Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Today in Texas History

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1842 - The Republic of Texas approved the Fisher-Miller Grant. The grant for three million acres between the Llano and Colorado rivers largely failed.

1876 - In San Antonio, construction began on Fort Sam Houston.

1987 - The Menil Collection, a collection of 10,000 works amassed by John and Dominique de Menil, opened to the public in Houston.

1998 - James Byrd Jr., at age 49, was murdered in Jasper, TX. Byrd had been dragged to death behind a pickup truck. On February 25, 1999 William King was sentenced to the death penalty for the racial crime while two other men charged awaited trial.

2014 - In Arlington, TX, about 105,000 people attended George Strait's final concert at AT&T stadium. The show set a record for the largest crowd for an indoor concert in North American history.

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I'm from Texas, and one of the reasons I like Texas is because there's no one in control.
- Willie Nelson

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