Texas in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 230 of 230

  • 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.
  • 2007-01-24 55th NHL All-Star Game: West beats East 12-9 at Dallas, Texas
  • 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.
  • 2008-04-04 Raid on Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints owned YFZ Ranch in Texas; 401 children and 133 women taken into state custody
  • 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.
  • 2010-02-14 59th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 141-139 at Arlington, Texas

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2010-11-16 In University Park, Texas, the groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center takes place

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 2012-11-22 2 people are killed and 120 injured after a 100-vehicle pile-up in dense fog in Texas
  • 2012-12-10 78th Heisman Trophy Award: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (QB) (first freshman to win the award)
  • 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
  • 2014-09-30 A case of Ebola Virus reaches Dallas, Texas
  • 2015-05-17 Gun fight between rival biker gangs and police in Waco Texas leave 9 death and 18 injured. 170 later arrested for organised crime
  • 2015-07-13 Sandra Bland is found dead in Waller County jail, Texas after spending weekend in jail after a traffic offence. Her family disputes her supposed suicide
  • 2015-09-11 Ex-Governor of Texas, Rick Perry becomes the first candidate to drop out of race for the Republican nomination
  • 2016-02-02 First case of Zika contracted on US mainland (Texas) and second known sexually transmitted case confirmed in Texas

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2016-02-21 Lock of John Lennon's hair sells for $35,000 at an auction in Dallas, Texas

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • 2016-02-25 Tenth Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by CNN, held in Houston, Texas
  • 2016-06-27 US Supreme Court strikes down Texas law restricting abortion 5-3
  • 2016-07-09 In Dallas Texas, lone gunman shots and kills five police officers, wounding others during a protest march against fatal police shootings of African Americans
  • 2016-07-30 Air balloon crashes into power lines near Lockhart, Texas, killing all 16 on board

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 450

  • 1943-04-02 Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1943-04-06 Susan Tolsky, actress (Madame's Place, Here Comes the Brides), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1943-04-29 Duane Allen, Taylortown Texas, country singer (Oak Ridge Boys-Elvira)

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1943-07-16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • 1943-07-22 Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator from Texas
  • 1943-09-03 Valerie Perrine, American actress and model (Steam Bath, Superman, Lenny), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1943-09-19 Joe Morgan, Bonham, Texas, American MLB 2nd baseman (Reds)/commentator (ESPN)
  • 1943-10-07 Oliver North, US colonel (Irangate), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1943-11-30 Jerry Hunt, American composer, born in Waco, Texas (d. 1993)
  • 1943-12-03 Valerie Perrine, actress (Slaughterhouse 5), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1943-12-18 Bobby Keys, American saxophonist, born in Slaton, Texas (d. 2014)
  • 1944-03-07 Townes Van Zandt, Texas, singer/songwriter (Kathleen, Loretta), (d. 1997)
  • 1944-06-08 Boz Scaggs, [William Royce], rocker (Steve Miller Band), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1944-07-22 Guich Koock, actor (Harley Puckett-Carter Country), born in Austin, Texas
  • 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)

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1944-09-12 Barry White, singer (Love's Theme), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2003)

Singer Barry White
Barry White
  • 1944-11-26 Jean Terrell, Texas, rocker (Supremes)
  • 1944-12-11 Lynda Day George, American actress (Casey-Mission Impossible), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1945-01-03 Stephen Stills, songwriter/guitarist (Cosby Stills & Nash), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-03-14 Michael Martin Murphey, country singer (Wildfire), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1945-05-30 Meredith MacRae, actress (Petticoat Junction, My 3 Sons), born in Houston, Texas

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1945-08-14 Steve Martin, American comedian and actor (Parenthood, Jerk, Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • 1945-10-02 Frank Tejeda, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1945-10-09 Jeannie C Riley, Texas, singer (Harper Valley PTA, Hee Haw)
  • 1945-10-12 Dusty Rhodes [Virgil Riley Runnels Jr.], American professional wrestler (WWE), born in Austin, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1945-10-26 Jaclyn Smith, American actress (Charlie's Angels, The Bourne Identity), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1945-11-16 Steve Railsback, American actor (The Stunt Man, Escape 2000), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1946-03-04 Ralph Kirshbaum, cellist (RNCM Manchester Intl Festival), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1946-04-01 William Frederick Fisher, MD/astronaut (STS 51-I), born in Dallas, Texas

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1946-07-06 George W. Bush Jr, 43rd President of the United States (2001-09) and 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) (R-TX), born in New Haven, Connecticut

43rd US President George W. Bush
43rd US President
George W. Bush
  • 1946-08-14 Larry Graham Jr, bass guitar player (Graham Central Station, Sly and the Family Stone), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1946-08-15 Kathryn Jean Whitmire, (4 time Mayor-Houston), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1946-09-02 Billy Preston, American soul musician/singer and pianist, 5th Beatle (David Brenner Show), born in Houston, Texas

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1947-01-31 Nolan Ryan, Refugio Texas, MLB pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

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1947-02-02 Farrah Fawcett, Texas, actress (Charley's Angels, Burning Bed)

  • 1947-03-04 Gunnar Hansen, Icelandic-born American actor (Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), born in Reykjavík (d. 2015)
  • 1947-04-08 Tom DeLay, Laredo, Texas, American politician (Rep-R-Texas, 1985-2006)
  • 1947-04-08 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music (Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1947-07-01 Marc Benno, American musician (Rock 'n' Roll Me Again), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1947-07-21 Wendell Burton, actor (Lucas-New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1947-10-04 James Fielder, rocker (Blood Sweat & Tears), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1947-10-17 Gene Green, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1947-11-12 J. C. [John Charles] Crowley, American musician, born in Houston, 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)
  • 1948-06-19 Phylicia Rashad, American actress and singer (The Cosby Show, One Life to Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-07-12 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], Kermit, Texas, American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown)
  • 1948-12-06 JoBeth Williams, actress (Kramer vs Kramer, Poltergeist), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1948-12-07 Gary Morris, country singer/actor (Colbys), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1948-12-25 Barbara Mandrell, singer/TV host (Mandrell Sisters), born in Houston, Texas

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1949-01-10 George Foreman, Marshall Texas, American World Heavyweight boxing champ (1973-74, 95)

Boxing Champ George Foreman
Boxing Champ
George Foreman
  • 1949-01-10 Teresa Graves, actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949-02-02 Brent Spiner, American actor (Data-Star Trek the Next Generation), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1949-06-11 Frank Beard, Frankston Texas, US country rock drummer (ZZ Top)
  • 1949-06-25 Phyllis George-Brown, Miss America (1971)/sportscaster (CBS), born in Denton, Texas

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1949-07-07 Shelley Duvall, actress (Popeye, Faery Tale Theater), born in Houston, Texas

  • 1949-09-15 Joe Barton, Waco Texas, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives since 1985)
  • 1949-11-25 Rita Jenrette, wife of Rep John Jenrette (D-SC), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1949-12-02 Ron Raines, Teax City, Texas, actor (Guiding Light)
  • 1949-12-16 Billy Gibbons, jazz/rock guitarist (Moving Sidewalks, ZZ Top), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-01-16 Debbie Allen, dancer/actress (3 Girls 3, Lydia-Fame), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-01-23 Richard Gilliland, actor (Jonesy-Waltons, Tom-Heartland), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1950-02-03 Morgan Fairchild, [Patsy McClenny], actress (Falcon Crest), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1950-03-04 Rick Perry, American politician, Governor of Texas (R) (2000-2015), born in Paint Creek, Texas
  • 1950-04-09 Kenneth D Cockrell, Astronaut (STS 56, 69, 80), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1950-08-07 Rodney Crowell, country singer (She's Crazy for Leavin'), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1950-10-01 Randy Quaid, actor (Midnight Express, Vacation, Saturday Night Live), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1951-05-03 Christopher Cross, [Geppert], Texas, singer (Sailing, Arthur's Theme)
  • 1951-05-03 Chris Cross, American singer-songwriter ("Arthur's Theme"), born in San Antonio, Texas

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1951-06-13 Mike Weaver, American WBA World Heavyweight Champion, born in Gatesville, Texas

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver
  • 1951-09-04 Judith Ivey, actress (Lady in Red, Hello Again), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1951-09-08 Randy T Odle, Port Arthur Texas, astronaut
  • 1951-11-24 Chet Edwards, (Rep-D-Texas)
  • 1951-12-28 Ken Pope, American NFL player, born Galverton, Texas
  • 1952-02-27 Dwight Elmo Jones, basketball player (Olymp-silver-1972), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952-04-01 Annette O'Toole, actress (Cat People, Superman III), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1952-05-18 George Strait, Pearsall Tx, country singer (All My Exes Live in Texas)
  • 1952-08-18 Patrick Swayze, actor/dancer (Dirty Dancing, Ghost), born in Houston, Texas

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1953-02-11 [John Ellis] Jeb Bush, American politician (Governor of Florida (R) 1999-2007), born in Midland, Texas

US Governor Jeb Bush
US Governor
Jeb Bush
  • 1953-04-16 Jay O Sanders, actor (Meeting Venus, V I Warshawski), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1953-11-03 Kate Capshaw [Nail], American actress (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1953-11-13 Tracy Scoggins, actress (Colbys, Gumshoe Kid), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1953-12-06 Gina Hecht, actress (Melanie-Hizzoner, Mork & Mindy), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1954-04-09 Dennis Quaid, actor (Big Easy, Dreamscape, Right Stuff), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1954-04-10 Peter MacNicol, actor (Chicago Hope, Sophie's Choice), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1954-06-16 Jeffrey S Ashby, astronaut (sk: STS 85), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1954-09-06 Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and political (R) candidate, born in Austin, Texas

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1954-10-03 Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood), born in Dallas, Texas

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 1954-11-06 Catherine Crier, American journalist and author (The Case Against Lawyers, A Deadly Game), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1954-12-02 Danielle Alexander, country music pianist, born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1955-01-17 Steve Earle, country singer (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955-05-10 Mark David Chapman, Forth Work Texas, assassin (John Lennon)
  • 1955-05-17 Bill Paxton, actor (True Lies, Big Love), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1955-08-17 Janet Quist playmate (Dec, 1978), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1955-10-25 Danny Darwin, Bonham Texas, pitcher (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • 1956-01-21 Robby Benson, American actor (One on One, Running Brave, Chosen), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1956-05-27 Lisa Niemi, actress (Dirty Dancing, Will Rodgers Follies), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1956-06-01 Lisa Hartman Black, singer/actress (Tabitha, Knots Landing), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1956-06-26 Bernard A Harris Jr, Temple Texas, MD/Astronaut (STS 55, 63)

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