Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol 8, No 75 March 16, 1861 Saturday Evening
Gov Houston Resigns after Rejecting Confederacy
Judge Roy Bean Dies at Langtry
LANGTRY Click Here to follow "Judge Roy Bean" back in Time  (1903)  Click Here to follow "Judge Roy Bean" forward in Time  In March 1903, Judge Roy Bean took the train to San Antonio and drank himself almost into a coma. Friends of the Judge carried him back to his makeshift courthouse, the Jersey Lilly, and put him to bed. Judge Roy Bean died peacefully in his sleep on this date in 1903.
   Less than a year later, in January of 1904, on a tour of the South and West, Miss Lily Langtry stepped off the Sunset Limited at Langtry, and toured the saloon named in her honor. The Judge never met the object of his most ardent admiration, Miss Lily.

Born This Date
Brooke Burns, host of Dog Eat Dog, born in Dallas
DALLAS   (1978)    On this date in 1978, Brooke Burns was born in Dallas. Her early acting career included a recurring roll as a sexy mail girl in Ally McBeal, and in 1998, as Jesse in Baywatch. Most recently she became the hostess of the sexy game show "Dog Eat Dog" where contestants compete in water challenges to elimate one another.    More about "Brooke Burns on the Web

Houston Resigns
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "Houston" back in Time(1861)Click Here to follow "Houston" forward in Time  On this date in 1861, following a 3-1 vote by Texans to secede from the Union, Governor Sam Houston is forced to resign. He has consistantly resisted the efforts to secede and refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederate States of America. Houston left Austin, and returned to Huntsville where the lived out the rest of his life. More of "Houston" on the Web
Crime Desk
John Wesley Hardin pardoned
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "John Wesley Hardin" back in Time (1894) Click Here to follow "John Wesley Hardin" forward in Time  On this date in 1894, John Wesley Hardin was pardoned, and admitted to the bar. He had served 16 years of a 25 year sentence at Huntsville for the murder of Charles Webb. One year later, in 1895 in El Paso, Hardin himself would be killed by a man Hardin hired to kill his lover's husband. It seemes the man was never paid for the hit. (Hold that trigger! ... Will you take a check?)   More about "John Wesley Hardin" on the Web

Education Desk
San Clemente Mission near Ballinger established
SAN ANTONIO   (1684)    On this date in 1684, San Clemente Mission was established near present day Ballinger.

Political Desk
Texas Constitution adopted at Wash-on-Brazos
NAVASOTA   (1836)    On this date in 1836, at Washington-on-the-Brazos, the first Texas Constitution was adopted.