Vol 8, No 73
March 13, 1836
News of the Alamo reaches Sam Houston
Region in Shock
On this date in 1836, Susanna Dickinson, wife of one of the victims at the Alamo, arrives at Gonzales, where Sam Houston is now organizing his troops. She brings horrible news of the fall of the Alamo and the death of Crockett, Bowie and Travis. General Sam Houston learning that the Mexican forces are now marching to his position, quickly orders the evacuation of Gonzales. Anything which cannot be carried is ordered burned or dumped into the river. Houston's army retreats eastward. Crossing the Brazos River near San Felipe they will briefly pause at Groce's plantation for more training.
WRR Radio in Dallas Begins Broadcasting
On this date in 1922, WRR Radio in Dallas went on the air. At the time only two frequencies were used nationwide, 619KHz for Market and Weather(M) and 833Khz for entertainment(E). By April 1, Texas had five stations operating, WRR (Dallas EM), WPA (Ft Worth E), WEV (Houston EM), WTK (Paris E), and WCM (UT Austin EM). Owned by the City of Dallas, WRR was original used to assist in fire fighting. Firemen would play music or tell jokes between fires, and the public would listen in. Later WRR became a classical music station in addition to broadcasting all city council meetings.
The Searchers starring John Wayne premiers
On this date in 1956, John Wayne's new film "The Searchers" premiered in theatres. One of the fans of the film was a drummer in Buddy Holly's band, Jerry Allison. In the film, Wayne repeatedly uses the classic line "Well, that'll be the day". Later, when Buddy Holly tells his drummer, he'd sure like to record a hit song, Jerry ruplied in a John Wayne drawl, "That'll Be the Day". Soon, they wrote, and recorded the song, which became a No 1 hit in 1957, launching Buddy Holly and the Crickets to Rock and Roll stardom.
Legislature Declares March 13, Lee Ann Womack Day
On this date in 2003, the Texas Legislature declared March 13th 2003 to be Lee Ann Womack day. "Lee Ann Womack is a terrific product of good ol' fashion East Texas raising and a wonderful singer. Lee Ann has touched the lives of millions with her beautiful voice and words of compassion, and she is a great source of price for us all."