Vol 8, No 239
August 26, 1980
Noted Cartoonist Tex Avery dies at age 72.
Born This Date
Future Astronaut, John E Blaha born in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO (1942)
On this date in 1942, John E Blaha was born in San Antonio. Following his education at the Air Force Academy and Purdue, and several years in the Air Force, he joined the NASA Space Program.
Between March 13, 1980, and January 22, 1997, Blaha served on four Space Shuttle Missions include STS-58, a 14 day flight, widely recognized as th emost successfuly and efficient Spacelab flight that NASA had flown.
Tex Avery dies
LOS ANGELES CA (1980)
On this date in 1980, famed cartoonist Tex Avery died of lung cancer. At Warner Brothers, Tex is credited with creating Daffy Duck, and developing Bugs Bunny into a wacky character. It was Tex who added the googly eyes to wolves, curves to the women, and droop to Droopy the dog. Tex was 72.
Allen brothers Purchase townsite for Houston
On this date in 1836, the Allen brothers bought the land which will be divided and sold to form the city of Houston.
Lyne Barret marries Angelina Thomas
On this date in 1857, Lyne Barret married Angelina Martha Thomas near Nacogdoches. Barret would help to form the Melrose Petroleum Company, and drill the first successful oil well in Texas at Oil Springs. Lyne and Angelina had eleven children.