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On this day in 1961, at 10:08 p.m., a fireball was seen passing northward through the sky just east of the Fort Worth-Dallas region. It hit the ground near Bells, Grayson County. Some ten ounces of a very rare carbonaceous chondrite was retrieved from the meteorite over a six-month period. O…

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Lecil Travis Martin, better known as Boxcar Willie, was born September 1, 1931, in Sterrett, Texas, in Ellis County. He was the eldest son of Birdie Brown and Edna (Jones) Martin. He grew up singing with his family while his father played the fiddle. In his early years, Martin's father worke…

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Mount Vernon Music is opening its 2021-2022 season in September with live classical performances. The new season is themed “Ways Forward” and features guest performances by professional musicians from Texas and around the nation.

Inventor Robert H. Dennard was born September 5, 1932, in Terrell, Texas. An engineer, Dennard invented the one-transistor cell for dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) and developed scaling principles that led to improvements in the performance of mini integrated circuits. These innovations …

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On June 8, 1819, Eli Harris led an advance guard of the Long Expedition across the Sabine River. He proceeded to Nacogdoches, where he published the first edition of the Texas Republican on August 14. The Republican was first English-language newspaper in Texas. 

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The Russian Ballet Theatre presents their new production of Swan Lake, 7:30 p.m., March 19, 2022, at Greenville Municipal Auditorium. Pre-sale tickets are now available. Patrons will be amazed by the nuanced production of this enduring classic. 

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The City of Longview’s Unity & Diversity Committee is hosting a series of summer readings of inclusive children’s books as part of the organization’s mission of promoting unity, diversity, and inclusion. Videos of the readings by local leaders air live on UDC’s Facebook page July 16, 23,…

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On October 24, 1886, the Texas State Fair opened on a section of John Cole's farm in north Dallas. A rival organization, the Dallas Exposition, opened its first fair the following day. Both fairs were successful and together drew more than 35,000 people a day. Eventually, the two groups deci…

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On June 26, 1922, radio station WFAA in Dallas began transmitting. The A.H. Belo Corporation published the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Almanac until May 5, 2008, when the Texas State Historical Association acquired the almanac.

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On June 23, 1931, Texas native Wiley Post and Harold Gatty took off in an attempt to fly around the world. Post, born at Corinth in Van Zandt County, was one of the best-known fliers in the world. He and Gatty circled the globe in 8 days, 15 hours, and 51 minutes. Their route passed through …

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On June 21, 1779, Spain came to the aid of the rebelling American colonists by formally declaring war on Great Britain. The primary role played by Texas in the conflict was to supply Spanish forces mounting an assault on British territory from Louisiana.

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H. Ross Perot was born in Texarkana June 27, 1930. His father was a cotton trader during the Depression who began learning his father's business acumen during his childhood while buying and selling items such as seeds and saddles, training horses, and delivering newspapers. He learned to neg…

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Lacie Ballinger is joining the Discovery Science Place as the museum's new executive director. Ballinger was most recently the director of collections and exhibits for the Tallahassee Museum in Florida. Ballinger will oversee the nonprofit science museum and its mobile science education program.

On June 9, 1927, Texas poets Vaida Stewart and Whitney M. Montgomery married. Vaida was born in Childress in 1888; Whitney was born near Eureka, Texas, in 1877. They established their home in Dallas and in May 1929 launched Kaleidoscope (later Kaleidograph), which they issued monthly until 1…

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On June 9, 1894, a water well contractor accidentally discovered the Corsicana oilfield, the first in Texas to produce oil and gas in significant quantities, while seeking a new water source for the city of Corsicana. Civic leaders of Corsicana needed a dependable water supply to promote com…

On June 6, 1936, the Central Centennial Exposition, part of the Texas Centennial celebration marking 100 years of Texas independence, opened in Dallas's Fair Park. Construction on the exposition began in October 1935 with George L. Dahl as the architect.

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On June 19 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and announced the official end of slavery in Texas. The proclamation was known as General Order Number 3: