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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Frontiersman/Soldier Davy Crockett
Frontiersman/Soldier
Davy Crockett

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1836-03-05 Samuel Colt manufactures first 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1837-03-03 US President Andrew Jackson and Congress recognize the 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 begins the Siege of Fort Texas near Brownsville, Texas, during the Mexican-American War
  • 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
  • 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 is 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, fought in Texas, Union victory (US Civil War)
  • 1861-05-16 Major General Twiggs surrenders to Confederate Army in San Antonio, Texas (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
  • 1865-05-26 Battle of Galveston Texas, surrender of Edmund Kirby Smith
  • 1865-06-19 Union General Granger declares slaves are free in Texas

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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 at Spindletop, Beaumont, marking the start of the Texas oil boom (gusher age)
  • 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)
  • 1905-04-29 2" rain falls in 10 mins in Taylor, 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
  • 1917-01-16 "Zimmermann Telegram" is sent from Germany to Mexico, stating in the event of the US entering World War I on the allied side, Mexico would be given Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Intercepted by British intelligence and partially deciphered by the next day. It's release in March shifts US public opinion in favor of war against Germany.
  • 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 and 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 US elected woman governor (of Texas)
  • 1925-01-08 1st all-female US state supreme court appointed, Texas
  • 1925-01-10 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson sworn in as Governor of Texasr, 2nd US woman governor, 1st ever elected
  • 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
  • 1932-01-26 KUT-AM in Austin Texas changes call letters to KNOW
  • 1933-02-08 -23°F (-31°C), Seminole, Texas (state record)
  • 1934-03-05 Mother-in-law's day 1st celebrated (Amarillo, Texas)

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
  • 1934-04-18 1st "Washateria" (laundromat) opens (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • 1936-08-12 120°F (49°C), Seymour, Texas (state record)
  • 1937-03-18 Gas explosion in school in New London, Texas: 294 die
  • 1937-03-26 Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye
  • 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
  • 1941-01-21 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, Texas
  • 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

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 759

  • 1788-04-14 David G. Burnet, interim president of the Republic of Texas (d. 1870)

Person of interestSam Houston

1793-03-02 Sam Houston, American born 1st President of Republic of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44) who helped bring Texas into the United States as a constituent state, born in Rockbridge County, Virginia (d. 1863)

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston

Person of interestStephen F. Austin

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
  • 1796-04-10 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), born in Logan, Kentucky (d. 1836)
  • 1798-01-20 Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (d. 1858)

Person of interestGeorge Childress

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, American jurist and politician, born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 1885)
  • 1839-03-09 Felix Huston Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas (d. 1928)
  • 1846-07-26 Texas Jack Omohundro, American frontier scout, actor, and cowboy, born in Palmyra, Virginia (d. 1880)

Person of interestScott Joplin

1868-11-24 Scott Joplin, American ragtime entertainer and composer (Maple Leaf Rag, 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)
  • 1871-08-31 James E. Ferguson, American Democratic politician and Texan Governor (1915-17), born in Salado, Texas (d. 1944)
  • 1871-12-05 Bill Pickett, American cowboy and rodeo performer who invented bulldogging, born in Jenks-Branch, Texas (d. 1932)
  • 1875-06-13 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson, US politician, 1st US elected woman governor, Governor of Texas (1925-27, 1933-35), born in Bell County, Texas (d. 1961)
  • 1878-03-31 Jack Johnson,1st African American heavyweight boxing champ (1908-1915), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1946)
  • 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, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, born in Mineola, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1884-01-12 Texas Guinan, American actress (The Gun Woman), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1933)
  • 1884-04-17 Leo Frank, American convict (murder of a 13-year-old employee), born in Cuero, Texas (d. 1915)

Person of interestChester Nimitz

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
  • 1886-04-03 Dooley Wilson [Arthur Wilson], American musician and actor (Beulah, Casablanca), born in Tyler, Texas (d. 1953)
  • 1888-03-17 Frank Buck, American actor (Africa Screams, Tiger Queen, Tiger Fangs), born in Gainesville, Texas (d. 1950)
  • 1888-04-15 Florence Bates, American actress (Moon & Sixpence, Love Crazy, San Antonio), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1954)
  • 1889-02-17 H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil multi-millionaire
  • 1890-05-11 Woodall Rodgers, mayor of Dallas, Texas (d. 1961)

Person of interestDwight D. Eisenhower

1890-10-14 Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President (R, 1953-61) and WWII general, born in Denison, Texas (d. 1969)

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)
  • 1893-09-06 Claire Chennault, American military leader, born in Commerce, Texas (d. 1958)
  • 1893-09-24 Lemon Henry "Blind Lemon" Jefferson, American blues singer and guitarist, born in Coutchman, Texas (d. 1929)
  • 1894-02-08 King Vidor, American film director (War & Peace, Stella Dallas), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1894-11-21 Corinne Griffith, American actress dubbed "The Orchid Lady of the Screen" (3 Hours, Lilies of Field), born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1895-04-09 Mance Lipscomb, American blues musician (Shine On, Harvest Moon), born in Navasota, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1895-07-21 Ken Maynard, American stuntman and actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), born in Vevay, Indiana (d. 1973)
  • 1895-07-23 Florence Vidor, American actress (Jack Knife Man), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1895-08-16 Lucien Littlefield, American actor (Blondie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • 1895-10-28 John Boles, American singer and actor (Babes in Baghdad), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1895-11-29 Yakima Canutt [Enos Edward], American rodeo cowboy, actor and director (Texas Terror), born in Colfax, Washington (d. 1986)
  • 1896-09-13 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), born in Waxahachie, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1896-10-01 Ted Healy [Ernest Lee Nash], American actor and comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), born in Kaufman, Texas (d. 1937)
  • 1897-11-17 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1898-03-13 Josie Sedgwick, American actress (The Best Man, Queen of the Round-Up), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1973)
  • 1898-09-10 Bessie Love, American actress (Broadway Melody, Children of Damned), born in Midland, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1899-04-26 Guinn "Big Boy" Williams, American actor (Hoedown, Country Fair, Blackmail), born in Decatur, Texas (d. 1962)
  • 1899-06-22 Dorothy Devore, American actress (Narrow Street, Senior Daredevil), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1976)
  • 1899-06-30 Madge Bellamy [Margaret Derden Philpott], American actress (White Zombie, The Iron Horse), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 1990)
  • 1899-12-21 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), born in Whitewright, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 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, American actor (Hell's Angels, Four Sons), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1940)
  • 1901-01-14 Bebe Daniels, American actress (42nd Street, Lonesome Luke), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1971)
  • 1901-03-21 Carmelita Geraghty, American actress (My Best Girl, Texas Ranger), born in Rushville, Indiana (d. 1966)
  • 1901-04-09 Sharon Lynn, American actress (Way Out West, Big Broadcast), born in Weatherford, Texas (d. 1963)
  • 1902-01-16 Evelyn Danzig [Levine], American composer (Scarlet Ribbons), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1902-07-18 Chill Wills, American singer and actor (Fronteir Circus, Rounders), born in Seagoville Texas (d. 1978)
  • 1902-08-07 Ann Harding, American actress (East is West, Janie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1902-10-17 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 1973)
  • 1903-06-08 Ralph Webster Yarborough, American politician, U.S. Senator from Texas (1957-71), born in Chandler, Texas (d. 1996)

Person of interestClaudette Colbert

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

  • 1904-07-04 Seger Pillot Ellis, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1905-01-25 Julia Smith, American composer, pianist, and author on musicology (Aaron Copland), born in Denton, Texas (d. 1989)

Person of interestJoan Crawford

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
  • 1905-08-20 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1964)

Person of interestHoward Hughes

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)
  • 1906-03-06 Bob Wills [James Robert Wills], American actor (Lone Prairie, Tornado in the Saddle), born in Limestone County, Texas (d. 1975)

Person of interestEd Gein

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
  • 1906-10-27 Earle Cabell, American politician, 48th Mayor of Dallas (1961-64), born in Dallas County, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1907-01-22 Douglas Corrigan, American pilot, born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1907-03-27 Claude Stroud, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Ted Knight Show, Duke), born in Kaufman, Texas (d. 1985)
  • 1907-04-12 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (Little Toot), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1979)
  • 1907-07-04 Elliott Sullivan, American actor (The Persuaders!, Fury Below, Sergeant), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1907-08-03 Adrienne Ames, American actress (Death Kiss, Panama Patrol), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 1947)
  • 1907-09-17 Helen Vinson, American actress (Transatlantic Tunnel, In Name Only), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1907-09-29 Orvon Grover "Gene" Autry, American cowpoke, singer, actor (The Gene Autry Show), and business tycoon (California Angels), born in Near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1908-08-20 Kingsley Davis, American sociologist and demographer (coined the term "population explosion"), born in Tuxedo, Texas (d. 1997)

Person of interestLyndon B. Johnson

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)
  • 1908-12-20 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1999)

Person of interestClyde Barrow

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
  • 1909-03-29 Aubrey "Moon" Mullican, American hillbilly pianist (7 Nights of Rock), born in Polk County, Texas (d. 1967)
  • 1909-07-16 Teddy [John Edward] Buckner, American trumpeter (Dixieland music), born in Sherman, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1909-12-28 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas

Person of interestT-Bone Walker

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)

Person of interestBonnie Parker

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, American politician (38th Governor of Texas), born in Dayton, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1911-06-07 Silas Roy Crain, American singer, Founder of Soul Stirrers Gospel Quartet, born in Augustine, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1911-06-25 Reed Hadley, American actor (Zorro's Fighting Legion, Racket Squad, Shock, Grand Canyon), born in Petrolia, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1911-06-26 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA majors, Olympic gold medals 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1956)
  • 1911-07-28 Ann Doran, American actress (Longstreet, Shirley, Rebel Without a Cause), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2000)
  • 1912-01-11 Donald "Red" Barry, American actor (Adventures of Red Ryder, Jesse James' Women), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1912-01-11 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1961)
  • 1912-03-08 Preston Smith, 40th Governor of Texas, born in Williamson County, Texas (d. 2003)

Person of interestLightnin Hopkins

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
  • 1912-04-10 Roy Hofheinz, American judge and engineer (Houston Astrodome), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1912-05-13 Helen Craig, American actress (Snake Pit, They Live by Night), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1912-05-31 Dave O'Brien [Fronabarger], American actor and writer (Reefer Madness, Kiss Me Kate, 1st Aid), born in Big Spring, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1912-06-12 Russell "Lucky" Hayden [Pate Lucid], American actor (Judge Roy Bean, Three Men from Texas), born in Chico, California (d. 1981)

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 Olympic 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
  • 2017-04-29 Actress Carlson Young weds Foster the People member and producer Isom Innis in Fort Worth, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • 1836-03-06 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), dies at 39
  • 1836-03-27 James Fannin, Texas revolutionary (b. 1804)

Person of interestStephen F. Austin

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

Person of interestGeorge Childress

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 commits suicide at 59

Person of interestSam Houston

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, dies at 33
  • 1885-10-23 Charles S. West, American jurist and politician, dies at 56
  • 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 law officer and cowboy, dies at 64
  • 1933-11-05 Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)
  • 1956-10-02 George Bancroft, American actor (Texas, Stagecoach, Little Men), dies at 74
  • 1961-06-25 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson, US politician, 1st US elected women governor, Governor of Texas (1925-27, 1933-35), dies at 86

Person of interestJohn F. Kennedy

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 [Howard Ravenscroft], American actor (Oklahoma!, Freckles), dies at 67
  • 1971-07-15 Guy Wilkerson, American actor (Dead or Alive, West of Texas, Shootin' Iron), dies of cancer at 71

Person of interestLyndon B. Johnson

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
  • 1974-11-25 Rosemary Lane, American actress (An Angel from Texas, 4 Mothers, Harvest Melody), dies from diabetes and pulmonary obstruction at 61
  • 1975-08-19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • 1975-09-24 Earle Cabell, American politician, 48th Mayor of Dallas (1961-64), dies at 68
  • 1975-11-04 Sheila Ryan, American actress (Song of Texas, Great Guns), dies at 54
  • 1981-06-09 Russell "Lucky" Hayden [Pate Lucid], American actor (Judge Roy Bean, Three Men from Texas), dies from pneumonia at 68
  • 1982-12-07 Charlie Brooks Jr, convicted murderer became 1st US prisoner to be executed by lethal injection, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas

Person of interestEd Gein

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
  • 1986-05-24 Yakima Canutt [Enos Edward], American rodeo cowboy, actor and director(Texas Terror), dies at 90
  • 1988-08-25 Price Daniel, American politician (38th Governor of Texas), dies at 77

Person of interestStevie Ray Vaughan

1990-08-27 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American guitarist (Sky is Crying, Texas Flood), dies in a helicopter crash at 35

Musician, Singer and Songwriter Stevie Ray Vaughan
Musician, Singer and Songwriter
Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • 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 Jr, American politician, 39th Governor of Texas, and federal treasurer who was critically wounded during the assassination of Kennedy, dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 76
  • 1996-01-27 Ralph Webster Yarborough, American politician, U.S. Senator from Texas (1957-71), dies at 92
  • 1999-11-18 Doug Sahm, American country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero), dies at 58
  • 2000-11-28 Henry B. González, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (1961-99), dies at 84
  • 2003-10-18 Preston Smith, 40th Governor of Texas, dies at 91
  • 2003-11-20 James "Jim" Siedow, American actor (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), dies from emphysema at 83
  • 2004-01-17 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • 2005-06-18 J.J. Pickle, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1963-95), dies at 91
  • 2006-09-01 Nellie Connally, wife of Texas governor John Connally (b. 1919)
  • 2006-09-13 Ann Richards, 46th Governor of Texas (b. 1933)
  • 2010-06-27 Dolph Briscoe, American businessman and 41st Governor of Texas (1973-79), dies at 87
  • 2011-05-29 Bill Clements, American politician, Governor of Texas (1987-91), dies at 94
  • 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
  • 2017-08-05 Mark White, American politician, lawyer, and 43rd Governor of Texas (1983-7), dies at 77