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1849 - About five miles east of present day Gatesville, Camp Gates was established by Captain William R. Montgomery. It was closed in 1852 after the Indian threat had been removed.

1886 - The first Dallas Exposition opened in Fair Park in east Dallas. The site was later used to host the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition. The Dallas Exposition eventually merged with the Texas State Fair and later became known as the State Fair of Texas.

1930 - In Dallas' Fair Park, the first football game was played at the Cotton Bowl. The Southern Methodist Mustangs beat the Indiana Hoosiers 27-0.

1944 - Horace S. Carswell, Jr. died in China when his B-24 crashed into a mountain. He was later awarded a Medal of Honor for giving "his save all members of his crew" and for "sacrifice far beyond that required of him." In 1948 Fort Worth Army Airfield was renamed Carswell Air Force Base.

1960 - The American League awarded an expansion franchise to Washington, DC, following transfer of Calvin Griffith's franchise to Minnesota. This franchise eventually became the Texas Rangers.

2001 - It was announced that Fort Worth's Lockheed Martin won a defense contract for $200 billion over 40 years. The contract, for the "joint strike fighter," was the largest defense contract in history.

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

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