Vol MMXIII, No 208
July 27, 1946
Blacks vote for first time in Democratic Primary
Today in Sports
Earl Campbell inducted into Football Hall of Fame
On this date in 1991, Houston Oilers Legend Earl Campbell was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In his career with the Oilers under coach Bum Phillips, Campbell set new team rushing records year after year bringing the Oilers within one win of the Superbowl twice.
Among those inducted on this date was "Tex" Schramm former President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys.
Introducing Earl, was his coach and long time friend, Bum Phillips, who gave special praise to Ann Campbell, Earl's mother, for raising a man who "knew how to live on the field and off the field." Following Campbell's acceptance speech, he raised his hand giving the "Hook 'em Horns" sign, in salute to his alma mater, the University of Texas.
Blacks in Primary
Following the April 3, 1944 US Supreme Court ruling, Blacks were now allowed to vote in Texas Democratic Primary. Upwards of 90,000 cast their ballots for the first time on this date in 1946.
LBJ Takes His Seat as the Senator from Texas
Eight months after his election, Lyndon B Johnson is finally recognized by the Senate Rules Committee as the rightful Senator from Texas on this date in 1949.
The delay was the result of a heated debate over alleged election fraud in the Democratic Primary. It seems that hundreds of people were rising from the dead, just to vote for LBJ.
Southern Transcontinental Railroad Chartered
On this date in 1870, a charter was issue for the Southern Transcontinental Railroad. It was organized on October 31st with Texans George H. Giddings and James W. Throckmorton as members of the board. The company located it's main office in Marshall, and began surveying, but by 1872, it was acquired by Texas Pacific Railroad.
The Texas and Pacific eventually made it's way to West Texas, connecting up with the Southern Pacific just west of the Davis Mountains. Soon travelers could migrate through Texas all the way to California over the T&P and SP railroads, the Southern Trans-Continental route.
Hurricane Hits Galveston, Bolivar. 19 Killed.
A Hurricane came ashore in Galveston, on this date in 1943, ravaging the Galveston and Trinity Bay areas. 19 people are killed with $16 million in damage.