Vol MMXVII, No 1
January 1, 1863
Lincoln Issues Emancipation Proclamation
Today in Sports
TCU beats Marquette in First Cotton Bowl
The Cotton Bowl Classic in Dallas was played for the first time on this day in 1937 at the Texas State Fair Grounds. Behind the legendary arm of Sam Baugh, Texas Christian University beat Marquette in the first Cotton Bowl ever, by a score of 16-6.
TCU beats LSU for National Championship
NEW ORLEANS, LA (1936)
A Lot of football takes place on January 1st. In 1938, the man that changed football, Davey O'Brien, led his TCU Horned Frogs, to a victory over Carnegie Tech at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, to secure the AP National Championship. The score ... 15-7.
Dallas loses NFL Championship Game to Green Bay
Following their best season ever at 10-3-1 where the Cowboys won the Eastern Conference Championship, the Dallas Cowboys lost the NFL Championship game to the Green Bay Packers on this date in 1967, by the score of 27-34. These two teams would meet again at the end of the following season in the famed Ice Bowl.
Born This Date
Author, Playwright Larry L King born in Putnam
On this date in 1929, author and playwright, Larry L King was born in Putnam, Texas. He authored 13 books and seven stage plays, plus many screenplays, short stories, television documentaries, and more. He was nominated for Broadway's 1979 Tony Award as Best Book (Musical) with collaborator Peter Masterson for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" a theatre production based on the 1973 closing of the legendary "Chicken Ranch" in LaGrange.
Lincoln Frees Slaves
WASHINGTON DC (1863)
While Civil War continues to the South, President Abraham Lincoln today issued the Emancipation Proclamation, calling on the Union army to liberate all slaves in states still in rebellion as "an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity." These three million slaves were declared to be "then, thenceforward, and forever free." However it took the Union army to remove the slaves from their masters. As the Union Army occupied former Confederate territory, former slaves followed them. The proclamation exempted the border slave states that remained in the Union at the start of the Civil War and all or parts of three Confederate states controlled by the Union army. Since the Emancipation Proclamation was issued under the President's war powers act, it took the 13th Amendment to make freedom for all the Law of the Land.
Jim Bowie leaves Louisiana for Texas
THIBODAUX LA (1830)
On this date in 1830, Jim Bowie and a friend left Thibodaux, Louisiana, headed for Texas. In Louisiana James and his brothers Rezin and Stephen established an 1,800 acre sugar plantation, which was the first in Louisiana to use steam power in the sugar mill. The Sugar Mill would be sold in 1831 for $60,000. Once in Texas, Bowie will visit Jared Groce, weathy cotton farmer and owner of a large plantation off the Brazos River near San Felipe. In Texas, Bowie will become a Mexican Citizen and become wealthy in land speculation and other ventures. In 1831, he will get married.
KTRK Hires former Sheriffs Employee
KTRK-TV in Houston today, hired Marvin Zindler as their new consumer fraud investigative reporter. Zinder was recently fired from the Harris County Sherrifs Department. Within months, Zinder would become the driving force behind the closing of "The Chicken Ranch" after only seven months as an investigative reporter. Zindler and the story of the closing became immortalized in the Broadway Musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and the 1970s hit "LaGrange" by ZZ Top. Zindler would remain with KTRK for 35 years.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans get Hitched
CHICAGO IL (1947)
In 1944, Western movie star, Roy Rogers, was working on his new moving "The Cowboy and the Senorita". His co-star was Dale Evans. The movie also included Roy's sidekick, Gabby Hays, and his song group The Sons of the Pioneers. Roy and Dale and the rest would work together on several projects after that.
In 1946, Roy's first wife Arline died due to complications of childbirth, leaving Roy with three young children, including newborn Roy, Jr. Life was hard for Roy, but in 1947, while working on a rodeo with his co-star Dale Evans, Roy asked Dale to marry him. They were married this day in 1947.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans launched an entertainment empire which included movies, a television show, music, personal appearances, and product endorcements. In fact, the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans line of endorcements was second only to Walt Disney in the amount of money it generated.
Roy and Dale lived well into their eighties, and were well known for their humanitarian efforts. Their horses, Trigger and Buttercup, as well as their German shepherd Bullet, have been preserved for the public in the Roy Rogers Museum.
Air Conditioned Milam Building Opens in SA
SAN ANTONIO (1928)
On this date in 1928, the 21 story Milam Building in San Antonio opened. At the time it was the tallest brick and concrete-reinforced structure in the United States. It was also the first high rise air-conditioned building in the United States. The air-conditioning design team was led by Willis H. Carrier, founder of the Carrier Engineering Corporation.
21-story building was also the tallest brick and concrete-reinforced structure in the United States.