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Tyler, Texas, is named for President John Tyler of Virginia (1790-1862), who supported annexing Texas to the United States. Tyler served as the country's 10th president from 1841 to 1845.

On January 17, 1940, the Southland Paper Mill company opened its first plant in Lufkin, Texas, drawing from the Piney Woods for southern yellow pine. Lufkin was an ideal location because of its access to wood, water, fuel, and transportation.

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Famous heavyweight boxing champion, minister, author, and entrepreneur George Foreman was born January 10, 1949, in Marshall, Texas. Growing up in poverty in Houston's Fifth Ward, Foreman ran into trouble with the law at 15 for fighting and mugging.

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Erykah Badu was born in Dallas February 26, 1971. As an American R&B singer-songwriter, she was instrumental in the creation and rise of the neo soul sub-genre. She has released singles like "On & On," "Honey," and "The Healer." Badu's official music video for "On & On" has more …

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Martha Swope, famed photographer of some of the nation's top dancers and actors, was born February 22, 1928, in Tyler. Swope began her career one day in 1957, when choreographer Jerome Robbins invited her to photograph a day of rehearsals for his production, West Side Story.

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Ernest Dale Tubb was born February 9, 1914 in Crisp, Texas, in Ellis County. The release of the hit single "Walking the Floor Over You" in 1941 marked the beginning of honky tonk music and launched Tubb's 40-year career. 

On February 9, 1837, rancher Christopher Columbus (Lum) Slaughter was born in Sabine County. Slaughter claimed to be the first male child born of a marriage contracted under the Republic of Texas.

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Blues legend Floyd Dixon was born in Marshall, Texas, on February 8, 1929. He taught himself to play the piano while growing up. He became known as a rhythm and blues pianist, often playing with big bands. Some of his songs include "Hey Bartender" (which was covered by The Blues Brothers), "…

Born in 1996, the blooming big screen star and Elkhart, Texas, native celebrates his 24th birthday today. Some of his recent film roles include "The Night Clerk," "X-Men: Dark Phoenix," "Ready Player One," and "Wireless."

The Texas Commission on the Arts Board of Directors met September 3rd, and voted to award $56,000 to the Texarkana Arts and Historic District for a Texas Cultural Project grant.

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On December 1, 1988, the D. and A. Oppenheimer bank, one of the oldest in Texas, closed. The bank was founded by brothers Daniel and Anton Oppenheimer, Bavarian immigrants who settled in Rusk in the 1850s. From 1858 to 1861 they operated as small merchants in Rusk and the surrounding area.

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Janice Jarratt, known as the "Lucky Strike Girl" was born in October 19, 1914, in Jacksonville, Texas, Cherokee County. Her father was C.D. Jarratt of Craft, known for shipping the first carload of tomatoes from Cherokee County on June 14, 1897.

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On December 8, 1953, the radio program East Texas Hillbilly Jamboree debuted on KFRO, a Longview, Texas, station. The two-hour program attracted musicians mainly from Texas, and they included many unknowns who would eventually gain fame.

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On November 26, 1930, Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr., better known as H.L. Hunt, made a deal with "Dad" Joiner on his wedding anniversary that made him owner of Daisy Bradford No. 3 and all Joiner's surrounding leases in the East Texas Oilfield. Hunt started in the oil industry in El Dorado, …