Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol 8, No 66 March 6, 1836 Sunday Evening
Alamo Falls. No Survivors
Jim Bowie Killed at the Alamo
SAN ANTONIO Click Here to follow "Jim Bowie" back in Time  (1836)     Among the dead at the Alamo was the commander of the Texas volunteers, Jim Bowie. Bowie took ill as Santa Anna arrived in San Antonio, and relinquished authority of the volunteeers to Col Wm Travis. For the last weeks of his live Jim Bowie was reportedly confined to bed, but word does stories eventually come that Bowie fought to the very last from his sick bed.
Davy Crockett Among the Dead at the Alamo
SAN ANTONIO Click Here to follow "Texas Revolution" back in Time  (1836)  Click Here to follow "Texas Revolution" forward in Time  Among the Dead at the Alamo, is Davy Crockett, famed back woodsman, and former US Congressman. Crockett came to Texas recently in response to the call for Americans to join in the cause of Texas Liberty. Crockett died in one of the first battles in that cause on this date in 1836.

Born This Date
James Robert (Bob) Wills born
MEXIA   (1905) Click Here to follow "Bob Wills" forward in Time  On this date in 1905, James Robert (Bob) Wills was born in Crisp in Limestone County. From the 30s to the 50s, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys brought Western Swing to the world. His "Faded Love" and "San Antonio Rose" are still country standards.    More about "Bob Wills on the Web

Alamo Falls
SAN ANTONIO Click Here to follow "Texas Revolution" back in Time(1836)Click Here to follow "Texas Revolution" forward in Time  On this date in 1836, in a pre-dawn morning, the Mexican Army under General Santa Anna, began to sneak up on the Texas troops and volunteers still sleeping inside the Alamo. One of the Mexican soldiers yelled "Viva, Santa Anna!" and others joined in, awakening the Texans occupying the former mission.
   Before daylight, over 150 Texans are killed or captured. Only a few women, children, and slaves, and the very elderly are spared. Those resistors that were captured are executed shortly thereafter, and the bodies of all the dead were later burned. A wife of one of the victims, Susanna Dickenson, was allowed to leave San Antonio, at which time she brought news of the slaughter to Sam Houston at Gonzales.
   Santa Anna's march from Mexico to San Antonio itself was epic. They could have taken San Antonio earlier, but a swolen river five miles from the Alamo prevented their advance, and allowed the Texians (what they called themselves at the time) to fortify the Alamo. Then as the Mexican Forces arrived, Santa Anna elected to wait until his heavy artillery arrived. After two weeks, it did not arrive, so Santa Anna decided to attack without the cannons.
   Word of the fall of the Alamo sent shock waves throughout Texas and the United States. Texans used the battle cry "Remember the Alamo!" to continue the fight against an overwhelming Mexican army. At San Jacinto, Texas won it's Independence, and was later annexed by the United States. This annexation led to the Mexican American War and eventually a treaty that turned over California and the Southwest to the United States. The Battle of the Alamo marked one of the pivotal moments in Texas history and the history of the United States.
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Education Desk
UT changes its name to UT at Austin
AUSTIN Click Here to follow "Univ of Texas" back in Time (1967)    On this date in 1967, The University of Texas official changed its name to The University of Texas at Austin. Was there any confusion?

Military Desk
Colonel Travis Among the dead
SAN ANTONIO Click Here to follow "William Travis" back in Time (1836)    Among the dead at the Alamo was the young Colonel, William B Travis. Travis was recently sent to San Antonio to occupy the former mission, which he did against overwhelming odds. Unfortunately, on this date in 1836, the Mexican army was able to breech the walls of the Alamo, and it fell along with all its inhabitants save a few women, children and slaves. Travis will be remembered for his heroism in the face of certain death.