Vol MMXVII, No 103
April 13, 1955
Elvis brings his music to the Rolling Plains
Born This Date
Madelyn Murray O'Hair born in Pennsylvania
PITTSBURG PA (1919)
On this date in 1919, Madelyn Murray was born in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In 1960, O'Hare filed a lawsuit in Baltimore (Murray vs Curlett) which eventually struck down Bible readings and organized prayer in school. Following the court ruling, Life Magazine referred to Murray as "the most hated woman in America"
In 1965 Murray settled in Austin, Texas where she met and married, Richard O'Hair. Despite a separation, they remained married until his death in 1978.
Future Governor Bill Clements born in Dallas
On this date in 1917, future governor of Texas, William Perry Clements, Jr. was born in Dallas. Clements worked in the Texas oil industry and later served as the Deputy Secretary of Defense in the Nixon and Ford administrations.
Bill Clements succeeded Dolph Briscoe as Governor in 1972, and was defeated for reelection by Mark White. But in 1986, Clement unseated Mark White, and earned his second term as governor.
Elvis at Breckenridge
Elvis Presley, fresh off a packed performance on the Louisiana Hayride, brought his music to the Texas plains on this date in 1955 with a performance at the High School Auditorium in Breckenridge. His Texas tour continued with concerts in Gainesville (April 14), two in Stamford (April 15), and Dallas on April 16th.
Tornado virtually destroys town of Melissa
On this date in 1921, a tornado all but wiped out the small town of Melissa in Collin County. 12 people were killed and 80 injured in the storm.