Texas in History (Part 2)

Historical Events

Events 101 - 200 of 244

  • 1951-01-16 World's largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville Texas, to 134th St, New York City)
  • 1952-01-24 1st NFL team in Texas, Dallas Texans formerly NY Yanks
  • 1953-05-11 Tornado kills 114 in Waco Texas ($39M damage)
  • 1953-05-25 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas
  • 1954-10-18 Texas Instruments Inc. announces the first transistor radio.
  • 1955-08-31 KTRE TV channel 9 begins broadcasting in Lufkin, Texas (ABC/NBC affiliate)
  • 1956-04-26 First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas
  • 1956-08-30 White mob prevents enrollment of blacks at Mansfield High School, Texas
  • 1957-06-27 Hurricane Audrey, kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas
  • 1957-11-02 The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history
  • 1957-12-03 23rd Heisman Trophy Award: John Crow, Texas A&M (HB)
  • 1958-08-21 KUT-FM in Austin Texas begins radio transmissions
  • 1959-02-01 Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
  • 1960-08-18 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Richardson, Texas
  • 1961-05-08 1st practical sea water conversion plant-Freeport, Texas
  • 1961-09-11 Hurricane Carla strikes Texas with winds of 175 mph
  • 1963-08-13 US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas

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1963-11-21 US President John F. Kennedy flies to Texas (assassinated the next day)

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

MurderAssassination of John F. Kennedy

1963-11-22 American President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas

  • 1963-12-02 1964 NFL Draft: Dave Parks from Texas Tech first pick by San Francisco 49ers

MurderMurder of Interest

1964-03-14 Dallas, Texas; Jack Ruby sentenced to death for Lee Harvey Oswald's murder

Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald Jack Ruby
Killer of Lee Harvey Oswald
Jack Ruby
  • 1965-11-27 1966 NFL Draft: Tommy Nobis from University of Texas first pick by Atlanta Falcons
  • 1966-08-01 Charles Whitman wounds 31 & kills 16 at University of Texas

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1966-09-15 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, responding to a sniper attack at the University of Texas at Austin, writes a letter to the United States Congress urging the enactment of gun control legislation.

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1967-09-05 -23] Hurricane Beuleah, kills 54 in Caribbean, Mexico & Texas
  • 1967-09-20 Hurricane Beulah hits Texas-Mexican border, kills 38
  • 1968-01-04 Duck hunter accidentally shoots endangered whooping crane in Texas
  • 1968-02-05 KDTV TV channel 39 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1968-04-06 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1969-04-04 Haskell Karp receives the 1st temporary artificial heart, implanted by surgeon Denton Cooley at Texas Heart Institute in Houston
  • 1969-07-30 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1969-08-30 120,000 attend Texas International Pop Festival
  • 1970-03-18 KAEC TV channel 19 in Lufkin, Texas (ABC) suspends broadcasting
  • 1970-07-30 -Aug 5] Hurricane Celia, kills 31 in Cuba, Florida & Texas
  • 1970-09-12 Phyllis Ann George (Texas), 21, crowned 43rd Miss America 1971
  • 1971-08-15 KVRL (now KRIV) TV ch 26 in Houston, Texas (Fox) begins
  • 1971-10-24 Texas Stadium opens-Cowboys beat Patriots 44-21
  • 1972-08-11 "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
  • 1973-08-26 University of Texas (Arlington) is first accredited school to offer belly dancing
  • 1974-09-07 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • 1974-10-01 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
  • 1974-10-30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles
  • 1977-04-11 "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" single released by Waylon Jennings (Billboard Song of the Year 1977)
  • 1977-09-22 Preston Jones' "Texas Trilogy" premieres in NYC
  • 1978-02-14 1st "micro on a chip" patented by Texas Instruments
  • 1978-04-14 WRR-AM in Dallas Texas changes call letters to KAAM
  • 1978-05-02 1978 NFL Draft: Earl Campbell from University of Texas first pick by Houston Oilers
  • 1979-02-24 Highest price ever paid for a pig, $42,500, Stamford, Texas
  • 1979-04-10 Red River Valley Tornado Outbreak: A tornado lands in Wichita Falls, Texas killing 42 people.
  • 1979-07-25 109 cm rainfall at Alvin Texas (state record)
  • 1979-11-01 Tanker Burmah Agate off Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 10.7 m gallons of oil, in US's worst oil spill disaster

  • 1980-08-04 -11] Hurricane Aline, kills 272 in Texas & Caribbean
  • 1981-01-28 Olympic Glory tanker at Galveston Bay, Texas, spills 1 million gallons of oil in a ship collision
  • 1982-03-28 Last AIAW Women's Basketball Championship, Rutgers beat Texas 83-77 in Philadelphia
  • 1982-04-27 1982 NFL Draft: Kenneth Sims from University of Texas first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1982-05-31 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" opens at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC for 63 performances
  • 1982-07-05 Challenger flies to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • 1982-07-15 Columbia flies to Kennedy Space Center via Dyess AFB, Texas
  • 1982-07-24 "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" closes at E O'Neill NYC after 63 performances
  • 1982-11-22 Columbia returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB, Texas
  • 1982-12-07 In Texas, Charles Brooks, Jr. becomes the first person to be executed by lethal injection in the US.
  • 1983-08-17 -19] Hurricane Alicia, kills 17 in Texas
  • 1983-08-18 Hurricane Alicia battered Houston & Galveston, Texas
  • 1983-08-19 Dodgers trade Dave Stewart & Ricky Wright to Texas for Rick Honeycut
  • 1983-09-09 Challenger returns to Kennedy Space Center via Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • 1983-11-12 4 die in a train crash in Marshall Texas
  • 1984-05-23 37th Cannes Film Festival: "Paris, Texas" directed by Wim Wenders wins the Palme d'Or
  • 1985-03-23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • 1985-04-13 Space Shuttle Atlantis ferried to Kennedy Space Center via Ellington AFB, Texas
  • 1985-05-13 Laura Elena Martinez-Herring, 21, (Texas), crowned 34th Miss USA
  • 1985-07-30 Valerie Lowrance, of Texas, 18, crowned America's Junior Miss
  • 1985-11-06 Exploratory well in Ranger, Texas, blows out, spilling 150,000 bbl (24,000 m3) of crude oil
  • 1986-02-24 Texas Air buys Eastern Airlines for $676 million
  • 1986-05-20 Christy Fichtner, 23, (Texas), crowned 35th Miss USA
  • 1987-02-17 Michelle Renee Royer, 21, (Texas), crowned 36th Miss USA
  • 1987-05-22 30 killed in a Texas tornado
  • 1988-03-01 Courtney Gibbs Eplin, 21, (Texas), crowned 37th Miss USA
  • 1988-07-16 San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
  • 1988-09-10 -18] Hurricane Gilbert, kills 300 in Jamaica, Texas & Yucatan
  • 1989-02-28 Gretchen Polhemus, 23, (Texas), crowned 38th Miss USA

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1991-05-01 Texas Ranger Nolan Ryan pitches record 7th no hitter (beats Toronto 3-0)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1991-10-16 George Jo Hennard, 35, kills 23 & himself & wounds 20 in Texas
  • 1993-02-28 Gun battle erupts near Waco, Texas at Branch Davidian compound after FBI attempts a raid
  • 1993-03-01 Authorities near Waco, Texas negotiate with Branch Davidians
  • 1993-04-19 After a 51 day siege by the FBI 76 Branch Davidians die in a fire near Waco Texas (accident, suicide, tear gas are disputed causes)

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

1993-04-21 Action TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger" starring Chuck Norris debuts on CBS

  • 1993-05-29 Texas Ranger Jose Canseco pitches 8th inning in 15-1 loss to Red Sox, he gives up 3 runs on 2 hits & 3 walks, he damages his arm
  • 1993-10-27 Howard Stern's radio show begins broadcasting in El Paso Texas
  • 1994-06-25 111°F (43.9°C) at El Paso Texas
  • 1994-06-26 112°F (44.4°C) at El Paso, Texas
  • 1994-07-03 The deadliest day in Texas traffic history, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Forty six people were killed in crashes.

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1994-10-22 Statue of Sam Houston unveiled in Texas

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1995-02-10 Chelsi Smith, 21, (Texas), crowned 44th Miss USA
  • 1996-08-21 Christie Lee Woods, 18, of Texas, crowned 14th Miss Teen USA
  • 1996-09-28 Troy Davis of Iowa State ran for 378 yards, 3rd highest in college football games (others: Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas & Alabama)

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1996-09-29 Alanis Morissette ends her 1st US tour (Houston Texas)

Singer-Songwriter Alanis Morissette
Singer-Songwriter
Alanis Morissette
  • 1997-05-02 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
  • 1997-05-28 Tornado in Jarrell Texas kills at least 28
  • 1997-10-04 Farm Aid 10 concert in Texas cancelled due to weak ticket sales and moved to Illinois
  • 1998-01-14 Researchers in Dallas, Texas present findings about an enzyme that slows aging and cell death (apoptosis)

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 558

  • 1922-12-22 Jim [James] Wright, (D-Texas), politician (Speaker of House 1987-89), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • 1923-02-02 Liz Smith [Mary Elizabeth], American journalist and gossip columnist known as "The Grand Dame of Dish" (WNBC, NY Daily News), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1923-04-23 Dolph Briscoe, Governor of Texas
  • 1923-05-13 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1984)
  • 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. 1964)
  • 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)
  • 1924-09-18 J. D. Tippit, American police officer murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, born in Texas (d. 1963)
  • 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)
  • 1925-08-16 Fess Parker, actor (Davy Crockett, Old Yeller), born in Fort Worth Texas
  • 1925-09-29 Steve Forrest, Huntsville, Texas, American actor (Ben-Dallas, SWAT), (d. 2013)
  • 1925-10-22 Robert Rauschenberg, American painter (Gloria), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2008)

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1926-05-25 Bill Sharman, American Hall of Fame basketball player (Boston Celtics) born in Abilene, Texas (d. 2013)

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • 1926-07-06 Conrad "Nicky" Hilton Jr., American hotel heir and 1st husband of Elizabeth Taylor, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1969)
  • 1926-12-21 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, actor (Rio Bravo), born in Aguilares Texas
  • 1927-02-25 Dick Jones, American actor (Buffalo Bill Jr), born in Snyder Texas, (d. 2014)
  • 1927-04-01 Amos Milburn, R&B singer and pianist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 1980)
  • 1927-07-23 Elliot McKay See Jr, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1966)
  • 1927-09-22 Eligio [Kika] De La Garza, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1965-97), born in Mercedes, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1927-10-08 Al Duncan, blues drummer, born in McKinney, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1928-08-29 Thomas Stewart, San Saba Texas, baritone (La Roche Capriccio)
  • 1928-11-11 Ernestine Anderson, jazz vocalist, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1928-12-10 Dan Blocker, De Kalb Texas, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza)
  • 1928-12-31 Amarillo Slim [Thomas Preston], Amarillo Texas, hall of fame professional poker player (1971 World Series main event), (d. 2012)
  • 1929-03-07 Yvonne Chouteau, Native American dancer (one of the "five Moons" of Oklahoma), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1929-07-05 Katherine Helmond, actress (Soap, Mona-Who's the Boss), born in Galveston, Texas
  • 1929-08-12 Buck Owens, [Alvis Edgar], Sherman Texas, country singer (Hee Haw)
  • 1929-08-22 Harry McPherson, presidential counsel (Lyndon Johnson) and lobbyist, born in Tyler, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1929-09-12 Harvey Lester Schmidt, American composer, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1930-01-05 Edward Galven Givens Jr, Quanah Texas, Major USAF/astronaut

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1930-03-09 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Downbeat Musician of Year 1966), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2015)

Jazz Composer Ornette Coleman
Jazz Composer
Ornette Coleman
  • 1930-03-26 Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st woman Supreme Court Justice (1981- 2006), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1930-04-28 Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 1983)
  • 1930-04-28 James Baker, American Secretary of the Treasury (1985-88), Secretary of State (1989-92), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1930-06-27 H Ross Perot, Texas, billionaire/presidental candidate (1992)
  • 1930-09-17 Edgar Mitchell, NASA astronaut (Apollo 14), born in Hereford Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-11 Sam Johnson, American politician (Rep-R-Texas), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1930-10-31 Booker Ervin [Booker Telleferro Ervin II], American saxophonist (Charles Mingus), born in Denison, Texas (d. 1970)
  • 1930-11-14 Edward H White II, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1930-11-24 Yale Lary, American NFL safety Hall of Famer (Detroit Lions), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2017)

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1931-01-31 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman), born in Dallas, Texas

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1931-08-31 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger, The Corndog Man), born in Mineola, Texas (d. 2004)
  • 1931-09-01 Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer (King of the Road), born in Ellis County, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1931-09-12 George Jones, American country singer (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me), born in Saratoga, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1931-09-21 Larry Hagman, TV actor (I Dream of Jeannie, JR-Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1931-10-13 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, born in Texarkana, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1931-10-31 Daniel "Dan" Rather, American news anchor (CBS Evening News, 60 Minutes), born in Wharton, Texas
  • 1932-01-02 Dabney Coleman, (That Girl, Mary Hartman, Buffalo Bill), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1932-02-04 Ivan Davis, Electra Texas, pianist/writer (Hunger, Corn is Green)
  • 1932-03-15 Alan Lavern Bean, Wheeler Texas, Capt USN/astronaut (Ap 12, Skylab 3)
  • 1932-04-01 Debbie Reynolds, American actress (Kathy Selden-Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932-05-30 Pauline Oliveros, composer (Sound Patterns), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1932-06-06 David R Scott, Col USAF/astronaut (Gem 8, Apol 9, 15), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1932-07-01 Bobby Day, [Robert Byrd], rock vocalist (Rockin' Robin), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1932-09-29 Robert Benton, American writer/director (Kramer vs Kramer), born in Waxahachie, Texas
  • 1932-12-20 John Hillerman, American actor (Magnum PI, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles), born in Denison, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1933-02-27 Raymond Berry, Texas, NFL hall of famer (Baltimore Colts)
  • 1933-03-08 Johnny Dollar, American country and rockabilly singer, born in Kilgore, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1933-03-09 William McBeth, American composer, born in Ropesville, Texas (d. 2012)
  • 1933-04-26 Carol Burnett, American comedian and actress (Annie, 4 Seasons), born in San Antonio, Texas

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1933-04-29 Willie Nelson, American country singer (On the Road Again), born in Abbott, Texas

Country Singer Willie Nelson
Country Singer
Willie Nelson
  • 1933-06-29 John Bradshaw, American theologian, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1933-07-20 Buddy Knox, American rock vocalist (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), born in Happy, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1933-08-08 Joe Tex [Joseph Arrington, Jr.], American soul musician (Hold What You've Got, I Gotcha), born in Rogers, Texas (d. 1982)
  • 1933-09-01 Ann W. Richards, Lakeview Texas, American politician
  • 1933-10-25 Eugene "Porky" Lee, American child actor (Little Rascals), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2005)
  • 1933-10-28 Suzy Parker, model and actress (Chamber of Horrors), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1933-11-25 Kathryn Grant Crosby, actress (Mr Cory, Big Circus), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934-02-27 Van Williams, American actor (Green Hornet, Tycoon), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1934-03-11 Sam Donaldson, ABC White House correspondent (Prime Time), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1934-06-01 Peter Masterson, actor (Ambush Bay), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1934-11-10 Norm Cash, 1st baseman (Detroit Tigers), born in Eldorado, Texas

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1935-01-16 A. J. Foyt, American racing driver (Indy 500 - 1961, 64, 67 & 77), born in Houston, Texas

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • 1935-01-21 Ann Wedgeworth, actress (Tiger's Tale, Men's Club, Bogie), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1935-08-18 Rafer Johnson, decathlete (Olympics gold 1960), born in Hillsboro Texas
  • 1935-08-20 Justin Tubb, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1935-09-19 Robert Kruger, (Sen-D Texas)
  • 1935-10-15 Bobby Joe Morrow, sprinter (Olympic-3 gold-1956), born in Brownsville, Texas

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1936-01-02 Roger Miller, country singer (King of the Road, Dang Me), born in Fort Worth, Texas

Country Singer Roger Miller
Country Singer
Roger Miller
  • 1936-01-11 Katie Webster [Kathyrne Jewel Thorne], American boogie pianist (The Swamp Boogie Queen), born in Houston, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1936-02-21 Barbara Jordan, (Rep-D-Tx, 1972-78), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1936-04-23 Roy Orbison, rock musician (Pretty Woman), born in Vernon, Texas (d. 1988)
  • 1936-06-03 Larry McMurtry, US scriptwriter (Lonesome Dove, Pulitzer 1986), born in Archer City, Texas
  • 1936-06-20 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters-Young Blood), born in Itasca, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1936-06-22 Kris Kristofferson, American singer/actor (Amerika, Millennium), born in Brownsville, Texas
  • 1936-08-05 John Dancy, newscaster (Prime Time Sunday), born in Jackson, Texas

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1936-09-07 Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], American musician (Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 1959)

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • 1936-12-23 Frederic Forrest, ,American actor (The Rose, Lonesone Dove), born in Waxahachie, Texas
  • 1937-02-25 Bob Schieffer, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1937-05-09 Sonny Curtis, Texas, guitarist (Crickets)
  • 1937-05-15 Trini Lopez [Tinidad Lopez], American singer and guitarist (If I Had a Hammer), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1937-06-04 Freddy Fender, American musician ("Before the Next Teardrop Falls"), born in San Benito, Texas (d. 2006)

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