Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol MMXVII, No 106 April 16, 1947 Wednesday Evening
Ship Explodes at Texas City. Hundreds Dead.
Born This Date
Selena Quintanilla Perez born at Lake Jackson
FREEPORT   (1971) Click Here to follow "Selena" forward in Time  On this date in 1971, Latino superstar Selena was born in Lake Jackson. Her music and stage presence attracted audiences all over the world. She died tragically on March 31, 1995, just a month before her 24th birthday.    More about "Selena on the Web

City Leveled by Blast
GALVESTON  (1947)   On this date in 1947, The French ship SS Grandcamp, loaded with chemicals, exploded in harbor at Texas City causing over $100 million in damages. A nearby ship carring almost 1,000 Tons of ammonium nitrate also added to the destruction. By the end of the day, 552 are dead, 200 missing, and over 3,000 injured. More of "Disasters" on the Web
Farm and Ranch Desk
Ophra speaks out against Texas Cattle
CHICAGO IL   (1996) Click Here to follow "Ophra" forward in Time  On this date in 1996, on her nationally televised talk show, Ophra Winfrey and vegetarian activist Howard Lyman suggested that feeding practices of Cattle could lead to Mad Cow disease in humans, even though there had been no reported cases of Mad Cow disease in the United States. To an enthusiast audience, Ophra exclaimed that Lyman's stories were enough for her to give up hamburgers.
   Cattle prices pludged, and Texas cattlemen soon lost an estimated $11 million in beef prices. The Cattlemen sued Winfrey and Lyman under the Texas "veggie liability" law protecting the agriculture industry against false claims of tainted foods. Ophra's attorneys argued for the first amendment right to free expression of opinion.
   In February 1998, a Jury found Ophra Winfrey not liable for damages to the Texas Cattle industry.


National Desk
Tennessee Governor Sam Houston resigns
NASHVILLE TN Click Here to follow "Sam Houston" back in Time (1829) Click Here to follow "Sam Houston" forward in Time  On this date in 1826, Tennessee Governor Sam Houston resigned after two years in office. Houston was separated after a three month marriage, and soon rejoined his adopted Cherokee family (who gave him the Indian name "The Raven" years before.)   More about "Sam Houston" on the Web