Vol MMXIII, No 66
March 7, 1923
Earthquake strikes El Paso and Northern Mexico
El Paso Earthquake
EL PASO (1923)
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.
The Bluebonnet officially made the State Flower
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
Space Rangers cancelled after Five Years on TV
LOS ANGELES CA
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.
Hood takes command of the Texas Brigade
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.
High Court gives Blacks right to vote in Primaries
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.