Texas in History (Part 3)

Historical Events

Events 201 - 244 of 244

  • 1998-02-03 Karla Faye Tucker is executed in Texas becoming the first woman executed in the United States since 1984.

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1998-02-26 Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey
Talk show host
Oprah Winfrey
  • 1998-06-07 James Byrd, Jr. is dragged to death by Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russel Brewer, and John William King in Jasper, Texas in a racially-motivated hate crime.
  • 1998-12-14 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB)
  • 1999-09-08 US Attorney General Janet Reno names former Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film "Waco The Rules of Engagement"
  • 1999-11-18 In College Station, Texas, 12 are killed and 27 injured at Texas A&M University when a massive bonfire under construction collapses.
  • 2000-03-27 Phillips explosion kills 1 and injures 71 in Pasadena, Texas.
  • 2000-12-13 The "Texas 7" escape from the John Connally Unit near Kenedy, Texas later going on a crime spree and killing police officer Aubrey Hawkins
  • 2000-12-24 The Texas 7 hold up a sports store in Irving, Texas. Police officer Aubrey Hawkins is shot during the robbery.
  • 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 Texas mother hit by lightning while standing in her kitchen in her Texas home. Witnesses say lightning came through a light fixture, struck her chest and exited her foot. Survived after three days in 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 leaves 9 dead 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
  • 2017-02-05 Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in a great comeback in extra time at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
  • 2017-04-29 3 tornadoes hit south east of Dallas, Texas, killing 5
  • 2017-07-22 10 die in over-heated tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas in human-trafficking incident
  • 2017-08-25 Category 4 Hurricane Harvey makes landfall in Texas northeast of Corpus Christi with 130 m.p.h. winds

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2017-08-29 US President Donald Trump visits flood affected Texas

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 201 - 300 of 558

  • 1937-06-15 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), born in Littlefield, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1937-09-11 Robert L Crippen, Capt USN/astronaut (STS 1, 7, 41C, 41G), born in Beaumont, Texas
  • 1938-02-08 Ray Sharpe, singer-songwriter, (Linda Lu), born in Forth Worth, Texas
  • 1938-04-10 Don Meredith, NFL QB (Cowboys)/Mon Night Football, born in Mount Vernon, Texas
  • 1938-06-21 Ron Ely [Ronald Pierce], American actor (Tarzan, Doc Savage), born in Hereford, Texas
  • 1938-07-23 Charles Harrelson, American organized crime figure, born in Lovelady, Texas (d. 2007)

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1938-08-21 Kenny Rogers, singer (Through the Years), born in Houston, Texas

Country Singer Kenny Rogers
Country Singer
Kenny Rogers
  • 1938-08-24 Mason Williams, American musician, songwriter, author and photographer (Classical Gas, Smother Brothers Comedy Hour), born in Abilene, Texas
  • 1938-10-02 Rex Reed, movie critic/actor (Myra Breckinridge), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1938-10-26 Charles W Stenholm, American politician (Rep-D-Texas, 1979-2005), born in Stamford, Texas
  • 1938-11-04 Harry Elston, R&B singer (Friends of Distinction ), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1938-11-06 P. J. Proby [James Marcus Smith], American singer, songwriter and actor (Hold Me, Three Week Hero), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1938-12-15 Bob [Robert] Foster, American professional boxer "The Deputy Sheriff", born in Borger, Texas (d. 2015)
  • 1939-02-28 Tommy Tune, dancer/choreographer (Boyfriend), born in Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 1939-04-07 Donald L Holmquest, astronaut, born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1939-04-18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country musician (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1939-04-23 Ray Peterson, singer (Tell Laura I Love Her), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1939-05-27 Donald "Don" Williams, American country singer (I Believe in You), born in Floydada Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1939-08-07 Anjanette Comer, American actress (Baby, Lepke), born in Dawson, Texas
  • 1939-08-09 Max Neuhaus, American percussionist and composer (sound sculptures), born in Beaumont, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1939-08-18 Johnny Preston, singer (Running Bear), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1939-09-08 Guitar Shorty [David William Kearney], American blues musician, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-01-04 Anthony Skooter Teague, Texas, actor (How to Succeed in Business)
  • 1940-03-23 Luis Gasca, American trumpeter, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-05-19 Frank Lorenzo, airline executive (Continental, Texas Air, Eastern)
  • 1940-07-07 Richard K Armey, (Rep-R-Texas, 1985- )
  • 1940-07-19 Vikki Carr [Florencia Vicenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona)], singer (Let it Be Him), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1940-07-26 Dobie Gray [Lawrence Brown], American musician and singer (Drift Away), born in Simonton, Texas (d. 2011)
  • 1940-08-03 Lance Alworth, NFL hall of famer (Charger, Cowboys), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-08-19 Johnny Nash, rocker (I Can See Clearly Now), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1940-11-04 Delbert McClinton, singer (Gonna Find a Good Woman), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1940-11-28 Bruce Channel [McMeans], American singer (Hey! Baby), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1940-12-19 Phil Ochs, anti-war folk singer (Joe Hill, War is Over), born in El Paso, Texas
  • 1940-12-30 Fred Hansen, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Cuero, Texas
  • 1941-05-25 Bill Young, rocker, born in Daingerfield, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1941-07-03 Wylie Walker Vale, Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, born in Houston, Texas
  • 1941-10-12 Craig Washington, American politician (Rep-D-Texas), born in Longview, Texas
  • 1941-10-30 Otis Williams [Otis Miles], American singer-songwriter (The Temptations), born in Texarkana, Texas
  • 1941-10-31 Lucas Brown Jackson, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in San Marcos, Texas
  • 1941-11-01 Joe Louis Caldwell, basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1941-11-01 Robert Foxworth, actor (Chase-Falcon Crest, Frankenstein), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1941-11-06 Doug Sahm, American country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1941-11-06 Guy Clark, American country singer (Heartbroke), born in Monahans, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1942-01-09 K Callan, actress (Joe's World, Martha-Lois & Clark), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1942-01-21 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter, actor (Mac Davis Show, North Dallas 40), born in Lubbock, Texas
  • 1942-02-06 John London, American songwriter and bassist (Michael Nesmith band), born in Brazos County, Texas
  • 1942-07-08 Phil Gramm, (Sen-R Texas, 1985- )

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1942-08-23 Nancy Richey Gunther, tennis player (US Doubles 1965, 66), born in San Angelo, Texas

Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion Nancy Richey
Tennis Player and Two-Time Major Champion
Nancy Richey
  • 1942-08-26 John E Blaha, USAF/astronaut (STS 29, 33, 43, 58, 79/81), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1942-10-10 James Marshall, American illustrator/author (George and Martha, The Stupids), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1992)
  • 1942-10-22 Bobby Fuller, Baytown, Texas, American rock vocalist/guitarist (Bobby Fuller Four)
  • 1942-12-30 Michael Nesmith, rocker (Monkees-Last Train to Clarksville), born in Houston, Texas

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1943-01-19 Janis Joplin, American rocker and blues singer-songwriter (Down on Me), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 1970)

Singer-Songwriter Janis Joplin
Singer-Songwriter
Janis Joplin

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1943-01-24 Sharon Tate, American actress (Valley of the Dolls), born in Dallas, Texas

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • 1943-02-06 Gayle Hunnicutt, actress (Legend of Hell House, Dallas), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1943-03-15 Sly Stone, Dallas, funk musician (Sly & the Family Stone-Everyday People), born in Denton, Texas
  • 1943-03-17 Don Mitchell, actor (Mark-Ironside), born in Houston, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1943-04-02 Larry Coryell, jazz guitarist (11th House), born in Galveston, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 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, American journalist (Weekend, NBC Overnight), born in Bryan, Texas
  • 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
Singer
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
  • 1945-03-19 Lisa Nicole Baker, playmate of the year (Nov 1966), born in Detroit, Texas
  • 1945-04-12 Willie Parnell, American singer (Archie Bell & the Drells), born in Houston, 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, musician, author 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

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1946-07-21 Ken Starr, American lawyer who Investigated Bill Clinton (Starr Report), born in Vernon, Texas

Lawyer Who Investigated Bill Clinton Ken Starr
Lawyer Who Investigated Bill Clinton
Ken Starr
  • 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
  • 1946-09-15 Tommy Lee Jones, American actor (Executioner's Song, Bloody Monday, The Fugitive), born in San Saba, Texas
  • 1946-12-28 Edgar Winter, rocker (They Only Come Out at Night), born in Beaumont, Texas

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

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan

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1947-02-02 Farrah Fawcett, American actress (Charley's Angels, Burning Bed), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2009)

  • 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)

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Famous Deaths