Vol MMXIII, No 233
August 21, 1921
Oil is discovered in Mexia
Born This Date
Singer Kenny Rogers born in Houston
On this date in 1938, singer Kenny Rogers was born in Houston. After graduating from Jefferson Davis High School, he recorded several songs on local labels. In 1966, Rogers joined the New Christy Minstrels (a group that also gave rise to Kim Carnes, Karen Black, the Byrds, and the Association). He remained with them for a year until he as two other members left to form The First Edition, best remembered for their hits "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town", "Something's Burning" and "Ruben James" among others. In 1974, Rogers left the group and went solo, and in 1977, hit the top 10 with "Lucille". In 1980, Rogers hit No.1 on the pop chart with "Lady", and later with Dolly Parton in 1983, with "Islands in the Stream". Kenny Rogers has also had 13 No.1 hits on the Country Chart.
Humorist John Henry Faulk born in Austin
On this date in 1913, humorist and Texas folklorist, John Henry Faulk was born in Austin.
Oil in Mexia
On this date in 1921, a discovery well in Mexia owned by the Western Oil Corporation, strikes oil, opening the Mexia Oil Field in eastern central Texas.
Spanish Governor Appointed
Angel de Martos y Naverrete was appointed Governor of Texas by the Spanish Government on this date in 1756
First Telephone Exchange Opens in Galveston
On this date in 1879, demand for telephone service in Galveston led to the opening of Texas' first Telephone Exchange. In 1877, the Galveston News installed a telephone between the local Western Union office and the Newspaper, and six months later, the owner of the paper, Col A.H.Belo had a telephone installed between the Newspaper and his home.
Demand took off. Soon after the Galveston telephone exchange was opened, Houston, San Antonio and Dallas opened up their own telephone exchanges. Within 4 years, most of the smaller cities in Texas had telephone service.