Vol MMXIV, No 25
January 25, 1878
Farmer sees Strange Phenomenon in Denison
Today in Sports
Constuction begins on new Cowboy Stadium
On this date in 1969, ground is broken and construction begins on the new 58,000 seat Irving Stadium, future home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Oilers hire Bum Phillips as Coach and GM
On this date in 1975, Texas born OA "Bum" Phillips was hired as Head Coach and General Manager of the Houston Oilers. From 1975 til he was fired in 1980, Bum Phillips was the winningest coach in Oilers History. He was once quoted as saying the "Dallas Cowboys may be America's team, but the Houston Oilers are Texas' team." Bum was a working man's Texan. He once told a reporter from the New York Times, that there are "five things I know about" ... pickups, cold beer, barbecued ribs, gumbo, and chewing tobacco. Under Phillips, Earl Campbell from the University of Texas won three consecutive Rushing titles, 1978 (1450 yrds), 1979 (1679 yrds) and 1980 (1934 yrds).
Ray Peterson dies of Cancer in Tennessee
On this date in 2005, the "Golden Voice of Rock and Roll", Ray Peterson died at his home in Smyrna, near Nashville. Born in Denton, Ray had two giant smash hits with "Tell Laura I Love Her", and "Corinna, Corinna".
Queen of Western Swing dies at 69
Laura Lee Owens McBride, known as the Queen of Western Swing, died in Bryan (Brazos County) on this date in 1989. She was the first woman to sing and tour with Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. She recorded "I Betcha My Heart I Love You" which quickly because her signature song. She is a member of the Western Swing hall of Fame in Sacramento, California.
Born This Date
Anna W Raguet born in Newtown Pennsylvania
On this date in 1819, Anna W Raguet was born. She was once the heart-throb of Sam Houston in Nacogdoches. In 1833, Houston even sought legal help for a divorce from Eliza Allen to marry Anna, but under Mexican law, divorces were illegal. He eventually became President of the Republic of Texas and passed a law legalizing divorce. His divorce was secured on April 8, 1837, but Anna didn't approve of his scruples. She eventually married Robert Irion and had five children by him. She died in 1883.
Like Large Saucer
On this date in 1878, The Denison Daily News printed the story of John Martin's January 2nd siting of "A Strange Phenomenon" while out hunting near his Denison farm. Unfamiliar with this type of reporting, the newspaper quotes Martin almost entirely. At one point, Martin refers to the phenomenon as being like "a large saucer" going through space "at wonderful speed." After it had stopped directly above him for a time, "It went as rapidly as it had come and was soon lost to sight in the heavenly skies." The newspaper summarizes "Mr. Martin is a gentleman of undoubted veracity and this strange occurrence, if it was not a balloon, deserves the attention of our scientists."
Texas Instruments to build new plant in Dallas
On this day in 1962, Texas Instruments, still booming from its new invention, the microchip, announced a plan to build a new plant in north Dallas.
US House votes to admit Texas to the Union
On this date in 1845, the US House voted to admit Texas into the Union. The bill will work its way through the Senate, but finally, on December 29th, Texas became the 28th State. By February 1846, government of the Republic of Texas will replaced by a governor and state officials.
Texas President Lamar Approves New Flag.
On this date in 1839, President of Texas, Mirabeau B. Lamar, approved the adpotion by the Texas Congress of the Texas national flag, the familiar red, white and blue Lone Star flag which is now the state flag.
Worst Dust Storms in Years attacks Panhandle
On this date in 1965, the worst dust storms in ten years cover west Texas from the Northern Panhandle to the Mexican border. One rain guage in Abilene recorded 3 inches of fine sand.