1835 - In Brazoria, Holland Lodge No. 36 was chartered. It was the first Masonic lodge in Texas.
1928 - Marshall Ratliff was convicted for his role in the infamous "Santa Claus Bank Robbery." He robbed a bank in Cisco, TX, while wearing a Santa Claus outfit.
1944 - Eli Whiteley earned the Medal of Honor for his bravery and leadership during combat in Sigolsheim, France. He suffered severe wounds but singlehandedly killed nine German soldiers and captured 23. He was born in Georgetown, TX, in 1913.
1971 - David Bowie arrived for his first visit to the U.S. He did not perform, but received a lot of publicity for wearing dresses in Texas and Louisiana.
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