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07-30-2012, 06:55 PM
Lead Story
Johnson signs Medicare into law, 1965
American Revolution
Isaac Shelby takes Fort Thicketty, South Carolina, 1780
Last classic VW Beetle rolls off the line, 2003
Civil War
Union forces stopped at the Battle of the Crater, 1864
Cold War
Summit meeting in Helsinki begins, 1975
Man charged in murder of Megan Kanka, 1994
Fighter jet collides with passenger plane, 1971
General Interest
First legislative assembly in America, 1619
Henry Moore born, 1898
USS Indianapolis bombed, 1945
England wins World Cup, 1966
Watergate affair approaches climax, 1974
Blair Witch Project released, 1999
Emily Bronte's birthday, 1818
The Troggs take their signature hit, "Wild Thing," to #1, 1966
Old West
Chief Pocatello signs peace treaty, 1863
President Eisenhower signs "In God We Trust" into law, 1956
Bruce Jenner wins decathlon, 1976
Vietnam War
South Vietnamese boats raid islands in the Tonkin Gulf, 1964
Nixon visits South Vietnam, 1969
World War I
Battle of Hooge, 1915
World War II
Hitler gets news of Italy's imminent defection, 1943


07-30-2012, 08:46 PM
1867 - Texas Governor James Throckmorton was removed from office for being an "impediment to Reconstruction."

James Webb Throckmorton served as governor of Texas from August 9, 1866 to August 8, 1867. The son of a physician, James Throckmorton was born in Tennessee in 1825; as a boy he moved to Arkansas in 1836, then to Fannin County, Texas in 1841, and again to Collin County. In 1844, he left the Rangers to study medicine in Kentucky with his uncle. He served as an army surgeon in the Mexican War, but received a medical discharge. Disliking the practice of medicine, he turned to law and politics. After five years each as a state representative and state senator, he was elected a delegate to the Secession Convention of 1861, where he was one of seven who voted against secession. Although a Unionist, he joined the Confederate army when war came, and was eventually brigadier general in charge of troops guarding the Texas frontier, and Confederate commissioner to the Indians.

After serving as president of the Constitutional Convention of 1866, Throckmorton defeated E.M. Pease in the race for governor, taking office in August 1866. When presidential reconstruction gave way to congressional reconstruction in March 1867, Throckmorton and the U.S. military differed: he disagreed with their deployment of troops in the interior rather than on the frontier; and they accused him of failing to punish crimes against blacks and Unionists. In July General Philip Sheridan removed Throckmorton from the governorship as "an impediment to reconstruction." E.M. Pease was appointed in his place. After fighting against radicalism in the early 1870s, Throckmorton was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1874-1888), where he argued among other things for government encouragement of and government regulation of railroads. He ran for governor twice more, in 1878 and 1890, before he died in McKinney on April 21, 1894.