Vol MMXIII, No 249
September 5, 1836
Sam Houston is elected President of the Republic
Houston elected Pres
On this date in 1836, Houston is elected President of the Republic of Texas. Stephen F Austin comes in distant third. Mirabeau B. Lamar is elected Vice-President.
Student pays rent with Beans
On this date in 1931, in the heart of the depression, a student and Texas Tech used a truck load of beans to pay three months rent at the boarding house where he was staying.
Texan, Kelly Clarkson wins American Idol
Burleson born, Kelly Clarkson won the first American Idol competition on Fox Television, this date in 2002. For her finale song, she sang "A Moment Like This", which later became a smash hit for her. In 2004, Clarkson reached No. 2 with "Since U Been gone", and followed that in 2007 with "Because of You" which reached No 7.
State Boundaries to be fixed by Congress
On this date in 1850, a bill is introduced in Washington by Senator James A Pearce which will fix the boundaries of Texas. The effect of this bill would be that much of the territory of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and parts of Wyoming would revert to the United States, leaving the boundary similar to modern Texas.
C.M. (Dad) Joiner stikes Oil in East Texas
On this date in 1930, Columbus Marvin Joiner (Dad Joiner), strikes oil in East Texas, opening the lucritive East Texas Oil Field.