Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol 8, No 25 January 25, 1878 Friday Evening
Farmer sees Strange Phenomenon in Denison
Today in Sports
Constuction begins on new Cowboy Stadium
IRVING Click Here to follow "Dallas Cowboys" back in Time (1969) Click Here to follow "Dallas Cowboys" forward in Time  On this date in 1969, ground is broken and construction begins on the new 58,000 seat Irving Stadium, future home of the Dallas Cowboys.    More about "Dallas Cowboys" on the Web

Oilers hire Bum Phillips as Coach and GM
HOUSTON Click Here to follow "Bum Phillips" back in Time (1975) Click Here to follow "Bum Phillips" forward in Time  On this date in 1975, Texas born OA "Bum" Phillips was hired as Head Coach and General Manager of the Houston Oilers. From 1975 til he was fired in 1980, Bum Phillips was the winningest coach in Oilers History. He was once quoted as saying the "Dallas Cowboys may be America's team, but the Houston Oilers are Texas' team." Bum was a working man's Texan. He once told a reporter from the New York Times, that there are "five things I know about" ... pickups, cold beer, barbecued ribs, gumbo, and chewing tobacco. Under Phillips, Earl Campbell from the University of Texas won three consecutive Rushing titles, 1978 (1450 yrds), 1979 (1679 yrds) and 1980 (1934 yrds).    More about "Bum Phillips" on the Web

Ray Peterson dies of Cancer in Tennessee
NASHVILLE TN Click Here to follow "Ray Peterson" back in Time  (2005)     On this date in 2005, the "Golden Voice of Rock and Roll", Ray Peterson died at his home in Smyrna, near Nashville. Born in Denton, Ray had two giant smash hits with "Tell Laura I Love Her", and "Corinna, Corinna". See "Ray Peterson" Page 1D
Queen of Western Swing dies at 69
BRYAN    (1989)     Laura Lee Owens McBride, known as the Queen of Western Swing, died in Bryan (Brazos County) on this date in 1989. She was the first woman to sing and tour with Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. She recorded "I Betcha My Heart I Love You" which quickly because her signature song. She is a member of the Western Swing hall of Fame in Sacramento, California. See "Laura Lee Owens" Page 1D

Born This Date
Anna W Raguet born in Newtown Pennsylvania
NEWTOWN PA Click Here to follow "Sam Houston" back in Time (1819) Click Here to follow "Sam Houston" forward in Time  On this date in 1819, Anna W Raguet was born. She was once the heart-throb of Sam Houston in Nacogdoches. In 1833, Houston even sought legal help for a divorce from Eliza Allen to marry Anna, but under Mexican law, divorces were illegal. He eventually became President of the Republic of Texas and passed a law legalizing divorce. His divorce was secured on April 8, 1837, but Anna didn't approve of his scruples. She eventually married Robert Irion and had five children by him. She died in 1883.

Like Large Saucer
DENISON  (1878)Click Here to follow "UFOs" forward in Time  On this date in 1878, The Denison Daily News printed the story of John Martin's January 2nd siting of "A Strange Phenomenon" while out hunting near his Denison farm. Unfamiliar with this type of reporting, the newspaper quotes Martin almost entirely. At one point, Martin refers to the phenomenon as being like "a large saucer" going through space "at wonderful speed." After it had stopped directly above him for a time, "It went as rapidly as it had come and was soon lost to sight in the heavenly skies." The newspaper summarizes "Mr. Martin is a gentleman of undoubted veracity and this strange occurrence, if it was not a balloon, deserves the attention of our scientists." More of "UFOs" on the Web
Business Desk
Texas Instruments to build new plant in Dallas
DALLAS   (1962)    On this day in 1962, Texas Instruments, still booming from its new invention, the microchip, announced a plan to build a new plant in north Dallas.

National Desk
US House votes to admit Texas to the Union
WASHINGTON DC   (1845) Click Here to follow "Statehood" forward in Time  On this date in 1845, the US House voted to admit Texas into the Union. The bill will work its way through the Senate, but finally, on December 29th, Texas became the 28th State. By February 1846, government of the Republic of Texas will replaced by a governor and state officials.

Political Desk
Texas President Lamar Approves New Flag.
AUSTIN   (1839) Click Here to follow "Officially Texas" forward in Time  On this date in 1839, President of Texas, Mirabeau B. Lamar, approved the adpotion by the Texas Congress of the Texas national flag, the familiar red, white and blue Lone Star flag which is now the state flag.   More about "Officially Texas" on the Web

Weather Desk
Worst Dust Storms in Years attacks Panhandle
LUBBOCK   (1965)    On this date in 1965, the worst dust storms in ten years cover west Texas from the Northern Panhandle to the Mexican border. One rain guage in Abilene recorded 3 inches of fine sand.