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1836 - Genaral Cos arrived at San Jancinto with 500 reinforcement troops for the Mexican army.

1836 - General Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto (near present-day Houston). This 18-minute battle decided the independence of Texas. Over 700 Mexican soldiers were allowed to surrender to the Texian army. Santa Anna was captured the next day.

1873 - The Texas state legislature repealed the law authorizing the State Police. At least thirty-six State Police members became Texas Rangers.

1888 - The Texas State Capitol in Austin opened to the public. Construction was not complete at the time of the opening.

1906 - Frank Hamer enlisted in the Texas Rangers. He was successful in his assignment to track down the high-profile outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

1942 - The first group of internees arrived at the Kenedy Alien Detention Camp near Kenedy, Texas. The camp was converted into a prison of war camp on October 1, 1944.

1972 - The Texas Rangers beat the Angels, 7-6, before a crowd of 20,105 in first game for the franchise at Arlington Stadium.

1993 - The first episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger" aired on CBS.

Texas Quote

Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken-fried steak.
- Larry McMurtry

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