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    Lead Story
    Texans head for the thrills at Six Flags, 1961
    American Revolution
    Joseph Priestley discovers oxygen, 1774
    Automotive
    First drive-through ATM opens in China, 2007
    Civil War
    Sheridan takes command of Army of the Shenandoah, 1864
    Cold War
    Helsinki Final Act signed, 1975
    Crime
    An ex-Marine goes on a killing spree at the University of Texas, 1966
    Disaster
    Mysterious flood strikes North Vietnam, 1971
    General Interest
    Columbus lands in South America, 1498
    First World War erupts, 1914
    Warsaw Revolt begins, 1944
    Hollywood
    MTV launches, 1981
    Literary
    Pope John Paul II receives record-breaking advance, 1994
    Music
    MTV makes its maiden broadcast, 1981
    Old West
    Shane released by Paramount, 1953
    Presidential
    Bush is suspended from flying with the Air National Guard, 1972
    Sports
    Michael Johnson brings home second gold, 1996
    Vietnam War
    North Vietnamese accuse South Vietnam and the United States of attack, 1964
    World War I
    First World War erupts in Europe, 1914
    World War II
    PT-109 sinks; Lieutenant Kennedy is instrumental in saving crew, 1943

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    1731 - Capt. Juan Antonio Pérez de Almazán presided over what was probably the first election in Texas history at the San Antonio de Béxar Presidio. Voters chose officials for the municipal government of San Fernando.

    1839 - In Austin, the new capital of Texas, the first sale of town lots was held.

    1845 - U.S. troops under General Zachary Taylor landed on St. Joseph Island to protect Texas from Mexican interference after annexation. On July 26, the U.S. flag was raised by a detachment from the main force.

    1923 - Niles City was annexed to Fort Worth. This took place after the Texas Legislature had passed a bill that allowed cities of more than 50,000 people to absorb neighboring towns of less than 2,000.

    1985 - At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, 137 people were killed when a Delta Air Lines jumbo jet crashed while attempting to land.
    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.
    Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days, it will be.
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