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This Day in Texas History: On Texas Soil, Presidents Meet for the First Time

This Day in Texas History: On Texas Soil, Presidents Meet for the First Time October 16, 1909 On this day in 1909, presidents William Howard Taft and Porfirio Díaz met in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, the first meeting in history between a president of the United States and a president of Mexico. The local…
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This Day in Texas History: Emmett Scott Appointed to Reduce Racial Tension

This Day in Texas History: Emmett Scott Appointed to Reduce Racial Tension October 15, 1917 On this day in 1917, Secretary of War Newton D. Baker appointed Emmett Jay Scott his special assistant to urge the equal and impartial application of Selective Service regulations, to improve the morale of black servicemen, and to investigate racial…
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This Day in Texas History: Future General and President Born in Denison

This Day in Texas History: Future General and President Born in Denison October 14, 1890 On this day in 1890, Dwight David Eisenhower, general of the army and thirty-fourth president of the United States, was born in a two-story frame house in Denison, Texas. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Abilene, Kansas. Other…
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This Day in Texas History: Salt War Turns Bloody

This Day in Texas History: Salt War Turns Bloody October 10, 1877 On this day in 1877, Charles H. Howard shot and killed Louis Cardis in a store in El Paso. The killing was merely the latest, though hardly the last, violent episode in a long dispute known as the Salt War of San Elizario.…
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This Day in Texas History: Freethinker Whipped in Bell County

This Day in Texas History: Freethinker Whipped in Bell County October 6, 1877 On this day in 1877, botanist and doctor Levi James Russell was whipped for being an infidel and free thinker. The Georgia native was born in 1831 and in 1868 moved to Harrisville, Texas, where he bought a farm and practiced medicine.…
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This Day in Texas History: Radio Broadcasting Comes to South Texas

This Day in Texas History: Radio Broadcasting Comes to South Texas September 25, 1922 On this day in 1922, WOAI-San Antonio, the first radio station in South Texas, began broadcasting. The station, founded by G. A. C. Halff, had an initial power of 500 watts. It grew to 5,000 watts by 1925–considered powerful at that…
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This Day in Texas History: Worst Bus Accident in Texas History

This Day in Texas History: Worst Bus Accident in Texas History September 21, 1989 On this day in 1989, the worst bus accident in Texas history occurred near the communities of Mission and Alton in Hidalgo County. At 7:30 A.M. a Dr Pepper truck hit a Mission school bus, knocking it into a caliche pit…
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This Day in Texas History: Texans Fight at Chickamauga

This Day in Texas History: Texans Fight at Chickamauga September 19, 1863 On this day in 1863, the two-day battle of Chickamauga began, ending in one of the last great field victories for the Confederacy. The first day’s action, fought in densely wooded terrain, became a classic “soldier’s battle” in which generalship counted for little…
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This Day in Texas History: Mexico Frees Slaves

This Day in Texas History: Mexico Frees Slaves September 15, 1829 On this day in 1829, the Guerrero Decree, which abolished slavery throughout the Republic of Mexico except in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, was issued by President Vicente R. Guerrero. The decree reached Texas on October 16, but Ramón Músquiz, the political chief of the…
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This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Elected President of the Republic of Texas

This Day in Texas History: Sam Houston Elected President of the Republic of Texas September 5, 1836 On this day in 1836, Sam Houston, the victor of San Jacinto, was elected president of the newly founded Republic of Texas. Candidates for the office had included Henry Smith, governor of the provisional government, and Stephen F.…
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