Texas in History

Historical Events

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  • 1528-11-06 Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes first known European to set foot in Texas
  • 1685-02-18 Fort St. Louis is established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for France's claim to Texas.

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1821-01-17 Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • 1823-01-03 Stephen F. Austin receives a grant of land in Texas from the government of Mexico.
  • 1826-12-16 Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.
  • 1829-08-25 President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses
  • 1835-10-02 Battle of Gonzales fought between Texan settlers and Mexican forces. First engagement of the Texas revolution

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1836-01-05 Davy Crockett arrives in Nacogdoches, Texas, to aid the revolution

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett

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1836-03-02 Republic of Texas declares independence from Mexico in Columbia

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress

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1836-03-05 Samuel Colt manufactures 1st pistol, 34-caliber "Texas" model

Inventor/Industrialist Samuel Colt
Inventor/Industrialist
Samuel Colt
  • 1836-03-16 Constitution of the Republic of Texas approved, legalises slavery
  • 1836-04-21 Battle of San Jacinto, Texas wins independence from Mexico

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

1836-09-05 Sam Houston elected President of the Republic of Texas

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston

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1837-03-03 US President Andrew Jackson & Congress recognizes Republic of Texas

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1842-03-05 Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.

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1845-03-01 US President John Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas

10th US President John Tyler
10th US President
John Tyler
  • 1845-07-04 Texas Congress votes for annexation to US
  • 1845-10-13 Texas ratifies a state constitution
  • 1845-12-29 Texas admitted as 28th state of the Union
  • 1846-02-19 Texas state government formally installed in Austin
  • 1846-04-25 Thornton Affair: Open conflict begins over the disputed border of Texas, triggering the Mexican-American War.
  • 1846-05-03 Mexican army surrounds fort in Texas
  • 1846-05-08 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas
  • 1848-02-02 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War: US acquires Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona for $15 million
  • 1848-05-19 Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war
  • 1855-02-14 Texas is linked by telegraph to the rest of the United States, with the completion of a connection between New Orleans and Marshall, Texas.
  • 1858-01-09 Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas, commits suicide.
  • 1861-02-01 Texas secedes from the Union (which precipitates the American Civil War)
  • 1861-03-16 Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who was evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-05 Federals abandon Ft Quitman, Texas
  • 1861-04-25 Battle of Lavaca, Texas (US Civil War)
  • 1861-05-16 Twiggs Surrender, San Antonio, Texas during US Civil war
  • 1861-08-03 Federal fleet bombards Galveston, Texas
  • 1861-08-12 Skirmish at Texas - rebels are attacked by Apache Indians
  • 1862-10-05 Federal fleet occupies Galveston, Texas
  • 1863-01-01 Battle of Galveston, Texas-Confederates recapture the city
  • 1863-09-08 Battle of Sabine Pass TX: 47 Texas volunteers repel Federal forces
  • 1863-11-27 -29] Battle at Fort Esperanza Texas
  • 1863-11-30 Confederate troops vacate Fort Esperanza, Texas
  • 1864-08-04 Land & naval action new Brazos Santiago, Texas
  • 1865-05-12 Last land action of Civil war at Palmito Ranch, Texas
  • 1865-05-13 Battle of Palmito Ranch, near Brownsville, Texas: final engagement of the American Civil War, Private John Jefferson Williams of B Company, 34th Regiment Indiana Infantry is last man killed
  • 1865-06-19 Union General Granger declares slaves are free in Texas

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1865-08-20 President Andrew Johnson proclaims an end to "insurrection" in Texas

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • 1868-06-01 Texas constitutional convention meets in Austin
  • 1870-03-30 Texas becomes last confederate state readmitted to Union
  • 1874-01-17 Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction
  • 1881-04-14 The Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1886-10-12 Hurricane & sea surge kills 250 at Indianola Texas
  • 1891-09-03 Cotton pickers organize union & stage strike in Texas
  • 1895-08-19 American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin, is killed by an off-duty policeman in a saloon in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1896-05-15 Tornado kills 78 in Texas
  • 1899-06-29 Brazo River in Texas floods 12 miles wide causing $10 mil damage
  • 1900-09-08 6,000 killed when a hurricane & tidal wave strikes Galveston, Texas
  • 1901-01-10 Oil discovered in Texas
  • 1901-07-24 O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank.
  • 1902-04-07 Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms
  • 1904-10-29 First intercity trucking service (Colorado City & Snyder, Texas)
  • 1906-08-13 Black soldiers raid Brownsville, Texas
  • 1915-08-17 Hurricane strikes Galveston, Texas (275 killed)
  • 1915-08-25 Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage
  • 1915-09-22 Southern Methodist University (Dallas Texas) holds its 1st class
  • 1917-08-23 Race riot in Houston Texas (2 blacks & 11 whites killed)
  • 1917-10-19 Love Field in Dallas, Texas, is opened
  • 1919-07-13 Race riots in Longview & Gregg counties Texas
  • 1922-03-02 WBAP-AM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • 1922-05-02 WBAP-AM begins broadcasting from Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1922-11-20 Zoe Akins' "Texas Nightingale" premieres in NYC
  • 1923-01-04 1st broadcast of "Barn Dance Show" (WBAP - Fort Worth Texas)
  • 1924-11-09 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson becomes 1st elected woman governor (of Texas)
  • 1925-01-08 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas
  • 1925-10-16 Texas School Board prohibits teaching of evolution
  • 1925-12-15 1st road with a depressed trough (Texas) opens to traffic

Sport awardGolf Major

1927-11-05 10th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen beats Joe Turnesa for 4th consecutive PGA title at Cedar Crest, Texas

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • 1929-05-11 Dr Annie Webb Blanton forms Delta Kappa Gamma Society in Austin, Texas
  • 1930-05-13 Farmer killed by hail in Lubbock, Texas; only known fatality due to hail
  • 1932-01-26 KUT-AM in Austin Texas changes call letters to KNOW
  • 1933-02-08 -23°F (-31°C), Seminole, Texas (state record)

MurderMurder of Interest

1934-04-01 Clyde Barrow kills two young highway patrolmen, H. D. Murphy and Edward Bryant Wheeler, at the intersection of Route 114 near Grapevine, Texas. Bonnie Parker's role in the murders helps turn public perception against the gang for good

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker
  • 1936-08-12 120°F (49°C), Seymour, Texas (state record)
  • 1937-03-18 Gas explosion in school in New London, Texas: 294 die
  • 1938-11-28 4th Heisman Trophy Award: Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian (QB)
  • 1940-03-14 27 killed, 15 injured when truck full of migrant workers collides with a train outside McAllen, Texas
  • 1940-09-16 Samuel T Rayburn of Texas elected speaker of US House of Representatives
  • 1941-06-20 German U-203 fails on torpedo attack on US battleship Texas
  • 1943-02-24 Texas League announces it will quit for the duration of WW II
  • 1943-06-16 Race riot in Beaumont Texas (2 die)
  • 1943-06-19 Race riot in Beaumont Texas
  • 1943-09-07 Fire in decrepit old Gulf Hotel kills 45 (Houston, Texas)
  • 1946-06-21 10 die in fire at Baker Hotel, Dallas Texas
  • 1947-04-09 Tornadoes striking West Texas & Oklahoma kill 169, injuring 1,300
  • 1947-04-16 Massive explosion & fire kills 522 in Texas City, Tx
  • 1947-04-19 French ship explodes in Texas City harbor, kills about 522
  • 1948-09-28 WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • 1949-03-08 WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • 1949-11-28 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 293 performances
  • 1950-09-09 "Texas, Li'l Darlin'" closes at Mark Hellinger NYC after 293 performances
  • 1952-01-24 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly NY Yanks
  • 1953-05-11 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)

Famous Birthdays

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  • 1788-04-14 David G. Burnet, interim president of the Republic of Texas (d. 1870)
  • 1793-03-02 Sam[uel] Houston, 1st president of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44)

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1793-03-02 Sam Houston, American politician (brought Texas into the United States), born in Rockbridge County, Virginia

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston

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1793-11-03 Stephen F. Austin, Founded and helped colonize the US state of Texas, born in Austinville, Virginia (d. 1836)

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin
  • 1798-01-20 Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas (d. 1858)

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1804-01-08 George Childress, Lawyer, statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1841)

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • 1815-10-16 Francis Lubbock, Governor of Texas (d. 1905)
  • 1829-09-24 Charles S. West, Texas jurist and politician (d. 1885)
  • 1846-07-26 Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy (d. 1880)

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1868-11-24 Scott Joplin, American ragtime entertainer and composer (The Entertainer), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1917)

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1868-12-22 John Nance Garner, Texas, (VP-D-1933-41)
  • 1871-12-05 Bill Pickett, American cowboy and rodeo performer who invented bulldogging, born in Jenks-Branch, Texas (d. 1932)
  • 1880-08-10 Robert L. Thornton, American businessman, philanthropist, and Mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1882-03-06 Guy Kibbee, American actor (Big Shot), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1956)
  • 1882-07-10 Ima Hogg, Texas art patron/founder of Houston Symphony
  • 1884-01-12 Texas Guinan, American actress (d. 1933)

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1885-02-24 Chester Nimitz, American admiral who commanded the US Pacific fleet in World War II, born in Fredericksburg, Texas (d. 1966)

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz
  • 1888-04-15 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1889-02-17 H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire
  • 1890-05-11 Woodall Rodgers, mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1961)

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1890-10-14 Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President (R, 1953-61) and WWII general, born in Denison, Texas

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1892-12-15 David Guion, American composer (Home on the Range), born in Ballinger, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1893-09-24 Blind Lemon Jefferson, Coutchman, Texas, blues singer and guitarist, (d. 1929)
  • 1894-02-08 King Vidor, American film director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1894-11-29 Yakima Canutt, [Enos Edward], actor/dir (Texas Terror), born in Colfax, Washington
  • 1895-04-09 Mance Lipscomb, Texas, blues musician (Texas Sharecropper)
  • 1895-07-21 Ken Maynard, Texas, cowboy/actor/producer (Bigfoot)
  • 1895-07-23 Florence Vidor, American actress (Jack Knife Man), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1895-08-16 Lucien Littlefield, actor (Mr Beasley-Blondie), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1897-11-17 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1899-06-22 Dorothy Devore, actress (Narrow Street, Senior Daredevil), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1899-06-30 Madge Bellamy [Margaret Derden Philpott], Hillsboro, Texas, American actress (White Zombie, The Iron Horse)
  • 1899-12-21 Guy Wilkerson, TX, actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron)
  • 1899-12-22 Wiley Post, Texas, aviation pioneer
  • 1900-08-11 Charles William Paddock, Texas, American athlete and 100m record breaker (Olympic-2 gold-1920) (d. 1943)
  • 1900-10-22 James Hall, actor (Hell's Angels), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1901-03-21 Carmelita Geraghty, Rushville IN, actress (My Best Girl, Texas Ranger)
  • 1902-07-18 Chill Wills, singer and actor (Fronteir Circus, Rounders), born in Seagoville Texas (d. 1978)

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1903-09-13 Claudette Colbert [Lily Chauchoin], French-born American actress (Texas Lady, It Happened One Night), born in Paris (d. 1996)

  • 1903-10-17 Irene Ryan, actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), born in El Paso, Texas

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1905-03-23 Joan Crawford [Lucille Le Sueur], American actress (Mildred Pierce), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1977)

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford

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1905-12-24 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and avaitor (Hughes Aircraft), born in Humble, Texas (d. 1976)

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • 1906-01-12 Tex Ritter, Texas, country singer (5 Star Jubilee, Wayward Wind)

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1906-08-27 Ed Gein, American serial killer (inspired Psycho & The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, (d. 1984)

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein
  • 1907-07-04 Elliott Sullivan, actor (Sergeant), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1907-08-03 Adrienne Ames, actress (Death Kiss, Panama Patrol), born in Fort Worth, Texas

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1908-08-27 Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President (Democrat: 1963-69), born in Stonewall, Texas (d. 1973)

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1908-10-30 Stuart Hamblen, Texas, singer/composer (This Old House)

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1909-03-24 Clyde Barrow, American bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1934)

Bank Robber Clyde Barrow
Bank Robber
Clyde Barrow
  • 1909-12-28 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas

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1910-05-28 T-Bone Walker, American blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), born in Linden, Texas (d. 1975)

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • 1910-06-18 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1995)

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1910-10-01 Bonnie Parker, American outlaw of Bonnie and Clyde fame, born in Rowena, Texas (d. 1934)

American Outlaw Bonnie Parker
American Outlaw
Bonnie Parker
  • 1910-10-10 Price Daniel, (Gov/Sen-D-Texas)
  • 1911-06-26 Babe Didrikson Zaharias [Mildred Ella], Port Arthur, Texas, American athlete (U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame)
  • 1912-01-11 Donald Barry, actor (Mr Gallo-Mr Novak), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1912-01-11 Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, Waco Texas, pitcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • 1912-03-08 Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (d. 2003)

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1912-03-15 Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, American blues musician (Ball of Twine), born in Centerville, Texas (d. 1982)

Blues Singer Lightnin Hopkins
Blues Singer
Lightnin Hopkins
  • 1912-05-13 Helen Craig, actress (Snake Pit, They Live by Night), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1913-07-24 Johnny McAfee, singer (Sammy Kaye Show), born in Dallas, Texas

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1913-12-01 Mary Martin, American actress (Peter Pan) and Larry Hagman's mom, born in Weatherford, Texas (d. 1990)

Actress Mary Martin
Actress
Mary Martin
  • 1914-02-24 Zachary Scott, actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1914-02-28 Jim Boles, actor (Joe-One Man's Family), born in Lubbock, Texas

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1914-03-17 Sammy Baugh, American NFL hall of fame quarterback (Washington Redskins), born in Temple, Texas (d. 2008)

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • 1914-10-10 Ivory Joe Hunter "The Baron of the Boogie", Rhythm and Blues singer-songwriter, born in Kirbyville, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1914-11-11 Perry Bass, Texas billionaire
  • 1915-02-21 Ann Sheridan, Denton Texas, actress (Dodge City, Another World)
  • 1915-04-25 William Goyen, American writer, born in Trinity, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1916-05-03 Henry Barbosa Gonzalez, (Rep-D-Tx, 1961-99 ), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2000)
  • 1916-11-20 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Adventure of Martin Eden), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1917-02-27 John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), shot in Kennedy motorcade
  • 1917-09-05 Jack Buetel, actress (Outlaw, Half Breed), born in Dallas, Texas

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1917-12-29 Tom Bradley, Mayor of Los Angeles (D-1973-93), born in Calvert, Texas (d. 1998)

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • 1918-03-15 Janet Leach, potter, born in Grand Saline, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1918-04-07 Ronald Howard, Norwood England, actor (Naked Edge, Africa-Texas Style)
  • 1918-05-05 Erbie Bowser, American blues and jazz pianist, born in Davila, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1918-09-03 Helen Wagner, actress (Nancy-As The World Turns), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1918-12-10 Anne Gwynne, actress (Ride 'em Cowboy, House of Frankenstein), born in Waco, Texas
  • 1919-04-23 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel and icon of the fashion industry, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1920-07-27 Beatrice Pearson, Dennison Texas, actress (Moving Finger)
  • 1920-08-22 Denton Cooley, heart surgeon (1st artifical heart transplant), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1921-08-19 Gene Roddenberry, executive producer (Star Trek), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1921-10-16 Matt Batts, MLB catcher (Red Sox), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1922-03-05 James Noble, actor (Gov. Gatling in "Benson"), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1922-12-22 Jim [James] Wright, (D-Texas), politician (Speaker of House 1987-89), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • 1923-02-02 [Mary Elizabeth] Liz Smith, journalist and gossip columnist (WNBC, NY Daily News), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1923-04-23 Dolph Briscoe, Governor of Texas
  • 1923-08-01 Paul Lambert, actor (Tom-Executive Suite), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1923-08-20 Jim Reeves, US country singer/actor (Gun Fury, Kimberley Jim), born in Panola County, Texas (d. 1864)
  • 1923-10-16 Linda Darnell, American actress (Unfaithfully Yours, A Letter to Three Wives), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1923-12-25 Louis Lane, Eagle Pass Texas, conductor (Oere Orch 1968-73)
  • 1924-01-11 Don Cherry, Wichita Texas, singer (Dean Martin Summer Show)
  • 1924-02-10 Randy Van Horne, vocalist (Nat King Cole Show), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1924-07-24 Charles K. Johnson, American President of the Flat Earth Society, born in San Angelo, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1924-08-30 Kenny Dorham [McKinley], Fairfield, Texas, jazz trumpeter, (d. 1972)

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1924-09-11 Tom Landry, American NFL player (NY Giants) and coach (Dallas Cowboys), born in Mission, Texas (d. 2000)

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry
  • 1924-09-13 Norman Alden, actor (Pilaski-Hennesey, Al-Fay), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1924-10-11 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, born in Bay City, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1925-06-20 Audie Murphy, Kingston, Texas, most decorated American WW II hero/actor (Destry, Joe Butterfly)

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1870-01-10 Deputy sheriff Wyatt Earp (21) weds Urilla Sutherland in Lamar, Texas

OK Corral Sheriff Wyatt Earp
OK Corral Sheriff
Wyatt Earp

HeartWedding of Interest

1883-05-07 US Senator Albert B. Fall (21) weds Emma Garland Morgan in Clarksville, Texas

United States Senator Albert B. Fall
United States Senator
Albert B. Fall

HeartWedding of Interest

1902-02-11 US military leader George Marshall (22) weds Elizabeth Carter Coles in San Antonio, Texas

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • 1919-05-31 1st wedding held in an aircraft (over Houston, Texas)

HeartWedding of Interest

1938-04-10 NFL quarterback Sammy Baugh (24) weds his college sweetheart Edmonia Smith in Sweetwater, Texas

American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh

HeartWedding of Interest

1949-01-28 NFL coach Tom Landry (24) weds Alicia Wiggs at St John the Divine Church in Houston, Texas

NFL Head Coach Tom Landry
NFL Head Coach
Tom Landry

HeartWedding of Interest

1961-10-14 Author Anne Rice (20) weds poet/artist Stan Rice (18) in Denton, Texas

Author Anne Rice
Author
Anne Rice

HeartWedding of Interest

1963-10-26 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (30) weds director-producer William Asher (42) in El Paso, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

1974-02-23 US Governor Jeb Bush (21) weds philantropist Columba Bush (20) in Austin, Texas

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush

HeartWedding of Interest

1977-07-08 NFL coach Mike Ditka (37) weds Diana Trantham in Dallas County, Texas

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

HeartWedding of Interest

1977-11-05 43rd US President George W. Bush (31) weds Laura Welch (31) at The First United Methodist Church in Midland, Texas

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush

HeartWedding of Interest

1985-10-09 NBA guard George Gervin (33) weds Joyce King in Bexar County, Texas

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin

HeartWedding of Interest

1991-12-16 NBA center David Robinson (26) weds Valerie Hoggatt at a Baptist church ceremony in San Antonio, Texas

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson

HeartWedding of Interest

1996-08-08 NBA Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (33) weds Dalia Asafi (18) in Houston, Texas

NBA Center Hakeem Olajuwon
NBA Center
Hakeem Olajuwon

HeartWedding of Interest

1998-11-28 Actor and martial arts expert Chuck Norris (58) weds former model Gena O'Kelley (30) at The North Church in Carrolton, Texas

  • 1999-05-01 "Dixie Chicks" singer Emily Erwin (26) weds singer-songwriter Charlie Robison (34) at Lone Star State in Texas
  • 2000-10-14 Asylum recording artist Bryan White (26) weds actress Erika Page at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas
  • 2001-06-09 "Law & Order" actress and model Angie Harmon (28) weds New York Giant NFL player Jason Sehorn (30) at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas
  • 2002-02-23 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2002-10-26 American singer-songwriter and TV personality Jessica Simpson (22) weds singer-songwriter Nick Lachey (28) at Riverbend Church in Austin, Texas

Pop Star Jessica Simpson
Pop Star
Jessica Simpson
  • 2004-02-27 Singer-actress Solange Knowles (18) weds Texas Southern University football player Daniel Smith at Old Bahama Bay Resort in Grand Bahama Island
  • 2005-09-26 Country music singer-songwriter Billy Joe Shaver (66) weds Wanda Lynn Canady in Corsicana, Texas
  • 2006-01-28 Jessica McClure (18), who at 18 months fell into an abandoned well weds Daniel Morales (32) in the Greenwood Church of Christ near Midland
  • 2006-11-04 1996 summer Olympics gold medalist gymnast Dominique Moceanu (25) weds podiatrist Dr. Michael Canales (29) in Houston, Texas
  • 2006-12-17 Contemporary Christian and Latin pop singer Jaci Velasquez (27) weds "Salvador" lead singer Nic Gonzalez in Austin, Texas
  • 2007-08-25 Dallas Stars hockey player Mike Modano (37) weds "Dancing with the Stars" season 3 alumna Willa Ford (26) in Athens, Texas
  • 2007-09-22 "Desperate Housewives" actor Ricardo Chavira (36) weds longtime girlfriend Marcea Dietzel in San Antonio, Texas
  • 2008-05-10 President George W. Bush's daughter Jenna Bush (26) weds Henry Hager (30) at the Bush family ranch in Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-04-17 World's no. 1 professional tennis player Andy Roddick (29) weds fashion model and actress Brooklyn Decker (25) in Austin, Texas

Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick
Tennis Player and U.S. Open Champion
Andy Roddick
  • 2010-01-02 "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-05-15 Actress and model Danneel Harris (33) weds actor Jensen Ackles (34) at the Rosewood Crescent Court Hotel in Dallas, Texas

  • 2010-06-26 Former WWE Diva Michelle McCool (30) weds fellow wrestler "The Undertaker" Mark Calaway (45) in Houston, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2010-11-27 US Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell (25) weds Melanie Juneau in Texas

Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell
Navy SEAL
Marcus Luttrell
  • 2011-05-14 Country singer Blake Shelton (34) weds singer Miranda Lambert (27) at Don Strange Ranch in Boerne, Texas
  • 2011-05-28 Former American beauty queen Candice Crawford (24) weds Dallas Cowboys football quarterback Tony Romo (31) at Arlington Hall in Dallas, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2012-06-09 Actor Matthew McConaughey (42) weds model Camilla Alves (30) in Austin, Texas

  • 2012-11-03 Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson (24) weds Mark Caldwell (27) at the Main Street Garden Park in Dallas, Texas
  • 2013-04-20 "Hart of Dixie" actor Scott Porter (33) weds Kelsey Mayfield in Austin, Texas
  • 2013-06-15 "Hart of Dixie" actor Cress Williams (42) weds girlfriend Kristen Torrianni in Texas
  • 2014-12-12 E! news anchor Jason Kennedy (33) weds fashion journalist and blogger Lauren Scruggs (26) at the Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, Texas
  • 2015-03-21 Country music star Randy Travis (55) weds longtime girlfriend Mary Davis in Texas
  • 2015-10-10 "True Detective" actress Leven Rambin (25) weds True Blood star Jim Parrack (35) in Austin, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • 1836-03-27 James Fannin, Texas revolutionary (b. 1804)

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1836-12-27 Stephen Fuller Austin, founder of the US State of Texas, dies at 43

Founder of Texas Stephen F. Austin
Founder of Texas
Stephen F. Austin

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1841-10-06 George Childress, American lawyer and statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), commits suicide at 37

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • 1853-08-23 Alexander Calder, first mayor of Beaumont, Texas (b. 1806)
  • 1858-01-09 Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas (suicide) (b. 1798)

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1863-07-26 Sam Houston, 1st President of Republic of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44) who helped bring Texas into the United States as a constituent state, dies at 70

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1880-05-04 Edward Clark, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • 1880-06-28 Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy (b. 1846)
  • 1885-10-23 Charles S. West, Texas jurist and politician (b. 1829)
  • 1905-06-22 Francis Lubbock, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • 1913-05-01 John Barclay Armstrong, Texas Ranger and U.S. Marshal (b. 1850)
  • 1918-08-01 John Riley Banister, American cowboy and Texas Ranger (b. 1854)
  • 1933-11-05 Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)
  • 1956-10-02 George Bancroft, actor (Texas, Stagecoach, Little Men), dies at 74

MurderAssassination

1963-11-22 John F. Kennedy, 35th president of the United States (1961-63), assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas at 46

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy
  • 1966-08-01 Charles Whitman, former marine, kills 16 at U of Texas, shot by cops
  • 1969-11-28 Roy Barcroft, actor (Eyes of Texas, Son of Zorro), dies at 67

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1973-01-22 Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President (Democrat: 1963-69), dies at his Texas ranch at 64

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1975-09-24 Earle Cabell, Texas politician (b. 1906)
  • 1975-11-04 Sheila Ryan, actress(Song of Texas, Great Guns), dies at 54
  • 1982-12-07 Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas

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1984-07-26 Ed "Psycho" Gein, mass murderer ("Psycho" & "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" based on him), dies at 78

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein
  • 1988-08-25 Price Daniel, (Gov/Sen-D-Texas), dies at 77
  • 1991-01-19 Don Beddoe, actor (Bullwhip, Loophole, Texas), dies at 87
  • 1992-04-22 Billy Wayne White, murderer, executed in Texas at 34
  • 1993-06-15 John Connally, (Gov-D/R-Texas), dies at 76
  • 1993-06-16 John B Connally, gov of Texas/shot with JFK in 1963, dies at 76
  • 2003-10-18 Preston Smith, Governor of Texas (b. 1912)
  • 2004-01-17 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • 2006-09-01 Nellie Connally, wife of Texas governor John Connally (b. 1919)
  • 2006-09-13 Ann Richards, 46th Governor of Texas (b. 1933)
  • 2011-05-29 Bill Clements, Governor of Texas (b. 1917)
  • 2015-05-06 Jim [James] Wright, American politician (D-Texas) (Speaker of the House 1987-1989), dies at 92
  • 2015-11-07 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), dies of cancer at 68
  • 2017-03-13 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), dies at 89