Vol 8, No 296
October 22, 1836
Houston inaugurated as First President of Texas
Houston is President
On this date in 1836, Sam Houston, Texas commander at San Jacinto, was inagurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas, having defeated Steven F Austin and Mirabeau B Lamar in an election the month before. Lamar assumes the office of Vice President.
Last Picture Show premieres
Shot entirely in black and white, in and around Archer City, "The Last Picture Show" made it's debut on this date in 1971. The movie depicts life in a small West Texas town in 1951. Stars Jeff Bridges, Cloris Leachman, Ben Johnson, and Cybill Shepherd in her first film. The film was based on a book by Larry McMurtry. The location was selected when directory, Peter Bogdonovich and McMurtry stopped in McMurtry's hometown while scouting locations.