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04-15-2012, 05:03 PM
American Revolution
Congress ratifies peace with Great Britain, 1783

Race car driver goes down with the Titanic, 1912

Civil War
President Lincoln dies, 1865

Cold War
Castro visits the United States, 1959

The Sacco-Vanzetti case draws national attention, 1920

"Unsinkable" Titanic sinks, 1912

General Interest
President Lincoln dies, 1865

Titanic sinks, 1912

Pol Pot dies, 1998

Greta Garbo dies, 1990

English author and politician Jeffrey Archer is born, 1940

Bessie Smith is born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1894

Old West
Molly Brown avoids sinking with the Titanic, 1912

Lincoln is pronounced dead, 1865

Jackie Robinson breaks major league color barrier, 1947

Vietnam War
Antiwar protests held in New York and San Francisco, 1967

U.S. 1st Infantry Division withdraws from Vietnam, 1970

World War I
British evacuate Passchendaele Ridge, 1918

World War II
Soviets capture Tarnopol in Poland, 1944

Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier, 1947

04-15-2012, 07:36 PM
Today in
Texas History

1825 - Haden Edwards, Green DeWitt, and Robert Leftwich received empresario contract from the government of Texas to encourage settlement of Coahuila and Texas.

1836 - Captain William P. Harris, commander of the steamer Cayuga, evacuated Harrisburg just ahead of General Antonio López de Santa Anna and his troops.

1841 - The Austin Lyceum was dissolved. It was an early debating and lecutre society that had been organized in 1840.

1869 - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the state still had the right to sue in federal courts despite having seceded in 1861. (Texas v. White)

1910 - The city of Harlingen, Texas, located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 77 and 83, was established with a population of 1,126.

1956 - In San Antonio, Elvis Presley appeared at the Municipal Auditorium.

1956 - In Austin, the restored French Legation was opened to the public.

1972 - The Texas Rangers lose at California, 1-0, in the team's first game.

Texas Quote: Give me an army of West Point graduates and I'll win a battle. Give me a handful of Texas Aggies, and I'll win the war. - U.S. General George S. Patton