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1850 - In Fredricksburg, Gillespie County, a mob of angry soldiers burned down the store of John M. Hunter. All of Gillespie County records up to that time were destroyed. Hunter had refused to sell whiskey to a soldier the night before. The next night the mob of soldiers were looking for Hunter, who had fled town, and burned down his store.

1879 - Texas League manager John Jacob (Jack) Atz was born. He led the Fort Worth Cats to seven consecutive championships between 1919 and 1925.

1898 - The "Rough Riders" became the first United States troops to land in Cuba.

1959 - The state of Texas granted a bus franchise to the Acres Homes Transit Company near Houston. The company was the first in the South to be owned and operated by African Americans.

2010 - Mike Modano became an unrestricted free agent. On June 29, the Dallas Stars announced that they would not offer Modano a contract for the upcoming season. At the time, Modano had not announced his decision on retiring or returning to play.

2012 - TCU officially entered the Big 12.

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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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