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  1. #1 5/14: Today in History 
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    May 2008
    Jamestown colony established, 1607
    Assassination of Henri IV of France, 1610
    Smallpox vaccination, 1796
    Surrender of the Netherlands to Germany, 1940

    Happy birthday to:
    Thomas Gainsborough, Timothy Dwight, Otto Klemperer, Sidney Bechet, Oona O'Neill Chaplin, Bobby Darin, David Byrne, Cate Blanchett

    Happy trails to:
    Carl Schurz, August Strindberg, Sidney Bechet (Yes- born AND died on the same day; 1897-1959), Frank Sinatra, Wendy Hiller, Robert Stack.
    "Today, [the American voter] chooses his rulers as he buys bootleg whiskey, never knowing precisely what he is getting, only certain that it is not what it pretends to be." - H.L. Mencken
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    I came to Texas as soon as I could
    1836 - General Antonio López de Santa Anna and Texas provisional president David Burnett signed two Treaties of Velasco ending the Texas Revolution. However, Mexico did not recognize Texas' independence and Texas' boundary was not determined until the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in 1848 at the end of the Mexican War.

    1839 - Manuel Flores and his band killed four members of a party of surveyors between Seguin and San Antonio. On May 17, Texas Ranges caught up with the group and routed them.

    1854 - Texas Germans at the annual Staats-Saengerfest (State Singers' Festival) declared slavery to be evil. (May 14-15)

    1888 - In Austin, a week-long celebration dedicating the Capitol building began. The building was not officially accepted by the Capitol Board until December 6.

    1984 - President Reagan met with Mexican American business and civic leaders from the border area of Texas to discuss trade and investment.
    It's not how old you are, it's how you got here.
    It's been a long road and not all of it was paved.
    A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. Gandhi
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