1836 - Sam Houston was inaugurated as the first constitutionally elected President of the Republic of Texas. He was later elected as the third President after Mirabeau Lamar in 1841.
1969 - Students from the University of Texas at Austin demonstrated against the environmental damage being done to Waller Creek. The demonstration was unsuccessful and the planned bulldozing related to the expansion of Memorial Stadium was carried out.
1982 - In Austin, the National Wildflower Research Center's formal charter was signed. The center opened on December 22.
2010 - The Texas Rangers became American League Champions for the first time in their history. They defeated the New York Yankees to advance to the World Series.
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