Today is Thursday, September 16, 2021
- Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costillo and several hundred of his parishioners seized the prison at Dolores, Mexico. This was the beginning of Mexico's struggle for independence from Spain.
- The Republic of Mexico officially declared September 16 its national Independence Day. This day has been celebrated annually in San Antonio and Goliad since 1810.
- At Perote Prison, Mexican officials released the remaining captives, 105 Texans, taken in the Dawson Massacre, the Mier expedition and the Texas Santa Fe expedition.
- El Paso del Norte was renamed Ciudad Juarez in honor of President Benito Juarez. The name El Paso was left to the city just north of the border on the western tip of Texas.
- Texas City was incorporated.
- Samuel T. Rayburn of Texas was elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served for 17 years.
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|All new states are invested, more or less, by a class of noisy, second-rate men who are always in favor of rash and extreme measures, but Texas was absolutely overrun by such men.|
- Sam Houston
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