February 21, 1794 was the birth day of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, dictator of Mexico. As we head into Texas History month--that time when we remember the Texas Revolution from the Siege of the Alamo to victory at San Jacinto--it's important to understand a bit about the man. Elevated to the office of President of Mexico in 1833, Santa Anna was the consummate politician. He was
Life was hard on the Texas frontier, and 1200 miles lay between colonial Texas and Mexico City. Even if a man managed to survive the hardships, disease, and Indian attacks, he could still work himself to death . . . and many did. What would happen to their families if they did not survive?
A Southern Pacific Railroad crew, laying a ribbon of steel and cross ties eastward from El Paso, founded a little town in Jeff Davis County on February 14, 1882 and named it Valentine, Texas.
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 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.
On 23 January 1691, the Count of Galvez (as in Galveston) appointed Domingo Terán de los Ríos to serve as the first governor of the Spanish province of Coahuila y Texas. Here's his story:
Did you know that there are five varieties of bluebonnet “officially” recognized as the State Flower?
Field trips, unit studies, and real books are, IMHO, the only way to effectively teach history. Intuitively, you probably already know this. Think about your own experience of learning history through textbooks and lectures. Was it like mine?
The Great State of Texas has several birthdays...but that's okay, because it's a state worth celebrating more than once each year! :) Texas became an independent republic on Mar 2, 1836. Texas was readmitted to the United States after the Civil War on March 30, 1870. But 29 December 1845 was the day that Texas became the 28th state in the United States. "God bless you, Texas,
On Christmas Day in 1949, Edwin and Virginia Spacek of Quitman, Texas welcomed a daughter to their family. They named her Mary Elizabeth, but the brothers just called her "Sissy." From the time she was 6, Sissy Spacek loved the stage, making her acting debut in a local talent show. Any shyness she struggled with was conquered when her next older brother, Robbie, died of leukemia when