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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: Texas Sub Commander Receives Medal of Honor

This Day in Texas History: Texas Sub Commander Receives Medal of Honor August 28, 1945 On this day in 1945, Edwina Dealey, the widow of Navy Commander Samuel David Dealey, received his posthumous Medal of Honor. A member of the prominent Dealey family of Dallas, Samuel was born in 1906. He graduated from the United…
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This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler Arrives at Point Bolivar

This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler Arrives at Point Bolivar August 5, 1838 On this day in 1838, Samuel D. Parr arrived at Point Bolivar and claimed a league of land there, thus becoming the first permanent settler in the area. Point Bolivar is at the western tip of Bolivar Peninsula, across from…
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This Day in Texas History: Battleship Texas Continues Outstanding Service

This Day in Texas History: Battleship Texas Continues Outstanding Service March 26, 1945 On this day in 1945, the battleship Texas supported the landings for the battle of Okinawa, the final great amphibious assault of World War II. The keel of the Texas, the second battleship to bear this name, was laid at Newport News,…
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This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler at Point Bolivar

This Day in Texas History: First Permanent Settler at Point Bolivar August 05, 1838 On this day in 1838, Samuel D. Parr arrived at Point Bolivar and claimed a league of land there, thus becoming the first permanent settler in the area. Point Bolivar is at the western tip of Bolivar Peninsula, across from the…
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This Day in Texas History: Rudder’s Rangers Distinguish Themselves at Normandy

This Day in Texas History: Rudder’s Rangers Distinguish Themselves at Normandy June 06, 1944 On this day in 1944, D-day, James Earl Rudder commanded the Second Ranger Battalion as it achieved one of the great feats of arms of the Normandy invasion. Rudder, a native of Eden, Texas, had served in the army in the…
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This day in Texas History: Texas Battleship Keel Laid

This day in Texas History: Texas Battleship Keel Laid April 17, 1911 Battleship Texas The keel of the Texas, the second battleship to bear this name, was laid at Newport News, Virginia, on April 17, 1911. After serving in the Atlantic Fleet in the First World War, she supported the World War II landings in North…
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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: First Train Crosses the Pecos High Bridge

This Day in Texas History: First Train Crosses the Pecos High Bridge March 30, 1892 On March 30, 1892, The first train to cross the Pecos High Bridge was a Special carrying C. P. Huntington, president of the Southern Pacific. Trains on the Sunset Route of the Southern Pacific lines have crossed the Pecos River…
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This Day in Texas History: Marines Raise Flag on Iwo Jima

This Day in Texas History: (from the Texas State Historical Association archives) Marines Raise Flag on Iwo Jima February 23, 1945 On this day in 1945, Cpl. Harlon Block of Weslaco appeared in one of the most indelible images to come out of World War II. For three days the men of Company E, Second…
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