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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: Texas Astronaut Killed as Space Shuttle Explodes

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Texas Astronaut Killed as Space Shuttle Explodes January 28, 1986 On this day in 1986, the world watched in horror as the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff. Seven American astronauts were killed, including Texas resident Judith Arlene Resnik. She was the second American woman astronaut and had…
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