Vol MMXV, No 59
February 28, 1993
Four ATF Agents killed in Raid of Religious Cult
The Branch Davidian Raid
On this date in 1993, four federal agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agency were killed in a shoot out with Branch Davidians in Elk, near Waco. The Davidians, led by Vernon Howell (aka David Koresh), had been accumulating and modify firearms. In addition, Koresh had fathered over 11 children by seven mothers, many of them underage.
County law enforcement was unable to control Koresh's firearms activities, so federal agents were brought in. A Sheriff's tip to a local television station, and a call to the Davidian compound spoiled the element of surprise, and the Davidians were armed and ready.
Following the shoot out a fifty-one day stand off ensued, ending with a huge fire that killed 81, most of them women and children.
Congress votes to Annex Texas
On this date in 1845, the United States Congress passed a resolution to annex Texas. Word is dispatched to Texas with the offer. Britain is against Annexation, asking Mexico to recognize Texas if she does not join the Union. The bid fails, and within months Texans vote to accept the offer and join the Union.
Legislature Ratifies the 18th Amendment
On this date in 1918, the Texas Legislature voted to ratify the eighteenth amendment that provides that the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited. Communion wine could still be produced.