Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol 8, No 87 March 28, 1969 Friday Evening
Texas native, Dwight Eisenhower dies at 78
Eisenhower Dies
WASHINGTON DC Click Here to follow "Eisenhower" back in Time(1969)   On this date in 1969, former President and commander of the Allied forces in Europe during WWII, Dwight D Eisenhower died at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington. He was buried alongside his wife and first child, at a small chapel in Abilene Kansas.
   Eisenhower, born in 1890 in Denison, Texas, rose to prominence as commander of the Allied forces which defeated Nazi Germany in World War II. Following the war, he ran for President as a Republican. As President, he supported the 1954 Supreme Court decision "Brown vs Borad of Education of Topeka", leading to school integration. In 1957, he federalized the National Guard to enforce school integration in Little Rock Arkansas.
   Eisenhower was President during much of the Cold War, was a champion of the Interstate Highway system, desegration, and national defense. He was extremely popular, being overwhelmingly reelected in 1956 for his second term. By then, however, the 22nd Amendment in 1951 prevented any President from seeking a third term. Eisenhower was 78.

Military Desk
Houston arrives at San Felipe ahead of Santa Anna
SAN FELIPE Click Here to follow "Texas Revolution" back in Time (1836) Click Here to follow "Texas Revolution" forward in Time  On this date in 1836, Sam Houston and his Texas army, on retreat from the Mexican Army under Santa Anna, arrive at San Felipe de Austin. In what little time he can, he will train his army before moving farther east.

General Zach begins erecting Fort Brown
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "Mexican War" back in Time (1846) Click Here to follow "Mexican War" forward in Time  On this date in 1846, following Texas admission into the United States, General Zachary Taylor, who was sent into the Rio Grande Valley to defend Texas from Mexico, begins erection of Fort Brown, at the future location of Brownsville.

Political Desk
Rally in Houston falls short of expectations
HOUSTON   (1961)    On this date in 1961, a rally was held at Houston's Memorial Auditorium for one of 72 candidates for the US Senate seat vacated when Lyndon Johnson became Vice President. Total attendance ... none.

President pro tempore, Barbara Jordan
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "Barbara Jordan" back in Time (1972) Click Here to follow "Barbara Jordan" forward in Time  On this date in 1971, Barbara Jordan is elected as President pro tempore of the Texas senate. In 1967, Barbara Jordan became the first black woman ever to become a Texas state senator.