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Today In Texas History – December 19

1890 – Lubbock and Monterey agreed to consolidate.

1832 – San Antonio became the first Texas town to present a list of grievances (known as the Bexar Remonstrance) to the legislature of Coahuila and Texas. The document sought the repeal of the a law that banned immigration from the U.S. and separation of Texas from Coahuila.

1842 – The Somervell expedition disbanded. The group had been ordered by Sam Houston on October 3 to organize and invade Mexico.

1904 – In Round Rock, TX, Vander Clyde was born. He was known internationally as Barbette, a female impersonator and trapeze and high-wire performer.

1926 – NFL Hall of Famer and former record-holding University of Texas quarterback Robert Layne was born in Santa Anna, Texas. He played with the Detroit Lions in three NFL championships.

1959 – Walter Williams died in Houston, TX, at the age of 117. He was said to be the last surviving veteran of the U.S. Civil War.

1959 – The first Bluebonnet Bowl game was played at Rice Stadium. The game was between Clemson University and Texas Christian University.

1980 – In Albany, TX, the restored jail opened to the public as an art museum.

1986 – President Reagan met with Texas Senator Bentsen to discuss the Senator’s recent trip to Canada.

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Today In Not So Old West History

December 19, 1964 — In Not-So-Old West History …offered in the guise of a Western film, John Ford’s Cheyenne Autumn, one of the best post-war critiques of American society, is released by Warner Brothers.  John Ford was born Sean O’Feeny in 1894. He moved to Hollywood from Maine in 1913 and soon began picking up bit parts in several films, including D.W. Griffith’s influential Birth of a Nation.

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