1871 - The Texas legislature approved a bill that provided for the organization of the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College (now known as Texas A&M University).
1911 - The keel of the USS Texas was laid. It was the second battleship of the U.S. and would later serve in both WWI and WWII.
2013 - In West, TX, a fertilizer plant exploded killing 14 and injuring about 200.
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