Vol MMXVII, No 99
April 9, 1865
South Surrenders - Civil War Ends
Today in Sports
Baseball Star Hippo Vaughn born in Weatherford
On this date in 1888, Chicago Cubs pitcher, James "Hippo" Vaughn was born in Weatherford. During the 1910s and 20s, Vaughn pitch five 20 win seasons. But he is best remembered for dueling it out with Fred Toney on May of 1917, in the only 9-inning "double no-hitter" in major league history.
Astros beat Yankees 2-1 in new Domed Stadium
On this date in 1965, the Houston Astros played the New York Yankees in the new Astrodome. This exhibition game was the first baseball game played in Astrodome, and the first baseball game in history to be played indoors.
In the game, New York slugger Mickey Mantle hit the first home run in the new stadium, but the Astros went on to beat the Yankees, 2-1.
George Girvin of the Spurs wins NBA Scoring Title
Needing 58 points to win the season scoring title over David Thompson, San Antonio Spur, George Girvin scored 53 points at halftime, and another 10 in the third quarter of the Spur's regular season game to win the 1978 scoring title, on this date in 1978. Girvin sat out the final quarter, and the Spurs lost the game to New Orleans 153-132.
Dean of the Senate, Morris Sheppard Dies
On this date in 1941, Senator Morris Sheppard, known as the Dean of them(US)Senate, dies. The dam at Possom Kingdom Lake was named in his honor, and completed only 3 weeks before his death.
Born This Date
Actor Dennis Quaid born in Houston
On this date in 1954, actor Dennis Quaid was born in Houston. The younger brother of actor Randy Quaid, Dennis graduated from Houston's Bellaire High School, and then attended The University of Houston, where the acting bug caught him, and he headed for Los Angeles. There he broke into films and eventually made a name for himself with his big smile and good looks. He is probably best known for rolls in "The Right Stuff", "The Parent Trap" and as baseball pitcher, Jimmy Morris in "The Rookie".
Future Astronaut Kenneth Cockrell born in Austin
On this date in 1950, astronaut Kenneth D Cockrell was born in Austin. During his NASA career, Cockrell logged 1,560 hours in space, serving on five Space Shuttle missions.
Surrender at Appomattox
On this date in 1865, the leader of the Confederate forces, General Robert E Lee, formally surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, officially ending the Civil War.
At the time of the surrender, the most decorated unit of the Confederacy, Hoods Texas Brigade, was left with only 617 of its original 5353 enlistees. The Civil War had been the bloodiest conflict in American History.
WBAP first Texas station to broadcast in color
On this date in 1954, WBAP-TV in Fort Worth broadcast the first colorcast in Texas. At the time there were no more than 100 color televisions in all of Dallas and Fort Worth.
LaSalle Claims the Mississippi Valley for France
In the winter of 1682 René-Robert-Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle sledded down the frozen Illinois River to its mouth at the Mississippi. Then when the Mississippi was free of ice, canoed down the river to its mouth, reaching it on it Eastern passes on April 7, 1682. LaSalle then claimed for France all the lands drained by the river, naming this territory La Louisiane for the King of France, Louis XIV. Settlers followed, from Canada, Nova Scotia and France, creating towns along the river, most notably New Orleans.
Santa Anna Reaches the Brazos River
On this date in 1836, General Santa Anna's army in pursuit of the Texas army under Sam Houston reached the Brazos River. Wishing to avoid a direct attack of the Texans at the river crossing, his men head South in search of Thompson's Ferry.
Northeast Texas Hit by Tornadoes
On this date in 1919, tornados in West and Northeast Texas kill over 60 and injure hundreds. Ector, Fannin, Henderson, Van Zandt, Camp and Red River Counties are hit the worst.
Huge Tornado Hits the Texas Panhandle
One of the largest tornadoes on record struck the Texas Panhandle on this date in 1947. The "Tri-State Tornado", was reported to be between one and two miles wide and traveled over 200 miles in three states.
The tornado touched down 5 miles northwest of Pampa and passed just northwest of the town of Canadian. The town of Glazier was totally destroyed, killing 17 and 40 injured. Then, most of the town of Higgins was also destroyed, killing 51 there and injuring another 232. The tornado then passed into Oklahoma and eventually dissipated near the town of Leo, Kansas.
The final totals across three states were 181 killed and 970 injured. 68 Texans died in the tornado. This was the fourth deadliest tornado in Texas history.