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On This Day in Texas History: Convention Meets to Discuss Sectional Crisis

On This Day in Texas History: Convention Meets to Discuss Sectional Crisis June 03, 1850 On this day in 1850, delegates from the southern states collected in Nashville, Tennessee, to discuss the sectional crisis resulting from the Mexican War. In 1849 a bipartisan convention met at Jackson, Mississippi, and called for a southern convention to…
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This day in Texas History: Richard Henry Boyd Born into Slavery

This day in Texas History: Richard Henry Boyd Born into Slavery March 05, 1843 On this day in 1843, Richard Henry Boyd began his remarkable life. He was born in Mississippi and named Dick Gray, a slave of B. A. Gray, and was later taken to his owner’s new plantation near Brenham, Texas. Boyd accompanied…
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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: First Telegraph Company in Texas Chartered

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) First Telegraph Company in Texas Chartered January 05, 1854 On this day in 1854, the first telegraph company in Texas was chartered. The Texas and Red River Company opened its first office in Marshall on February 14, offering patrons connections with New Orleans via Shreveport…
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