Today in Texas History (Part 2)

Cities in Texas: Arlington - Austin - Corpus Christi - Dallas - El Paso - Fort Worth - Houston - Lubbock - San Antonio - Waco, TX

Historical Events

Events 101 - 191 of 191

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
1963-11-21 - JFK flies to Texas
1963-11-22 - American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas
1966-08-01 - Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas
36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson 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
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 Intl 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
1982-07-05 - Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
1982-07-15 - Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via Dyess AFB, Texas
1982-11-22 - 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
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 at Waco Texas between FBI & Branch Davidians
1993-03-01 - Authorities in Waco, Texas negotiate with Branch Davidians
1993-04-19 - Branch Davidians in Waco Texas dies in fire after 51 day siege (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
1994-02-28 - 100 agents raid Branch Davidian compound at Waco 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 MorissetteSinger-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 WinfreyTalk 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 178 of 178

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)
1947-02-02 - 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)
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)
Actress Farrah FawcettActress Farrah Fawcett (1947-02-02) 1949-02-02 - Brent Spiner, Houston, Texas, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation)
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)
1950-03-04 - Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
1950-04-09 - Kenneth D Cockrell, Austin Texas, Astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80)
1951-05-03 - Christopher Cross, [Geppert], Texas, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme)
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)
1952-04-01 - 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)
Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray VaughanMusician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954-10-03) 1954-10-03 - Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dallas TX, guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood)
1955-10-25 - Danny Darwin, Bonham Texas, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
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)
1957-07-12 - Rick Douglas Husband, Amarillo Texas, USAF mjr/astronaut
1957-11-06 - Lori Singer, Corpus Christi Texas, actress (Fame, V, Footloose)
1959-11-28 - R Glynn Holt, Plainveiw Texas, PhD/astronaut (STS 73 alt)
1960-09-02 - Eric Dickerson, Texas, NFL halfback (LA Rams, Colts/2,105 yds in 1984)
1961-12-26 - Storm Davis, Dallas Texas, pitcher (KC Royals)
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)
1963-07-26 - Marianne Berglund, Sweden, cyclist (1983 Ruffles Tour of Texas)
1964-03-29 - Jill Goodacre Connick, Lubbock Texas, model (Victoria Secrets)
1964-12-02 - Yolanda Henry, Houston Texas, high jumper
1965-03-31 - William McNamara, Dallas TX, actor (Texasville, Beat, Stealing Home)
1966-02-03 - Sean Patrick Wade, Houston Texas, NZ marathoner (Olympics-96)
1966-10-15 - Jeffrey Jacquet, Bay City Texas, actor (Mork & Mindy, Whiz Kids)
1966-12-12 - Cheryl Dickey, Houston Texas, 100m hurdler
1967-01-12 - Farrah Forke, Texas, actress (Dweebs, Mr Rhodes, Disclosure, Heat)
1967-04-12 - Kirk Everist, Houston Texas, water polo driver (Olympics-96)
1967-08-09 - Elexa Wills/Orrange, Orange Texas, long jumper/triple jumper
1967-08-19 - Tabitha Soren, San Antonio Texas, MTV reporter (This Week in Rock)
1967-11-07 - Sharleen Spiteri Scottish singer and songwriter (Texas)
1968-04-15 - Billy Brewer, Fort Worth Texas, pitcher (NY Yankees)
1968-08-31 - Jim Bob Howard, Wichita Falls Texas, actor (Flash & Bone)
1968-09-16 - Tara Cross-Battle, Houston Texas, volleyball hitter (Oly-br-92, 96)
Actor Owen WilsonActor Owen Wilson (1968-11-18) 1968-11-18 - Owen Wilson, Dallas, Texas, American actor (Meet the Parents, Zoolander)
1969-05-20 - Suzanne Lawrence, Humble Texas, Miss Texas-America (1991) (4th)
1969-08-23 - Amanda Hope, Austin Texas, playmate (Jul, 1992)
1969-10-24 - Arthur Rhodes, Waco Texas, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)
1970-11-06 - Ethan Hawke, Austin Texas, actor (Dad, Dead Poets Society, Explorers)
1970-12-09 - Marlin Cannon, Dallas Texas, 200m/400m runner
1971-02-02 - Tony Miller, Mount Pleasant Texas, 400m runner
1971-03-25 - Sheryl Swoopes, Texas, WNBA forward (Houston Comets. Oly-gold-96)
1971-04-16 - Selena, Texas, spanish singer (Grammy-1994)
Professional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance ArmstrongProfessional Road Cyclist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Lance Armstrong (1971-09-18) 1971-09-18 - Lance Armstrong, Plano Texas, American road cyclist (7 Tour de France wins) barred from sport for using banned drugs
1972-04-17 - Jennifer Garner [Affleck], Houston, Texas. American actress (Sydney Bristow-Alias)
1972-12-12 - Kara Williams, Miss Texas USA (1996)
1973-01-22 - Deon Minor, Paris Texas, 400m runner
1973-05-04 - Michelle Martinez, Dallas Texas, Miss America (Texas-Top 10-1997)
1973-05-30 - Jennifer Darst, Dallas Texas, pairs skater (& Arthur Reid)
1973-10-08 - Tracy Bonner, Webster Texas, diver (Olympics-96)
1973-12-01 - Eric Thomas, Chartage Texas, 400m hurdler
1974-02-21 - Rohsaan Griffin, Texas City Texas, 200m runner
1974-03-04 - Sherry Wigginton, Austin Texas, diver (Olympics-96)
Singer-songwriter Natalie MainesSinger-songwriter Natalie Maines (1974-10-14) 1974-10-14 - Natalie Maines, Lubbock, Texas, musician (Dixie Chicks)
1975-03-15 - Eva Longoria, Corpus Christi, Texas, American actress (Gabrielle Solis-Desperate Housewives)
1975-11-24 - Carly Jarmon, Mesquite Texas, Miss America-Texas (1996)
1976-01-21 - Amanda Little, Miss USA-Texas (1997, top 6)
1977-10-21 - Christie Lee Woods, Texas, Miss Teen USA (1996)
1977-12-12 - Bridget Hall, Dallas Texas, model (Ford)
1978-10-16 - Abel Talamantez, Texas, singer (Menudo-Cannonball)
1980-07-10 - Jessica Simpson, Abilene, Texas, singer and popstar ("I Wanna Love You Forever," "I Think I'm In Love," and "Where You Are.")
Pop Star Jessica SimpsonPop Star Jessica Simpson (1980-07-10) 1980-10-08 - Andria Gayle Mullins, Miss Texas Teen USA (Teen with Style-1997)
1981-09-04 - Beyoncé Knowles, Houston Texas, singer (Destiny's Child)
1982-04-24 - Kelly Clarkson, Fort Worth, Texas, American singer and winner of the inaugural season of TV series American Idol
1986-03-26 - Jessica McClure, baby trapped in Texas well in 1988
1987-09-28 - Hilary Duff, Houston Texas, actress and singer (Lizzie McGuire)

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