Vol MMXVII, No 135
May 15, 1930
Garner Proposes Dividing into FIVE states!
Today in Sports
Texan Nolan Ryan pitches No-hitter for the Angels
LOS ANGELES CA (1973)
On this date in 1973, Texas native, Nolan Ryan, with the California Angels, pitched his first no-hitter, beating Kansas City 3-0. Ryan would go on to pitch 3 more no-hitters for California, one for Houston, and two for the Texas Rangers.
Pitcher, Roger Clemens debuts with the Red Sox
BOSTON MA (1984)
Following a terrific season pitching for the University of Texas, which led them to their College World Series championship, Roger Clemens took the mound for the Red Sox. By the end of the 2007 season, Clemens racked up 354 wins and only 184 losses in his 707 starts, and struck out 4,672 batters.
Born This Date
Singer Trini Lopez born in Dallas
On this date in 1937, Trinidad Lopez III was born in Dallas. "Trini" attended Crozier Tech High in Dallas, but left before graduating to help support his family.
Lopez was discovered by King Records which signed him to a three years contact, but little came of it. Following the death of his friend Buddy Holly, the remainder of the Crickets contacted Trini to come to Hollywood to be their lead singer, but when he arrived, they were not interested in performing. So Lopez went solo.
He was introduced to Frank Sinatra who signed him to his Reprise label. Soon Trini had an album, and in 1963, hit No 3 with an live version of "If I had a Hammer". He went on to have another dozen chart singles, and appeared in numerous television shows.
On this date in 1930, Congressman John Nance Garner of Texas proposed dividing Texas into five states (per our Annexation Treaty with the US), in an effort to end "New England Dominance" over the South.
On March 1, 1845, the Joint Resolution for Annexing Texas to the United States, provided a provision for "New States of convenient size not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas ... out of the territory lying south of the thirty-six degree thirty minutes north latitude, commonly known as the Missouri Compromise Line ..."
The Missouri Compromise Line was repealed in 1854, and ruled Unconstitution in the Dred Scott decision. Still, when Texas seceded from the Union in 1861, and following the end of the Civil War was forced to rewrite our State Constitution, any claim Texas may have had, to be able to divide into five states, was made invalid. U.S. law does permit states to be formed from the territory of other states, providing concent of the citizenry.
One related myth is that our Treaty with the US whereby Texas joined the Union in 1845, included a clause allowing Texas to withdraw from the Union at any time. Neither the treaty nor the Joint Resolution annexing Texas, contain such language.
Port of Brownsville Opens
On this date in 1936, the Port of Brownsville is opened.
Tornadoes hit North Texas, 76 die
On this date in 1896, a series of tornadoes hit all over North Texas. Sherman, Justin, and Gribble Springs are hit the worst. In total, 76 people lose their lives.