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Friday, July 1st, 2011

Eddie Southern was greased lightning in track shoes

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE At the Olympic Trials on Jun. 30, 1956, Eddie Southern of the University of Texas and Ohio State’s Glenn Davis both ran the 400-meter hurdles in world record time.

Friday, June 24th, 2011

When the capital of Texas was not in Texas

by BARTEE HAILE After abandoning all their missions and presidios in East Texas, the new owners of Louisiana on Jun. 25, 1773 vacated Los Adaes, for the past half century the capital of Spanish Texas.

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Bartee Haile: ‘Little red arrow’ misses target in 1941 senate race

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE On a campaign stop in Plainview on Jun. 19, 1941, U.S. Senate candidate Gerald C. Mann denounced a disgraceful attempt to buy the election “with the invasion...

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Buffalo Bill goes target shooting with Ben Thompson

by BARTEE HAILE Ben Thompson, gunfighter and lawman, received a gold-plated target pistol in the Jun. 13, 1881 mail from his new friend, famed showman “Buffalo Bill” Cody. The two men met a year and a half...

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Texas congressman leads fight for veterans’ bonus

by BARTEE HAILE The U.S. House passed Rep. Wright Patman’s bill on Jun. 6, 1932 providing cash compensation for veterans of the First World War, but the “bonus army” that had invaded Washington was in for a...

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Bartee Haile: Civil War sex symbol got her start in Texas

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Adah Menken, the original self-made celebrity, stepped onto the stage for the last time in Paris, France on May 30, 1868.

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

No San Jacinto without steamboat ‘Yellow Stone’

by BARTEE HAILE In a May 19, 1837 letter to the speaker of the Republic house of representatives, President Sam Houston pressed for full payment as promised to the captain and crew of the “Yellow Stone” and...

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Ad and Plinky, the best shots ever bar none

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE The St. Louis World’s Fair may have been the first time Ad and Plinky Toepperwein performed in public as husband and wife, but the couple from the...

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Bartee Haile: Deadly day of the twisters

In his weekly column, BARTEE HAILE recalls a rash of tornadoes in the 1930s that killed scores and wrecked havoc on 30 counties in Texas.

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Bartee Haile: Woman pulls off Civil War masquerade

This Week in Texas History: A column by BARTEE HAILE Recruiters did not suspect a thing, when a 19 year old male impersonator from Canada enlisted in the Union Army on May 3, 1861. Sarah Emma Evelyn...

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