Vol MMXIII, No 43
February 12, 2000
Former Cowboy Coach Tom Landry dies in Dallas
Tom Landry Dies
Following nine months of treatment for acute myelogenous leukemia, former Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry died at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas on this date in 2000. Landry began his professional career in the All-American Football League. When that league folded he was picked up by the New York Giants, where he played until 1956 and later served as defensive coach. In 1960, he was made head coach for the expansion team the Dallas Cowboys. In his 25 years as coach, he brought the Cowboys to five superbowls, winning two of them. When the Cowboys changed ownership in 1989, Landry retired from football to his home at Lake Travis near Austin. He was 75.
Santa Anna's main force crosses into Texas
On this date in 1836, Santa Anna's main army crossed the Rio Grande heading for San Antonio. Within a month the battle at the Alamo would take place.
Phill Gramm wins his own seat in Special Election
Running as a Republican to fill the seat he as resigned as a Democrat only a month before, Phil Gramm wins his own seat back on this date in 1983. Gramm was pressured to resign by Washington Democrats because of his support of Ronald Reagan for President. Reagan was inaugurated three week before.
Coldest Day in History for Brownsville
On this date in 1899, Brownsville recorded it's lowest temperature ever. The entire Rio Grande Valley received a hard-freeze as Brownsville's temperature dipped to only 12 degrees fahrenheit.