Vol MMXV, No 87
March 28, 1969
Texas native, Dwight Eisenhower dies at 78
WASHINGTON DC (1969)
On this date in 1969, former President and commander of the Allied forces in Europe during WWII, Dwight D Eisenhower died at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington. He was buried alongside his wife and first child, at a small chapel in Abilene Kansas.
Eisenhower, born in 1890 in Denison, Texas, rose to prominence as commander of the Allied forces which defeated Nazi Germany in World War II. Following the war, he ran for President as a Republican. As President, he supported the 1954 Supreme Court decision "Brown vs Borad of Education of Topeka", leading to school integration. In 1957, he federalized the National Guard to enforce school integration in Little Rock Arkansas.
Eisenhower was President during much of the Cold War, was a champion of the Interstate Highway system, desegration, and national defense. He was extremely popular, being overwhelmingly reelected in 1956 for his second term. By then, however, the 22nd Amendment in 1951 prevented any President from seeking a third term. Eisenhower was 78.
Houston arrives at San Felipe ahead of Santa Anna
On this date in 1836, Sam Houston and his Texas army, on retreat from the Mexican Army under Santa Anna, arrive at San Felipe de Austin. In what little time he can, he will train his army before moving farther east.
General Zach begins erecting Fort Brown
On this date in 1846, following Texas admission into the United States, General Zachary Taylor, who was sent into the Rio Grande Valley to defend Texas from Mexico, begins erection of Fort Brown, at the future location of Brownsville.
Rally in Houston falls short of expectations
On this date in 1961, a rally was held at Houston's Memorial Auditorium for one of 72 candidates for the US Senate seat vacated when Lyndon Johnson became Vice President. Total attendance ... none.
President pro tempore, Barbara Jordan
On this date in 1971, Barbara Jordan is elected as President pro tempore of the Texas senate. In 1967, Barbara Jordan became the first black woman ever to become a Texas state senator.