San Benito, Texas, native served in the European Theater during World War II. She was killed…
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This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Nominated for President of the Republic of Texas

This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Nominated for President of the Republic of Texas August 15, 1836 On this day in 1836, Philip Sublett nominated Sam Houston for president of the Republic of Texas. Sublett, a Kentucky native, had participated in the battle of Nacogdoches in 1832 and was a delegate to the conventions…
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This Day in Texas History: Alexander Cockrell Buys Dallas Townsite

This Day in Texas History: Alexander Cockrell Buys Dallas Townsite August 7, 1852 On this day in 1852, Alexander Cockrell paid $7,000 for the portion of the John Neely Bryan homestead that included the Dallas townsite and the Trinity River ferry concession. Bryan, a Tennessee native born in 1810, had settled at a natural ford…
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This Day in Texas History: Neiman Marcus Founder is Born

This Day in Texas History: Neiman Marcus Founder is Born May 03, 1883 Carrie Marcus Neiman (1883–1953), merchant and fashion authority, was born on May 3, 1883, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jacob and Delia (Bloomfield) Marcus, German immigrants. In 1895 she moved with her family to Hillsboro, Texas. Although Carrie did not complete a formal…
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This day in Texas History: Republic of Texas Authorizes Ill-Fated Peters Colony

This day in Texas History: Republic of Texas Authorizes Ill-Fated Peters Colony February 04, 1841 On this day in 1841, the Republic of Texas passed a law authorizing the president to enter into an empresario contract with William S. Peters of Pennsylvania and his associates. The contract required Peters to bring 200 colonists to North…
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This Day in Texas History: Co-Founder of Neiman Marcus Dies

This Day in Texas History: Co-Founder of Neiman Marcus Dies December 11, 1950 Herbert Marcus was born September 6, 1878, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jacob and Delia (Bloomfield) Marcus. He was educated in the Louisville public schools but left high school after a few months for financial reasons. When he was fifteen he followed his…
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This Day in Texas History: Axe-Wielding Prohibitionist Dies

This Day in Texas History: Axe-Wielding Prohibitionist Dies June 02, 1911 On this day in 1911, Carry Nation, perhaps the most famous prohibitionist in American history, died in Kansas. Born in Kentucky in 1846, she lived in Texas for several years as a child in the 1860s and again as an adult from 1879 to…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Jim Bowie

Today’s Notable Texan: Jim Bowie (From Wikipedia) James “Jim” Bowie (c. 1796 – March 6, 1836), a 19th-century American pioneer, soldier, smuggler, slave trader, and land speculator, played a prominent role in the Texas Revolution, culminating in his death at the Battle of the Alamo. Stories of him as a fighter and frontiersman, both real…
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