Today in Texas History (Part 2)
Events 101 - 200 of 200
1957-11-02 - The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, and remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history.
1957-12-03 - 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
1958-08-21 - KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
1959-02-01 - Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
1960-08-18 - 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas
1961-05-08 - 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
1961-09-15 - Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
1963-08-13 - US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
35th US President John F. Kennedy 1963-11-21 - JFK flies to Texas
1963-11-22 - American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
1964-03-14 - Dallas, Texas; Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder
1966-08-01 - Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas
1966-09-15 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.
1967-09-05 - -23] Hurricane Beuleah, kills 54 in Caribbean, Mexico & Texas
1967-09-20 - Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38
36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson 1968-01-04 - Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
1968-04-06 - HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
1969-08-30 - 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
1970-07-30 - -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida & Texas
1970-09-12 - Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
1971-10-24 - Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21
1972-08-11 - "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
1974-09-07 - Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
1977-09-22 - Preston Jones' "Texas Trilogy," premieres in NYC
1978-02-14 - 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
1978-04-14 - WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
1979-02-24 - Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
1979-04-10 - Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
1979-07-25 - 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
1979-11-01 - Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster
1980-08-04 - -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean
1981-01-28 - Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
1982-05-31 - "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 perfs
1982-07-05 - Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
1982-07-15 - Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via Dyess AFB, Texas
1982-07-24 - "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 perfs
1982-11-22 - Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB, Texas
1982-12-07 - In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
1983-08-17 - -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
1983-08-18 - Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
1983-08-19 - Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
1983-09-09 - Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, Texas
1983-11-12 - 4 die in a train crash in Marshall Texas
1985-03-23 - Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
1985-04-13 - Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
1985-05-13 - Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
1985-07-30 - Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
1986-02-24 - Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
1986-05-20 - Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
1987-02-17 - Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
1987-05-22 - 30 killed in a Texas tornado
1988-03-01 - Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
1988-07-16 - San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
1988-09-10 - -18] Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas & Yucatan
1989-02-28 - Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA
MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan 1991-05-01 - Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)
1991-10-16 - George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 & himself & wounds 20 in Texas
1993-02-28 - Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid
1993-03-01 - Authorities near Waco, Texas negotiate with Branch Davidians
1993-04-19 - After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)
1993-05-29 - Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm
1993-10-27 - Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
1994-06-25 - 111°F (43.9°C) at El Paso Texas
1994-06-26 - 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas
1994-07-03 - The deadliest day in Texas traffic history, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Forty six people were killed in crashes.
1994-10-22 - Statue of Sam Houston unveiled in Texas
1995-02-10 - Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
1995-12-31 - 62nd Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech beats Texas
1996-08-21 - Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
1996-09-15 - Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan's #34
1996-09-28 - Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)
Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette 1996-09-29 - Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)
1997-05-02 - Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
1997-05-28 - Tornado in Jarrell Texas kills at least 28
1998-01-14 - Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis).
1998-02-03 - Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.
1998-02-26 - Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen
1998-06-07 - James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey 1999-09-08 - United States Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film Waco: The Rules of Engagement contradicting the official government stories.
1999-11-18 - In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses.
2000-03-27 - Phillips explosion of 2000 kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
2000-12-13 - The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas later going on a crime spree and killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins
2000-12-24 - The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery.
2001-06-05 - Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
2002-10-31 - A federal grand jury in Houston, Texas formally indicted former Enron Corp. chief financial officer Andrew Fastow on 78 counts of wire fraud, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice related to the collapse of his ex-employer.
2003-05-12 - Fifty-nine Democratic lawmakers bring the Texas Legislature to a standstill by going into hiding in a dispute over a Republican congressional redistricting plan.
2003-05-22 - In Fort Worth, Texas, Annika Sörenstam becomes the first woman to play the PGA Tour in 58 years.
2003-06-26 - The U.S. Supreme Court rules in Lawrence v. Texas that gender-based sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
2005-03-23 - A major explosion at the Texas City Refinery kills 15 workers.
2005-06-01 - The longest oil/natural gas explosion in the Houston, Texas area occurs in Crosby, Texas. The drill was owned by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Company.
2005-09-24 - Hurricane Rita makes landfall in the United States, devastating Beaumont, Texas and portions of southwestern Louisiana.
2007-04-20 - Johnson Space Center Shooting: A man with a handgun barricades himself in NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas before killing a male hostage and himself.
2007-08-22 - The Texas Rangers rout the Baltimore Orioles 30-3, the most runs scored by a team in modern MLB history.
2008-04-04 - The raid on the FLDS owned ranch called the YFZ Ranch in Texas, 401 children were taken into custody. 133 woman were taken into state custody also, the total number of woman and children is 534.
2008-09-13 - Hurricane Ike makes landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast of the United States, causing heavy damage to Galveston Island, Houston and surrounding areas.
2009-06-11 - A Texas mother was hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen inside her Texas home. Witnesses say the lightning came through a light fixture and struck her chest and exited her foot. Her 9-year-old son franticly called 9-1-1 to save her life. She had to spend three days in the hospital.
2009-11-05 - US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan (US Army Medical Corps) killed 13 and wounded 43 at Fort Hood, Texas in the largest mass shooting ever at a US military installation.
2012-11-22 - 2 people are killed and 120 injured after a 100-vehicle pile-up in dense fog in Texas
2013-04-17 - 15 people are killed and 100 are injured after a fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas
2013-08-08 - 4 people are killed and 4 are wounded in a shooting spree in Dallas, Texas
Birthdays 101 - 200 of 258
1940-01-04 - Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
1940-05-19 - Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
1940-07-07 - Richard K Armey, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )
1940-07-19 - Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona)], El Paso Texas, singer (Let it Be Him)
1940-07-26 - Dobie Gray, Brookshire Texas, American singer (Drift Away)
1940-08-03 - Lance Alworth, Houston Texas, NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys)
1940-12-29 - Ed Buce, Keiser Ar, country singer (Texas)
1941-07-03 - Wylie Walker Vale, Houston, Texas, Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone
1941-10-12 - Craig A Washington, (Rep-D-Texas)
1941-11-01 - Joe Louis Caldwell, Texas City, basketball player (Olympic-gold-1964)
1941-11-01 - Robert Foxworth, Houston Texas, actor (Chase-Falcon Crest, Frankenstein)
1941-11-06 - Doug Sahm, San Antonio Texas, country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero)
1942-01-21 - Mac Davis, Lubbock, Texas, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40)
1942-07-08 - Phil Gramm, (Sen-R Texas, 1985- )
1942-10-22 - Bobby Fuller, Baytown, Texas, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four)
1943-03-17 - Don Mitchell, Houston Texas, actor (Mark-Ironside), (d. 2013)
1943-04-29 - Duane Allen, Taylortown Texas, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)
1943-07-22 - Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator from Texas
1943-09-03 - Valerie Perrine, Galveston, Texas, American actress and model (Steam Bath, Superman, Lenny)
1943-09-19 - Joe Morgan, Bonham, Texas, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds)/commentator (ESPN)
1944-03-07 - Townes Van Zandt, Texas, singer/songwriter (Kathleen, Loretta), (d. 1997)
1944-08-15 - Linda Ellerbee, Bryan Texas, newscaster (Weekend, NBC Overnight)
1944-08-27 - G W Bailey, Port Arthur, Texas, American actor (Police Academy, The Closer)
1944-11-26 - Jean Terrell, Texas, rocker (Supremes)
1945-05-30 - Meredith MacRae, Houston Texas, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons)
1945-10-02 - Frank Tejeda, (Rep-D-Texas)
1945-10-09 - Jeannie C Riley, Texas, singer (Harper Valley PTA, Hee Haw)
1945-10-26 - Jaclyn Smith, Houston, Texas, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Bourne Identity)
1945-11-16 - Steve Railsback, Dallas, Texas, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000)
1946-04-01 - William Frederick Fisher, Dallas Texas, MD/astronaut (STS 51-I)
43rd US President George W. Bush (1946-07-06) 1946-07-06 - George W. Bush Jr, New Haven, Connecticut, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09) and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) (R-TX)
1946-08-15 - Kathryn Jean Whitmire, Houston Texas, (4 time Mayor-Houston)
1946-09-02 - Billy Preston, Houston, Texas, American soul musician/singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show)
1947-01-31 - Nolan Ryan, Refugio Texas, MLB pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)
1947-02-02 - Farrah Fawcett, Texas, actress (Charley's Angels, Burning Bed)
1947-04-08 - Tom DeLay, Laredo, Texas, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006)
1947-10-17 - Gene Green, (Rep-D-Texas)
Actress Farrah Fawcett (1947-02-02) 1947-11-19 - Lamar Smith, (Rep-R-Texas)
1948-02-08 - Dan Seals, McCamey Texas, country singer (England Dan & John Ford Coley-You Still Move Me)
1948-06-19 - Phylicia Rashad, Houston, Texas, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live)
1948-07-12 - Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], Kermit, Texas, American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown)
1948-12-06 - JoBeth Williams, Houston Texas, actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist)
1948-12-25 - Barbara Mandrell, Houston Texas, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters)
1949-01-10 - George Foreman, Marshall Texas, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95)
1949-01-10 - Teresa Graves, Houston Texas, actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love)
Boxing Champ George Foreman (1949-01-10) 1949-02-02 - Brent Spiner, Houston, Texas, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation)
1949-06-11 - Frank Beard, Frankston Texas, US country rock drummer (ZZ Top)
1949-07-07 - Shelley Duvall, Houston Texas, actress (Popeye, Faery Tale Theater)
1949-09-15 - Joe Barton, Waco Texas, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives since 1985)
1949-12-02 - Ron Raines, Teax City, Texas, actor (Guiding Light)
1949-12-16 - Billy Gibbons, Houston Texas, jazz/rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top)
1950-01-16 - Debbie Allen, Houston Texas, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame)
Actress Shelley Duvall (1949-07-07) 1950-03-04 - Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
1950-04-09 - Kenneth D Cockrell, Austin Texas, Astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80)
1950-08-07 - Rodney Crowell, Houston Texas, country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin')
1950-10-01 - Randy Quaid, Houston Texas, actor (Midnight Express, Vacation, Saturday Night Live)
1951-05-03 - Christopher Cross, [Geppert], Texas, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme)
1951-05-03 - Chris Cross, San Antonio Texas, American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme")
1951-06-13 - Mike Weaver, Gatesville Texas, WBA World Heavyweight Champion
1951-09-04 - Judith Ivey, El Paso Texas, actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again)
1951-09-08 - Randy T Odle, Port Arthur Texas, astronaut
1951-11-24 - Chet Edwards, (Rep-D-Texas)
1952-02-27 - Dwight Elmo Jones, Houston Texas, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972)
1952-04-01 - Annette O'Toole, Houston Texas, actress (Cat People, Superman III)
1952-05-18 - George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
1952-08-18 - Patrick Swayze, Houston Texas, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost)
1953-11-03 - Kate Capshaw [Nail], Fort Worth, Texas, American actress (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)
1953-12-06 - Gina Hecht, Houston Texas, actress (Melanie-Hizzoner, Mork & Mindy)
1954-04-09 - Dennis Quaid, Houston Texas, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff)
Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-10-03) 1954-10-03 - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dallas TX, guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood)
1954-11-06 - Catherine Crier, Dallas, Texas, American journalist and author (The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game)
1955-05-10 - Mark David Chapman, Forth Work Texas, assassin (John Lennon)
1955-10-25 - Danny Darwin, Bonham Texas, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
1956-01-21 - Robby Benson, Dallas, Texas, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen)
1956-05-27 - Lisa Niemi, Houston Texas, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies)
1956-06-26 - Bernard A Harris Jr, Temple Texas, MD/Astronaut (STS 55, 63)
1956-11-15 - Ashley Cox, Dallas Texas, playmate (December, 1977)
1956-12-21 - Lee Roy Parnell, Abilene Texas, country singer (Oughta be a Law)
1957-05-13 - Eloise Broady, Houston Texas, playmate (Apr, 1988)
1957-07-12 - Rick Douglas Husband, Amarillo Texas, USAF mjr/astronaut
1957-11-06 - Lori Singer, Corpus Christi Texas, actress (Fame, V, Footloose)
1958-12-23 - Joan Severance, Houston Texas, actress (Hear No Evil, See No Evil)
1959-11-28 - R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
1960-02-29 - Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)
1960-09-02 - Eric Dickerson, Texas, NFL halfback (LA Rams, Colts/2,105 yds in 1984)
1960-10-19 - Jennifer Holliday, Houston Texas, singer/actress (Dream Girls)
1961-12-26 - Storm Davis, Dallas Texas, pitcher (KC Royals)
1962-07-21 - Ike Eisenmann, Houston Texas, actor (Scott-Fantastic Journey)
1962-09-16 - Kimberly McArthur, Fort Worth Texas, playmate (January, 1982)
1963-03-03 - Jacqueline Sheen, Dallas Texas, playmate (July, 1990)
1963-05-29 - Lisa Whelchel, Fort Worth Texas, actress (Blair-Facts of Life)
1963-07-13 - Bobby Rock, Houston Texas, rock drummer (Nelson-Love & Affection)
1963-07-26 - Marianne Berglund, Sweden, cyclist (1983 Ruffles Tour of Texas)
1963-11-16 - Zina Garrison Jackson, Houston Texas, tennis star (1988/90 Wimbledon)
1964-03-29 - Jill Goodacre Connick, Lubbock Texas, model (Victoria Secrets)
1964-07-21 - Susan Swift, Houston Texas, actress (Chisholms)
1964-12-02 - Yolanda Henry, Houston Texas, high jumper
1964-12-22 - Mike Jackson, Houston Texas, pitcher (Seattle Mariners)
1965-03-31 - William McNamara, Dallas TX, actor (Texasville, Beat, Stealing Home)
1966-02-03 - Sean Patrick Wade, Houston Texas, NZ marathoner (Olympics-96)
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