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This Day in Texas History: Elvis Plays Lubbock’s Cotton Club

This Day in Texas History: Elvis Plays Lubbock’s Cotton Club January 6, 1955 On this day in 1955, Elvis Presley, while on the Louisiana Hayride tour played the Cotton Club in Lubbock. The up-and-coming, but still largely unknown, Elvis Presley officially joined the Louisiana Hayride with guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black on November 6, 1954.…
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This Day in Texas History: Rival Lubbock County Towns Consolidate

This Day in Texas History: Rival Lubbock County Towns Consolidate December 19, 1890 On this day in 1890, the rival Lubbock County towns of Lubbock and Monterey agreed to consolidate. In July 1890, W. E. Rayner and several associates found a suitable site for a town on the north side of Yellow House Draw in…
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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: Buddy Holly Dies in Plane Crash

This day in Texas History: Buddy Holly Dies in Plane Crash February 03, 1959 On this day in 1959, Charles Hardin Holley, better known as Buddy Holly, died in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa. After a show on the night of February 2 in Clear Lake, Holly, J. P. Richardson (the “Big Bopper“),…
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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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Today’s Notable Texan: Waylon Jennings

Today’s Notable Texan: Waylon Jennings (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Country music icon Waylon Arnold Jennings (1937–2002) was born near Littlefield, Texas, on June 15, 1937, the son of William Albert and Lorene Bea (Shipley) Jennings. Waylon was born on the J. W. Bittner farm, where his father was working as a tenant farmer. The family later moved…
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This Day in Texas History: Teenage Idol Buddy Holly Dies in Plane Crash

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Teenage Idol Buddy Holly Dies in Plane Crash February 03, 1959 On this day in 1959, Charles Hardin Holley, better known as Buddy Holly, died in a plane crash near Mason City, Iowa. After a show on the night of February 2 in Clear Lake,…
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West Texas townsite company sells more than 200 lots despite sandstorm

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) West Texas townsite company sells more than 200 lots despite sandstorm December 03, 1924 On this day in 1924, the Anton Townsite Company sponsored a “Grand Opening Jubilee” despite a blinding sandstorm and succeeded in selling more than 200 lots in the new town of…
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