New PDF release: Browser's Book of Texas History

By Steven Jent

ISBN-10: 058525687X

ISBN-13: 9780585256870

ISBN-10: 1556226985

ISBN-13: 9781556226984

In the event you love background and need to amaze your loved ones and co-workers together with your prodigious wisdom of Lone superstar lore, this ebook is simply what you wish. A Browser's ebook of Texas heritage is a daily selection of greater than 500 incident-some well-known, a few obscure-that have made Texas the main amazing kingdom within the Union. whether you are a devoted historian or an old-time Texan, you are more likely to locate whatever dazzling, a laugh, notion upsetting, or simply simple ordinary. With this booklet you can begin each day of the yr with a concise access from the chronicles of this certain kingdom, which simply turns out to clearly breed colourful humans and bigger-than-life occasions.

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But before the end of March the tide turned at the Battle of Glorieta, and by May the Texans were back in Texas, having lost a third of their number to wounds, disease, or Union prison camps. 1896 On a sandbar in the middle of the Rio Grande, Judge Roy Bean staged the heavyweight boxing championship between Robert "Ruby Bob" Fitzsimmons and Peter Maher. The bout was originally set to take place in El Paso, but last-minute legislation by opponents of boxing made it illegal to hold it in Texas. The sandbar was in a sort of no-man's land between Texas and Mexico, so the law did not interfere.

As he left the Governor's Mansion, with him went the St. Bernard that had once belonged to Joseph D. Sayers, Lanham's predecessor. Four years before, as the Sayers household moved out, the dog had refused to leave the premises, and Lanham had cared for him through his two terms. January 16 1973 The body of Old Rip, Eastland's famous horned frog, was kidnapped from its display case in the Eastland County Courthouse. After officials put a substitute corpse in its place, the Abilene Reporter-News received an anonymous letter from someone claiming to have perpetrated the original hoax in 1928.

Blondel, despatched from Louisiana, arrived at the Mission San Miguel de Linares de los Adaes, where they captured the single Spanish soldier in residence. But Blondel had not reckoned with the substantial force of loyal chickens at the post; they startled his horse and he fell off. In the uproar, the lay brother of the mission escaped and began spreading the news of a "massive" French invasion. The panicked Spanish evacuated all of East Texas and did not return for two years, although the French never made another foray into Texas.

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