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This Day in Texas History: “Gentleman Jim” Ferguson, Future Texas Governor, Born in Salado

This Day in Texas History: “Gentleman Jim” Ferguson, Future Texas Governor, Born in Salado August 31, 1871 On this day in 1871, James Edward Ferguson, future Texas governor, was born near Salado, Texas. After a brief study of law he was admitted to the bar in 1897. Known as an antiprohibitionist, and running on a…
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This Day in Texas History: Gunman Fires on UT Students

This Day in Texas History: Gunman Fires on UT Students August 01, 1966 On this date in 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman began a killing rampage that left seventeen dead and thirty-one wounded in one of the worst mass murders in modern United States history. Whitman first killed his mother in her apartment and his wife in…
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This Day in Texas History: LBJ Library Dedicated in Austin

This Day in Texas History: LBJ Library Dedicated in Austin May 22, 1971 On this day in 1971, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum was dedicated on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. It was the nation’s fifth presidential library and the first to be located on a university campus. It…
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This Day in Texas History: Birth of Texas Author and Women’s Advocate

This Day in Texas History: Birth of Texas Author and Women’s Advocate May 07, 1861 On this day in 1861, Anna Pennybacker, clubwoman, woman suffrage advocate, author, and lecturer, was born in Petersburg, Virginia. She graduated from the first class of Sam Houston Normal School in Huntsville, Texas, continued her education in Europe, and subsequently…
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Today’s Notable Texan: Berkeley Breathed

Today’s Notable Texan: Berkeley Breathed (from Wikipedia) Guy Berkeley Breathed (June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, children’s book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip that dealt with sociopolitical issues as understood by fanciful characters (e.g., Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin) and through humorous analogies. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1987. Born in Encino, California, and raised in Houston,…
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This Day in Texas History: Galveston Connects to Virginia Point by Railroad Bridge

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Galveston Connects to Virginia Point by Railroad Bridge February 06, 1860 On this day in 1860, the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railroad completed its bridge from Virginia Point to Galveston Island. Virginia Point, on the mainland west of Galveston, was an outlying part of Stephen…
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