Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol 8, No 66 March 7, 1923 Wednesday Evening
Earthquake strikes El Paso and Northern Mexico
El Paso Earthquake
EL PASO  (1923)Click Here to follow "Earthquakes" forward in Time  At 10:05 on this date in 1923, an earthquake struck El Paso and the towns south and west of there. The quake was estimated to be a 4.7 in magnitude. In Ciudad Juarez (across the Rio Grande from El Paso), Juan Ortiz, a Mexican farmer was killed when his adobe house caved in during the earthquake. Effects of the quake were felt more than 200 miles away in Sierra Blanca, southern New Mexico, and northern Chihuahua. This is the only earthquake in Texas recorded history where anyone was killed, and even this time, just across the border in Mexico.
Capitol Desk
The Bluebonnet officially made the State Flower
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "Officially Texas" back in Time (1901) Click Here to follow "Officially Texas" forward in Time  On this date in 1901, the Texas Legislature made the Bluebonnet the Texas State flower. There are five varieties of bluebonnets, and after much debate, all five are made the State flower   More about "Officially Texas" on the Web

Entertainment Desk
Space Rangers cancelled after Five Years on TV
LOS ANGELES CA Click Here to follow "Space Rangers" back in Time (1955)    On this date in 1955, the popular kids show, Space Rangers was cancelled. Texas native, Lyn Osborn who played Cadet Happy on the show, had made hundreds of personal appearances with the rest of the cast, all over America. Three years later, he would be dead.

Military Desk
Hood takes command of the Texas Brigade
SOMERVILLE Click Here to follow "Hoods Brigade" back in Time (1862) Click Here to follow "Hoods Brigade" forward in Time  On this date in 1862, command of the Texas Brigade was passed to John Bell Hood. After that it would be known as Hood's Texas Brigade.

Political Desk
High Court gives Blacks right to vote in Primaries
WASHINGTON DC Click Here to follow "Voting Rights" back in Time (1927) Click Here to follow "Voting Rights" forward in Time  On this date in 1927, the Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Oliver Wendell Holmes, struck down a Texas law prohibiting blacks from voting in state primary elections.