Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol MMXVII, No 221 August 9, 1965 Monday Evening
Austin to be location of the LBJ Library
Born This Date
William Barret Travis born in South Carolina
RED BANKS SC   (1809) Click Here to follow "William Travis" forward in Time  On this date in 1809, William Barret Travis was born in Red Banks, South Carolina. He was raised in Saluda County SC, as was James Bonham.
   William Travis was leader of the Texas forces that defended the Alamo against an overwhelming Mexican Army. Travis, Bonham and over 170 other defenders, would meet their fate in March 1836 in the Battle of the Alamo.
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UT gets LBJ Library
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "LBJ" back in Time(1965)Click Here to follow "LBJ" forward in Time  On this date in 1965, it was announced that Austin would be the location of the President Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Library. Soon after, the new LBJ Library was built on the eastern edge of the University of Texas.
   The library and museum house the papers and artifacts of the 36th President of the United States.

Communication Desk
Morse Withdraws his Gift of the Telegraph
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "Telephone" back in Time (1860) Click Here to follow "Telephone" forward in Time  In a letter dated this date in 1860, Samuel Morse respectfully withdraws his offer of a Gift to Texas of the Telegraph, which was offered to Texas 20 years before, but never formally accepted by Texas as national or state.

Political Desk
Austin to run for Texas President
SAN FELIPE   (1836) Click Here to follow "The Republic" forward in Time  On this date in 1836, a letter was made public in which Stephen F Austin gave his consent to run for President of the Republic of Texas. In the election that followed, however, Austin was defeated by the commander the San Jacinto victory, General Sam Houston.

Transportation Desk
First Stage for San Diego departs San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO Click Here to follow "Stagecoaches" back in Time (1857) Click Here to follow "Stagecoaches" forward in Time  On this date in 1857, the first overland mail stagecoach left San Antonio bound for San Diego.