Texas in History

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 293

  • 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.

New Settlement

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

Historic Event

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

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

Election of Interest

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

Historic Event

1837-03-03 US President Andrew Jackson and Congress recognize the Republic of Texas

  • 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.

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Texas: 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

Juneteenth

1865-06-19 Union General Gordon Granger declares slaves are free in Texas, now the date the end of slavery is celebrated across the US as Juneteenth

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 1891-05-19 Rice Institute, which became Rice University in Houston, Texas, is chartered
  • 1891-09-03 Cotton pickers organize union & stage strike in Texas
  • 1895-08-19 American frontier murderer and outlaw, John Wesley Hardin is shot and killed by John Selman Sr. 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 million 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)
  • 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

Historic Event

1906-08-13 Black soldiers accused of raid Brownsville, Texas; despite support from local commanding officers, President Theodore Roosevelt orders dishonorable discharge for 167 soldiers; all were cleared of wrongdoing in 1972, 165 posthumously

  • 1915-08-17 Hurricane makes landfall near Galveston, Texas killing 275, and causing $50M 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, Gregg County, 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' play "Texas Nightingale" premieres in NYC
  • 1923-01-04 1st broadcast of "Barn Dance Show" (WBAP - Fort Worth Texas)
  • 1924-11-04 Miriam (Ma) Ferguson one of the first two women elected US governor (of Texas) [See also Nellie Tayloe Ross, of Wyoming]
  • 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

PGA Championship

1927-11-05 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Cedar Crest CC: Defending champion Walter Hagen beats Joe Turnesa 1-up to win his 4th straight PGA title

  • 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)

Murder 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

  • 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
  • 1943-06-15 Race riot in Beaumont, Texas erupts killing 2
  • 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 Fire aboard French-flagged cargo ship SS Grandchamp, docked at Port of Texas City, Texas and loaded with 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate causes massive explosion and spreads to nearby ships and oil facilities; deadliest industrial accident in US history kills 581, including all but one member of the city's fire departments
  • 1948-09-28 WBAP-TV, (NBC affiliate) Fort Worth Texas, begins broadcasting
  • 1949-03-02 Lucky Lady II (USAF B-50 Superfortress), completes 1st nonstop round- the-world flight at Fort Worth, Texas, covering 23,452-mis in 94 hrs

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 1,020

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

Sam 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)

Stephen F. Austin

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

  • 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)

George Childress

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

  • 1815-10-16 Francis Lubbock, Governor of Texas (d. 1905)
  • 1816-04-21 Louis Wigfall, American politician (Confederate States Senator from Texas 1862-85), born in Edgefield, South Carolina (d. 1874)
  • 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)
  • 1858-10-15 Frank Valentine der Stucken, American-Belgian composer, born in Fredericksburg, Texas (d. 1929)
  • 1868-11-22 John Nance Garner, American Democratic politician & lawyer (32nd Vice President of the U.S.), born in Red River County, Texas (d. 1967)

Scott Joplin

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

  • 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 rodeo performer (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)

Jack Johnson

1878-03-31 Jack Johnson, American boxer (1st African-American world heavyweight champion 1908-15), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1946) [1]

  • 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 (Mary Louise) "Texas" Guinan, American vaudeville singer, silent film actress, and speakeasy (saloon) proprietor, 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)

Chester Nimitz

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

  • 1886-04-03 (Arthur) "Dooley" Wilson, American piano player, singer, and actor (Casablanca; Stormy Weather; Beulah), 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)
  • 1888-09-26 J. Frank Dobie, American folklorist and newspaper columnist, born in Live Oak County, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1889-02-17 H[aroldson] L Hunt, Texas oil tycoon (East Texas Oil Field), born near Ramsey, Illinois (d. 1974)
  • 1891-10-28 Ormer Locklear, American movie stunt pilot (The Great Air Robbery), born in Greenville, Texas (d. 1920)
  • 1892-11-07 Edward Sedgwick, American film director (The Flaming Frontier, Let 'er Buck), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1953)
  • 1892-12-15 David Guion, American composer (Home on the Range), born in Ballinger, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1893-09-06 Claire Chennault, American aviator and military leader (Flying Tigers), born in Commerce, Texas (d. 1958)
  • 1893-09-24 "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 Beau De Glen "Mance" Lipscomb, American blues singer and guitarist ("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 Nash], American vaudeville, stage, and screen actor, comedian (Mad Love, San Francisco, Soup to Nuts), and developer of the Three Stoogesborn in Kaufman, Texas (d. 1937)
  • 1897-11-17 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1898-01-15 Dutch Meyer, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (National C'ship 1935, 38; TCU), born in Ellinger, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 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)

Wiley Post

1898-11-22 Wiley Post, American aviator (1st solo flight around the world), born in Corinth, Van Zandt County, Texas (d. 1935)

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 1900-11-05 Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in Colorado City, Texas (d. 1972)
  • 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 songwriter ("Scarlet Ribbons"), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1996)
  • 1902-07-18 (Theodore Childress) "Chill" Wills, American pop baritone singer (Avalon Boys), and actor (The Alamo; 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 [Noblitt], American actress (Beverly Hillbillies - "Granny"; Pippin), 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)

Claudette Colbert

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

  • 1903-10-05 M. King Hubbert, American geologist and geophysicist, born in San Saba, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1903-11-01 Don Robey, American record label executive (Peacock; Duke) and record producer, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1975)
  • 1904-07-04 Seger Ellis, American jazz pianist, pop vocalist, songwriter, and bandleader, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1995) [1]
  • 1904-12-08 Wilmer Allison, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1935), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1977)
  • 1905-01-25 Julia Smith, American composer (Prairie Kaleidoscope; Cynthia Parker), pianist (Orchestrette Classique), teacher, and musicologist (Aaron Copland: His Work and Contribution to American Music), born in Denton, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1905-03-06 Bob Wills, American western-swing singer, and bandleader, known as the 'King of Western Swing' (Texas Playboys -"Steel Guitar Rag"), born in Limestone County, Texas (d. 1975)

Joan Crawford

1905-03-23 Joan Crawford [Lucille Le Sueur], American actress (Mildred Pierce), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1977) [year of birth disputed; sources range 1904-08]

  • 1905-08-20 (Weldon Leo) "Jack" Teagarden, American jazz trombonist (Paul Whiteman, 1933-38; Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, 1946-51), singer ("Basin Street Blues"), and bandleader, born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1964)
  • 1905-09-19 Leon Jaworski, American Watergate scandal special prosecutor, born in Waco, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1905-12-05 Bruce Drake, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (University of Oklahoma 1938-55, 200-181), born in The Gentry, Texas (d. 1983)

Howard Hughes

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

  • 1906-01-03 Doc Hayes, American basketball coach (Southern Methodist University 1947-67), born in Krum, Texas (d. 1973)
  • 1906-01-12 (Woodward) "Tex" Ritter, American country singer (5 Star Jubilee, "Wayward Wind"), born in Murvaul, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1906-01-22 Robert E. Howard, American pulp fiction author (Conan the Barbarian), born in Peaster, Texas (d. 1936)

Ed Gein

1906-08-27 Ed Gein, American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin (d. 1984)

  • 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 Gene Autry, American cowboy singer, songwriter, actor, musician, ("Back In The Saddle Again"; "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer") and business tycoon (owner MLB Angels team, 1961-97), born near Tioga, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1908-03-17 Radie Britain, American composer, born near Silverton, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1908-08-20 Kingsley Davis, American sociologist and demographer (coined the term "population explosion"), born in Tuxedo, Texas (d. 1997)

Lyndon B. Johnson

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

  • 1908-10-05 Joshua Logan, Broadway producer (South Pacific), born in Texarcana, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1908-10-20 Stuart Hamblen, American singer and composer (This Ole House), born in Kellyville, Texas (d. 1989)
  • 1908-12-20 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1999)

Clyde Barrow

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

  • 1909-03-29 Aubrey "Moon" Mullican, American hillbilly pianist, songwriter, and singer ("Seven Nights To Rock"), born in Polk County, Texas (d. 1967)
  • 1909-07-16 (John Edward) "Teddy" Buckner, American dixieland jazz trumpeter, born in Sherman, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1909-12-28 Billy Williams, American singer (Your Show of Shows), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1984)

T-Bone Walker

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


Famous Weddings

Wyatt Earp

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

Albert B. Fall

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

George Marshall

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

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

Sammy Baugh

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

Tom Landry

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

Elizabeth Montgomery

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

Jeb Bush

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

Mike Ditka

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

George W. Bush

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

George Gervin

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

David Robinson

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

Hakeem Olajuwon

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

Chuck Norris

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

LeAnn Rimes

2002-02-23 "Blue" country and pop singer LeAnn Rimes (19) weds backup dancer Dean Sheremet (21) at Perkins Chapel in Dallas, Texas

Jessica Simpson

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

  • 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 Crawford, Texas

Andy Roddick

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

  • 2010-01-02 "American Idol" singer Jason Castro (22) weds Mandy Mayhall near Dallas, Texas

Jensen Ackles

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

Marcus Luttrell

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

Wedding of Interest

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

Matthew McConaughey

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 casting director 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

Randy Travis

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 "Jim" Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), dies during Battle of Alamo at 39
  • 1836-03-27 James Fannin, Texas revolutionary (b. 1804)

George Childress

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

  • 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

Sam 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

  • 1870-12-05 David G. Burnet, interim president of the Republic of Texas, dies at 82
  • 1874-02-18 Louis Wigfall, American politician (Confederate States Senator from Texas 1862-85), dies at 57
  • 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 (Mary Louise) "Texas" Guinan, American vaudeville singer, silent film actress, and speakeasy (saloon) proprietor, dies of amoebic dysentery at 49
  • 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

AssassinationJohn 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

  • 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
  • 1972-11-14 Martin Dies, Jr., American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), dies at 71

Lyndon B. Johnson

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

  • 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
  • 1977-11-18 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), dies from cancer at 60
  • 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

Ed Gein

1984-07-26 Ed Gein, American serial killer who was the inspiration for the films "Psycho" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", dies of lung cancer at 77

  • 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

Stevie Ray Vaughan

1990-08-27 Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist (Texas Flood; "Pride And Joy"; David Bowie - "Let's Dance"), dies in a helicopter crash at 35

  • 1991-01-19 Don Beddoe, actor (Bullwhip, Loophole, Texas), dies at 87
  • 1992-04-22 Billy Wayne White, American 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
  • 1997-01-30 Frank Tejeda, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), dies at 51
  • 1999-11-18 Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet; Texas Tornadoes), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 2000-11-28 Henry B. González, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (1961-99), dies at 84
  • 2000-12-08 Marvin Leath, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 11th district), dies at 69
  • 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, American politician (46th Governor of Texas 1991-95), dies at 73
  • 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
  • 2015-06-17 John David Crow, American College Football Hall of Fame back and tight end (Heisman Trophy 1957, Texas A & M; Pro Bowl 1959, 60, 62, 65; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 79
  • 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
  • 2019-12-17 Hayden Fry, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (SMU 1962-72, North Texas State University 1973-78, University of Iowa 1979-98), dies from cancer at 90