Vol 8, No 162
June 11, 1837
Texas Navy to Break Mexican Blocade
Today in Sports
Longhorns win the College World Series
OMAHA NE (1983)
Behind coach Cliff Gustafson, the 1983 Texas Longhorns won the College World Series in Omaha on this date in 1983. Yesterday (June 10th), Texas eliminated Michigan 4-2, and today, they beat Alabama 4-3. On the mound for Texas when the game ended was future major league legend, Roger Clemens.
Nolan Ryan pitches his Sixth No-hitter
On this date in 1990, Texas Rangers Pitcher Nolan Ryan pitched his sixth no-hitter, beating the Oakland A's 5-0. The next year Ryan would extend his Major League record to seven.
Born This Date
Frank Beard of ZZ Top born in Dallas
On this date in 1949, ZZTop drummer, Frank Beard was born. Beard along with Billy F. Gibbons, Dusty Hill and manager Bill Mack Ham formed ZZ Top in 1969.
Houston Left Unaware
SAN FELIPE (1837)
On this date in 1837, with the will of the people and the Texas Congress, the Texas Navy ships, the Brutus and the Invincible set sail to do battle with the Mexican ships conducting a blockade of the Port of Galveston.
President Sam Houston, had adamantly discouraged any conflict with the Mexican forces, in hopes that they might eventually accept Texas Independence, and remove all ships from the Texas Gulf Coast. But the Texas Congress was just as adamant to rid Texas of Mexican harassment of ships coming in and out of Texas ports.
First, the Texas ships sailed south, capturing small Mexican vessels along the way, including the Union, Telegrafo, Adventure, Rafaelita, and the Correo de Tabasco as well as a British merchant ship, the Eliza Russell.
On August 27th, the two Texas ships, reached Galveston, only to be grounded, and break up in a severe storm that hit. Nonetheless, the Mexican blockade broke for a time, allowing a brief window for supplies and men to pour into the struggling new nation.
American Idol premieres on FOX Television
HOLLYWOOD CA (2002)
On this date in 2002, the FOX network show "American Idol" premiered. The first winner of American Idol (on Sept 5, 2002) was Kelly Clarkson of Burleson, Texas.
Flash Flooding in Sanderson in West Texas
Torential Rains of up to 11 inches in 2 hours, struck Sanderson in West Texas on this date in 1965. Flash flooding in the area drowned 26 people and left over $2 millon in damages.