To help your students understand the timeline of the Texas Revolution, you may want to walk through the events day by day from the beginning of the siege on the Alamo (February 24) until San Jacinto Day (April 21). When the Texians flexed their muscles and seized control of the colonial capital, Santa Anna’s army marched into San Antonio on February 24, 1836 to take it back. They
On February 21, 1836 Samuel Colt was granted a U.S. patent for his “revolving gun.” The Colt Revolver changed history, but not before Colt abandoned the project as a hopeless dream.
Against the orders of the Governor of Cuba, Hernando Cortez set sail for Mexico on 18 February 1519. Perhaps he chose that day because the weather was fine and he wanted to get an early start before the Spring storms. More likely, he left quickly so that he could at least pretend that he was unaware of the governor’s orders recalling the expedition. Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda set sail
Father Miguel Hidalgo’s admirers–or maybe his enemies–nicknamed him “El Zorro” (the fox). Though Hidalgo was not the inspiration for the fictional hero of that name (who supposedly lived in California), the true “Zorro” may be even more legendary.
The Confederate States of America was organized on February 9, 1861.
February 3, 1959 That’s “the day the music died” according to Don McLean’s 1971 hit “American Pie.” The cryptic lyrics of the song refer to the Buddy Holly, a native of Lubbock, Texas, who has been hailed as “the single most influential creative force in early rock and roll.”
On February 1, 1882 the first shovelful of dirt was turned, laying the foundation for the present Texas Capitol.
On January 29, 1861 the citizens of Texas voted to secede from the Union. The ordinance was to go into effect on March 2 –- the birthday of the Republic of Texas. This is a very unique and significant event in American history. Here's why:
History is not just about long-ago events. History is being made every day. I was alive, but not old enough to remember when John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. I was 10 when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle and walked on the moon. The first word from the moon's surface? HOUSTON! ("Houston, the Eagle has landed.") My grandmother was
On January 25, 1839, the congress of the Republic of Texas adopted the Lone Star Flag as the official flag of the new(ish) republic. It wasn't that we hadn't had a flag before. We'd actually had several, but now that we were a nation, we needed to choose a design that would be official.