Vol MMXVII, No 63
March 3, 1836
Texas Navy sees Action off the Yucatan
Navy Captures Supplies
On this date in 1836, the Texas Navy vessel, Liberty captured the Mexican ship the Pelican in a battle off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. Taking fire from the nearby fortress Sisal, the crew of the Liberty captured 300 kegs of black powder and other military supplies.
Much of the bounty was concealed inside cargo belonging to a New Orleans. Upon reaching Matagorda Bay, the Pelican ran aground in poorly charted waters, but the cargo was salvaged, and put to good use at the Battle of San Jacinto.
Texas schooner captures American Contraband
On this date in 1836, the Texas Navy schooner, the Invincible captured the American brig Pocket which under a false manifest, was found to be carrying contraband to the Mexican Army.
Otto Brodie flies his Air Plane over Fair Park
On this date in 1910, while hundreds watched, dare devil flying ace, Otto Brodie flew his famous wire and canvass biplane over Fair Park in Dallas. This was the first time Dallas had ever seen an Air Plane.
Congress approves Camels on western frontier
On this date in 1855, Congress, with the urgin of the War Department, made $30,000 available to the War Department for the purchase of camels and the importation of dromedaries, to be employed for military purposes. Later, Camels would be transported to Camp Verde in the Texas Hill Country to assist the military in its ongoing defense of the Texas frontier again Indian attack.
Republic of Texas recognized by the US
On this date in 1837, the United States officially recognized The Republic of Texas. In all, three countries will recognize Texas, the US, Britain, and France.
Barbara Jordan, Woman of the Year
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan of Houston, was selected by the Women's National Democratic Club as the Democratic Woman of the year on this date in 1975. Jordan was the first black woman ever to serve as a state Senator. She became as US Congresswoman in 1973, and served on the House Judiciary Committee that investigated the Watergate breakin in 1974.
Congress Authorizes new Mail Service to California
On this date in 1857, Congress authorized the Postmaster General of the United States, to seek bids for stagecoach service between the Missouri river and San Francisco. The service would include both passenger and mail service. Nine overland stage owners entered bids for the new U.S. Mail contract. In September, John Butterfield Sr. won the $600,000 contract. His route which included 9 days in Texas, would cover the 2,795 route in 25 days.