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TiTH: The Ranger Poet

April 26

On this day in 1874, the first of a series of 23 letters and poems signed "Pidge" was published in an Austin newspaper. They were actually the work of Thomas C. Robinson, and appeared in the Austin Statesman and State Gazette.

Robinson, born in 1847, had come to Austin in 1874 after feuding with a neighbor in his native Virginia. After enlisting in the Texas...
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WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND?

If you're looking for something to do, Temple is having a bit of a get together this weekend, a party of sorts, you might even call it a festival. The Bloomin' Temple Festival is this weekend, April 28-29, and it'll definitely be a whole lot of fun.

There's a carnival full of rides for those that like to go around and around, upside down, and win giant...
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TiTH: Black Seminole Scouts Earn Medal of Honor

April 25

On this day in 1875, three Black Seminole scouts earned the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action.

Pompey Factor, Isaac Payne, and John Ward, along with their commander, Lt. John Lapham Bullis of the 24th United States Infantry, were pursuing a band of twenty-five or thirty Comanche Indians near Langtry.

The scouts dismounted, crept...
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TiTH: Magnolia Petroleum Company Founded

April 24

On this day in 1911, the Magnolia Petroleum Company was founded as an unincorporated joint-stock association. It was a consolidation of several earlier companies, the first of which, the J. S. Cullinan Company, began operating a refinery at Corsicana in 1898.

In 1909 both the Navarro Refining Company, successor to the Cullinan Company, and...
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TiTH: Magnolia Petroleum Company Founded
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TiTH: Vernon Gives Birth to Rock & Roll Legend

April 23

On this day in 1936, rock and roll singer Roy Orbison was born in Vernon, Texas. He grew up in Wink, and while attending Wink High School he formed a country music group called the Wink Westerners.

Later, while attending North Texas State College, he transformed the Wink Westerners into his first rock and roll band, the Teen...
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TiTH: Vernon Gives Birth to Rock Roll Legend
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TiTH: The Fate of Fort St. Louis

April 22

On this day in 1689, Spanish explorer Alonso De León discovered the ruins of a French settlement, Fort St. Louis, on the Texas coast.

The fort had been established by René Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, in the summer of 1685. In February 1685, La Salle, seeking the mouth of the Mississippi River, had landed 280 colonists, including 100...
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TiTH The Fate of Fort St Louis April 22 On this day
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The stars at night are big and bright (cue clapping) and I can think of few other places where the view would be as spectacular as it is from the “Top of Texas.” If you don’t know, at 8,751 feet, Guadalupe Peak is tallest point in Texas.

But you don’t have to hike to the top of Texas’s tallest mountain for a reason to look up. Between Saturday night and Sunday morning (April 22-33) the...
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TiTH: Texas Forces Win at the Battle of San Jacinto

April 21

On this day in 1836, Texas forces won the battle of San Jacinto, the concluding military event of the Texas Revolution

Facing General Santa Anna's Mexican army of some 1,300 men encamped in what is now southeastern Harris County, General Sam Houston disposed his forces in battle order about 3:30 p.m., during siesta time.

The...
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TiTH: Texas Forces Win at the Battle of San Jacinto
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Grab a blanket and some hot chocolate!

The annual Lyrids [Lahy•ridz] Meteor Shower, the best meteor shower in the first half of the year, will peak Saturday night - Sunday morning (April 22-23), but continue through April 25.

Meteor showers are named for the direction the meteors will radiate from, in this case, the constellation Lyra. The reason we see these meteors every year in such a...
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Grab a blanket and some hot chocolate The annual Lyrids Lahyridz Meteor
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TiTH: The German Noble Society

April 20

On this day in 1842, the Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas (Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas), known by most as simply Adelsverein (Nobility Society), was provisionally organized by 21 German noblemen at Biebrich on the Rhine, near Mainz. The society was formed to establish a new Germany on Texas soil by means of...
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TiTH The German Noble Society April 20 On this day in 1842
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TiTH: The "Most Dangerous Man"

April 19

On this day in 1875, Kiowa chief White Horse (Tsen-tainte) and a group of followers surrendered at Fort Sill, Indian Territory.

White Horse had gained considerable notoriety during the early 1870s for his raids on Texas settlements and was considered the "most dangerous man" among the Kiowas.

He participated in the Warren wagon train raid in May 1871...
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TiTH The Most Dangerous Man April 19 On this day in 1875
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It's about that time!

Hey, guys, it's that time of year—the sun's out, the flowers are blooming and all the festivals are starting to pop up everywhere.

One festival we think you will want to check out is Bloomin' Temple Festival on April 28 & 29. This year, we're making the trip down I-35 to Temple, TX to be a part of it. It'll be our first year there, but it's gonna be a blast.

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TiTH: UFO Crash Near Fort Worth

April 18

On this day in 1897, S. E. Hayden, a cotton buyer in the small Wise County community of Aurora, released a fictional "news" story describing the crash of a mysterious airship just outside of town.

Aurora was founded in the late 1850s and had grown considerably by the mid-1880s. But an outbreak of spotted fever began in 1888, and by 1889 fear of the...
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TiTH: The Starting of the Whoop

April 17

On this day in 1871, the state legislature approved a bill providing for the organization of the Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Texas A&M University) and appropriating $75,000 for the construction of academic buildings and suitable accommodations.

A committee selected a site near Bryan, now known as College Station, following the...
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TiTH: The Birth of a Texas Legend

April 16

On this day in 1971, Tejana superstar Selena Quintanilla Perez was born in Lake Jackson.

She won the first of eight Tejano Music Awards as female entertainer of the year in 1987.

Her 1992 album Entre a Mi Mundo made her the first Tejana to sell more than 300,000 albums, and her bilingual 1995 album Dreaming of You hit number one on the national...
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TiTH The Birth of a Texas Legend April 16 On this day
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TiTH: Immigration Begins in Texas

April 15

On this day in 1825, Haden Edwards, Green DeWitt, and Robert Leftwich received empresario contracts.

The government of Mexico, which had gained independence from Spain in 1821, issued the contracts to encourage the settlement of Coahuila y Tejas.

The hopes of all three empresarios were frustrated.

The Edwards Colony, near Nacogdoches, was plagued...
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TiTH: So Long, It's Been Good To Know You

April 14

On this day in 1935, a great dust storm covered the Texas Panhandle town of Pampa, inspiring Woody Guthrie to write the song "So Long, It's Been Good To Know You."

Guthrie had moved to Pampa in 1929. Performing with bands at nightclubs and radio stations in the Panhandle, he found his calling as lyricist and musician and began developing...
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TiTH: The "Duke of Brazoria" Lost it All

April 13

On this day in 1888, Robert Mills, early Texas merchant and the largest slaveholder in antebellum Texas, died at Galveston.

In Brazoria, the Kentucky native began engaging in the Mexican trade in 1830. Bars of Mexican silver were stacked like cordwood in the Mills brothers' counting room, and Mills became known as the "Duke of Brazoria."

In...
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TiTH: The "Duke of Brazoria" Lost it All
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TiTH: Mexican Forces Capture Thompson's Ferry

April 12

On this day in 1836, Mexican forces under General Santa Anna captured Thompson's Ferry, on the Brazos River between San Felipe and Fort Bend. As Sam Houston's army retreated eastward, a rear-guard under Moseley Baker at San Felipe and Wyly Martin at Fort Bend sought to prevent the Mexicans from crossing the Brazos.

At Thompson's Ferry...
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TiTH: Curtains Rise at the Majestic

April 11

On this day in 1921, the Majestic Theatre opened on Elm Street in downtown Dallas. The five-story structure, designed by Chicago architect John Eberson in the Renaissance Revival style, was the flagship of Karl Hoblitzelle's Interstate Amusement Company chain of vaudeville houses.

Among the stars who appeared there were Mae West, Jack Benny,...
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TiTH Curtains Rise at the Majestic April 11 On this day in
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