Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol MMXVII, No 285 October 12, 1997 Sunday Evening
John Denver dies in Plane Crash in California
Born This Date
Navy hero Dorie Millie born in Waco
WACO   (1919) Click Here to follow "Doris Miller" forward in Time  On this date in 1919, Doris "Dorie" Miller was born in Waco. In 1939 he joined the navy and was serving on the West Virginia as a cook when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Miller stepped up to an abandoned heavy anti-aircraft gun, and without any prior training shot down at least two of the enemy planes.    More about "Doris Miller on the Web
Cotton farmer Jared E Groce born in Virginia
RICHMOND VA   (1782) Click Here to follow "Jared Groce" forward in Time  On this date in 1782, James Ellison Groce was born in Virginia. He moved to Alabama where he made a fortune in the lumber industry, followed by a sucessful cotton plantation. In 1822, he relocated to present day Grimes County where he brought with him Cottonseed. He is credited with bring Cotton to this region of Texas. His son Leonard would establish "Bernardo" a huge Cotton plantation near San Felipe, where in 1836, Sam Houston brought his army for training in preparation to confront Santa Anna's army that was approaching following the Battle of the Alamo.    More about "Jared Groce on the Web

Back Home Again
MONTEREY CA Click Here to follow "John Denver" back in Time(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.
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Farm and Ranch Desk
Parade opens the Fort Worth Stock Show
FORT WORTH   (1896) Click Here to follow "FW Stock Show" forward in Time  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.

National Desk
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.

Weather Desk
Hurricane inundates Jefferson County
HOUSTON Click Here to follow "Hurricanes" back in Time (1886) Click Here to follow "Hurricanes" forward in Time  On this date in 1886, a hurricane hits Sabine, Jefferson County killing 150. Flood extends 20 miles inland.