Vol MMXIII, No 344
December 10, 1977
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan will not run again
WASHINGTON DC (1977)
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan of Houston, annouced on this date in 1977, that she would not seek reelection to Congress. She had served in Congress since 1973. Jordan was the first black woman ever to serve as State Senator, and was also a member of the House Watergate Committee which eventually forced Richard Nixon to resign his Presidency under a looming impeacement vote by the committee.
Sam Houston crosses the Red River into Texas
On this date in 1832, Sam Houston, former US Congressman and Governor of Tennessee, crosses the Red River and enters Texas for the first time. He is sent to Texas as an envoy of President Andrew Jackson. In route to Texas, he meets Washington Irving.
Pres Houston Ends Term, Lamar is new President
On this date in 1838, Sam Houston turns over the Presidency to Vice-President Mirabeau B. Lamar after two years. In that time Houston has stabilized the currency, secured the borders, and gained recognition by the United States.
Rocky Mountain Christmas airs on ABC
On this date in 1975, John Denver's Christmas television special "Rocky Mountain Christmas" aired on the ABC network. Guests included Olivia Newton-John ("Fly Away"), Valarie Harper and Steve Martin. The show was watched by over 65 million people, the largest audience for any ABC music program in history (at the time).
General Cos surrenders. San Antonio quiet.
Aided by Ben Milam's force of 300, the Mexican forces under General Cos, surrendered to the Texas forces under General Burleson at San Antonio on this date in 1835.
Richard King marries Henrietta Chamberlain
On this date in 1854, 30 year old Richard King, future founder of the King Ranch, married Henrietta M Chamberlain. Together, the couple would have five children. Richard King, born in New York came to Texas to fight in the Mexican American war, but remained, founding a riverboat company along the Rio Grande, and thereafter acquiring land for his cattle business. The King Ranch remains today as the largest ranch in Texas.