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1693 - Gregorio de Salinas Varona left Monclova, Coahuila, on a relief expedition to take supplies to the troubled missions of East Texas.

1903 - Robert B. Vandervoort, Corpus Christi native, performed his famed loop-the-loop for King Edward VII at a command performance in London. Vandervoort's stage name was "Diavalo."

1968 - In Houston, at St. Luke's Hospital Everett Thomas received the first heart transplant in the United States. Thomas lived for 204 days. The surgeon was Denton Cooley.

1976 - Paul McCartney made his first American stage appearance in 10 years. The "Wings Over America" tour began in Ft. Worth, TX.

1980 - Ferguson Jenkins (Texas Rangers) became the fourth player to win 100 games in the American League and the National League.

1997 - The "Republic of Texas" surrendered to authorities ending an armed standoff where two people were held hostage. The group asserts the independence of Texas from the U.S.

1999 - About 49 people were killed when a series of tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas and South Dakota.

2015 - In Garland, TX, two men shot at and wouned a security officer outside The Curtis Culwell Center. The two men were then killed by a Garland police officer. The event at the facility was advertised as the "First Annual Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest."

Texas Quote

Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking." - George W. Bush

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