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Texas History

1844 - Republic of Texas president Sam Houston wrote a passport for the widow of Ben-Ash. Ben-Ash was the the recently deceased chief of the Battise Village of the Coushatta Indians.

1879 - Herman Justin made his first pair of cowboy boots at his shop in Spanish Fort, TX. This was the beginning of the Justin and Nocona boot companies.

1935 - In South Texas, the Texas Negro Peace Officers Association was organized. It was the first black police organization in the United States.

1960 - The National League granted an expansion franchise to the Houston Sports Association that allowed their team to being play in the 1962 season. The team was the Colt .45s that later became the Houston Astros.

2013 - Nolan Ryan announced that he was stepping down as the Texas Ranger's CEO effective October 31, 2013.

Texas Quote

My favorite place in Texas is Lubbock. Mostly because Lubbock, like Popeye the Sailor, is what it is.
- Molly Ivins

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