Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol 8, No 346 December 11, 1980 Thursday Evening
Magnum P.I. debuts, Texan has Leading Roll
Born This Date
J Frank Wilson born in Lufkin
LUFKIN   (1941) Click Here to follow "J Frank Wilson" forward in Time  On this date in 1941, singer J Frank Wilson was born in Lufkin. While stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, he met up with the Cavaliers, and together recorded "Last Kiss". In 1964, in the midst of Beatlemania, the song hit No 2 on Billboards top 100.    More about "J Frank Wilson on the Web
Fort Worth Millionare Amon Carter born in Crafton
CRAFTON   (1879) Click Here to follow "Amon Carter" forward in Time  On this date in 1879, Amon G Carter was born in Crafton. It was Carter who was the force behind Fort Worth acquiring it's first public Airport and Airmail route and bringing the Airplane industry to Fort Worth.

John Hillerman
HOLLYWOOD Click Here to follow "John Hillerman" back in Time(1980)   On this date in 1980, Magnum P.I. premiered on television starting Tom Selleck as a well tanned private investigator, Thomas Magnum IV. Opposite Tom on the Hawaiian based detective show, was Texas born John Hillerman, as Englishman Jonathan Quayle Higgins III. Hillerman had to develop an English accent for his roll as Higgins, an accent so convincing that he once received a fan letter from a British Lord which included "You are a credit to the Empire". Now THAT's acting!
Hillerman had been acting since 1970, in dozens of television series. He played the part of a teacher in "The Last Picture Show" in 1971.
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Capitol Desk
Dam at Lake O' The Pines Completed
TEXARKANA   (1959)    On this date in 1959, the construction on the dam that created the Lake O' the Pines was completed West of Jefferson.