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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: A Star is Born

This Day in Texas History: A Star is Born October 31, 1912 Dale Evans, actress, singer, and wife of Roy Rogers, was born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, Texas, on October 31, 1912, the first child of Walter and Betty Sue Smith, who farmed in Italy, Texas. She discovered in 1954 that her original name…
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This Day in Texas History: Texas Jack Omohundro Dies

This Day in Texas History: Texas Jack Omohundro Dies June 28, 1880 On this day in 1880, John Burwell Omohundro Jr., better known as Texas Jack, died. Omohundro, born in Virginia in 1846, traveled to Texas while still a teenager and worked trailing cattle. He served as a scout and spy under Gen. J. E.…
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This Day in Texas History: “Village Blacksmith of Cumby” Born in Tennessee

This Day in Texas History: “Village Blacksmith of Cumby” Born in Tennessee May 31, 1839 On this day in 1839, Robert R. Williams was born in Henderson County, Tennessee. He moved to Texas in 1868 and in 1872 became a blacksmith at Black Jack Grove, later Cumby, where he organized the Masonic lodge. At the…
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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: John Neely Bryan

Today’s Notable Texan: John Neely Bryan John Neely Bryan (1810–1877), Indian trader, farmer, lawyer, and founder of Dallas, son of James and Elizabeth (Neely) Bryan, was born on December 24, 1810, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He attended Fayetteville Military Academy and after reading law was admitted to the Tennessee bar. Around 1833 he moved to Arkansas,…
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This day in Texas History: Davy Crockett Loses Election, Heads for Alamo

This day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Davy Crockett Loses Election, Heads for Alamo January 09, 1836 On this day in 1836, after losing his bid for a fourth term as a Tennessee representative to the U. S. Congress, Davy Crockett wrote a letter stating his intention to go to Texas. This,…
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