Vol 8, No 285
October 12, 1997
John Denver dies in Plane Crash in California
Back Home Again
MONTEREY CA (1997)
On this date in 1997, Arlington Heights High School graduate, John Denver, died while piloting his small plane off the coast of Monterey Bay, California. His home made aircraft apparently ran out of fuel off the coast, and crashed as he attempted to make it back to land.
Born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr., he began using his professional name after becoming the lead singer in the Mitchell Trio. Denver wrote "Leaving on a Jet Plane" which gave Peter, Paul and Mary their only No 1 hit. He later recorded "Take Me Home, Country Road" which launched a tremendous singing career which included hits "Rocky Mountain High", "Sunshine on My Shoulder", "Annie's Song", "Thank God, I'm a Country Boy", and "Calypso" among dozens of great songs.
Denver also had numerous television specials, and starred in the movie "Oh God!" with George Burns. His last concert was in Corpus Christi, one week before his tragic death.
Farm and Ranch Desk
Parade opens the Fort Worth Stock Show
FORT WORTH (1896)
On this date in 1896, a parade through north Fort Worth opened the Fort Worth Stock Show. Earlier in the year a one day only stock show was held in North Fort Worth on the banks of Marine Creek. But today launched the second show, and first annual, Fort Worth Stock Show to coincide with the National Livestock Exchange Convention. The show would run annual every year since except 1943, when it was cancelled due to World War II. Today the Fort Worth Stock Show is held in mid-January, and is the largest of its kind in the World.
President Ford creates The Big Thicket
WASHINGTON DC (1974)
On this date in 1974, President Gerald R Ford signed the bill creating the Big Thicket National Preserve. Ford had been in office only two months, following the resignation of Richard Nixon.
Hurricane inundates Jefferson County
On this date in 1886, a hurricane hits Sabine, Jefferson County killing 150. Flood extends 20 miles inland.