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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Roy Orbison: A Texan Not So Lonely

Though not so dark and lonely as his songs made him seem, Roy Kelton Orbison had a lot of pain in his life.  He absorbed that pain and transformed it with dramatic lyrics and a three-octave voice, a one-two punch …

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Remembering Sam Houston and San Jacinto

Post-San Jacinto: Gratification, ire for Houston Revolution’s leader saw Texas’ statehood, then disaster. By John Willingham / Special to the San Antonio Express-News Published 12:02 a.m., Thursday, April 21, 2011 Gen. Sam Houston’s (1793-1863) defeat of Mexico’s army in Texas in …

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Waco–The City Where “Waco” Didn’t Happen

Note: This article originally appeared on April 19, 2013, on the History News Network HNN.us, under the title: Waco–The City Where the “Waco” Siege Didn’t Actually Happen April 19, 2013, is the twentieth anniversary of the bloody end to the …

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The Cowboy Strike of 1883 and the Demise of Old Tascosa

A cowboy strike, in Texas?  In a state now known for its right to work laws and general hostility toward unions?  And cowboys–well, let’s just say that they are not often associated with the words “collective” and “bargaining.” Yet these …

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W.C. Brann, the “Iconoclast,” Was Killed in Waco in April 1898

Loved, hated, admired and reviled, the journalist William Cowper Brann was shot and killed on a Waco street on April 1, 1898. His death ended a long feud with supporters of Baylor University–an institution that he had accused of producing …

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“Mr. Sam” Rayburn Sworn in 100 Years Ago This Month

On April 7, 1913, Sam Rayburn officially began his congressional career that would not end until more than 48 years later. Following the summary immediately below, there is a longer post on Mr. Sam. Here is the Texas State Historical …

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